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Harry and Meghan: From royal romance to palace rift

March 6, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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This wasn't how the fairytale was supposed to play out. The beloved bachelor prince had finally found his perfect match, culminating in an elegant, star-studded castle wedding. Less than three years on, the intensifying row between the Sussexes and Britain's royal family has captivated the globe. Never before have we seen the monarchy machinery exposed quite so publicly.

CNN will soon launch Royal News, a weekly newsletter bringing you the inside track on the royal family, what they are up to in public and what's happening behind palace walls.

They revealed later that neither knew much about the other: She wasn't particularly familiar with the royal family; while he hadn't seen the TV show "Suits" which Meghan starred in at the time.

Shortly after the statement, Harry and Meghan appeared for a photo call on the grounds of Kensington Palace before filming an interview for the BBC.

Broadcast later that night, Meghan spoke highly of the royal family and how welcoming they had been to her.

"The family has been great, and over the past year and a half we've just had a really nice time getting to know them and progressively helping me feel a part of not just the institution but also part of the family," Meghan said.

Kensington Palace -- which represented both the Cambridges and the Sussexes at the time -- bolstered its social media operations in response to an uptick in racist online abuse targeting Meghan.

The Queen gave Harry and Meghan her permission to set up their own office with its own staff at Buckingham Palace in the spring.

And in a break from royal tradition, Meghan chose not to follow in the footsteps of her sister-in-law, Catherine, and Harry's mother, Diana, who both appeared before photographers with their newborns cradled in their arms hours after giving birth in central London.

Whispers of a rift reemerged again with the announcement that Harry and Meghan were separating from the Royal Foundation, the charity set up for the brothers in 2011.

October 2019 -- Meghan reveals pressures of royal life; Harry confirms conflict with William

After completing a hectic run of public events, Harry and Meghan took some "family time" towards the end of the year.

Harry and Meghan announced that they were stepping back from their roles as senior royals in an apparently sudden move that caught both the public and palace off guard.

As newspapers seized on a royal crisis, Queen Elizabeth stepped in and called a summit at her Sandringham estate, summoning Princes Charles, William and Harry to hash out the details.

It was announced that Harry and Meghan had agreed with the Queen that they would not be returning as working members of the family.

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