Inside Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Blind Date: ‘I’d Never Even Heard about Her’
Hard to believe, but the Duke and Duchess of Sussex met on a blind date. Before their meeting, Harry had never heard of Meghan Markle.
The latest non-working members of the British royal family, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shared the story of how they met.
It may be shocking to most, but the fact remains that prior to their meeting, Harry never knew who Meghan was, and Meghan knew very little about him.
THE BLIND DATE
The Duke of Sussex never watched the American legal drama, "Suits," and so had no clue who the person behind the character of Rachael Zane was.
In an interview, when asked if he had seen his wife on TV before they met, the Duke said he had never even heard of her until a friend of his mentioned the name Meghan Markle. He said:
"I've never even heard about her until this friend said, Meghan Markle. I was like right, ok, give me a bit of background. So no, I'd never watched Suits, I'd never heard of Meghan before."
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TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are excited to announce that they have been asked to carry out a tour to Southern Africa this autumn. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office have requested a visit to South Africa 🇿🇦 as well as The Duke carrying out visits to Malawi 🇲🇼 and Angola 🇦🇴. His Royal Highness will also do a short working visit to Botswana 🇧🇼 en route to the other countries. The Duke and Duchess are really looking forward to meeting so many of you on the ground and continuing to raise awareness of the high impact work local communities are doing across the Commonwealth and beyond. This will be their first official tour as a family!
He went further to describe how he felt once he sighted her for the first time. He said he was beautifully surprised when he walked into the room and saw her, and then he thought, "Ok, I have to up my game."
Meghan also opened up that she didn't know so much about him, and so everything she learned about him, she learned through him.
She said it was refreshing for them to get to know each other from scratch as opposed to what was written in news stories and tabloids. She described it as an authentic and organic way to get to know each other.
THE BACKGROUND STORY
Meghan and Harry were set up by a mutual friend. When the friend told Meghan she wanted her to meet someone, the first and only thing Meghan was interested in was, "was he nice?"
Satisfied with whatever information they got from their friends, the duo met and sat for a drink. They hit it off immediately, and at the end of the date, they found themselves setting themselves up for another meeting the next day.
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Today, we are excited to be able to announce details for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s upcoming tour to Africa! 🇿🇦🇧🇼🇦🇴🇲🇼 • In just two weeks, Their Royal Highnesses will embark on this official tour focusing on community, grassroots leadership, women’s and girls’ rights, mental health, HIV/AIDS and the environment. This programme has been many months in the making, and The Duke and Duchess are eager to focus their energies on the great work being done in Southern Africa. From meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu to joining ‘Waves for Change’ on Monwabisi Beach, the South Africa programme will be educational and inspiring. The Duke is especially proud to continue the legacy left by his mother with her work in Angola as he joins Halo Trust again in an effort to rid the world of landmines. HRH will also travel to Malawi where he will check in on the British Army’s partnership with African Parks and will be working on the ground supporting local communities. The Duke is particularly proud to be able to deliver an exciting new initiative, a Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy three-country partnership which he designed and consulted with Governments in Namibia, Botswana and Angola to protect forest and wildlife corridors around the Okavango Delta. The Duchess will be working with local organisations to promote women and girls’ health and education, entrepreneurship and leadership. With such a textured culture and history, Their Royal Highnesses are grateful for the opportunity to connect with those on the ground in Southern Africa and to be inspired by the work being done and learn how they can be better supported. As President and Vice President of The Queens Commonwealth Trust and The Duke’s role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, The Duke and Duchess cannot wait to meet with young leaders mobilising change and adding to the beauty of these Commonwealth countries 🇿🇦🇧🇼🇦🇴🇲🇼 • “We look forward to seeing you soon!” • Photo ©️ PA images / Tim Graham - Getty Images / @Sentebale /@AfricanParksNetwork / @YouthAlert
For two days, the couple met back to back in London, and about four weeks later, Harry convinced Meghan to join him on his trip to Africa. On the trip, they had the chance to spend quality time together all by themselves.
They also shared how they were able to manage being in a long-distance relationship with Meghan's filming schedule. At the time, Meghan was still filming her USA Network series, "Suits."
She had to travel back and forth in different time zones so that they could stay as close as possible. It was challenging, but somehow, they made it work.
THEY GOT ENGAGED
After about two years of dating, Prince Harry got down on one knee and asked Meghan to spend the rest of her life with him.
It happened on a cozy night while they were busy roasting chicken in their cottage. Harry caught her by surprise. He popped the question. She was so excited; she said yes before he could get the whole question out.
In 2018, they got married at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. In May 2019, Harry and Meghan's baby boy arrived.
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This evening The Duke and Duchess of Sussex accompanied Her Majesty The Queen and members of @TheRoyalFamily to the annual @RoyalBritishLegion Festival of Remembrance. This special event, which has taken place every year since 1923 at the @RoyalAlbertHall, commemorates all those who have lost their lives in conflicts. • This year’s Festival marked the 75th anniversary of a number of crucial battles of 1944, with a particular emphasis on the collaboration and friendship of the British, Commonwealth and Allied armies who fought them. A unique tribute was given to acknowledge those involved both past and present, culminating in a special parade of some of the last surviving veterans who fought and served in 1944. • Their Royal Highnesses, who last year attended their first Festival of Remembrance together, were honoured to once again pay tribute to all casualties of war and remember those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. #FestivalOfRemembrance #WeWillRememberThem Photo © PA / Royal British Legion
BEFORE HARRY AND MEGHAN
Before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex became a couple, they both had their fair share of relationships and flings over the years. Harry had had relationships and flings with about ten women before he met Meghan.
His longest relationship was with Chelsy Davy. They were together on and off from 2004 to 2011, and she was even his date to Kate and William's wedding in 2011.
After her divorce, she was reported to have dated Chef Cory Vitiello for another two years. There was also the rumor that she was linked to golfer Rory McIlroy after he broke off his engagement to Caroline Wozniacki.
BLIND DATES AREN'T JUST FOR ROYALS
It seems like getting set on a blind date by friends happens a lot when one becomes a celebrity. Apart from Meghan and Harry, there are quite a number of stars whose love story started with a blind date.
Some of these celebrities include Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt, Tamera Mowry-Housley and Adam Housley, Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick, Blake Lively and Ryan Raynolds, Chris Hemsworth and Elsa.