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In pictures: Harry and Meghan’s time in the spotlight

In pictures: Harry and Meghan’s time in the spotlight

March 31 marks the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s last day as senior members of the Royal Family. As they bid farewell to royal duties, we take a look back at some of their most memorable public appearances.

In pictures: Harry and Meghan’s time in the spotlight

First public outing

Harry and Meghan made their first public appearance as a couple in 2017, when the Prince took Meghan to a tennis match at the Invictus Games in Toronto.

Prince Harry arrives with Meghan Markle at the wheelchair tennis event during the Invictus Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada September 25, 2017.

Engagement announced

Wearing a ring with diamonds from Princess Diana’s collection, Meghan appeared next to Harry at Kensington Palace as the couple announced their engagement to the world in November, 2017.

Prince Harry poses with Meghan Markle in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace, London, Britain, November 27, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Royal wedding

The couple tied the knot in a star-studded and multicultural ceremony at Windsor Castle in May, 2018.

Meghan Markle at the alter with Prince Harry.

The newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, leaving Windsor Castle after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales Windsor – Steve Parsons/Pool via REUTERS

First outing as a married couple

Shortly after their wedding, Harry and Meghan made their first official appearance as a married couple at Prince Charles’ 70th birthday party at Buckingham Palace.

Pregnancy announced while Down Under

The Duke and Duchess announced they were expecting their first child just hours after they touched down in Sydney for the Invictus Games.

Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, in Bondi, Sydney. Image: Jackson/Pool via REUTERS

A lavish baby shower

Meghan sparked controversy when she flew to New York for a lavish baby shower. A-list guests included Serena Williams and Amal Clooney.

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, exits The Mark Hotel following her baby shower in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., February 20, 2019. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

A baby is born

Prince Harry fronted the media to reveal Meghan had given birth to a healthy baby boy on 6 May 2019, and said they were both “absolutely thrilled”.

Archie introduced to the world

Baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor made his first public appearance at Windsor Castle two days after he was born.

Baby Archie presented to the Queen

Meghan Markle Prince Harry with baby Archie

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex hold their baby son during a photocall in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle, in Berkshire, Britain May 8, 2019. Photo Credit: Dominic Lipinski/Pool via REUTERS

Archie’s christening

Baby Archie was christened exactly two months after he was born.

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This morning, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was christened in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle at an intimate service officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are so happy to share the joy of this day with members of the public who have been incredibly supportive since the birth of their son. They thank you for your kindness in welcoming their first born and celebrating this special moment. Their Royal Highnesses feel fortunate to have enjoyed this day with family and the godparents of Archie. Their son, Archie, was baptised wearing the handmade replica of the royal christening gown which has been worn by royal infants for the last 11 years. The original Royal Christening Robe, made of fine Honiton lace lined with white satin, was commissioned by Queen Victoria in 1841 and first worn by her eldest daughter. It was subsequently worn for generations of Royal christenings, including The Queen, her children and her grandchildren until 2004, when The Queen commissioned this handmade replica, in order for the fragile historic outfit to be preserved, and for the tradition to continue. Photo credit: Chris Allerton ©️SussexRoyal

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Meghan guest edits Vogue

The Duchess guest-edited the September issue of British Vogue last year, putting a diverse selection of influential women on the cover.

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We are proud to announce that Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Sussex is the Guest Editor for the September issue of @BritishVogue. For the past seven months, The Duchess has curated the content with British Vogue's Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful to create an issue that highlights the power of the collective. They have named the issue: “Forces for Change” For the cover, The Duchess chose a diverse selection of women from all walks of life, each driving impact and raising the bar for equality, kindness, justice and open mindedness. The sixteenth space on the cover, a mirror, was included so that when you hold the issue in your hands, you see yourself as part of this collective. The women on the cover include: @AdwoaAboah @AdutAkech @SomaliBoxer @JacindaArdern @TheSineadBurke @Gemma_Chan @LaverneCox @JaneFonda @SalmaHayek @FrankieGoesToHayward @JameelaJamilOfficial @Chimamanda_Adichie @YaraShahidi @GretaThunberg @CTurlington We are excited to announce that within the issue you’ll find: an exclusive interview between The Duchess and former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, a candid conversation between The Duke of Sussex and Dr Jane Goodall, inspirational articles written by Brené Brown, Jameela Jamil and many others. Equally, you’ll find grassroots organisations and incredible trailblazers working tirelessly behind the scenes to change the world for the better. • “Guest Editing the September issue of British Vogue has been rewarding, educational and inspiring. To deep dive into this process, working quietly behind the scenes for so many months, I am happy to now be able to share what we have created. A huge thanks to all of the friends who supported me in this endeavour, lending their time and energy to help within these pages and on the cover. Thank you for saying “Yes!” – and to Edward, thank you for this wonderful opportunity.” – The Duchess of Sussex #ForcesForChange

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Archie on tour

Baby Archie made a surprise public appearance during his parents’ tour of Africa in September last year, meeting Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Another memorable moment from the tour was when Harry followed in his mother’s footsteps at a de-mining site, to raise awareness of the danger and prevalence of landmines.

Royal embrace: Archie receives a kiss on the forehead from Archbishop Desmond Tutu. REUTERS

Royal embrace: Archie receives a kiss on the forehead from Archbishop Desmond Tutu. REUTERS

Archie's first outing in public has been a standout highlight of the Royal Tour. REUTERS

Archie’s first outing in public was a highlight of the Royal Tour. REUTERS

The Duke of Sussex visited a de-mining site in Dirico, Angola, to raise awareness of the danger and prevalence of landmines that still exists today. Image @SussexRoyal @PA

ITV documentary

An hour-long documentary of Harry and Meghan’s African tour was released, in which the Prince revealed he and his brother William were on “different paths”, and Meghan discussed the difficulty of public scrutiny.

Their shock announcement

The Duke and Duchess shocked the world with their announcement that they planned to step back as senior members of the Royal Family. The pair reportedly had not informed the Queen of their plans to make the announcement, leading to an emergency meeting held between members of the Royal Family over how to manage the transition.

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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA

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Final duties

Harry and Meghan returned to the UK from North America for their final round of royal duties in early March. They included a last official outing for the “Fab Four”, with the Sussexes and the Cambridges attending the Commonwealth Day service together at Westminster Abbey.

Prince Harry and Meghan, arrive to attend the Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Britain March 7, 2020. REUTERS/Simon Dawson/Pool

Britain’s Prince Charles, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in London, Britain March 9, 2020. Phil Harris/Pool via REUTERS

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