Only a few years back, it would have been unimaginable to visualise a ‘well-known royal figure’ getting engaged to an ‘everyday commoner’, or to be precise, an actress from halfway across the world. In fact, royal protocol would have downright forbidden the union.
However, times have changed – the former Suits star has been welcomed with open arms into the royal family – something which clearly goes to show that the royals of 2018 are quite a different breed from the royals of the old days.
But has the couple’s marriage been successful thus far? Well, according to a royal expert, “yes” – who believes that Harry’s and Meghan’s relationship has been successful because the latter made the Royal Family “feel normal”.
Perhaps it’s Harry who’s come a long way
If you’ve ever kept pace with the string of girlfriends Harry has had, you could probably tell that Meghan was rather different from the others. For one thing, she shared his unnerving desire to escape from the royal spotlight, in pursuit of a normal, ‘everyday’ kind of life.
The now Duchess of Sussex could see right through Harry’s royal title and wanted to be with him for who he was, not for the title he held.
In a book titled Prince Harry: The Inside Story, royal biographer Duncan Larcombe wrote that their secret to success was the fact that both were after the same thing – to be with someone special who would just help them feel normal and escape to a ‘normal’ life.
Harry was in love with someone who just wanted to spend the rest of her life with him for who he is, and not what he had – something Harry found profusely missing in all his past love interests.
Love at first sight
One of the key things to remember about Harry and Meghan is that they both shunned public attention right from the start. And this is probably one of the biggest reasons why their marriage has come this far and still going strong.
The two let their relationship thrive and blossom through endless quiet nights spent indoors. In fact, interestingly enough, when Harry popped the question in November 2016, the two were spending a cosy night in, attempting to roast a chicken!
And to think that they had only met a year and a half ago on a blind date, prior to which they knew almost nothing of each other, not even a ‘preliminary profile’ to amp up the excitement and anticipation.
The moment they met, sparks flew, and the clichéd “love at first sight” moment kicked in. Both bonded over their commitment to aid others through advocacy and charity. Soon, a second date was set up, which was followed up with a trip to Botswana, where the two got really attached, spending nights under the open sky.
While this was certainly an effort to keep their relationship under wraps, both agreed that spending time indoors rather than going out on public dates, gave them the chance to know each other at a personal level, and without any outside interference whatsoever.
Perhaps, this is another reason why their bond has remained strong since the wedding – Harry has even given advice to other couples to “slow down the going out and dating, and just spend time at home to get to know their future soul mate a lot better”.
They’ve certainly gone the distance
With such a deep understanding of where the other is coming from, this modern-day love story has inspired many others to truly do what they want – and not succumb to the pressures imposed by ‘family traditions’ and whatnot.