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."
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.
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.
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.