Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have shared many ups (like the births of their children, Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 1) and downs (like the whirlwind of opinions surrounding their step back from royal duties) in their six-year relationship. But the duo are still going strong today and it seems like their love was meant to be. How do we know? As Prince Harry revealed during his United Nations speech on Nelson Mandela International Day, he and Meghan are “soulmates” — which he realized during one of the couple’s trips to Africa.
As reported by PEOPLE, while addressing the UN General Assembly in New York City on Monday, Prince Harry, 37, spoke about his love for the continent (which he has called his “second home”). According to Prince Harry’s speech, since first visiting Africa at the age of 13, he has “always found hope on the continent.” He added that, “for most of my life, it has been my lifeline, a place where I have found peace and healing time and time again.”
Prince Harry went on to explain how he felt a special connection to Africa as a place that brought him comfort after the death of his mother, Princess Diana, and as a place where he realized he had found his soulmate in Meghan. As he said, “[Africa is] where I’ve felt closest to my mother and sought solace after she died, and where I knew I had found a soulmate in my wife.”
While he didn’t pinpoint the exact timeline of when he knew Markle, 40, was his soulmate, the duo have made several trips to Africa together — including a trip to Botswana in the summer of 2016 when they had first started dating.
As PEOPLE noted, Prince Harry spoke about this particular trip after their engagement. “I managed to persuade her to come and join me in Botswana. We camped out with each other under the stars. She came and joined me for five days out there, which was absolutely fantastic,” he said at that time. “So then we were really by ourselves, which was crucial to me to make sure that we had a chance to know each other.”
Markle’s engagement ring offers odes to their time in Africa, as well. As Business Insider has reported, the ring features a centre diamond from Botswana (Botswana is the second-largest producer of conflict-free diamonds) and two diamonds from the late Princess Diana’s personal collection.
You can read Prince Harry’s full speech via ABC News online here.