American actress Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will be married in the spring of 2018, Clarence House announced.
There was much speculation about the couple since they were photographed together at the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games in September.
But how did your relationship develop?
The couple met through mutual friends in London in July 2016 when one of Meghan's close friends, Markus Anderson, allegedly introduced her to the prince.
Mr. Anderson, who sat next to Meghan at the opening ceremony of Invictus Games in September, is linked to private members of the Soho House club, of which Harry is a member.
But it was not until months after the initial meeting in London that the press managed to get news of their burgeoning romance.
Sunday Express was the first newspaper to reveal that the new bride of Prince Harry, 36, appeared on the cover last October.
In the days after their breakup, the couple attended a Halloween party in which, reportedly, the prince put on a mask and went to ask for candy.
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In November 2016, the prince officially confirmed that he was dating the American actress. In a statement from Kensington Palace, he also took the opportunity to condemn Meghan's treatment by the press.
He referred to a "stain" on the cover of a national newspaper, racial overtones in comments and "blatant badism and racism" "from online trolls.
There was a" bombing of almost all friends, peers of work and loved ones in his life, "said the prince.
He was worried about his safety and was" deeply disappointed "for not being able to protect her.
OK digital editor! Online, Kelby McNally says that the statement was a "surprise" because their relationship had not been officially confirmed.
"This is proof that the younger generation of the royal family is moving away from the real stereotypical behavior of the rigid upper lips," she says.
Royal Mirror Correspondent Victoria Murphy said it showed "Harry's strong desire to protect and cling to her."
The Duke of Cambridge closed Harry's plea to the press by agreeing that the situation had gone too far.
Prince William "understands the situation concerning privacy and supports Prince Harry's need to support those closest to him," a statement from Kensington Palace said.
In mid-November, Meghan was seen and photographed in Kensington shopping in the street with the press suggesting that she had stayed at Nottingham Cottage in Kensington Palace where the prince lives.
The conversation turns into honeymoons
Although the couple tried to control their affairs, a blatant comment during a real tour put the prince back in the limelight.
During a 15-day trip to the West Indies that same month, the country's prime minister made the honeymoon offer to Antigua.
In front of hundreds of guests, Gaston Browne said: "I have been told there may be a princess and I just want to tell you that if you make the decision to spend the honeymoon, then Antigua and Barbuda want to welcome you"  The Prime Minister continued to emphasize the credentials of his country's honeymoon, but the prince did not seem to respond to the invitation.
In December, the couple prepared for their first Christmas together. But where would they spend it, at Meghan's house in Toronto or London?
The couple chose the latter to carry out their first festive tradition with Harry holding Meghan in one hand and a 6-foot Christmas tree in the other.
They were photographed by the tabloids, reportedly buying a Nordmann Fir from £ 65 at the Pine and Needles store in Battersea Park, London.
According to the staff, when Harry was offered a cluster of mistletoe, he squeezed one of the berries and said "This seems strange to me".
But Meghan managed to convince him to take her home while she got away clinging to her.
Actress Meghan was seen as "far away" from the prince's previous girlfriends, which made her story more compelling, says McNally.
"I think people are intrigued to see if anything will change for her [Meghan] – after all, she's dating a real-life prince. Will she continue her acting career normally? Will they reside in the UK? United States? "
Later that month, the couple was photographed for the first time on a trip to the West End of London. Harry and Meghan were holding hands while walking hand in hand before seeing the play, The curious incident of the dog in the night, at the Gielgud Theater.
New year, next milestone. According to reports, they went on vacation together for the first time in January 2017 .
According to reports, Harry took Meghan to see the Northern Lights in Tromso, Norway, after spending the New Year together.
It is believed that the couple stayed in a cabin for seven days, where they went to see whales and spent time at the nearby lake.
In March, the prince took Meghan as his one to one of his best friend's weddings in Montego Bay, Jamaica, where he was an usher at the ceremony.
Fast forward to May and Meghan was photographed in a polo match supporting her boyfriend. She was seen smiling and applauding as she watched Harry play in Coworth Park, Berkshire.
They did not seem to hide their affections from each other when the prince kissed Meghan before the event, which he then won.  It was one of several parties that Harry and Prince William have played for charity.
Wedding bells … but not yours
While all eyes were on Pippa Middleton's summer wedding, many were intrigued to see if Meghan would attend and really be part of the family.
Middleton married financial boyfriend James Matthews in May at a ceremony in Englefield, Berkshire, where crowds gathered to take a look at the dress, royalty and see if Harry's girlfriend appeared.  He did not attend the ceremony, but stopped when he arrived for the reception with the prince feeding more speculation about the couple's romance.
At the end of August, the couple held a three-week party in Africa to celebrate Meghan's 36th birthday and, upon her return, Vanity Fair magazine declared that Meghan was "crazy about Harry".
In an interview with the magazine revealed that they had been together for six months before the rest of the world found out.
The actress said she hoped that people would understand "this is our moment".
"We are two people who are really happy and in love."
"This is for us. It is part of what makes it so special, that it is only ours. But we are happy Personally, I love a great love story. "
No longer hiding
In September, the couple made their first public appearance at the Invictus Games, an international sports event created by Harry for wounded soldiers.
They sat separately at the opening ceremony in Toronto, Canada but then were photographed together when they arrived for the wheelchair tennis event a few days later.
The crowds gathered to see Harry and Meghan walking hand in hand and the press ran to capture the moment.
Meghan's mother was also photographed with the couple at the closing ceremony of the games.
The Daily Mirror correspondent, Victoria Murphy, said their relaxed appearance shows they were "eager to present themselves to the world as a couple."
"If they were 10 years younger, it could be a case of 'wait and see', but there are two people in their 30s who know what they want out of life and with who wants to share it.
"It seems that the public will not have to wait long for another royal wedding."