Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have had a whirlwind of a year.
Even before their nuptials on May 19, the media has captured their every move.
Following her stint on the hit show Suits, the Duchess of Sussex has been well acquainted with the press well before she met her future husband, but that doesn't mean she loves the onslaught of attention.
On September 4, Meghan and Harry, a WellChild patron, attended the WellChild Awards, an annual event in London, where the charity's ambassadors and celebrities honor children coping with serious illnesses.
"Every one of you is truly amazing. You have shown all of us what it means to be a champion," Harry told the winners at the event.
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"Every one of you is truly amazing. You have shown all of us what it means to be a champion." - WellChild Patron the Duke of Sussex. . Thank you to everyone for making the 2018 WellChild Awards such a wonderful night - here are some of the highlights! Find out more about the #WellChildAwards, in association with GSK at www.wellchild.org.uk/awards
While the royals talked to several brave children, only one family got the inside scoop of what Harry and Meghan hated about their royal lifestyle.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex sat down with four-year-old Mckenzie Brackley, who won the Inspirational Child (4-6) years Award for his brave battle with Acute Flaccid Paralysis.
But during their meeting, Mckenzie told the pair he didn't like the cameras, and they agreed.
"They were so lovely. They knew he was scared of the cameras and they said they didn’t like the cameras either so they turned around," Mckenzie's mother Amy said.
"They said he was amazing and to keep going the way he is going and told him to look after me. He’s never going to forget this, even though he’s only four."
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#WellChildAwards winner Mckenzie, aged 4 – Mckenzie spent three months in intensive care aged two following a virus, which left him paralysed. He has since had to learn to speak, swallow, eat, drink and move again. Mckenzie is there for other children when they are scared or sad, and has helped the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People in Edinburgh with their fundraising efforts. ______________________________________________________ The Duke and Duchess of Sussex met young winners of the 2018 @WellChild Awards, which celebrate the inspiring qualities of some of the country’s seriously ill young people and the dedication of those who go the extra mile to keep children healthy and happy. The Duke of Sussex has been Patron of WellChild, the national charity for seriously ill children and their families, since 2007.
In the past year, Meghan has received a massive amount of unwanted publicity after her parental side of her family began talking to the press - usually slandering her name.
Fortunately, the former Deal or No Deal model has a great support system in the form of her husband, in-laws, and close friends.
Despite the paparazzi's attempts to capture her every move, Meghan went under the radar when she went to visit her close friend Jessica Mulroney in early August.
Meghan made her first solo trip to visit Jessica, the daughter-in-law of Canada's former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, and her family in Toronto, for three days.
ABC News's royal contributor Omid Scobie told Good Morning America that Meghan mostly stayed in her friend's apartment, but she and Jessica also "secretly headed out into the town to meet some of [her] old good friends."
Meghan and Jessica spent their days catching up, lounging poolside and playing with children Ivy, Brian and John, who, adds a source, “love seeing their Auntie Meg.” There was also an evening out with friends.— Omid Scobie (@scobie) August 30, 2018
The perfect trip ahead of a very busy (and engagement-packed!) fall.
Meghan's short visit was reportedly concealed for as long as it was, as Kensington Palace allegedly told Air Canada to make sure nobody took pictures of her on the flight.
However, by the end of the month, Meghan and Harry were seen at a gala performance of the musical Hamilton on August 29, in support of the Prince's HIV charity Sentebale.
At the event, Harry was even seen singing the first line in of the song "You'll Be Back."
"You say..."— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) August 29, 2018
Thank you to the cast and crew of @HamiltonWestEnd for a fantastic performance, raising awareness and funds for @Sentebale's work with children and young people affected by HIV #HamiltonLDN pic.twitter.com/M5hmjTfhEz
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