Prince Harry Though Meghan Markle Was ‘the Most Beautiful Woman’ He’d Ever Seen, Book Reveals

As we get older, most of us learn that fairytales don’t actually exist. However, if you’re lucky, you might find a partner who makes you feel like magic. Despite everything that they’ve been through, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex still have that magic that drew them to one another when they first met.

The Sussexes’ lives have changed drastically since meeting in the summer of 2016. They’ve been engaged, gotten married, had their son, Archie Harrison, resigned from their roles as senior working royals, and moved to Meghan’s hometown of LA. Through it all, their relationship has remained rock solid.

In fact, Prince Harry was mesmerized by the activist from the moment he saw her.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle met on a blind date

The Duke and Duchess of Sussexes’ love story began in London in the summer of 2016 on a blind date. Prince Harry was interested in finding someone he could connect with and Meghan was newly single and visiting London for work.

Meghan and Prince Harry’s mutual friend, fashion designer Misha Nonoo set them up. The pair agreed to meet up at the exclusive Soho House’s Dean Street Townhouse. Initially, Meghan was less than impressed because the duke was a little late, but that changed quickly.

“I’m really going to have to up my game here,” Prince Harry said of their first meeting. “Sit down and make sure I’ve got good chat.” According to Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of A Modern Family by Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie, the Sussexes talked for hours, met again the next day for dinner, and for their third date, they flew to Botswana.

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Meghan Markle thought Prince Harry was charming

While the prince was immediately smitten, Meghan didn’t initially reveal how charmed she was by her future husband. However, she understood just how interested he was by the time she arrived at her hotel after that first date.

According to Finding Freedom via People,

His messages were often short and full of emojis, in particular the ghost emoji, which he often used instead of a smiley face. For what reason? Nobody knows. But Meghan found his texting etiquette funny and adorable, just like the prince. He definitely didn’t hide the fact that he was keen. He wanted her to know he was very interested.

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Today, we are excited to be able to announce details for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s upcoming tour to Africa! • In just two weeks, Their Royal Highnesses will embark on this official tour focusing on community, grassroots leadership, women’s and girls’ rights, mental health, HIV/AIDS and the environment. This programme has been many months in the making, and The Duke and Duchess are eager to focus their energies on the great work being done in Southern Africa. From meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu to joining ‘Waves for Change’ on Monwabisi Beach, the South Africa programme will be educational and inspiring. The Duke is especially proud to continue the legacy left by his mother with her work in Angola as he joins Halo Trust again in an effort to rid the world of landmines. HRH will also travel to Malawi where he will check in on the British Army’s partnership with African Parks and will be working on the ground supporting local communities. The Duke is particularly proud to be able to deliver an exciting new initiative, a Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy three-country partnership which he designed and consulted with Governments in Namibia, Botswana and Angola to protect forest and wildlife corridors around the Okavango Delta. The Duchess will be working with local organisations to promote women and girls’ health and education, entrepreneurship and leadership. With such a textured culture and history, Their Royal Highnesses are grateful for the opportunity to connect with those on the ground in Southern Africa and to be inspired by the work being done and learn how they can be better supported. As President and Vice President of The Queens Commonwealth Trust and The Duke’s role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, The Duke and Duchess cannot wait to meet with young leaders mobilising change and adding to the beauty of these Commonwealth countries • “We look forward to seeing you soon!” • Photo ©️ PA images / Tim Graham – Getty Images / @Sentebale /@AfricanParksNetwork / @YouthAlert

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Prince Harry thought Meghan Markle was the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen

During their engagement interview with BBC, Prince Harry explained why it was so important for them to get to know each other without the noise of the press and public intervene. Those months were their relationship remained a secret were crucial. “Almost immediately they were almost obsessed with each other,” a friend revealed in Finding Freedom.

“Wow,” Prince Harry reportedly told a friend after his first date with Meghan, according to Finding Freedom via People. “The most beautiful woman I’ve seen in my life.” The friend added, “Harry knew they would be together at that point. She was ticking every box fast.”

The duchess was equally smitten, allegedly telling a friend, “Do I sound crazy when I say this could have legs?