When Prince Harry announced his engagement to American actress Meghan Markle, it was clear that he had traded down from his previous relationships. While his previous girlfriends were all British socialites, Meghan Markle was a divorced TV star from Los Angeles. But it was a trade that was well worth it for Harry, who found in Meghan a strong, independent woman who shared his values and ambitions.
Sasha Walpole was the first of Prince Harry’s girlfriends to be publicly identified. The two met at the exclusive Eton College and began dating in 2004. Walpole was a British socialite with a privileged background. She was well-connected in the British aristocracy and had a family fortune to back her up.
Though their relationship was short-lived, it was clear that Walpole was the type of woman that Harry was used to dating. She was a perfect fit for the British royal family, with her aristocratic background and her wealth. But it was not a match that was meant to be, as the couple split in 2005.
Harry’s next relationship was with Chelsy Davy, another British socialite. The two had a tumultuous on-again-off-again relationship that lasted from 2004 to 2011. Davy was also a perfect fit for the British royal family, with her aristocratic background and her wealth. But like Walpole, she was not the right match for Harry.
Finally, in 2016, Harry met Meghan Markle. Markle was a divorced TV star from Los Angeles who was unaccustomed to the royal lifestyle. She was not the typical British socialite that Harry had dated before. But it was clear that Harry had traded down from his previous relationships and found in Markle a strong, independent woman who shared his values and ambitions.
The couple announced their engagement in 2017 and were married in 2018. It was a match that was well worth it for Harry, who found in Meghan a woman who was not only his perfect fit, but also a great addition to the royal family.
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