What a difference a few months can make! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have returned to the U.K. to wrap up their official duties as senior royals, and they managed to turn their first public engagement together into a pretty dreamy date night. From a show-stopping photo in the rain to witnessing a milestone romantic moment, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex enjoyed a grown-ups-only (sorry, baby Archie!) evening in each other’s company.
It had previously been reported that Harry and Meghan would be leaving baby Archie with a trusted caregiver at their new home in Canada while they honor their final royal appearances in the U.K. This makes sense from a practical standpoint since they’ll undoubtedly have a slammed schedule as they wrap everything up. Can you imagine how much they’re trying to squeeze in during this visit?
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But also, it allows Harry and Meghan to get in some quality time together — and judging by the photos and video from their date night, time together is something they truly relish. Anyone who has a little one at home can attest to the fact that date nights can become few and far between in those first years of baby’s life. While Harry and Meghan’s parents’ night out in London wasn’t exactly a traditional date night, they definitely made the most of it.
Here are some of the highlights.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder, right? Meghan and Harry struck out separately prior to their big date night. The Duke “raced up to Silverstone, home of the British Grand Prix, to open The Silverstone Experience, a brand-new immersive museum that tells the story of the past, present and future of British motor racing.”
The Duchess enjoyed an immersive experience of her own. “Yesterday, the Duchess of Sussex, Royal patron of the National Theatre, visited Immersive Storytelling Studio in London, where emerging technology like Virtual Reality is being used to develop new forms of emotive storytelling,” read the couple’s joint Instagram feed, accompanied by photos of Meghan observing exhibits at the theatre.
Smiling in the Rain
— Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) March 6, 2020
Not even a little inclement weather could dull Harry and Meghan’s shine as they made their way into the Endeavour Fund Awards — a ceremony that celebrates the achievements of wounded servicemen and women. As the rain poured down around their umbrella, the couple beamed at each other. And photographer Samir Hussein captured the moment in what may be the most magical royal photo ever.
Hello, grown-up conversation! When you have a toddler in the house, you can start to feel like you’ve lost your ability to form full sentences with other adult humans. Fortunately for Harry and Meghan, they certainly seem to have retained every bit of their eloquence and charmed. The couple shared a montage of their evening mingling on Instagram.
A Show of Support
It’s no secret that Harry and Meghan’s split from the royal family has been the subject of constant public fodder and scrutiny. But Harry alluded to his love for the monarchy — and, more pointedly, to the soldiers who serve in the U.K. — during a speech he made at the award ceremony.
“Meghan and I are so happy to be back here with you. Being able to serve Queen and country is something we all are rightly proud of, and it never leaves us. Once served, always serving,” he said, adding to the troops, “Many of you have told me tonight that you have my back. Well, I’m also going to tell you that I will always have yours.”
A Surprise Proposal
WATCH: One of tonight’s @EndeavourFund Award winners just proposed to his partner in front of Harry and Meghan…
Watch the reaction from the Sussexes, the audience, and (of course) the bride-to-be!! 💍 pic.twitter.com/rlDp9FTZxD
— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) March 5, 2020
One of the most touching moments of Harry and Meghan’s date night came when they witnessed a major milestone in the life of one of this year’s Endeavour winners. After Danny Holland accepted the Recognizing Achievement Award, he asked his girlfriend to join him on the stage… and he proposed! The tender moment was captured on video, including Harry and Meghan’s adorable reaction to it.
Click here to see more romantic photos of Harry & Meghan.
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