- Finding Freedom, a new biography about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, is delivering fresh details about how the couple met and fell in love.
- Fun fact: their first date lasted three hours.
A new biography about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry is about to hit shelves (hi, Finding Freedom) and it’s full of basically every detail you could possibly want about their “royal feud.”
But if you’re not here for the drama, the book also dives into how Meghan and Harry met and fell in love. An excerpt from Finding Freedom published in the Sunday Times (via Entertainment Tonight) claims that their first date at Soho House lasted hours—and left them both wanting more.
“At the end of the evening, which had lasted almost three hours, Harry and Meghan went their separate ways,” authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand write. “Despite the palpable attraction between them, there was no goodbye kiss, no expectation, just a hint that something was there and they hoped to see each other again soon.”
They got dinner again the next night, and the following night Meghan visited Harry at Kensington Palace:
“When Harry opened the door, the prince towered in the small hallway with lots of coats hung on hooks and his boots by the door, just like any regular home,” reads the excerpt. “Meghan had enough dating experience to know a charmer when she saw one, and Harry was obviously not at all that. If anything, he was unfiltered. While it was clear he wanted to impress her with details about his work, he spoke without overthinking—and he never mentioned anything about being a royal or a prince.”
Meghan and Harry flew to Botswana together six weeks later and their romance was officially “on a fast track.” Which brings us to them saying “I love you,” so get ready:
“Three months into their relationship, a Meghan friend said, they had already begun swapping the words ‘I love you’. It was Harry who said it first, but Meghan immediately replied, ‘I love you, too.’ From there it didn’t take long for them to begin talking in non-oblique terms about their future.”
Unfortunately, we all know that Meghan had to endure a ton of snobbery, judgement, and racism from Harry’s friends and family, and Finding Freedom claims Harry was willing to cut people off to protect his relationship.
“When he first started seeing her, Harry, sensitive to even the slightest hint of prejudice, had fallouts within his own circle. When some questioned his new relationship, and whether she was suitable, he would wonder, ‘Is this about race? Is it snobbery?’ An old friend of Harry’s spent an afternoon gossiping about Meghan, making disparaging remarks about her Hollywood background. Word got back to Harry, and the prince immediately cut him off. If he was willing to confront those close to him, when it came to the media, Harry was poised for outright war.”
Obviously, the situation got so bad that Meghan and Harry ended up stepping down from their official royal duties and moving to Canada (and since then, L.A.) for a quieter life and more freedom. And when it comes to tabloids, they’re currently involved in a lawsuit with Associated Newspapers—who published Meghan’s private letter to her father. For more from Finding Freedom, head below:
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