July 30, 2020

Here's How Long Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Were Secretly Dating According to 'Finding Freedom'

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A soon-to-be-released book about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, "Finding Freedom" reveals that the couple's courtship didn't unfold as it was once believed.

Omid Scobie, the editor of Harper’s Bazaar Royals section, and television journalist called Carolyn Durand has written a soon-to-be-released book about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex that will lift the veil on their courtship, and their lives as newlyweds.

Their book, "Finding Freedom," is being compared to Andrew Morton's 1992 tell-all biography of Princess Diana, "Diana: Her True Story," for its insight into the private lives of such public figures as Prince Harry of Britain, and "Suits" actress Meghan Markle.


Although the Royal couple deny collaboration with the authors of "Finding Freedom," neither did they denounce the book

The Duke oand Duchess of Sussex at the Redwoods Tree Walk in October 31, 2018 in Rotorua, New Zealand | Source: Getty Images



"Finding Freedom" will be out on August 11, 2020, and until then, readers will have to content themselves with tit-bits leaked in advance by the publishers.

One of those snippets of information alleging that the Royal couple actually met six months earlier than was previously believed, and kept their budding romance under wraps. The Dukes commented on the book through a spokesperson, declaring:

"The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not interviewed and did not contribute to 'Finding Freedom.' This book is based on the authors' own experiences as members of the royal press corps."



Harry and Meghan had been introduced by a mutual friend in London, and according to Scobie and Durand, soon discovered their mutual passion for philanthropy, and before their first date was over, they had already made plans for dinner the next day.


Scobie and Durand's sources revealed that the couple solidified their budding romance on a trip to Botswana, and by the time their African get-away was over, Harry and Meghan were already sure that theirs was not a passing fancy. Then began a period of traveling back and forth by both from Toronto to London.

A close up of Meghan Markle's engagement ring | Source: Getty Images


In order to stay off the press' radar, Prince Harry traveled on commercial flights, accompanied by one solitary security officer. The subterfuge was so successful that it was only in October 2016 that rumors started to surface about the romance between a Prince of the Blood and a Hollywood actress began to surface.



As soon as Prince Harry and Meghan's relationship became public, the media frenzy that would eventually lead to their distancing themselves from the Throne began. As the Prince feared, the relentless hounding of the British tabloids that had led to his mother's untimely death began to affect Meghan and led to the couple's distancing from the Royal Family.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 | Source: Getty Images



According to the book, the persecution by the press was an echo of what was happening behind closed doors in Buckingham Palace, where they claim, the Duchess was never accepted by the staff, and some members of the Royal Family.

Although the Royal couple deny collaboration with the authors of "Finding Freedom," neither did they denounce the book. As some have pointed out, the inside information obtained by Scobie and Durand from intimate sources would have to have been authorized by the Dukes of Sussex.