Meghan Markle’s arrival changed the royal family in ways no one could have predicted, and during the years that royal relations have been very dramatic, she has also provided royal photographers with some equally dramatic images.
The Duchess of Sussex cut a striking figure at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, looked like a figure out of a Renaissance painting on her wedding day, and saved two of her most eye-catching outfits for 2023.
Here we look back at some of Meghan’s most artistic and dramatic photographs.
Meghan walks down the aisle at her wedding
Meghan and Prince Harry were officially married during their royal wedding at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, just days after another tie was scrapped.
Her father Thomas Markle did not attend the ceremony after he was caught staging pictures with the paparazzi, so Meghan went part alone, part with King Charles III. to the wedding altar.
“I just remember thinking, ‘Just take a deep breath and keep going,'” she said of her Netflix show. Harry and Meghan. “Harry’s father is very charming. And I said to him, ‘I lost my father in all this.’ That’s why he was very important to me as a father-in-law. So I asked him to walk me down the aisle and he said yes.”
The sun fell on Meghan’s face and her veil through the windows of St. George’s Chapel as she walked, making for a stunning image.
Harry and Meghan’s wedding dance
After the romance came the party and Harry and Meghan chose “Land of 1000 Dances” by Wilson Pickett for their first dance.
They shared behind-the-scenes pictures on their Netflix show and Meghan added: “I just wanted the music to be fun. Even our first dance, the Song of 1000 Dances? I always get it wrong.”
“That was our first dance,” she continued. “It just spun like a whirlwind, it was so great.”
Harry and Meghan’s royal exit
As they bid farewell to their lives as working royals, the Sussexes presented the royal press with one of the most dramatic images of their relationship as they arrived at a charity event in the rain.
Harry and Meghan were on their way to the Endeavor Fund Awards on March 5, 2020, which honors wounded veterans of the armed forces who have used sport to advance their recovery.
By this point, they had already announced their decision to quit their royal duties in January and were fulfilling their final obligations before starting a new life in America.
State funeral of Queen Elizabeth II
Meghan returned to the UK in September 2022 on a rare occasion to accompany Harry to the WellChild Awards, of which he is a patron.
However, before the ceremony took place, Buckingham Palace announced that doctors were concerned about the Queen’s health.
Elizabeth died on September 8, 2022, sending Britain, the royals and millions around the world into mourning.
Meghan and Harry extended their stay to attend the Queen’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey on September 19.
The Women of Vision Awards
Meghan wore a strapless gold Johanna Ortiz gown to accept the Women of Vision Award at a Ms. Foundation gala at New York’s Ziegfeld Ballroom in May.
After the incident, the couple’s car was followed by the paparazzi during a chase that their rep described as “near a disaster.”
The couple had Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, with them for both the highlight of the award and the low point of meeting the photographers outside.
Meghan stuns at the 2023 Invictus Games
Meghan supported one of her husband’s biggest events of the year, the 2023 Invictus Games in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Meghan and Harry hugged in the crowd on September 13 as they watched the wheelchair basketball final between the United States and France during the Olympic tournament for wounded veterans of the armed forces.
For the closing ceremony on Saturday, September 16, she wore a stunning strapless green dress by Cult Gaia.
In his speech, Harry said: “Your mission to heal and grow has been a shining example to us all.”
“They showed us the power of defining people not by assumptions, their backstory, or past pain, but rather by their abilities, how they show up, and who they are in the present.”
As for past pain, Harry has struggled with many things in recent years, from the resurfaced grief over Princess Diana’s death to Meghan’s experiences with the media to the decline in public support for the couple.
Needless to say, Meghan’s appearance at the Games once again helped focus the world’s attention on the Sussexes.
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