A couple who met eight months ago have announced they’re getting married after confessing their love within hours of their first Zoom date and spending just four days apart since.
Nyasha Pitt, 43, from Coventry, and Dwain Daley, 37, from Birmingham, arranged an online first date on 14 July 2020 after matching on dating app, Bumble.
The couple soon confessed their love for each other and within two weeks, Dwain had moved his belongings into Nyasha’s home.
In December, the father-of-two proposed while they were in bed and their whirlwind romance will culminate in marriage on March 29, the first day they can wed after lockdown.
Nyasha and Dwain who are both marketing consultants, believe the universe brought them together.
‘We realise our relationship is by no means perfectly normal and that some people might think it’s all happened very fast – that’s a completely valid comment,’ explained Nyasha. ‘We don’t expect everyone to get it – it came as a huge surprise to us as well.
‘But I asked the universe for Dwain, and then it was like “here you go.” We’re meant to be together.’
Having divorced from her partner of 11 years in 2008, Nyasha decided she wanted to find ‘the one’ and so tried out dating app Bumble during the first lockdown in 2020.
She matched with three men, including Dwain, who had previously been engaged but not married and had been single for three months.
He has two children – a daughter aged 13 and an eight-year-old son.
On Bumble, the woman has to start the conversation and Nyasha got talking to all three potential dates.
‘At first, me and Dwain kept missing each other – he’d reply and then, because I wasn’t on the app all the time, I’d get back to him a day or so later,’ explained Nyasha.
‘But it was clear we had a connection and a lot in common; he was very funny, but not as funny as me!’
Having exchanged numbers, the couple called each other at 11pm on July 13 and ended up chatting until 1am.
Nyasha continued: ‘We talked about our spirituality and I found out his astrological signs, and it turns out two of the three of ours matched.
‘The next day we were texting all morning and then we did a two hour Zoom call later that day at 7pm.
‘We had this crazy energy and such a strong connection that I knew I needed to meet him.’
Nyasha instantly decided to form a social bubble with Dwain when the first lockdown eased and drove 21 miles from Coventry to his house in Birmingham that same day, July 14.
Arriving after 10pm, they watched some comedies on TV and ordered in some peri peri chicken.
‘I never believed in all this “love at first sight” stuff before, but it felt like I had known him my whole life,’ she said. ‘I felt so safe around him – I’d never normally contemplate going into a strange man’s house but here I was.’
Having stayed the night, the whirlwind romance continued with the pair confessing their love for each other the next evening.
Nyasha explained: ‘We were just talking about something mundane and I couldn’t focus, because all I could think about was how much I loved him, and wanted to tell him.
Gallery: Special Royal Update: 13 bombshells dropped by Harry and Meghan during their Oprah interview (Daily Mail)
It was the most anticipated royal interview in decades. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sat down for a no-holds-barred interview with Oprah Winfrey to set the record straight on what really happened during their time as senior Royals – and revealed some of the best-kept secrets in the process. Over the course of the two-hour special, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex spoke about racial prejudice within the Royal family, Meghan’s mental health, Harry’s strained relationship with his father and brother and the gender of their second child. Here’s everything you need to know.
ON MEETING THE QUEEN: Despite the drama surrounding Megxit, Meghan and Harry told Oprah that they still have an excellent relationship with the Queen and that they speak to her regularly via FaceTime and phone calls. Recounting the first time she met Her Majesty, Meghan described her shock when Fergie, the Duchess of York, ran out of the Royal Lodge to make sure Meghan knew how to curtsy before she unexpectedly met the Queen. ‘Right in front of the house we practiced and ran in. Fergie ran out and said, ‘Do you know how to curtsy?’ she recalled. ‘Apparently I did a very deep curtsy, I don’t remember it, and then we sat there and we chatted.’
HER MAJESTY AND HER BLANKET: Meghan said their first meeting was just the start of a ‘wonderful’ relationship with Queen Elizabeth II. ‘The Queen, for example, has always been wonderful to me. I mean, we had one of our first joint engagements together. She asked me to join her. We had breakfast together that morning, and she’d given me a beautiful gift, and I just really loved being in her company. And I remember we were in the car… she has a blanket that sits across her knees for warmth and it was chilly, and she was like, ‘Meghan, come on,’ and put it over my knees, as well,’ Meghan said. ‘It made me think of my grandmother where she’s always been warm and inviting and really welcoming.’
NOT IN LA ANYMORE: Meghan admitted she was caught off guard by all of the formalities and rules that had to be adhered to as a member of the Royal family and that while she knew she was marrying a prince, she didn’t fully understand what she was getting herself into. ‘Thank God I didn’t know about the family, thank God I didn’t research. I would have been so in my head about it,’ she said. ‘I grew up in LA, I see celebrities all the time. It’s not the same. This is a completely different ball game.’
SISTER-IN-LAWS FACE OFF: Meghan shared that Kate Middleton brought her to tears in the days leading up to her wedding to Prince Harry over flower girl dresses, even though reports circulating at the time suggested it was the bride who made Kate cry. ‘A few days before the wedding, she was upset about something pertaining – yes, the issue was correct – about flower girl dresses, and it made me cry, and it really hurt my feelings,’ Meghan said. ‘And I thought, in the context of everything else that was going on in those days leading to the wedding, that it didn’t make sense to not be just doing whatever– what everyone else was doing, which was trying to be supportive, knowing what was going on with my dad and whatnot.’ Backtracking, however, Meghan refused to go into detail on what exactly caused the upset because Kate is a ‘good person’ and she later apologized and sent Meghan flowers.
THE UGLY TRUTH? Meghan said that what upset her more than her argument with Kate was the media’s incorrect reporting of the story, and the Palace’s refusal to correct them. ‘What was hard to get over was being blamed for something that not only I didn’t do but that happened to me. And the people who were part of our wedding were going to our comms team and saying: ‘I know this didn’t happen. I don’t have to tell them what actually happened’,’ she said. And according to her interview, this was only the start of the Palace’s reluctance to rectify incorrect reports and protect her and Harry. Meghan said she was ‘silenced’ by Buckingham Palace officials who ‘were willing to lie to protect other members of the Royal family’ while she was maligned by the press and told to answer ‘no comment’ when speaking to reporters. When asked what she regretted about her time in the Royal family, Meghan insisted ‘My regret is believing them [the Royal Family] when they said I’d be protected.’ Harry said he had ‘no regrets’.
THE SECRET WEDDING: Meghan also revealed in her interview that she and Harry felt that their whirlwind wedding wasn’t for them – but for others. Their fairytale moment happened three days before her official wedding to Prince Harry – when she and Harry held a private ‘union’ in their backyard with the the Archbishop of Canterbury and no guests. During this ceremony, the royals tied the knot and exchanged their own personal vows. ‘You know, three days before our wedding, we got married. No one knows that,’ she said. ‘We called the Archbishop and we just said, “Look, this thing, this spectacle is for the world but we want our union between us.'”
MEGHAN’S MENTAL HEALTH: Feeling isolated and alone, Meghan told Oprah she became more and more depressed during her time as a senior royal, particularly during her first pregnancy. When she began to have suicidal thoughts, Meghan said she begged for support and assistance and asked to go somewhere to get help. An unnamed senior member of the Firm, however, told her that would not look good. ‘I just didn’t want to be alive any more,’ the Duchess said. ‘I said that I needed to go somewhere to get help. I said that I’ve never felt this way before and I need to go somewhere. And I was told that I couldn’t, that it wouldn’t be good for the institution.’ Meghan also told Oprah that she ‘couldn’t be left alone’ because of the state she was in but that she still had to smile through her tears during official appearances. Harry claimed he ‘didn’t have anyone to turn to’ during this time and was ‘ashamed’ to admit his wife was struggling.
CUT OFF BY CHARLES: Prince Harry told Oprah that he had to take matters into his own hands in order to protect his family and stop ‘history repeating itself’ – but doing so caused serious damage to his relationship with his family. Harry said Prince Charles stopped taking his calls in the lead up to their Megxit announcement and was soon there after cut off financially. He said he was only able to step away from his role in the royal family because of the money that was left to him by Princess Diana. Speaking about his tense familial relations Harry said: ‘I feel really let down because he’s been through something similar, he knows what pain feels like, (and) Archie’s his grandson. But at the same time – I will always love him – but there’s a lot of hurt that’s happened and I will continue to make it one of my priorities to try and heal that relationship.’
RESPECT FOR HIS GRANDMOTHER: When asked matter-of-factly if he blindsided the Queen with his shock Megxit announcement, Harry insisted he would never do that because he has ‘too much respect for her’. The Prince said that while he was living in Canada with Meghan and Archie he had ‘three conversations with my grandmother and two conversations with my father, before he stopped taking my calls’. He also alerted the Palace of his plan in writing. News reports at the time, however, claimed Harry did no such thing. When asked where the supposed fake story could have come from, Harry said he could ‘hazard a guess’ that it may have come ‘from within the institution’.
IT’S A GIRl! On a lighter note, Prince Harry and Meghan revealed to Oprah that they are expecting a baby girl in the summer. Beaming, Harry said that he thought it was ‘amazing’ when he found out the baby was a girl and that he was ‘just grateful. To have any child, any one or any two, would have been amazing. But to have a boy and then a girl, I mean what more can you ask for? Now we’ve got our family, we got the four of us and our two dogs.’ Meghan confirmed they wouldn’t try for baby number three after this. ‘Two is it,’ she said.
CHATTY ARCHIE: Harry and Meghan also shared unseen candid footage of Archie during the program. The couple’s first child, who turns two in May, is seen in the video running around at the beach with his parents and sneaking between the legs of his cameraman dad. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also shared that the chatty toddler’s favorite words were currently ‘hydrate’ and ‘drive safe’.
‘I was like “oh my God, this is crazy”. I told him, “I’m going to say something to you I don’t mean because clearly it would be crazy if I did, but I love you”.
”And he said, “well phew, that’s really good because I love you too.”‘
Having gone through the stages of a relationship that take most people months in a matter of hours, Nyasha had to face reality and return home for a couple of days for work and to feed her four cats.
She said: ‘It felt so uncomfortable being apart. I couldn’t sleep properly when he wasn’t there – it was like a piece of me was missing.
‘What makes it more weird is that neither of us are particularly clingy people – well, until now I guess.’
After a period of time visiting each other with just four days apart in total, Dwain arrived at Nyasha’s house with two computers, two monitors and a holdall full of clothes.
The pair have been inseparable since, splitting their time between their homes.
Nyasha recalled meeting Dwain’s children two weeks into their relationship, saying: ‘They came over to Dwain’s one weekend, and we had a BBQ in the sunshine, it was such a lovely afternoon and we immediately got on. They’re such wonderful children.’
Their next milestone came on a cold December night while tucked up together in bed, when Dwain casually suggested they get married – and Nyasha was only too happy to say ‘yes.’
She said: ‘I was kind of expecting it, because he was telling me he was going to marry me from day one.
‘He’d sing me this song that went “I’m going to marry you, I’m going to marry you” and because we had this connection, I didn’t find it weird at all – it just made me laugh if anything.’
Dwain asked Nyasha’s father for his permission to marry his daughter during a socially-distanced meeting in High Wycombe.
‘Dad was over the moon for us, bless him,’ explained Nyasha. ‘Generally, our families are happy we’re happy. It’s nice to have nice news, especially with the world as it currently is.
‘I’ve had a few relatives say it’s a bit quick and ask if I know what I’m doing – but I’m 43, not 23, so there’s an acceptance that I can make my own decisions.’
Dwain has now officially moved out of his house in Birmingham and in with Nyasha and her four cats in Coventry.
Despite previously having an allergy to cats that makes his throat close up and leaves him with itchy eyes, he has had no symptoms when he is around Nyasha’s feline – which the couple believe could be another sign from the universe.
To aid their spiritual growth, the loved-up couple have quit smoking, gone vegan and even ditched tap water to ‘unblock’ their chakras – energy portals on the body for those who believe in spirituality.
Nyasha said: ‘We don’t want to put the fluoride from tap water in our bodies because it can limit your ability to communicate with the universe – now we stick with bottled spring water.’
The pair have begun running their own business strategy and marketing consultancy Varyah and set up social media channels DWASH1111 TwinFlameTV on YouTube and Instagram to document their spiritual journey.
Their wedding at Coventry Register Office can only be attended by six close family members and friends.
However, the pair cannot wait for lockdown measures to ease so they can have a delayed celebration with all their loved ones and go on honeymoon.
Nyasha said: ‘I got exactly what I asked for from the universe. I wrote out a list of life goals on a big, A1 piece of paper that I stuck in the hallway, and before I went to bed and when I woke up every morning I’d will them into existence.
‘And then three weeks later, I met Dwain.
‘When people meet us for the first time, they’ll often say we’re essentially the same person – and I can’t wait to share my future with him.’
Dwain said: ‘I’ve never thought I was the marriage type, but then Nyasha came along.
‘When I saw her profile, I immediately thought, “I’m going to marry you.”‘
‘With everything that’s going on, we can’t have all the guests we want to have and it won’t be quite as romantic as we want it to be – but we both just can’t wait to be married to each other.’