Romance, intrigue, and… scandal? Those are just a few of the words best associated with how Prince Harry and Meghan Markle first met. Details about their first rendez-vous were kept a secret for a long time. But now, we have many more details surrounding their first date. (And if you didn’t know there was supposed scandal behind it, you’re in for a treat.)
When and where?
The royal and the actress revealed in their first interview post engagement that they met “in the summer” of 2016. Their first date took place in Toronto, where Meghan formerly lived. (It was also where the TV show Suits, which she used to be in, is filmed.) Prince Harry was in town promoting his well-known event, the Invictus Games.
Next: About the pre-date routine…
Were there any pre-date conversations?
In the modern era, dating typically consists of an exchange of text messages or a little social media stalking before a first date. But these two were set up on a blind date, and allege that they knew very little about each other ahead of meeting. In their interview, Meghan explained that she didn’t know much about the royal family in general. Harry later revealed that he hasn’t ever watched Suits.
Next: Who they should be thanking for setting the date up.
Who’s the matchmaker?
Here’s where we still have an unsolved mystery. We know Harry and Meghan were set up by a mutual friend, but there are conflicting reports as to who the real cupid is. The Daily Mail said back in November of 2016 that club director Markus Anderson, a close friend of Meghan’s, had set the two up. However, Town & Country points out that both designer Mischa Nonoo and Harry’s friend Violet von Westenholz have been named as culprits responsible for sparking the royal romance. Von Westenholz has, recently, been given credit for linking the two up.
Next: The logistics of the rendez-vous.
What did the date entail?
Whoever the real matchmaker is, it is known that Harry and Meghan first met for a drink. They also reportedly instantly felt the romantic spark. “”We met for a drink,” Meghan said in the couple’s big BBC interview. “Then I think very quickly into that we said, ‘Well what are we doing tomorrow? We should meet again.'”
Next: After that first drink…
What was the follow-up date?
The duo reportedly got out their day-planners to find the next time they could travel to see each other. Two dates in London reportedly followed. But the big date came after, when Harry persuaded Meghan to join him in Botswana, where they “camped out under the stars.”
Next: They flew under the radar… for a little while.
How long before the date became public?
Of course, these two lovebirds couldn’t keep their relationship a secret forever. After a couple months of flying under the radar, news outlets and gossip magazines began reporting that Harry and Meghan were an item. Curiosity over how the first met and what their first date was like instantly became a source of intrigue.
Next: The alleged dirty laundry behind the first date.
The secret scandal?
There are rumors that Meghan wasn’t exactly on the market when the infamous blind date took place. Prior to her relationship with Harry, Meghan dated Canadian chef Cory Vitiello from 2014 to 2016. Multiple sources have alleged that the actress was dating Vitiello when she was set up to meet Prince Harry. Vitiello has not acknowledged whether the he was still dating her when she met the prince or whether the meet is what caused them to break up.
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