PRINCE Harry was smitten with Meghan Markle before they went on their blind date in 2016, it has been revealed.
Harry and Meghan were set up by friends and met at Soho House's Dean Street Townhouse.
New book Finding Freedom stated the prince "liked what he saw" – with "newly single" Meghan also keen after having joked she wanted to find a "nice English gentleman to flirt with" on the trip to London.
Meanwhile, the pair have "secretly bought a family home after leaving Tyler Perry's £13million Los Angeles mansion."
The property, which was bought for £11.1 million in June, was previously valued at £20.6 million and is located in Montecito, California – known as a celebrity hotspot.
As well as having 16 bathrooms, the property – which is inside a secure gated community – has its own children's playground, sauna, arcade, wine cellar and a five-car garage.
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PRINCE WILLIAM'S CHEEKY FIRST WORDS TO MEGHAN WHEN THEY MET
According to the authors of Finding Freedom,Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand , Harry first introduced Meghan to his brother in November 2016.
The authors write: “As she walked up the seven freshly jet-washed concrete steps to Apartment 1A with Harry, she wasn’t thinking about the future king of England but her boyfriend’s older brother, and one famously protective of his younger one, who had experienced more than his fair share of emotional wounds.”
They added: “Meghan thought that William would no doubt want to know everything about her – and her intentions.
“She was self-aware enough to understand that the brothers were wary of women who were more interested in their titles than their well-being.
“And she couldn’t have come from a more different world than that of William, his wife, and most of their friends.
“As soon as William opened the black double doors to welcome Meghan into his home, he said, ‘I was looking forward to meeting the girl who has put that silly grin on my brother’s face.’”
According to the book, the rest of the “no-fuss” first meeting was a breeze and the three of them drank tea together in “the heart of the Cambridge family home: the kitchen,” Express.co.uk reports.
PRINCE HARRY BELIEVED HE AND MEGHAN WERE 'THROWN UNDER THE BUS' TO PROTECT THE ROYALS
The Duke of Sussex reportedly fell out with his brother after Prince William urged him to not rush his relationship with Meghan.
And new biography Finding Freedom claims Harry, 35, then got upset as the rift played out publicly – and that people were “working” to make William, 38, look good.
A source told authors Omid Scobie and Caroline Durand: “Harry was upset that it was playing out so publicly and that so much of the information being reported was wrong.
“There had been moments where he felt people working with his brother had put things out there to make William look good, even if it meant throwing Harry under the bus.
“It was a confusing time, and his head was all over the place—he didn't know who or what to believe, and he and William weren't talking enough either, which made everything a lot worse.”
MEGHAN REVEALS HER SUITS AUDITION WAS 'AWFUL'
Meghan shot to fame playing legal eagle Rachel Zane in drama Suits, but she previously revealed her audition went badly.
She revealed she “ate her feelings” in pizza and quesadilla after what she thought had been a “terrible” audition for TV show Suits in 2011.
The mum initially thought she'd messed up her chances after getting distracted and fluffing her lines.
Following the audition for the series – which at the time was called 'A Legal Mind' – Meghan revealed, in a post on her now-defunct blog The Tig in 2015, how she called her agent and said: “I blew it.”
She explained: “I kept forgetting my lines, I was distracted.”
Meghan admitted that when she arrived home she “ate her feelings” in pizza and quesadilla while she ran over in her head where she'd gone wrong.
HARRY WAS SMITTEN WITH MEGHAN EVEN BEFORE THEIR FIRST DATE
Harry was smitten with Meghan after a friend showed him a picture of her in a slinky silver dress, it has been revealed.
The Duke of Sussex was set up on a blind date with the former actress at Soho House's Dean Street Townhouse in 2016.
And while new biography Finding Freedom revealed the couple were quickly smitten with each other, it said Harry, 35, had already “scoped out” Meghan, 39.
The explosive book claimed: “Naturally, both participants in this blind date did their homework with a thorough Google search.
“Harry, who scoped out Meghan on social media, was interested.
“A friend had shown him an Instagram photo of Meghan in the slinky silver mini dress at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards.”
It stated the prince “liked what he saw” – with “newly single” Meghan likewise keen after having joked she wanted to find a “nice English gentleman to flirt with” on the trip to London.
MEGHAN'S 'REVENGE' WARDROBE DURING FINAL ROYAL OUTINGS WAS TO 'GO OUT WITH A BANG', NEW BOOK CLAIMS
The Duchess of Sussex, 39, captivated royal fans with a breathtaking wardrobe worth £26,400 for her final five-day visit.
Vanity Fair called her wardrobe at the time a “masterclass in revenge dressing”, and compared her looks to Princess Diana’s infamous little black dress the night Prince Charles did his bombshell interview about Camilla.
Now authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand have shared in their Finding Freedom biography how Meghan’s outfits were carefully selected.
They wrote how Meghan’s make-up artist and close pal Daniel Martin had joked she should “go out with a bang” during her final week as a working senior royal.
Speaking of Meghan and Harry, 35, arriving in the rain at the Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House, the authors wrote: “[they served as a showstopping reminder of their ability to command the world's attention.
“Earlier in the day Daniel Martin (who, when planning all her looks for the week, had joked, ‘Go out with a bang!’) had done her makeup and George Northwood her hair.
“The pictures of the couple beaming under their umbrella as they arrived at the event went viral around the world.
“'The sparkling rain in the frame was pure coincidence, but the confident walk into Mansion House venue and Meghan's blue midi dress by Victoria Beckham, were carefully planned.”
PRINCE HARRY SAYS IT WILL TAKE 'EVERY SINGLE PERSON ON THE PLANET' TO DEFEAT RACISM
Harry has insisted that it will take "every single person on the planet" to defeat racism.
In a new virtual interview for a civil rights organisation, the Duke of Sussex made it clear that tackling racism is “not down to the black community.”
Speaking with US civil rights leader Rashad Robinson, the royal said: “We have to go to the root of the problem, and actually fix it there.
“It's going to take every single one of us. This is not down to the black community.
“This is down to every single person that is on the planet right now.”
MEGHAN AND HARRY'S A-LEVEL RESULTS, AS STUDENTS PICK UP THEIR GRADES
A-level results day has arrived and teens across the country will no doubt have been filled with dread and anticipation collecting their results.
But what did the royals achieve in their A-Levels?
Prince Harry got a B in Art and a D in Geography, deciding against university and instead joined the army.
As Meghan grew up in America, her education system was different to the rest of the royal family, but it's reported she was an A* student.
While it's not known what grades Meghan achieved, she did get what she needed to bag a double major in Theatre and International Relations at the Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
MEGHAN HUNG OUT WITH AMAL WHILE GEORGE AND HARRY RACED MOTORBIKES IN LAKE COMO
Meghan hung out with Amal Clooney while George and Prince Harry raced motorbikes in Lake Como, a new bombshell book claims.
The Sussexes jetted out and joined the A-list celebs in their Italian villa, where they also ran into Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank.
Finding Freedom claims George Clooney, 59, arranged for Harry and Meghan, who tied the knot at St George's Chapel in Windsor in 2018, to fly to Lake Como on his private jet on August 16.
During the three-day visit, a source said: “Meghan and Amal spent a lot of time relaxing by the pool and playing with the twins while George and Harry checked out George's motorbike collection.”
MEGHAN AND HARRY HAVE TAKEN OUT A £7.25M MORTGAGE ON THEIR NEW HOME
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have just bought a luxurious £11.1 million mansion in Montecito, California.
Despite the hefty price tag, it looks like the couple got themselves a bargain as the estate is actually valued at a whopping £20m ($27m).
Deeds, obtained by The Sun, show the buyers for the property took out a £7.25m ($9.5m) mortgage to be paid back plus interest by the year 2050 – indicating they put down a deposit of £3.8m ($5m).
They will also have to pay a whopping yearly property tax of £220,000 The records show the property was bought by a mysterious company called the Residential Real Estate Trust.
MEGHAN AND HARRY'S NEW A-LIST NEIGHBOURS INCLUDE OPRAH AND ELLEN DEGENERES
Harry and Meghan's move to Santa Barbara will have them rubbing shoulders with A-list neighbours including Oprah Winfrey and Katy Perry.
Its stunning beaches and Spanish colonial architecture has also helped lure other British celebs such as singer Adele and actor Orlando Bloom.
Among Harry and Meg's new neighbours is TV mogul Oprah Winfrey, who cracked the American dream after growing up in brutal poverty and now has a net worth of $2.7 billion.
In nearby Carpinteria is another talk show icon Ellen DeGeneres who bought a $18.6m ocean front home with wife Portia de Rossi.
Ellen owns a few properties in the area including a $3m treehouse-style house which stands on 1.3 acres of land and boasts incredible views of Montecito.
Also in the same enclave is actor Ashton Kutcher, 41, who along with wife and actress Mila Kunis bought a two-story mansion for $10.2 million in 2014.
Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence has a five-bed property which she bought from singer Jessica Simpson for $8.2 million in 2014.
HARRY AND MEGHAN SPLASH OUT £11M ON SANTA BARBARA MANSION
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have reportedly moved into a lavish multi-million dollar estate boasting nine bedrooms, a pool, gym and theatre.
The property, which was bought for £11.1 million in June, was previously valued at £20.6 million and is located in the celebrity enclave of Montecito, California.
As well as housing 16 bathrooms, the luxurious property – which is inside a secure gated community – has its own children's playground, sauna, arcade, wine cellar and a five-car garage.
Outside, there is a tennis court, pool, large manicured lawns, rose gardens, a tea house and a pond.
SENIOR ROYALS CALLED MEGHAN 'HARRY'S SHOWGIRL', NEW BOOK CLAIMS
Senior royals referred to Meghan Markle as Prince Harry’s “showgirl” who “comes with a lot of baggage”, an explosive new book claims.
The revelations come in new extracts from 'Finding Freedom', which lifts the lid on Harry and Meghan's split from the Royal Family.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle first began dating in July 2016 and were pictured holding hands early in the 2017.
The new extracts – quoted in The Sunday Times – reveal that many in the Royal household were concerned at the pace at which Harry and Meghan’s relationship was going.
According to the book, one senior royal referred to the American actress as “Harry’s showgirl” while another told an aide: “She comes with a lot of baggage”.
MEGHAN VOWS TO VOTE IN 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
Meghan said she knew “what it's like to feel voiceless” today as she revealed she would be voting in the 2020 US elections.
The Duchess of Sussex urged others to “exercise their fundamental right” as America heads to the polls in November.
The 39-year-old, who is currently living in LA with husband Prince Harry, revealed to Marie Claire in a rare interview: “I know what it's like to have a voice, and also what it's like to feel voiceless.
“I also know that so many men and women have put their lives on the line for us to be heard.”
FINDING FREEDOM AUTHOR DENIES CLAIMS HE INTERVIEWED MEGHAN AND HARRY FOR BIOGRAPHY
The co-author of a bombshell biography of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry has denied claims he interviewed the couple for the book.
Finding Freedom by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand was released in the UK on Tuesday and features explosive claims about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
The book chronicles their love story and their time as senior members of the royal family before quitting and moving to LA with their son Archie.
A spokesperson for the couple and the authors themselves have insisted the Sussexes were not interviewed for the bool.
But buried in an “author's note” at the back of the book is this admission: “We have spoken to close friends of Harry and Meghan, royal aides and palace staff (past and present), the charities and organisations they have built long-lasting relationships with and, when appropriate, the couple themselves.”
HARRY CHOSE MEGHAN'S ENGAGEMENT RING 'SIX MONTHS AFTER THEY MET'
Prince Harry scouted for a diamond engagement ring just six months after meeting Meghan Markle, it has been claimed.
And the couple were reportedly so smitten with each other that they openly started talking about their wedding a year after meeting.
The Duke of Sussex met the Suits star at a blind date in July 2016 – with Prince Harry saying "I love you" just three months later.
New biography Finding Freedom, released this week, claimed Harry had even started to search for a ring by May 2017 – sourcing a “conflict-free” diamond while on a secret scouting trip to Africa with a pal.
HARRY NEVER FELT ROYAL FAMILY SUPPORTED HIM, IT IS CLAIMED
In the unauthorised biography Finding Freedom, it was claimed Harry wanted to feel supported by the Royal Family.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were left frustrated when conversations with the Palace didn't “lead anywhere”.
But a source told authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand that Harry felt “there were so many occasions” when the Royal Family “could have helped them, stood up for them, backed them up, and never did”.
And while the couple flagged their frustrations with the palace, the book claimed: “These conversations didn't really lead anywhere.”
MEGHAN COULD FACE COURT QUIZ OVER INVOLVEMENT IN FINDING FREEDOM AFTER AUTHORS SAYS SHE WAS A SOURCE
Meghan faces being quizzed in court over the “one-sided” bombshell biography after its authors claimed she was a source.
The Duke and Duchess's unofficial book Finding Freedom was released in the UK on Tuesday and features explosive claims about Megxit.
While a spokesperson for the couple and the authors themselves have insisted the Sussexes were not interviewed for the book, buried in an “author's note” at the back of the book is this admission: “We have spoken to close friends of Harry and Meghan, royal aides and palace staff (past and present), the charities and organisations they have built long-lasting relationships with and, when appropriate, the couple themselves.”
A palace source told The Daily Mirror: “One may indeed wonder who those two sources are.
“It’s fair to say there is a great deal of scepticism over the involvement of the book’s two primary subjects.
The book could now be brought into the centre of Meghan Markle's lawsuit with Associated Newspapers (ANL), the publisher of the Mail on Sunday, after a “private” letter she sent to her estranged father Thomas Markle, 76, was revealed.
MEGHAN'S PAL JESSICA MULRONEY REVEALS SHE WAS IN THE 'WORST STATE' AFTER RACISM ROW AND RUMOURED FALLOUT
Jessica has broken her silence to reveal she was “in the worst state” following her racism backlash and fallout with former best friend, Meghan Markle.
The embattled stylist, who has not been since in public in months, made a return to Instagram on Tuesday to celebrate her twin sons, Brian and John, turning 10, sharing a video of her husband Ben carrying a birthday cake into their garden in Toronto.
In an emotional message, she wrote: “Happy 10th to my twin babies. My incredible family have had to witness mom in the worst state.
“These two boys have not left my side and gave me the will to live and work hard when everything fell apart. They deserve the best birthday. Only up from here.”
Fans were quick to welcome Jessica back to the social media platform after the scandal involving black influencer Sasha Exeter, who accused her of abusing her white privilege in an epic social media showdown.
MEGHAN AND HARRY REVEALED ARCHIE'S BIRTH TO THE ROYAL FAMILY OVER WHATSAPP
Meghan and Prince Harry announced baby Archie's birth in a special Royal WhatsApp after telling the Queen, a new biography has claimed.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their son in May 2019 – just a year after tying the knot in their whirlwind romance.
And the new biography Finding Freedom has revealed how the couple shared the news with the delighted Royal Family – naturally telling the Queen and Prince Philip first.
Delighted Meghan and Harry then sent a message to the special cousins-only royal WhatsApp group to spread news of baby Archie's birth.
But the biography claimed Meghan did not tell her estranged dad Thomas Markle.
Instead, it claimed Meghan asked her mum Doria Ragland to message her 76-year-old dad with the news of his grandson.
MEGHAN'S CLASSMATES THOUGHT SHE WAS 'TOO PERFECT'
Authors of Finding Freedom Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand detailed how Meghan’s enthusiasm and generosity in school often gave people the wrong impression.
They write: “Meghan’s willingness to help others and her drive to excel meant she was often deemed ‘fake’ by classmates at school who felt it was impossible for anyone to be that ‘perfect.’”
The writers claim that Meghan also struggled to “fit in” and threw herself into as many activities as possible.
They continue: “Being biracial and not always knowing where she fit in, there was a part of her that just wanted people to see she was great at whatever she did.”
HARRY & MEGHAN DIDN'T WANT THEIR HOME FILLED WITH STAFF LIKE THE CAMBRIDGES
In the new book Finding Freedom authors Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie say that Harry was not keen on filling his home with staff like his brother William.
The authors write: “”Harry and Meghan had agreed that they didn't want their home filled with staff.
“Harry had seen that situation at William's home and didn't want the same for his family.
“He and Meghan liked the idea that when they went to bed at night, it was just the three of them in the house. Cozy and private.”
MEGHAN & HARRY'S £8 MILLION SANTA BARBARA MANSION FUNDED BY PRINCE CHARLES
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have now been living in their new family home in California for six weeks now after moving from Tyler Perry's $18million LA mansion, Page Six reported.
Their new neighbours reportedly include chat show queens Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres along with Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis.
And a royal insider today claimed Charles had been keen to help the couple find a new family home in America after they left the UK.
A source told the Mail Online: “Charles had been keen to help out and put his hand in his own pocket to assist.
“He is devoted to both his sons and any time he can assist them he always will.”
MEGHAN MAY HIRE A STYLIST FOR ARCHIE, DOCUMENTARY CLAIMED
Appearing on Channel 4's Meghan & Harry: The Baby Years, fashion influencer Juliet Angus claims the Duchess of Sussex has big plans for her son's wardrobe.
The American mum-of-two says Meghan “will hire a baby stylist for Archie” in coming years.
Juliet then joked that Meghan will possibly even enlist British Vogue editor Edward Ennifel's help “to create a moodboard of looks” for Archie.
MEGHAN PULLED OUT OF PIPPA'S WEDDING SO AS NOT TO 'OVERSHADOW HER'
The bride had reluctantly invited the Duchess of Sussex to her big day in May 2017 – with Finding Freedom claiming she “privately harboured concerns that the American actress’s presence alongside Harry might overshadow the main event”.
However the 36-year-old invited Prince Harry's then-girlfriend – with Meghan reported to be determined “not to make a misstep”.
The duchess then worked with best pal stylist Jessica Mulroney to design the perfect outfit that would be “stylish without being splashy”.
But Meghan made the decision not to attend the ceremony at St Mark's Church, at Englefield Estate, Berkshire after a Sun story.
The article compared Meghan and Pippa with the headline: “It’s Meghan v Pippa in the…Wedding of the Rears”.
THE QUEEN WILL FIND FINDING FREEDOM A 'HUGE SOURCE OF IRRITATION'
Nigel Cawthorne author of Prince Andrew, Epstein and the Palace says that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex might “never recover” from the repercussions of the new book.
Speaking to Fabulous digital, Cawthorne said: “The Queen and Charles will find Finding Freedom a huge source of irritation.
“There is enough in the book to suggest that the degree of separation between the authors and the couple was very low indeed.
“Apart from whether they recognise or disagree with criticism in the book, it raises the spectre that at least one of the Sussexes cooperated or didn’t discourage cooperation”
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