It was the date that started one of the most romantic royal love stories in history but Meghan Markle’s claims that her first encounter with Prince Harry was a blind date are now clouded in confusion.
Gina Nelthorpe-Cowne was the 36-year-old former actress’s agent for two years before she met Prince Harry and revealed in an interview that she still remembers the day Meghan told her she was going out with one of the most eligible bachelors in the world.
The colleagues and friends were out for lunch when Gina noticed how excited Suits actress Meghan was.
Obviously itching to spill her secret, Meghan reportedly then went on to tell Gina that she had a big date that night with none other than 33-year-old Prince Harry.
“She said, ‘Yes, I’m sure you’ll know him. I’m meeting Prince Harry!’ She said it in a whisper.
“I said, ‘Who?”, Gina told Sky News.
“And she said, ‘Prince Harry, I’m meeting Prince Harry tonight.
“I said, ‘Prince Harry!’”
Gina’s story comes after Meghan and Harry both told the BBC’s Mishal Husain in their official engagement interview that they had no idea who each other was before their first date.
“Yes, it was definitely a set up. It was a blind date,” Meghan told Husain, with Prince Harry adding: “It was a blind date, for sure.”
Meghan went on in the interview to say that due to her upbringing in America, she didn’t know much about the royal family at all.
“While I now understand very clearly there is a global interest there, I didn’t know much about him and so the only thing that I had asked her when she said she wanted to set us up was — I had one question,” Meghan said.
“I said, ‘Well, is he nice?’ Because if he wasn’t kind, then it didn’t seem like it would make sense.”
Prince Harry also told Husain he has never watched Suits and asked their mutual friend to give him some ‘background’ on the woman he was about to share dinner with.
His future wife then went on to say that she believes their relationship was able to blossom ‘organically’ because they got to know each other from scratch.
“I think for both of us, though, it was really refreshing because given that I didn’t know a lot about him, everything that I have learned about him, I learned through him as opposed to having grown up around different news stories or tabloids, whatever else,” she said.
“Anything I learned about him and his family was what he would share with me, and vice versa.
“So, for both of us it was a very authentic and organic way to get to know each other.”
The lovebirds are set to tie the knot in just 10 days’ time at Windsor Castle in London.
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