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Harry & Meghan: A Royal RomanceHarry & Meghan: A Royal Romance

Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance

Harry and Meghan: A Royal Romance

Prince Harry has never been quiet about his desire to settle down and start a family. As far back as 2004, when Harry spent his gap year working at an orphanage in Lesotho, he proved to the world that he was more than just a ‘party prince’; he was a natural with children. In the years that followed, Harry grew into his role as a senior member of the Royal Family, and quickly became one of Britain’s most eligible bachelors. But who would be the woman to win the prince’s heart? Eligible though he might be, embarking on a relationship with Harry came with its own perils. Media intrusion, public scrutiny and the pressures of royal life were a high price to pay for love – too high for some. In late 2016, however, Harry’s romance with Meghan Markle was confirmed. In Meghan, Harry had found a kindred spirit; the actress was a passionate humanitarian and sought to build the kind of family of which Harry had always dreamed. Over the following pages, trace the roots of this unlikely love story, from their childhoods and formative years, to the blind date that started their romance. Discover how their love blossomed in secret, and how Meghan will carve her own niche within the Royal Family.

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United Kingdom
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English
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Future Publishing Ltd
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welcome

Prince Harry has never been quiet about his desire to settle down and start a family. As far back as 2004, when Harry spent his gap year working at an orphanage in Lesotho, he proved to the world that he was more than just a ‘party prince’; he was a natural with children. In the years that followed, Harry grew into his role as a senior member of the Royal Family, and quickly became one of Britain’s most eligible bachelors. But who would be the woman to win the prince’s heart? Eligible though he might be, embarking on a relationship with Harry came with its own perils. Media intrusion, public scrutiny and the pressures of royal life were a high price to pay for love – too high for some. In late…

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foreword

On 11 December 1936, King Edward VIII told the British people in a radio address that he could no longer continue as monarch “without the help and support of the woman I love”. Edward was determined to marry Wallis Simpson, an American divorcee, and was forced to abdicate. Eighty-one years later, on Christmas Day, another American divorcee, an actress of mixed race, walked to St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk. It was a short walk, but for the Royal Family it represented a giant step. Meghan Markle was arm in arm with Prince Harry and alongside the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. She was greeted by the Queen. Meghan Markle is not, of course, the first divorcee to marry into the House of Windsor. The Duchess of Cornwall,…

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introduction

The wedding between Henry Charles Albert David Windsor and Rachel Meghan Markle is simply unprecedented in almost every conceivable way. When Harry’s own parents married, it was deemed that the bride must come from a suitable background and have had no other significant suitors in her background. Princess Diana made the grade because she was too young to have had any other serious boyfriends, and because her forebears, the Spencers, were one of Britain’s most prominent aristocratic families and her father had been an equerry to the King. Meghan Markle could not be more different. A biracial actress who has already been married once and who comes from the United States, she will be 36 on the day she marries Harry – the same age Diana was when she died. But…

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chapter 1 prince harry

His birth, when it came, marked yet another high in the Royal Family’s fortunes in the early 1980s. Prince Henry Charles Albert David was born on 15 September 1984 in the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London. Known as Harry right from the start, he was the second son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, and (at that stage) third in line to the British throne. To the public, it was a huge cause for celebration and appeared to be a sign of the happiness between Charles and Diana; in private, alas, it was a different story. But no one knew it back then. Little Harry was baptised into the Church of England by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie, and sent to Mynors’ nursery school and pre-preparatory…

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chapter 2 meghan markle

When Thomas W Markle and Doria Ragland first set eyes on one another at some point towards the end of the 1970s, they could not have dreamed that one day their daughter was going to marry a prince. Even the life she had before she met Harry would have seemed a lot to grasp: actress in a hit TV show and with a reputation as a humanitarian. In fact, the couple’s union raised eyebrows even then in some eyes, because Doria is African-American and can trace her forebears back to slaves (an even more remarkable precedent in a Royal bride than Kate Middleton’s coal-mining ancestors), while Thomas came from Dutch-Irish stock. Thomas had been married before, giving Meghan an older half-brother and half-sister, and by the time his daughter came along…

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chapter 3 a blind date

Misha Nonoo is a New York-based fashion designer who was born in Bahrain to an Iraqi father and English mother. She grew up in Chelsea and attended the ACS International School in Surrey and the Ecole Supérieure du Commerce Extérieure in Paris. More to the point, she is also one of Meghan Markle’s closest friends and, indeed, designed the “Husband” shirt Meghan was wearing when the couple made their first joint appearance at the Invictus Games in September 2017. “We were seated next to one another at a lunch and we got along like a house on fire,” Misha told the London Evening Standard of the time she and Meghan first met. “She has the most remarkable and generous spirit. I aspire to be as philanthropic as she is, and…

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