When Harry Met Meghan: We Finally Know the Story of How the Royal Couple First Met

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?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Invictus Games.

They ended up getting smitten that summer. | Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation

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?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Invictus Games.

They didn’t know too much about each other. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation

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?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle watch a performance by a Welsh choir.

Who is this mystery matchmaker? | Ben Birchall/WPA Pool / Getty Images

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?

Meaghan Markle smiles as she stands near a crowd.

They met for a quick drink … but wanted to see each other the next day. | Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

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?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle walking past a crowd of onlookers.

They had very romantic dates early on. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

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?

Prince Harry in a light grey suit.

The press went nuts over their relationship. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

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?

Cory Vitiello smiling while looking sideways.

Was Meaghan in a serious relationship when she met Harry? | Mike Coppola/Getty Images

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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