If you've followed the fairytale between Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, you may have wondered when such an ending might be coming your way. Watching such a love story unfold is pure magic, and it is certainly difficult to watch and hear about the relationships of others without longing for something just as magical for yourself, if you haven't found the perfect match just yet.
Well, perhaps your grand suitor is waiting on you, too. And according to Match.com, it may be all about having a strategy—an eight-pronged master plan brilliantly identified thanks to actual statistics from its Singles in America surveys and relevant site data.
If you follow these eight steps, your happily-ever-after with the partner of your dreams may just come true sooner than you think.
1. Meet Through a Friend
Time to start messaging, DMing, and tweeting everyone you know who's likely to have high-profile connections. (Do princes use LinkedIn?) Harry and Meghan were introduced by a mutual friend, who set them up on a blind date back in the summer of 2016. While meeting online is the top way singles meet today, 16 percent of couples claim to have met through friends in 2017, according to Match.com.
2. Trust That Love at First Sight Is Not Just a Cliché
We'll absolutely forgive Harry for claiming something as cheesy as, "It was love at first sight," because for many couples, it is actually true. He's certainly not alone in his romantic beliefs. Match says over half (57 percent) of singles believe in love at first sight and 34 percent of singles have experienced it. And don't worry as much about convincing your partner to put stock in the romantic phenomenon, too. As it turns out, men are more likely to believe than women at 59 percent and 49 percent, respectively.
3. Give Long-Distance Relationships a Try
If Meghan and Harry could make things work while living on separate continents, you can for sure handle a smaller-scale long-distance relationship. And, you won't be alone. Match reports that 59 percent of singles are open to being together apart.
4. Know That Age Is Just a Number
Three years—the difference in Harry and Meghan's ages—can seem like an eternity (like the first three grades of high school did). But really, it's all about perspective. It's really not a big deal that Meghan is older than Harry, or if your potential partner is younger than you. More good news: the data from Match.com reveals that 39 percent of men would be into dating an older woman.
5. Show Your Adventurous Side
Go sky diving. Try the pizza place on the other side of the street instead of your usual spot. Make a bold move. Meghan went on an African safari for date two for goodness sake; you've got to boast some risk-taking and thrill-seeking somewhere in your life, too. Interesting to note, a safari is actually the top five bucket list item for singles (45 percent), and 85 percent of singles agree that a potential date's "sense of adventure" is an attractive quality. If animals aren't your thing, ask your date what other activities are on their bucket list; 66 percent of Match.com singles say they'd like to check off one of their bucket list items while on a date.
6. Meet the In-laws
Meeting the in-laws can be a little awkward even under normal circumstances, but if marrying into the family also means gaining dominion over an entire country, you're going to want to be prepared. Okay, it's technically more of a title than a real position of power, but you still want all the royal regime to like you—and, you may be exchanging pleasantries much sooner than you'd think. People reported that Meghan met Prince Charles in the fall of 2016, just a few months after the couple had been seriously dating. Similarly, 35 percent of Match survey respondents expected their partner to introduce them to family after two to three months of dating.
7. Be Poised for an Engagement
You've maybe been ready for this engagement all your life. Still, having a sense of a timeline is nice. Harry and Meghan began dating in October 2016 and announced their engagement just over a year later in November 2017, aligning them with 29 percent of Match responders who expect to be married between one to two years of dating.
8. Give Back
Now that you're engaged, in order to remain in good graces with your newly acquired prince and kingdom, quickly become involved with a philanthropy cause close to your heart. In lieu of wedding gifts, Harry and Meghan asked for charitable donations and listed seven charities with focuses including sport for social change, women's empowerment, conservation, the environment, homelessness, HIV, and the Armed Forces. According to Match, altruistic singles who give back have an increased likelihood of romantic success.