We know where Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will be on May 19, 2018:
Exchanging vows and saliva inside of St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, as the Royal Lovebirds get married in front of pretty much the entire free world.
But where were Meghan Markle and Prince Harry about two years prior to this historic date and occasion?
What evening out led to a love story for the ages that is set to culminate with a wedding ceremony guaranteed to move a nation to tears?
This is just one of the question laid out and then answered in Andrew Morton’s new book, "Meghan: A Hollywood Princess," which purports to tell the true tale of how Markle won over Harry and, by extension, the planet.
According to an excerpt from the book, published by News.com Australia, the actress met the prince in 2016 when she was in London to promote her USA Network series, Suits.
It's very likely, Morton surmises, that Violet von Westenholz - a public relations maven at Ralph Lauren - played the role of matchmaker, considering her dad is friends with Prince Charles and that she worked closely with Markle on occasion.
After being set up with Harry, Markle allegedly expressed her shock and enthusiasm to agent Gina Nelthorpe-Cowne.
"[She] told me, ‘I’m going on a date tonight… With Prince Harry!’… She whispered it so quietly I had to ask her to repeat it,” Nelthorpe-Cowne said previously to the Daily Mail, adding:
“I couldn’t believe what I was hearing but I think she could barely believe it either. We were both extremely excited."
As for the date itself and its aftermath?
This is what Morton claims to know about it:
- Markus Anderson, the brand ambassador for the Soho House in London, arranged for Meghan and Harry to have a private room at the famous restaurant.
- After it ended, "[Meghan] was telling me what a great guy he was,” Nelthorpe-Cowne has said. “When I asked if she would see him again she said: ‘Well, it looks like it.'"
- The stars saw each other two or three more times before Markle returned to Toronto to finish filming Suits.
- After that, Harry invited Markle to an African safari in Botswana.
This is reportedly when the romance was taken to a new level.
It's one thing to have a few drinks, and maybe some sex, while in the same city of London.
But Botswana marked a legitimate vacation for the burgeoning couple, a chance for them to see if the relationship was more than just a fun fling.
Nelthorpe-Cowne, says she thinks this time in Botswana really brought the pair closer together and that Markle was talking about “the future” and “changing the world” with Harry when she returned.
Lo and behold... this is exactly what has transpired!
Harry and Markle have battled through nude photo scandals and the kinds of issues that would have brought them down in the past.
For example: she is divorced, American AND of mixed heritage.
But still: the stars have the blessing of Harry's family and of Kesington Palace.
“Meghan is going to be a force,” a Royal insider recently told People Magazine of her influence on Harry, adding:
“She will help him really define his role and relate to the public in a way that he wouldn’t have been able to do before. It was worth the wait.”
We can't wait to see these two kids become husband and wife!