Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Had a Pretty Insane Third Date. Here Are the Details

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s relationship has been a topic of conversation since they were speculated to be dating. People have been both confused and astounded by their relationship for years. But one of the most prevalent questions that royal fanatics have had is how did an American actress, a divorcee at that, land a prince? Well, their relationship was unusually intense from the start.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex | Karwai Tang/WireImage

How did Meghan and Harry meet?

Most friends will set you up with a coworker, someone on their sports team, or a friend. Almost none will set you up to go out with a prince. But in 2016, one of Meghan’s friends did. The two went on their first date at Soho restaurant at The Dean Street Townhouse.

“On that first date at Soho House’s Dean Street Townhouse, Harry quickly realized that impressing Meghan was going to be tougher than just giving her one of his big smiles,” excerpts from Finding Freedom, a book by royal experts Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, obtained by Entertainment Tonight reveal. “Perhaps she sensed his nervousness, because the couple were somewhat bashful at first. However, it didn’t take long for them to start chatting easily.

“At the end of the evening, which had lasted almost three hours, Harry and Meghan went their separate ways,” the book continues. “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.”

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They met again the next day

There was none of the usual trying to play it cool between Harry and Meghan. According to the book, the pair met up again at the same place the next night.

Meghan also didn’t have to wait long before she was allowed to go to Kensington Palace. She was taken there by a driver and led through an employee’s entrance.

“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,” the excerpt continues. “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.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s trip to Africa

If a date goes well, you might meet up again and go to dinner, see a movie, or do a number of normal things to determine if you still like one another. Harry, on the other hand, thought the third date was the perfect time to take Meghan to Africa.

“Six weeks later Harry said he wanted to take her on a trip,” the book says. “He told her to arrive in London and he would handle the rest. Having flown in from Toronto, Meghan spent one night with Harry at Kensington Palace before boarding a flight to Johannesburg the next morning.

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“That was followed by two hours on a private light airplane to Maun International Airport. Then they jumped into a 4×4 to Okavango Delta — a stunning 5,800 square mile wetland in Botswana’s safari country. They stayed for most of the trip in one of the $1,957-a-night deluxe tents.”

After that, the two’s relationship was anything but casual. They said “I love you” within the first three months of dating. The book also reveals that the two actually got engaged in August 2017 even though they didn’t go public with the news until November of that year.