Unwrapping Meghan and Harry's 2-Year Wedding Anniversary Gifts

Two years of marriage in and the rest of a lifetime to go for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

The famous pair officially rang in their second wedding anniversary on Wednesday while fans recalled their world-famous nuptials inside St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on that picturesque day in May 2018. 

And, as royal enthusiasts well know, a lot has happened since the two officially tied the knot and became husband and wife, notably their first child, Archie Harrison, and more recently, their headline-making exit from life as senior royals.

The family of three has since relocated to Calif., reportedly staying in a mansion owned by Tyler Perry. While it’s unclear whether they’re guests or renting the property for the time-being, the two have been keeping a low profile in recent months—particularly after retiring their @SussexRoyal Instagram account in late March—save for occasional glimpses of their ongoing virtual work with their patronages and charitable endeavors.  

 

Considering the nature of life right now amid the coronavirus pandemic, it’s no surprise the couple kept their anniversary celebrations fuss-free. 

“They are just powering down,” a royal insider told E! News. “No calls, no Zoom meetings, no work. Just hanging out as a family. Keeping things simple.”

However, that doesn’t mean their anniversary went without gifts. 

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“They generally follow traditional anniversary gift giving,” a source shared. “The second year is cotton and they each put their own spin on it. They are very thoughtful and romantic gift givers.”

Cotton material is said to symbolize both comfort and strength and inspires the metaphor of married pairs becoming more woven together over time. 

The couple commemorated their first wedding anniversary publicly last year by sharing never-before-seen photos of their milestone day.

“Thank you for all of the love and support from so many of you around the world,” they said in a joint statement on Instagram at the time. “Each of you made this day even more meaningful.”

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s ‘thoughtful’ gifts revealed as they celebrate second anniversary

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry reportedly exchanged “creative” and “thoughtful” gifts as they celebrated their second wedding anniversary earlier this week.

The couple, who tied the knot on 19 May 2018, celebrated in their new home of Los Angeles with a “quiet” evening in.

According to reports, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex didn’t let the low-key celebration stop them from exchanging “sentimental” gifts on Tuesday.

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“This year, they both gave each other gifts based on cotton,” the insider told People.

“Undoubtedly, it was a very creative and romantic gesture as all their gifts are to one another.

“They love to do their own take on traditional wedding gifts,” the insider added.


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“The first anniversary was paper, and Meghan wrote out the wedding speech and had it framed for him.”

According to wedding lifestyle website The Knot, cotton represents how close and interconnected a married couple will be in the beginning of their marriage and demonstrates how husbands and wives can become more flexible as they grow.

Paper, meanwhile, represents the fragile beginnings of a marriage, but, if protected, can survive for “a lifetime”.

It comes after reports that the couple are living in a £14.5million home owned by producer and actor Tyler Perry in Los Angeles.

The eight bedroom house in Beverly Hills is owned by Diary Of A Mad Black Woman star Tyler Perry and is believed to cost $18million.

Although Harry and Meghan have never been seen with Tyler, they are thought to have connected with him through their mutual friend Oprah Winfrey.

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A source said: "Meghan and Harry have been extremely cautious to keep their base in LA under wraps.

"Their team helped them choose the location for their transition to Los Angeles wisely.

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"Beverly Ridge has its own guarded gate and Tyler's property has a gate of its own which is watched by their security team.

"Beverly Ridge is an excellent place to keep out of view. The neighbours are mostly old money and mega rich business types rather than show business gossips.

"It goes without saying that the location is stunning – just one of the most beautiful and desirable areas in LA," the insider continued to tell Daily Mail TV.

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Meghan Markle’s thoughtful wedding anniversary gift to Prince Harry revealed

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have just marked their second wedding anniversary and if last year is anything to go by, Prince Harry was in for a sweet surprise from wife Meghan.

Much was said last year about Harry’s gift to his wife – an eternity ring – but Meghan’s gift was kept a secret, until now.

Prince Harry and Meghan celebrated their second wedding anniversary in Los Angeles

According to PEOPLE, Meghan, who has impeccable handwriting and was once a freelance calligrapher, wrote out their wedding speech and framed it for Harry – what a way to mark their paper wedding anniversary!

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Last year was definitely an anniversary to remember, not only was it their first but just weeks before they had welcomed their first child into the world – Archie Harrison.

To mark his birth and their anniversary, Harry gifted Meghan an eternity ring, which she first wore when introducing their son to the world in Windsor Castle.

The couple introduced their first child to the world weeks before their first anniversary

New mum Meghan wore her sparkling accessory next to her Welsh gold wedding band and her three-stone diamond engagement ring.

Eternity rings symbolize everlasting love and are usually given by a spouse to their wife to commemorate a milestone wedding anniversary or to celebrate the welcoming of a new child. The ring is also typically covered in diamonds in an infinite loop around the band.

This year, the pair celebrated their seconf wedding anniversary in Los Angeles, where they are self-isolating with Archie since moving there from Canada in mid-March. The couple are residing at a £15million mansion owned by Tyler Perry in the Beverly Ridge Estate of LA and have been given small sneak peek’s inside.

Most recently, Harry and Meghan showed off one of the mansion’s rooms during a video call with the Crisis Text Line team. Attendee Ricky Neil shared a picture on Instagram of the call and it showed Meghan and Harry sitting next to each other with two large black lamps visible from behind. A large painting could also be seen, as well as wooden panelling on the walls.

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Holly Willoughby stuns on This Morning in a sunshine yellow dress – and it’s in the sale

Holly Willoughby looked gorgeous in her daily behind the scenes fashion snap.

The This Morning presenter took to Instagram to post her daily outfit selfie before taking up her morning presenting duties.

Holly, who is always well turned out for the show looked absolutely dazzling in a bright yellow dress for This Morning.

Perhaps replicating the fact that the weather was set to be a scorcher, Holly emulated the sunshine in a gorgeous bold yellow dress.

The yellow dress is from American fashion store J Crew, other fans include Meghan Markle and Michelle Obama.

Holly has worn J Crew on several occasions and her dress for the show couldn't have been more timely.

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As temperatures were set to soar in the UK, Holly thrilled fans with her yellow dress choice.

The frock, which is called 'Judy' is currently not in stock on the J Crew site, but have no fear, we have tracked Holly's yellow dress down and even better, it's currently on sale.

Holly's yellow dress can currently be bought from fashion website Zalando. The dress is currently on sale.

The dress was £169.99 but has been reduced to £135.99. It is available in sizes 6 to 20.

dress, was £169.99 now £135.99, Zalando

The yellow dress features a sheer overlay with an under layer. The dress features a waistband which is great if you like to draw attention to an hour glass

The dress is listed as colour 'kiwi' but also comes in coral for those that want a pink hue.

Holly takes to Instagram every Monday to Thursday to post her outfits prior to the show and tag the brands she is wearing, to help fans steal her style.

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Holly is a huge fan of a dress for presenting duties to help her look immediately put together. J Crew has become one of her go to brands, alongside British brands like Ghost, LK Bennett and Jigsaw.

Her fans often copy her look, meaning that items she wears on the show often sell out very quickly.

The blonde's fashion status has also seen her launch several edits with high street retailer Marks and Spencer.

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Inside Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s £14.7m LA house they are rumoured to be staying in owned by Tyler Perry

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are thought to be living in luxury inside the Beverly Hills mega-mansion owned by film tycoon Tyler Perry.

It was reported recently that the couple, who relocated to Los Angeles when they stepped down from senior royal duties, have been staying in the Tuscan-style villa that is worth £14.7m ($18m).

Along with eight bedrooms and 12 bathrooms, a glimpse inside the lavish abode provided by the film studio owner's Instagram page reveals that Harry and Meghan could be enjoying such features like a sunken bath, a separate chapel, a nursery and the sweeping views of the LA skyline.

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Tyler's property sits within a 22-acre plot of land in the ultra-exclusive Beverly Ridge Estates guard-gated community.

And scrolling back through the 50-year-old's feed reveals an incredible insight into the sprawling home that Meghan, 38, and Harry, 35, may possibly have been staying during the coronavirus lockdown.

Back in 2016 when celebrating his son Aman's christening, Tyler welcomed famous faces including his pal Oprah who is his son's godmother, to his specially built chapel.

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The ceremony took place inside the building which sits within the 22 acres of his property and is a replica of a church his mother attended as a child.

As well as that, there's an enormous pool which has stunning views of the city and surrounding hills. There's also plenty of space to host a soiree with restaurant style seating and umbrellas to protect guests from the LA sunshine.


In another snap of the view, Tyler shared a picture from a terrace area he calls the "back deck" in 2013 of storm clouds gathered above.

In the same year, the film studio owner also proved he had taste when it came to bathing in style, as he took a dip in a sunken bath.

Situated in the middle of one of the 12 bathrooms the circular basin sits in the middle with a huge chandelier hanging above.


There's also a nursery elsewhere in the property, that could be perfect as Archie's room, as it was once set up for Tyler's now 5-year-old son Aman who he shares with wife Gelila Bekele.

Tyler proudly posted about his back garden which was overflowing with flowers and greenery, overlooking LA.

And there's more than space to take his dogs on a long walk without ever leaving the property, which proves perfect for Meghan who has her two pet pooches.

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Despite being in lockdown there would be plenty of space to hold a party, as Tyler proved when he invited several of his famous friends round to celebrate his 45th birthday – and had Stevie Wonder play at his piano in his living room.

Meanwhile the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have the option of several cosy nooks in Tyler's property, including a spacious room where the Diary Of A Mad Black Woman star puts up his Christmas tree.

There's the huge kitchen with a centre island that would be the ideal spot for Meghan and Harry to whip up some family dinners.

Especially as it goes largely unused by Tyler, who confessed he needed some cooking lessons when it came to making Thanksgiving dinner.

And when Meghan and Harry are making phone calls as part of their remaining duties to raise spirits during the COVID-19 pandemic, there's a study for them which boasts incredible mahogany furniture and comfy leather chairs.


Although Harry and Meghan have never been seen with Tyler and they have not confirmed they are living there, they are thought to have connected with him through their mutual friend Oprah Winfrey.

A source said: "Meghan and Harry have been extremely cautious to keep their base in LA under wraps. Their team helped them choose the location for their transition to Los Angeles wisely.

"Beverly Ridge has its own guarded gate and Tyler's property has a gate of its own which is watched by their security team. It is an excellent place to keep out of view. The neighbours are mostly old money and mega rich business types rather than show business gossips.

"It goes without saying that the location is stunning – just one of the most beautiful and desirable areas in LA," the insider continued to tell Daily Mail TV.

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Meghan Markle loses first part of battle against Associated Newspapers

The Duchess of Sussex has lost her first High Court battle against the publisher of the Mail on Sunday over the publication of a private letter Meghan sent to her estranged father Thomas Markle in August 2018. In a ruling on Friday, Mr Justice Warby struck out parts of Meghan’s case, following an application by Associated Newspapers at a hearing last week.

The judge ruled in favour of the Mail on Sunday over Meghan Markle

However, the judge said those parts of the Duchess’s case may be revived at a later stage if they are put on a proper legal basis. The judge said: “Some of the allegations are struck out as irrelevant to the purpose for which they are pleaded. Some are struck out on the further or alternative ground that they are inadequately detailed. I have also acted so as to confine the case to what is reasonably necessary and proportionate for the purpose of doing justice between these parties.”

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He added: “I do not consider that the allegations struck out on that basis go to the ‘heart’ of the case, which at its core concerns the publication of five articles disclosing the words of, and information drawn from, the letter written by the claimant to her father in August 2018. Some aspects of the case that I have struck out at this stage may be revived if they are put in proper form.”

A spokesperson for Schillings, who are acting on behalf of The Duchess of Sussex said: “Today’s ruling makes very clear that the core elements of this case do not change and will continue to move forward. The Duchess’ rights were violated; the legal boundaries around privacy were crossed. As part of this process, the extremes to which The Mail on Sunday used distortive, manipulative, and dishonest tactics to target The Duchess of Sussex have been put on full display.

“Whilst the Judge recognises that there is a claim for breach of privacy and copyright, we are surprised to see that his ruling suggests that dishonest behaviour is not relevant. We feel honesty and integrity are at the core of what matters; or as it relates to the Mail on Sunday and Associated Newspapers, their lack thereof.

“Nonetheless, we respect the Judge’s decision as the strong case against Associated will continue to focus on the issue of a private, intimate and hand-written letter from a daughter to her father that was published by The Mail on Sunday. This gross violation of any person’s right to privacy is obvious and unlawful, and The Mail on Sunday should be held to account for their actions.”

The couple during their last public appearance in the UK

Ahead of the first hearing last week, text messages from the Duchess to her father, Thomas Markle, in the lead-up to the royal wedding in May 2018, were disclosed in legal documents. On 15 May 2018, Meghan texted her dad saying: “I’ve been reaching out to you all weekend but you’re not taking any of our calls or replying to any texts. Very concerned about your health and safety and have taken every measure to protect you but not sure what more we can do if you don’t respond. Do you need help? Can we send the security team down again? I’m very sorry to hear you’re in the hospital but need you to please get in touch with us … What hospital are you at?”

The Duchess sent another text about ten minutes later, saying: “Harry and I made a decision earlier today and are dispatching the same security guys you turned away this weekend to be a presence on the ground to make sure you’re safe … they will be there at your disposal as soon as you need them. Please, please call as soon as you can.. all of this is incredibly concerning but your health is most important.”

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How to bake Meghan Markle’s banana bread that Prince Harry loves

The entire country seems to have gone banana bread crazy since the lockdown started, with photos of scrumptious loaves filling our social media feeds. It’s easy to see why the recipe is so popular – you get to use up old over-ripe bananas and then it’s just a bit of mixing and pouring into a tin. For minimal effort, the bread tastes amazing. But if, like us, you’re looking for a way to jazz up your banana bread, look no further than royal mum Duchess Meghan for inspiration. The wife of Prince Harry loves to cook the fruity loaf – and adds two extra ingredients for an extra kick: chocolate chips and ginger.

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Back in 2018, Meghan took her own banana bread for a picnic with a farming family in Dubbo, near Sydney, Australia, whilst on royal tour with her husband. The couple joined the Woodley family for tea, where Meghan shared her homemade cake. The Daily Mails correspondent Rebecca English revealed how the cake contained chocolate chips and ginger.

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A cake similar to the one Meghan baked

Elaine Woodley, from the Mountain View Farm told the Daily Mail: “We were so surprised but it was incredibly nice of her, she made it last night when she knew she was coming to a family home.” Her daughter Benita revealed: “She [the Duchess of Sussex] said if you go to someone’s house you always bring something, so she did. She said she was worried about the bananas, that she’d put too many bananas in it. But the Duke said there’s never too many bananas.”

Meghan on the farm visit in Australia

Meghan didn’t reveal her exact recipe for her banana bread so if you want to recreate it, simply add dark chocolate chips and finely chopped crystallised ginger– about half a cup of each, depending on your taste. Top tip, to ensure the chocolate chips don’t melt, roll them in plain flour before adding to the cake mixture. Now, time to take high tea like a royal…

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Serena Williams and Meghan Markle's Decade-Long Friendship, in Their Own Words

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Meghan Markle and Serena Williams go way back. The two first met at the Super Bowl in 2010 and have been friends ever since. In fact, Meghan frequently attends Serena’s matches at the US Open and Wimbledon and Serena was front and center at Meghan and Prince Harry’s nuptials in 2018. While Meghan and Serena both “have a penchant for hot sauces and adore fashion,” the duchess previously wrote on her now-deleted blog that what connects them is their “belief in exceeding expectations” and their “endless ambition.”

Most recently, Serena was asked how she felt about Meghan leaving the royal family and moving to LA, and in true Serena fashion, she handled it like a pro. “I don’t know what you’re talking about, don’t know nothing about that,” she joked as she pulled a Mariah Carey. “Never seen her, never heard of her, don’t know her . . .” In honor of their friendship, check out some of the sweetest things Serena and Meghan have said about each other.

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Serena Williams Dodges Question About Close Friend Meghan Markle Like A Total Pro

Serena Williams is a pro at tennis ― and at staying tight-lipped about her friends.

The tennis champ showed her loyalty to her close pal Meghan Markle yet again Monday when she and her sister, fellow tennis star Venus Williams, joined supermodel Naomi Campbell for an interview on the “No Filter With Naomi” YouTube series.

“Are you happy that your girlfriend’s moved to America? Meghan Markle?” Campbell asked during an hourlong chat about fashion, beauty, business and more.

“Don’t know what you’re talking about. Don’t know nothing about that,” Williams, who is one of Verizon Media’s global advisers, joked.

“Never seen her, never heard of her, don’t know her,” she added, with a nonchalant whistle.

Some listeners loved the line’s similarity to Mariah Carey’s famous “I don’t know her,” line, when she was asked about Jennifer Lopez in the early 2000s. 

Markle and her husband Prince Harry moved to Los Angeles last month after deciding to step back from royal duties in the UK. This week, the couple announced they would cut off communications with four British tabloids and have hinted that intrusive media coverage contributed to their decision to withdraw from their senior royal positions.

Williams has been friends with Markle since meeting at a Super Bowl party 10 years ago. The two have fiercely supported one another over the years. At the Australian Open earlier this year, when quizzed by a reporter about Markle’s decision to step back, Williams was just as dutiful.

“Yeah, I have absolutely no comments on anything with that,” she said. “But good try. You tried. You did good.”

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Prince Harry & Meghan Markle’s Heartwarming LA Volunteer Work Revealed: They ‘Want To Make The World A Better Place’

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been secretly volunteering at L.A. based charity Project Angel Food. Here’s how they’re helping the city’s most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Wednesday, April 15, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped out to deliver meals — and a smile — to some Los Angeles residents living with critical illnesses. But it wasn’t the first time they’ve volunteered at Project Angel Food, a non-profit charity that cooks, prepares and delivers meals to people in need.

“The Duke and Duchess wanted to be of service on Easter, and they decided to volunteer at Project Angel Food and give our drivers a break that day,” Richard Ayoub, Project Angel Food’s executive director, told HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY. “They loved the experience so much that they came back on Wednesday, and did more deliveries.”

“I think their whole goal was to be of service,” Richard explained to HL. “That was their main goal, their secondary goal was to relieve our drivers of some of their workload, because our drivers delivered to 50 to 60, people a day. Ant their third goal was to hopefully give someone a smile.”

Richard, who was there to give Meghan and Harry the tour, called the couple “totally down to earth” and told HL that it was all a big surprise. “It was very surprising and really pretty spectacular that this is the first organization, not only in L.A., but in the United States, that they wanted to work with, and that happened to be Project Angel Food.”

“I greeted them on Easter Sunday. It’s the best Easter Sunday I’ve ever had. And I gave them a tour of the kitchen. And they talked to our chefs. And they were very, very highly engaged.  They asked questions, they asked about the meal production, about the medically tailored meals, about how many we do a week, who are the clients, and what are they going through. And then they talked to chefs and asked the chefs how long they had worked with us. They were really spectacular.”

“One of the first questions I asked them, before we went into the kitchen, was how would you like to be referred to as Duke and Duchess? And they immediately interrupted me and said no, as Harry and Meghan.”

Not only were they interested in learning all about the charity, they were also very hands on. “They drove in their own vehicle,” Richard told HL. “They took our food, a week’s worth of food delivered to each client. And they also took non perishable food, because we’re delivering it to every client, just in case of emergency and we can’t get to them, that they have food.”

“I think that Meghan wants to show Harry L.A. through the eyes of philanthropy and through the eyes of Project Angel Food. They really are concerned about vulnerable people. You know, especially with COVID. Our clients are the ones who are most prone to get the virus. And if they get it. They may die because most are over the age of 60, and they have heart disease, lung disease, diabetes. And Meghan and Harry, they were really interested in meeting the clients and talking to them and seeing how they were doing.”

Although Meghan was already familiar with Project Angel Food, Richard told HL that it was her mother, Doria Ragland, that suggested they help out at the highly respected charity. “Meghan says that because she lived in L.A. she knew about Project Angel Food. And they wanted to do something to volunteer on Easter, and she was talking to her mother and her mother said Project Angel Food needs help.”

Richard told HL that helping out during COVID-19 is a big concern for the couple. “They really care about people and about making the world a better place. And COVID is going on, and so, I think they thought Project Angel Food takes care of these people, let’s go see some of them. And they were really impressed with the gratitude that they received on behalf of Project Angel Food, people were just gushing about how this service is so important to them right now.

“When they came to see us they didn’t take any pictures or do anything for publicity. I think they just did it because those are the kinds of people they are, that’s what they do. Harry’s whole life has been service and that’s just who they are.”

Although Meghan and Harry didn’t bring their 11-month-old son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten Windsor, along for their volunteering, as soon as they were done they back to playing with there beloved baby. “After Easter they called me and said well we did all our deliveries and we’re gonna go play with Archie now,” Richard told HL.

Since it’s inception in 1989, Project Angel Food as served over 12 million meals to more than 20,000 people. But with COVID-19 the need is even greater. “Right now we’re feeding 1,600 people a day but we are going to be adding 400 more people this month,” Richard told HL, “so we’re really in need of donations right now.”

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