Meghan Markle’s nine most glamorous pictures

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 Markle at Queen Elizabeth II's funeral
Meghan Markle is seen during Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022. Meghan wore a statement Hepburn hat by Stephen Jones for Dior.
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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.

Meghan Markle walks down the aisle
The light captures Meghan Markle’s face as she walks down the aisle during her wedding to Prince Harry at St. George’s Chapel in Westminster Abbey on May 19, 2018.
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“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.”

Prince Harry and Meghan's wedding dance
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle dance to Wilson Pickett’s “Land of 1000 Dances” during their first dance in a still from their Netflix show “Harry & Meghan.” Their royal wedding reception took place on May 19, 2018 at Frogmore House in Windsor.
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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.

Prince Harry and Meghan in the rain
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry arrive in the rain at the Endeavor Fund Awards at the Mansion House on March 5, 2020 in London, England.
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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.

Meghan Markle with Union Jack flag
A British Union Jack flag is reflected in the window of the car that takes Meghan Markle away from Westminster Abbey in London after the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on September 19, 2022.
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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 Markle's gold Johanna Ortiz dress
Meghan Markle wears a gold Johanna Ortiz dress with Prince Harry at the Women of Vision Awards at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City in May 2023.
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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.

Prince Harry and Meghan hug at Invictus Games
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle share a moment during the Invictus Games 2023 on September 13, 2023 in Düsseldorf.
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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.”

Meghan Markle's green strapless dress
Meghan Markle wears a green strapless dress by Cult Gaia to the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games Düsseldorf 2023 at the Merkur Spiel-Arena in Germany on September 16, 2023.
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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.

Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games 2023
Meghan Markle at the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games Düsseldorf 2023 in the Merkur Spiel-Arena, Germany, on September 16, 2023.
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Jack Royston is chief royal correspondent for Newsweek, based in London. You can find him on Twitter at @jack_royston and continue reading his stories Newsweek‘S The Royals’ Facebook page.

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