Let’s focus on some good news. Prince Harry, brother of the future king, is going to marry a successful, mixed-race, working woman in her 30s. She’s American, divorced and brought up largely by her single mother. Her family is not out of the top drawer, but out of that capacious middle one. All of those ordinary facts make Meghan Markle an extraordinary bride for an English prince.
In fact, Meghan Markle is special. She is born under the sign of special, Leo, and all Leos are kings and queens in their own realms. And this one also has her North Node in Leo, so she is moving away from being a commoner (South Node in Aquarius) towards being regal.
It’s obvious from her chart, that Ms Markle is not driven by status or money. Actually, her Midheaven is ruled by Mars in Cancer in the 12th house — that is a passionate carer, someone who wants to pioneer tenderness. She may have a bit of a world-saving thing going on too. (Princess Diana’s Sun was just 2° from Markle’s Mars — right on Harry’s Descendant.)
And what an extraordinary match between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry astrologically speaking. Unlike his brother, who managed to find his textbook astrological partner, Prince Harry has, as usual gone rogue. He and Ms Markle have chosen a relationship that’s going to make them both grow as individuals. Neither is the “safe” option for the other, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a good match: just an unusual one.
When you look for synastry between lovers, you need to take into account the aspects between Venuses, Moons and Suns.
There is some traditional synastry here, but it’s not stunning. True, Markle’s Leo Sun sextiles the Princes’s Libra Venus; and his Virgo Sun is close to her Virgo Venus. That’s a loving exchange and a lot of friendship too, but it’s got some fizz and sparkle to it, since it sextiles. Also, they have opposite Rising signs — Capricorn and Cancer — which is excellent for partnerships.
Then although both Moons are ruled by Venus, Taurus and Libra are not that compatible. It’s an earth-air mix, so they will always have to work at understanding each other’s needs. This is airy ideas versus practical action. They will be drawn together by their need to create harmony.
The Suns are in neighbouring signs which might be considered friendly, but not necessarily. The compatibility is not by solar sign clearly.
Elsewhere in the chart, you can see this is a sexy, passionate relationship. Her Mars activates his Descendant, the angle of partnership (and maybe she does remind him of his mother a little). That can be pretty exciting, and her Pluto is on his Venus. Not only that, Markle’s Libran stellium lights up Harry’s 8th house — sex and legacy.
But you have to ask: what do these two get from each other? Because with charts this different, these two clearly have a lot to teach each other.
First of all, Markle’s planets across Libra and Virgo fall in Harry’s 7th and 8th houses. He gets a partner (her Sun in his 7th), and intimacy (her Moon in his 8th plus all that other stuff). It’s great for him that their relationship has, despite the odds, been so private.
Note that her Lilith-Uranus conjunction falls in Harry’s 10th house: a black magic woman breaking into the cold, stone establishment. In Markle’s chart, Lilith is a liberating force.
She gets something else though. His Sun falls in her important third house of communications (and siblings). Markle is a natural communicator, with that charming stellium in the third. That plus the Leo Sun: no wonder she took up acting so successfully. Prince Harry is going to enhance her “voice”; in fact, you could say that he’s going to make it “royal” (sunny). She probably has a lot to say too.
Then look at what Harry does to her fourth house of roots and family. Suddenly, a place that had only the lone Pluto is filled with power and purpose (and love).
Perhaps the most interesting contacts between these two chart are the mutual Moon-Chiron aspects. Harry’s sensual Taurus Moon is right on Markle’s Chiron, the highest planet in her chart. Chiron is, of course, the planet of the healer — but also of the maverick, the outsider. It could be that despite her beauty and talent, Markle has felt like a social outsider (Chiron in the 11th). Harry’s going to solve that one for sure. Then her Moon-Jupiter-Saturn makes a nice trine to Harry’s Chiron in the 5th, the wounded child. I suspect that he was hurt even before the death of his mother — maybe around the age of eight his childhood was stolen. Markle can repair that for him, allow that child the privacy and space to breathe.
What is more there are also Moon-Uranus connections in both directions — this is an emotional catalytic conversion. It’s exciting — and maybe a little crazy-making. They stir up each others emotions — no wonder they seem to be madly in love. And it’s interesting that in their sweet “we’re engaged” interview, they both said that what brought them together was their desire to change things. Now that is Uranian. These two are compassionate idealists, but they share a practical approach. For both of them, the planet of compassion is strongly placed. The Prince has Jupiter Rising in Capricorn — and this has become more and more evident as he gets older. His efforts to help disabled soldiers and broken children have been remarkably hands-on and dynamically practical since he left the army. His Jupiter in Capricorn is echoed by her Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in Libra, the sign of partnership.
As well as plans to change the world, these two have another scheme: babies. I think they are both eager to be parents — although there may be some unusual aspect to their parenting (maybe they are going to adopt a whole rainbow tribe), or there may even be some difficulty.
Harry has a Ceres-Moon conjunction in Taurus. These are the two mothering, nurturing planets in the sign of hugs. He must be an absolute softie when it comes to children. He’ll make a doting father. That conjunction will be getting a yearning opposition from Jupiter this year, so he’s ready to go. Her Ceres speaks directly to his Mercury in Virgo, which must have been activated by Jupiter when they first met — and of course she has the Moon-Saturn-Jupiter conjunction that is eager for the responsibility and joy of parenting.
Finally, take a look at their composite chart and the lovely Moon in Cancer, which speaks of a famous tribe, or famous parents, the Venus-Mars conjunction in the 12th (a secret passion), Libra Rising with Saturn and Pluto (a powerhouse partnership that get things done),
These two will be a force for change. They already are. Meghan Markle is the change. When Harry’s great-great etc grandpa was gadding about with gout, ermine and actresses, hers was chained in the bottom of a slave-ship. Not so very long ago…
And look at the composite chart. Uranus, the catalyst, opposes Chiron, the wounded healer. This is a common aspect, but here it creates a T-square with the Sun in Virgo. Perhaps they see themselves as servants (Virgo) of the broken (Chiron) and the outsiders (Uranus).