Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – family facts

Bio and birth dates for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, plus all the info you need on Meghan's 1st pregnancy, including expected due date, the Royal Baby's sex and rumoured baby name

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s vital stats:

  • Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, born 15 September 1984
  • Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (nee Rachel Meghan Markle), born 4 August 1981
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s child:

  • Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, born May 6 2019

How did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet?

It seems an unlikely match when you think about it: a British Prince and an American TV star.

But PR guru Violet Von Westenholz, an old family friend of Harry’s, saw the potential – and set them up on a blind date in summer 2016.

Well, that’s what the reports say. It’s also been suggested that Meghan’s long-time friend Misha Nonoo’s the one who set them up.

However, we do know for sure the Prince and the Suits actress met on a blind date, having been set up by a mutual pal.

“We were introduced, actually, by a mutual friend,” Prince Harry confirmed. “We should protect her privacy and not reveal too much of that,” Meghan added.

“It was definitely a set-up. It was a blind date,” she continued during hers and Harry’s engagement interview. “I didn’t know much about him and so the only thing I had asked her when she said she wanted to set us up was, I had one question, I said ‘Was he nice?’”

Fortunately, it seems Meghan found the answer to be a big fat YES. The rest, as they say, is history.

The couple went on 2 back to back dates in July 2016, in London, and 4 weeks later, Meghan joined Harry for a 5-day trip to Botswana in Africa.

Prince Harry proposes to Meghan Markle

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In November 2017, Prince Harry popped the question to Meghan at his home, while the couple were roasting a chicken together.

“It was such an amazing surprise,” Meghan said. “So sweet, natural and romantic. He got on one knee.”

“As a matter of fact I could barely let [him] finish proposing,” she added. “I was like, ‘Can I say yes now?’”

Harry continued: “I was like, ‘Can I give you the ring?’ and she was like, ‘Oh, yes, the ring!’”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s full engagement interview

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding

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On 19 May 2018, at 12pm, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot in a lavish Windsor Castle ceremony.

The bride wore a minimal silk gown, by Givenchy artist director Claire Waight Keller, and a train adorned with the official flowers of each Commonwealth country.

Around 29 million people across the globe tuned in to watch, and it’s reported to have cost roughly £34.6 million.

Meghan and Harry’s pregnancy announcement

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On the morning of 15 October 2018, the official Kensington Palace Twitter broke the news that newlywed Harry and Meghan were expecting a baby!

In an official statement, the palace said: “Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.”

The joyous news was reportedly shared with Royal Family members at Princess Eugenie’s wedding, which was held at Windsor Castle just a couple of days before the announcement.

Sources added that the Queen and Prince Charles are ‘delighted’ with the news.

Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland shared that she was “very happy about this lovely news and she looks forward to welcoming her first grandchild”.

We’re not sure whether the news was broken privately to other members of the Markle family, after the highly-publicised falling out between Meghan, her dad Thomas and half-sister Samantha.

Meghan Markle gives birth

Meghan had a baby boy, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, on 6 May 2019.

The couple shared the news on social media with a simple meme and sent the world into a royal baby frenzy, with almost 3 million people ‘liking’ their news on Instagram alone:

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Not long afterwards, the couple shared first photos, and Harry gave an emotional speech, saying: “It’s been the most amazing experience I could ever have possibly imagined.”

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Archie is the Queen’s 8th great-grandchild, and cousin to Princes Louis and George and Prince Charlotte.

Will Meghan and Harry’s baby have a royal title?

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Yes, Baby Sussex will have a royal title but they won’t take on the title of Prince or Princess. Not straight away, anyway…

Instead, if it’s a boy, he will take the title of Earl of Dumbarton, and if a little girl, she will take the title Lady Mountbatten-Windsor.

However, it’s thought to be quite likely that Queen Elizabeth II will offer the Duke and Duchess the opportunity to make their little one a proper Prince or Princess in title, after the birth.

And here at MadeForMums, we do wonder what life as a royal baby will be like compared to his cousins?

Images: Getty Images, Instagram/Kensington Royal/SussexRoyal

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