8 details we learned about Meghan and Harry's relationship from their docuseries, from calling each other 'H' and 'M' to spending their third date in a tent

8 details we learned about Meghan and Harry's relationship from their docuseries, from calling each other 'H' and 'M' to spending their third date in a tent
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A photo of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on their second date in London in 2016.Netflix
  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tell their love story in the new Netflix docuseries "Harry & Meghan."

  • Volume I of the series dropped Thursday, and the remaining three episodes will air on December 15.

  • From penguin onesies to nicknames, here are the relationship details we learned.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle refer to each other as "H" and "M."

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in their docuseries, "Harry & Meghan."Netflix

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shared that they use nicknames for each other in their new Netflix docuseries.

In the first three episodes of "Harry & Meghan," the Duke and Duchess of Sussex consistently referred to each other as "H" and "M." So often did the nicknames appear to be used that even their close friends, such as Meghan's former "Suits" costar Abigail Spencer, refer to Harry as "H" during various interviews in the series.

 

Meghan caught Harry's eye on Instagram before they even met.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attend the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Gala on December 6, 2022, left, and a social media photo of Meghan Markle with a puppy filter, right.Mike Coppola for Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Gala/Getty Images, Netflix/Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Until Thursday, it was widely reported that the couple met through mutual friends in 2016. Meghan previously told the BBC that was how they started seeing each other.

However, in the first episode of the docuseries, Harry revealed there was more to the story — they started talking on social media.

Harry said he was scrolling through his feed when he saw a video of Meghan with the puppy-dog filter posted to a friend's account.

"That was the first thing, I was like, 'Who is that?'" the Duke of Sussex said. Shortly after, Meghan said their mutual friend told her "Prince Haz" had asked about her, which subsequently led to their first date at Soho House in London in July 2016.

On their second date, Meghan said they already knew they were going to give a relationship a go.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry photographed in the UK before their engagement.Netflix

Despite their first date having a slight hiccup when Harry ended up running late, the couple said they knew pretty much from the get-go that they had a special connection.

Meghan said they were "childlike" together and described Harry as being "refreshingly fun."

But it was on the second date that she said they ended up taking a selfie that captured the feeling both of them were experiencing, which was that they thought: "Oh my gosh, I think we're going to give it a go."

"It just hit me," Harry said of how he felt on their second date. "This woman is amazing, is everything that I've been looking for."

Meghan's mom Doria Ragland knew Harry was "the one" for her daughter when she first met him.

Doria Ragland in the Netflix docuseries "Harry & Meghan."
Doria Ragland in the Netflix docuseries "Harry & Meghan."Netflix

Meghan's mother Doria Ragland appeared in episode two of the docuseries to give her views on the couple publicly for the first time.

Ragland, who introduced herself as "Meghan's mom," recalled what her first impression was of the prince when she was first introduced to him. She said she immediately felt positive about the situation and complimented Harry for being tall and handsome.

"He was just like, six-one, handsome man with red hair," she said. "Really great manners. He was just really nice."

Because Meghan and Harry looked so happy together, Ragland said she thought that "he was the one" for her only daughter.

The couple spent their third date in a tent in the middle of nowhere in Botswana.

Prince Harry in the Netflix docuseries "Harry & Meghan."
Prince Harry in a tent in Botswana in the Netflix docuseries "Harry & Meghan."Netflix

For their third date, Harry said he asked the former "Suits" actress whether she would join him for a five-day safari in Botswana. Meghan said she took a leap of faith and said yes, nervously wondering what would happen if it didn't work out.

"What if we don't like each other? And then we're stuck in the middle of the bush in a tent," she said.

Luckily for both of them, things went pretty well. Any awkwardness or nerves faded away after she arrived, Meghan said.

"Everything felt totally normal and natural," Harry added. As for the tent, they said it did not come with mirrors or a bathroom.

"Thankfully, we really liked each other," Meghan said.

Harry proposed to Meghan with her beloved beagle, Guy, by his side.

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, and their beagle Guy in the Netflix docuseries "Harry & Meghan."
Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, and their beagle, Guy, in the Netflix docuseries "Harry & Meghan."Netflix

By the time Harry was gearing up to propose to Meghan, he said that she'd already moved her beloved dog Guy to the UK. At the time, Harry said he was wearing "stilts," which appeared to be casts around two of his paws.

Harry joked that Meghan couldn't say no to his proposal because he had Guy "hostage," and he had stilts so he couldn't "run away."

In any case, the couple shared several photographs from the proposal, which took place in the North Garden at Kensington Palace. One image, in particular, appears to have been taken mid-proposal as Harry is shown on one knee holding a ring with Guy by his side.

Through Meghan, Harry said he learned more about unconscious bias and different ways of living.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in their Netflix docuseries "Harry & Meghan."
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in the Netflix docuseries "Harry & Meghan."Netflix

During a segment of the second episode that shows Harry and Meghan accepting a special honor at the 2022 NAACP Awards in February, the Duke of Sussex reflected on how much he has learned about the world, race, and diversity through meeting Meghan.

"One thing I've learned is that we don't see the world as it is. We see it as we are," he said. "By the time I'd met Meghan I think I had traveled half of the Commonwealth, met people and communities all around the world."

Harry said that through his prior experiences of travel, he thought he knew about "unconscious bias" and an "awareness" of other ways of living. But after meeting Meghan, he said he discovered he was blissfully "sleepwalking through life."

Meghan and Harry wore penguin onesies to their engagement party because they mate for life.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in the Netherlands in April.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in the Netherlands in April 2022.Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

After Harry got down on one knee, the couple hosted a secret engagement party.

Lucy Fraser, one of Meghan's friends who spoke in the docuseries, said Harry and Meghan were keen to celebrate the milestone before it became public.

"They were so happy and they were gonna keep it quiet because it was gonna be announced a few weeks later," she said. "We had a little engagement party and everyone was dressed in animal onesies."

Fraser said Meghan and Harry wore matching penguin onesies "because penguins mate for life."

"They were so sweet," she added. "And we had so much fun."

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