Lizzie Cundy: “Meghan’s a free spirit – but that could all change”

Meghan Markle

by Lizzie Cundy |
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Meghan Markle's world has been turned upside down since meeting Prince Harry in 2016, and their wedding marks the start of a new royal life together

TV host Lizzy Cundy - who interviewed Meghan, 36, on the red carpet at a 2013 London event and bonded after being seated together at a dinner later that night - predicts what's in store for the new princess

Taming their party lifestyle

"Meghan was great fun. We had plenty of champagne and we were dancing – I think we were the last to leave. She’s perfect for Harry – he’s the party prince and she loved to party too! She’s such a free spirit but I worry the restrictions of being a royal may change this. Having said that, Harry is wild too – so this could be the start of a more liberal, more modern Royal family."

Take a look at where it all began with this Meghan and Harry timeline...

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's relationship timeline

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle met in London in July 2016.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

They were introduced by mutual friend Markus Anderson, who is the director of Soho House.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

In October 2016, the Express became the first newspaper to publish news that Prince Harry had a new girlfriend.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

On November 8th 2016, Kensington Palace released an unprecedented statement which referring to Markle as Harry's girlfriend for the first time.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

In the statement, Prince Harry condemned the 'wave of abuse and harrassment' faced by Markle, saying that he was 'worried about Ms. Markle's safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her.'

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Prince Harry and Meghan Marklec

'It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm,' the statement continued.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

The couple were papped together for the first time in December 2016, shopping for a Christmas tree in London at the Pines and Needles store.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Later that week, they were seen on London's West End, catching a performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

In February, Prince Harry wore a his 'n' hers bracelet on the cover of Town & Country magazine, just weeks after Markle was pictured wearing the same one on Instagram.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

In March 2017, Meghan joined Prince Harry in the Caribbean for the wedding of his friend's Tom 'Skippy' Inskip and Lara Hughes-Young.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

It was the first time that Markle accompanied Harry to a wedding, marking another milestone occasion for the couple.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

The first public event attended by the couple was the polo at Coworth Park in May 2017.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Later in May, Markle attended the party portion of Pippa Middleton's wedding to James Middelton.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Prince Harry was seen driving her to the event after the church ceremony.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

The couple were photographed together the following day at the wheelchair tennis.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

The couple 'broke with royal protocol' by holding hands and appearing affectionate while at the Invictus Games.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Meghan referred to Harry as her boyfriend numerous times, saying: 'We're a couple. We're in love. I'm sure there will be a time when we will have to come forward and present ourselves and have stories to tell, but I hope what people understand is that this is our time.'

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

In early November 2017, it was reported that Meghan Markle was leaving Suits after seven series.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Much was made of Markle's choice of outfit: ripped jeans and a white blouse called 'The Husband'.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Although Prince Harry was sat next to First Lady Melania Trump at the event, rather than his girlfriend, she was only seated a few rows behind him.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

The couple made their first official public appearance in September, when Markle attended the opening of Prince Harry's Invictus Games.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

In mid-November 2017, bookies suspending betting on an impending royal engagement, as speculation grew that an announcement was about to be made.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

On November 27th 2017, Prince Charles announced the engagement of his younger son Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after 15 months of dating.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

The couple later appeared at a photocall, with Markle wearing a white dress coat by Canadian brand Line The Label. The website has subsequently crashed.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

The engagement ring, by Cleave and Company, was reportedly designed by Prince Harry himself, using two stones that belonged to Princess Diana.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

When asked by waiting photographers if the proposal was romantic, Harry joked 'of course!'

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

The couple indulged in some PDA at the closing ceremony.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Meghan wore a maroon midi dress with a pleated chiffon skirt by one of her favourite Canadian brands Aritzia.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

She teamed it with a matching burgundy biker jacket by Mackage.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Prince Harry reportedly spent time with Meghan's mother Doria while at the Games too.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Prince Harry was photographed kissing Meghan.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

In late September 2017, it was reported that Meghan had met the Queen, prompting speculation that the relationship was getting serious.

Starting a family

"When I met Meghan, I showed her a picture of my boys and she said she loved kids and would love a family one day. Looking at their ages, I think they’ll start trying straight away. Kate’s also just had a baby, so I’m sure being around little Prince Louis will make Meghan broody!"

Adapting to the UK

"Meghan said that while the weather over here in the UK is cold, the people are so warm! She absolutely loved London and the Brits – especially how we call everyone ‘darling’."

Read more about Lizzie Cundy's predictions about the new royal family member in this week's Closer magazine, out now.

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