Meghan Markle Recreated the Moment She and Prince Harry Fell in Love Right in Their Backyard
The Duchess of Sussex paid homage to their Botswana camping adventures to mark a very special milestone.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry just marked their two-year wedding anniversary with a quiet day at home, but the pair never shies away from celebrating their relationship in different ways year round. A source close to the couple reveals to People that they "always give each other incredibly romantic gifts," which explains a special surprise the Duchess of Sussex planned for Prince Harry's birthday last September. According to the insider, "Meghan recreated their Botswana camping adventures in their backyard. It's a place that means so much to them—and to Harry in particular—so Meghan wanted to bring that happy place to him on his day so she set up a tent, got sleeping bags, cooked dinner, and recreated Botswana where they fell in love."
Their trip to Botswana happened in 2016, following just two dates—but Prince Harry notes that this was critical moment in the beginning of their relationship. "It was I think about three, maybe four weeks later that I managed to persuade her to come and join me in Botswana," he previously shared during their post-engagement interview with BBC. "And we camped out with each other under the stars. She came and joined me for five days out there, which was absolutely fantastic."
Prince Harry went on to share that this time alone helped solidify the bond they still share to this day: "We were really by ourselves, which was crucial to me to make sure that we had a chance to know each other."
Since tying the knot, each wedding anniversary and milestone continues to take on special meaning. "They love to do their own take on traditional wedding gifts," another insider shared with People. "The first anniversary was paper, and Meghan wrote out the wedding speech and had it framed for him. This year, they both gave each other gifts based on 'cotton.' Undoubtedly, it was a very creative and romantic gesture as all their gifts are to one another."