Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting a girl after suffering a miscarriage in 2020.
Anniversaries are special occasions for a couple. They get to celebrate each other and the new milestone they have crossed together. They get to look back on their year and introspect about how much they've grown as a couple, while some people don't like to celebrate each anniversary in a grand manner and use other ways to mark the special day.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, 36 and 39, have been married for three years and the couple celebrated their anniversary on May 19. They used their special day to announce a new philanthropic project from their Archewell Foundation.
The couple announced that they planned to build a Community Relief Center in Mumbai, India, through their partnership with World Central Kitchen. They chose India because of the nation's alarming second wave of COVID-19.
"Right now, COVID-19 cases are spiking across the entire country of India. On Tuesday [May 18], India’s total virus cases exceeded 25 million, with 260,000 new cases and 4,329 deaths reported in the past 24 hours. Hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost, millions have been infected, and there is widespread concern that the crisis is even worse than reported," they wrote.
Mumbai is also home to "Myna Mahila," an Indian organization focused on women’s health and employment opportunities that The Duchess of Sussex has long supported. The Mumbai location will be the third in a series of four Community Relief Centers that our organizations have committed to develop in regions of the world disproportionately affected by natural disaster," they added.
The couple got married in 2018 and welcomed their son, Archie, a year later. Their foundation is named after their 2-year-old, who is soon going to be a big brother. "To have a boy then a girl — what more can you ask for?" Harry said during the couple's March interview with Oprah Winfrey.
It is believed that they quietly celebrated their day at their Montecito home with their son. They likely exchanged "creative and romantic" gifts based on a personal tradition, a source tells PEOPLE.
"I know that at the end of the day, she chooses me. I choose her. Whatever we have to tackle will be us together as a team." - Prince Harry.— Derek Momodu (@DelMody) May 18, 2021
Congratulations to Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, on their third wedding anniversary #HarryandMeghan pic.twitter.com/lgOcjvYVwE
The couple got wishes from their followers. "What a truly wonderful day that was. It still conjures love, hope, and magic,” one fan tweeted alongside a montage of photos from Harry and Meghan’s wedding. "May you continue to thrive, grow and live your dreams. So glad you are together. You are a bright light in our world. Stay shining," they added.
Three years ago, thousands of people tuned in to their television sets to watch this royal couple walk down the aisle. Their special day was attended by George Clooney and wife Amal Clooney, Serena Williams and husband Alexis Ohanian, Oprah Winfrey, among many other high-profile celebrities and public figures.
Since then, they have stepped down from their roles in the British royal family and continue to build a home and business in California. Even as conflict has grown within the royal family, fans put it aside to honor the couple.
“Happy Anniversary, Harry & Meghan!” another fan exclaimed on Twitter. “As the years get to pass, we wish that the love you have for each other increases every moment you will share together. May both be blessed with all the gifts you desire & your love grow stronger & inspire all."
Even though, their path ahead looks unclear they always have a smile for each other. Their love shines through the photos, and it shows how much they trust each other.
They seem like a couple that knows how to have fun and be there for each other during difficult moments. Their joy and admiration for each other are obvious in the images.
Happy anniversary to my favorite royals, #PrinceHarry and #MeghanMarkle. A lot has happened in three years...more than any of us could have imagined on your wedding day. Congratulations, #HarryandMeghan, for building the life you want on your own terms. pic.twitter.com/H6e0oCGwFb— Kristen Meinzer (@kristenmeinzer) May 19, 2021
"My take is they're picking up the torch of (Princess) Diana, creating a 'celebrity royal' role," says Nicoletta Gullace, associate professor of history at the University of New Hampshire, who specializes in modern British history, to USA Today. "What they're doing is very original in some ways – it's a modern blending of corporate deals, woke causes like mental health and women’s empowerment, and royal stardom, which is the secret sauce that makes everything they do so incredibly powerful."
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