How Harry and Meghan's 5th wedding anniversary could have been different if they were still in the UK

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex married in a lavish ceremony at St. George's Chapel in 2018 and today is their fifth wedding anniversary

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
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Today, May 19th, is Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's fifth wedding anniversary, a milestone that is traditionally marked in the UK with the giving of a gift made of wood. 

It's a special milestone for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle! 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are celebrating their five-year-wedding anniversary today, having famously tied the knot on May 19, 2018, at St. George's Chapel in Windsor. 

A lot has changed for the A-list couple since then – their withdrawal from the Royal Family, sudden emigration to the US, and of course, the birth of their two children, Archie and Lilibet – to name just a few major moments for the pair.

In fact, just this week, Harry accompanied Meghan and her mother Doria Ragland to New York City, where the 41-year-old was presented with the Women of Vision Award from the Ms. Foundation. Their Manhattan trip was disrupted by a 'catastrophic' car chase, a spokesperson for the pair later revealed.

Doria Ragland, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex attend the Ms. Foundation Women of Vision Awards: Celebrating Generations of Progress & Power at Ziegfeld Ballroom on May 16, 2023 in New York City.

(Image credit: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Ms. Foundation for Women)

Meghan could receive another tribute today, if the Duke of Sussex decides to mark their fifth wedding anniversary with a gift or token of his appreciation. 

According to former royal butler Grant Harold, Harry is "very sentimental" and has always put "a lot of effort into things with the people he loves." 

"I'm sure they will do something nice, whether that will be a romantic meal or some nice jewelry," he commented. 

While it's tradition in the UK to celebrate five-year wedding anniversaries with wooden gifts, in the US a more modern list of wedding anniversary gifts is also observed, with silver gifts and silverware also given to mark five years of marriage. 

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend The Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House on March 05, 2020 in London, England.

(Image credit: Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images)

In England, silver is typically reserved for a couple's 25-year anniversary, but now they are living in the US, Prince Harry may decide to forgo English tradition and opt for a more modern gift instead. 

Either way, Harry will likely "put a lot of thought" into the present he gives Meghan on the special occasion according to the former royal butler. 

The Duke has a history of showering his beloved wife with lavish gifts, one of which includes a £300 Maya Brenner necklace engraved with their respective initials, M and H. It's also no secret that Harry proposed to Meghan in 2017 with a diamond ring encrusted with jewels owned by his late mother, Princess Diana. 

The Sussexes aren't the only members of the Royal Family to take anniversaries seriously. Prince William and Kate Middleton celebrated ten years of marriage in April 2021 by releasing a precious family video alongside a touching message, much to the delight of their adoring fanbase. 

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.