Meghan Markle and Prince Harry: 4 Things Fans Have Already Learned About Their Relationship From the Upcoming Biography, ‘Finding Freedom’

Now living in Los Angeles, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex are the subjects of a new biography.

Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of A Modern Family, by royal reporters Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, chronicles Meghan and Harry’s life together thus far. 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry arrive at the Endeavour Fund Awards walking under an umbrella
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend the Endeavour Fund Awards | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Ahead of the book’s release on August 11, 2020, the authors have shared various excerpts. The pages they’ve already made public share details of Meghan and Harry’s first date and other major events in their relationship.

It’s important to note the Duke and Duchess of Sussex deny any involvement with the book. Despite issuing a statement saying they didn’t contribute to Finding Freedom, some fans believe Meghan and Harry did indeed play a role in the book’s publication.  

Meghan Markle sipped on a martini while Prince Harry drank a beer on their first date 

During their three-hour date, Meghan sipped on a martini while Harry drank a beer on their first date, Finding Freedom says.

In the summer of 2016, the two agreed to meet at Soho House’s Dean Street Townhouse because of Harry’s high profile status, according to Finding Freedom. An exclusive club in London, Meghan and Harry could have privacy during their date. 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry visit Sussex in 2018
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry visit Sussex in 2018 | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

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Prince Harry arrived late to his first date with Meghan Markle

Another detail Finding Freedom shares about Meghan and Harry’s first date? The now-Duke of Sussex reportedly showed up late. Seeing Meghan for the first time, Harry knew he wanted to get to know her. 

As he later said during their engagement interview, Harry thought to himself, “I’m really going to have to up my game here. Sit down and make sure I’ve got good chat.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s first date lasted 3 hours 

After the date starting a little later than planned, Harry and Meghan proceeded to talk for three hours. According to what a friend of Harry’s told the Finding Freedom authors, it was practically love at first sight. The Duke of Sussex “knew they would be together at that point,” they said. Meghan “was ticking every box fast.”

During their engagement interview with BBC, the couple recalled bonding over a shared desire “for wanting to make change.” 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at their engagement photo call in 2017
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at their engagement photo call | Karwai Tang/WireImage

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What did they talk about for three hours? Wanting to be positive forces for change in the world.

It was really one of the first things we connected on,” Meghan said.

She continued, saying, “It was one of the first things we started talking about when we met was just the different things that we wanted to do in the world and how passionate we were about seeing change.”

She went so far as to say it’s what led to a second date. 

“I think that was, that’s what got date two, in the books probably,” Meghan said.

A secret engagement for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry? ‘Finding Freedom’ says yes

Harry and Meghan went public with the news of their engagement in November 2017. They offered up details of the proposal during their first joint interview. It happened on a casual night in at Nottingham Cottage earlier that same month. 

Finding Freedom reports Meghan and Harry secretly became engaged in August 2017 during a romantic getaway to Botswana.

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