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Here's Why Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Celebrated When Their Cover Was Blown

Princess Diana's biographer reveals the intimate details to Town & Country.
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Meghan Markle had just wrapped up filming three episodes of her TV series, Suits, when her boyfriend came into town to visit her. But given who her boyfriend was, these visits were a little complicated. She had been in a long-distance relationship with Prince Harry, shuttling back and forth from London to Toronto, where the series filmed, as their relationship grew more serious.

While Harry was in Toronto, they'd enjoyed privacy. They were able to go to Soho House for drinks, and hang out with friends Jessica and Ben Mulroney. But most of the time, they hung out at Meghan's three-bedroom home in the affluent neighborhood of Seaton Village, where she'd make him pasta and her signature roast chicken.

During that visit, in October 2016, there was no sign a royal was around, aside from an SUV with plain-clothes police officers parked on the street. But try as they might to keep things hush-hush, their secret was about to get out, and loudly.

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The two were together in her house when Harry got a call from his communications director, Jason Knauf. Knauf warned that news of their relationship was about to run in the Sunday Express. Their relationship would officially be public. When Harry hung up, the couple poured themselves some red wine, and toasted.

Harry told Meghan, “Our lives will never be the same again.”


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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games in 2017, just a few weeks before they got engaged.

Andrew Morton reveals details about the important and intimate moment in his new book Meghan: A Hollywood Princess. Morton is best known for writing Diana: Her True Story in Her Own Words, a blockbuster biography that secretly involved Diana's cooperation. The story of Meghan and Harry's cover being blown, he tells Town & Country, reminds him of a moment he knew happened to Princess Diana.

“I found that an interesting quote, because it’s very similar to when Diana entered the royal family, and her protection officer said, ‘Enjoy tonight, it’s the last night of freedom you’ll ever enjoy,’” Morton says.

Morton says Meghan had been preparing for the public onslaught—or at least for her new life outside of acting—early in their relationship. Not only was she well prepared for the spotlight due to her career as an actress and activist, but also she was pragmatic about what being with Harry meant, making career changes the month her relationship went public.

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“There was a kind of inevitability about it,” Morton says. “In actual fact, it’s since been revealed she told her agents back in October 2016, ‘Don’t book me any more gigs, because I won’t be able to fulfill them.’ She knew the jig was up, so to speak.”


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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle not long after their announced their engagement.

Markle's adopted hometown of Toronto proved a safe haven for the couple, both before and after their story went public. In fact, Morton says, that very month they were able to spend time with Princess Eugenie and her now-fiancé, Jack Brooksbank, while they were visiting Canada. And on Halloween, they went trick-or-treating incognito while hiding behind masks. “Toronto does not have a paparazzi culture,” Morton notes. “People tend to keep to themselves. They ignore the rich and famous, not that there are too many in Toronto.”

When they were in London, they were afforded the security of Harry’s cottage inside the walls of Kensington Palace. “The fact that Diana could keep her relationship with Hasnat Khan, the heart surgeon, secret for two years, meant that it was pretty easy for Harry,” Morton says. “After all, he’s been in the army, he’s used to camouflage.”

As Meghan now settles into her very public life in London, Morton says she’s still able to explore the city without much fuss, and that’s because photographers keep their distance unless it's a public event.

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“A friend of mine sat next to her at a restaurant on Portobello Road just the other day. She’s out and about and not being photographed,” he says. “I don’t know if they’ve got a compact going, or if it’s more to do with the fact that when you don’t want to be seen, it’s a lot easier than you think. I get the sense that people in Britain are instinctively protective of Harry and William and their wives and brides-to-be.”

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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