It’s been quite the year for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. They welcomed their first child, Archie, went on a royal tour of southern Africa, launched a battle with the tabloids, and, oh yeah, casually met Beyoncé. Truthfully, it was all just in a year’s work for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are currently taking a well-deserved break out of the spotlight for the holidays.
While Meghan and Harry are kicking back, we figured it’d be fun to go through their cutest moments of the year – both as a couple and new parents. We already know parenthood has profoundly impacted the both of them. “It’s magic. It’s pretty amazing. I have the best two guys in the world, so I’m really happy,” Markle said shortly after giving birth, while Prince Harry added, “It’s been great. Parenting is amazing.” But they’ve also shared some sweet moments just the two of them. Below, the 9 times Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made us swoon the most.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Swag Out Like Beyoncé and JAY-Z in This Sublime Illustration
Have you ever stumbled across an Instagram post so glorious, you damn near drop your phone? Well, I just did, and it’s worthy of a royal honor. On Jan. 17, LA-based illustrator and cartoonist Obi Arisukwu shared one of his latest works featuring Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. The illustration shows the Duchess and Duke of Sussex assuming the roles of Beyoncé and JAY-Z in the cover art for their 2018 hit “Apesh*t” from their album Everything Is Love.
While cartoon Meghan rocks Bey’s low-cut pastel blazer, Harry drips swag in blue suiting and a gold chain inspired by JAY-Z’s look. In the background, a portrait of Princess Diana hangs proudly. “When Black royalty meets British royalty,” Obi captioned the sublime piece. “An ode to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to rebel due to the toxicity they’ve experienced in the UK.”
Not only is the illustration a reference to Harry and Meghan’s recent break from the royal family, but it’s also a callback to the couple’s connection with Beyoncé and JAY-Z. Back in February, Bey and Jay delivered a tribute to Meghan while accepting their Brit Award for best international group. Shortly after, Beyoncé posted a special shout-out to the duchess on her website, calling her “one of our Melanated Monas.” The two queens and their husbands finally met in July at the UK premiere of The Lion King, where Bey and Meghan shared a warm embrace. We have no choice but to support!