Immediately after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement, inquiring minds wanted to know how the royal knew his American actress was "the one." During their official debut as an engaged couple outside Kensington Palace, People reports that Harry responded to the question without hesitation, saying: "The very first time we met."
Some people believe in the magic of love at first sight, while others like taking their sweet time before declaring they've fallen hard. This is how these nine guys knew they'd found their forever person. For some, it was clear from the moment they first met; for others, it wasn't until she walked down the aisle (whoa).
IT WAS INSTANTANEOUS
“This is going to make me sound pathetic, but the second I saw her, I knew she was the girl I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. She shook my hand hello, and that was it. I spent three months convincing her to go on a date with me. We’ve now been married for over four years.” —Seth G., 34
BAD NIGHT, GREAT WOMAN
“I woke up in the middle of the night with a fever. I felt disgusting. She could have gone home. We had been dating a month. Only a month. But she woke up and took care of me. No girl ever had that kind of patience and heart. I felt then that she was something special.” —Matthew D., 32
WE TRAVELLED WELL TOGETHER
“We were travelling around Europe, probably a year into our relationship, and I realised I wasn’t sick of her. She was down to do what I wanted to do. And I was down to do what she wanted to. If you can travel well with someone, it’s kind of like a deep breath that the rest of the stuff with them will go well.” —Daniel P., 29
I SAW HER WALK DOWN THE AISLE
“I didn’t know she was the one. I thought she was, but who can be 100 percent sure? I kind of just asked her to get married, hoping it would all just work out. But as I saw her down the aisle, I thought to myself, ‘Wow, this was a really good choice’” —Brett K., 31
I MISSED HER TOO MUCH
“We did the long-distance thing for three months. The further apart we were, the more I hated it. The more I wanted to be with her. The more every other girl in my city just seemed boring compared to her.” —Ken Y., 24
MY FRIENDS SAID SO
“If a girl can impress your friends, she’s something special. My friends met her for 30 minutes and texted me saying that I shouldn’t do anything to mess this up. I sent them back the thumbs up emoji, and have been working double time to do everything right since then.” —Rob T., 25
SHE WAS RIGHT WHEN EVERYTHING ELSE WAS WRONG
“In the same month, I got laid off, had to move out of my apartment, and lost a family member. Nothing was going well for me. My girl was there through it all, and did everything she could to make me feel OK. It was the only thing that got me through a rough time like that.” —Max W., 31
MY PARENTS APPROVED
“I knew she was the right one for me, and that I wanted to marry her, but I wanted to see what my parents thought. We all went on a weekend vacation together, and at the end of it, my dad and mom said that I better put a ring on it before it’s too late. A week later, I did. I listen to directions pretty well.” —Dan T., 28
This article originally appeared on Women's Health US.