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Prince Harry, son of King Charles III and the late Princess Diana, is married to Meghan Markle, a former American actress. The pair started dating in 2016 before marrying in 2019. The couple have made headlines for distancing themselves greatly from the royal family and in 2020, they stepped away from their senior royal duties.
While the two don’t have a traditional day-to-day life, they did meet in a pretty conventional way – getting set up by a mutual friend.
Prince Harry and Markle were set up a blind date but their mutual friend in July 2016. At the time, Markle was acting on the television show, “Suits.” Later that summer, they went on a trip together to Africa. Their relationship was confirmed in November 2016.
Roughly a year later, in November 2017, they announced their engagement and then on May 19, 2018, they got married at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. They were given the titles Duke and Duchess of Sussex by Queen Elizabeth II.
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, pictured here in 2017, confirmed their relationship in 2016. They were set up by a mutual friend. (Reuters)
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The pair became engaged in November 2017. Markle and Harry are said to have connected over their love for humanitarian work. (Reuters)
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Prince Harry and Markle posed for photos in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace after announcing their engagement. (Reuters)
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The couple took on the titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex uopn getting married in 2018. Markle and Harry are pictured here leaving Windsor Castle after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by King Charles III. (Steve Parsons/Pool via REUTERS)
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Guests for Meghan and Harry’s wedding included a many famous people, including George and Amal Clooney, David and Victoria Beckham and several of Markle’s co-stars from "Suits," the USA network legal drama she starred on for seven seasons. (Reuters)
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex currently live in California with their two children, Archie and Lilibet. (Reuters)
The pair had their first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor on May 6, 2019.
In January 2020, both Harry and Markle took a step back from being senior members of the royal family. They ended up settling in California, where they still reside today.
The next year, in March 2021, the two had their controversial interview with Oprah Winfrey, where they shared many details and made many allegations against the royal family. Harry and Markle’s distance and comments against the royal family have created a divide against the couple and the family, especially with Harry’s older brother and future king, Prince William.
Harry and Meghan had their first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor on May 6, 2019. They had their daughter Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor on in June 2021. (Dominic Lipinski – WPA Pool/Getty Images)
In June 2021, Harry and Markle had their second child, a daughter named Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.
After the death of Queen Elizabeth II in September 2022, King Charles III continued to allow Harry and Markle to use their royal titles, even though there are many who believe they should no longer hold them.
A petition was started around the time of their stepping back from royal duties that petitioned for their titles to be taken away so they “cannot be used for personal financial gain.”
Royal expert Hilary Fordwich shared why many are upset about Harry and Markle still using their titles to Fox News Digital.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped back from their royal duties in 2020 and moved to the United States. They still hold their royal titles, but many believe they should not. (Joshua Sammer/Getty Images for Invictus Games Dusseldorf 2023)
“There has been a petition, a movement from the people of the county of Sussex, they’re supposed to represent, to remove them. Why? Because they’re taking the name but they’re not doing anything for the people of Sussex. This is a dilemma. This is not a celebrity role. It is a role of duty. So you need to do your duty, and then hold the title. Why would anybody want the title if they don’t want to do their duty to the people of the county of Sussex? You either do or you don’t. You can’t have your cake and eat it too,” Fordwich said.
Since King Charles III renewed their titles, the only way that will change is if “Parliament says otherwise,” Fordwich stated.
Prince Harry and Markle did join the rest of the royal family in England following the death of Queen Elizabeth II in 2022.
Ashlyn Messier is a writer for Fox News Digital.