Meghan Markle Had a ‘Bittersweet’ Reaction to Her and Prince Harry’s Relationship Going Public, New Book Says

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are now living in Los Angeles, but they continue to captivate the world. It’s been four years since Meghan and Harry went on a blind date and two since their royal wedding. 

Meghan Markle waves to crowds as she and Prince Harry leave Canada House
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry visit Canada House | DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS – WPA Pool/Getty Images

But thanks to Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of A Modern Family, the forthcoming book by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, there are new details to discuss regarding the couple’s romance. 

Keep reading to learn more about their relationship and why Meghan had a “bittersweet” reaction to their relationship going public. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle met in the summer of 2016

As Harry and Meghan said in their 2017 engagement interview with BBC, a mutual friend set them up on a date. They met for dinner at Soho House’s Dean Street Townhouse in London during the summer of 2016.

The two hit it off immediately at their initial meeting. Per ET, an excerpt from Finding Freedom says Meghan and Harry spent three hours talking.

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As Meghan explained in their engagement interview, she and Harry bonded over charity work and their shared desire to change the world. In fact, she said that’s led to a second date.

The pair didn’t have to wait long to see each other again. Their second date reportedly happened the next night at the same place. 

Meghan Markle reportedly felt ‘bittersweet’ when the relationship went public

After months of quietly dating, Meghan and Harry’s relationship went public. According to Finding Freedom, the future Duchess of Sussex had a “bittersweet” reaction.

“On the one hand, she was disappointed that their secret was out. It was no longer just the two of them,” the book states. “She knew that keeping things quiet meant that they could get to know each other without pressure or further worries that came from reporters covering and commenting on their burgeoning romance.” 

But keeping the relationship a secret did supposedly take a toll on Meghan. When she no longer had to worry about letting something slip, she felt like a little lighter, the book says. 

“But there was also a part of her that was relieved,” the book states. “She had struggled to keep the secret from friends and colleagues and didn’t like lying about the purpose of her trips to London.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry visit a youth center in Sussex
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry visit a youth center in Sussex | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

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While Meghan and Harry released a statement saying they had no involvement in Finding Freedom, it seems entirely possible that it’s exhausting keeping such a high-profile romance hidden. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle dated in secret for nearly 6 months

After two dates in London and a trip to Botswana serving as their third date, Meghan and Harry’s relationship became serious pretty fast. They supposedly talked about their future together from early on. 

Despite the Atlantic Ocean being between them, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made long-distance work. They didn’t go more than two weeks without seeing each other while also managing to keep their relationship a secret. 

“We had a good five, six months almost with just privacy, which was amazing,” Meghan said.

Now the couple’s living in Meghan’s hometown of LA and mapping out their new lives since stepping down as senior royals in early 2020.

Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of A Modern Family makes its debut on August 11, 2020. 

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