- Prince Harry told Meghan Markle he loved her after three months of dating, according to a new book on the couple.
- The authors of “Finding Freedom” claim that Harry “knew they would be together” after the second date.
- The book, serialized by the Times and the Sunday Times, says that Markle posted a cryptic image of love hearts on Instagram after the couple’s first date.
- However, Harry’s timing for confirming the relationship reportedly left Prince Charles “crushed” as it overshadowed his diplomatic tour of the Gulf.
- A spokesperson for the Sussexes told Insider that “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not interviewed and did not contribute to ‘Finding Freedom.'”
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Harry said “I love you” to Meghan three months into their relationship, a new book on the couple has claimed.
Meghan, then best known for her role in legal drama “Suits,” immediately said the feelings were reciprocal and the pair started talking about their future together.
In “Finding Freedom,” co-authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand wrote the couple went on dates in London, Toronto, and Botswana as the relationship bloomed.
The book, due to be released on August 11, said: “For Meghan, she was all in. Nothing could get her to slow down, not even a friend who cautioned her about getting involved with Harry.
“Three months into their relationship, a Meghan friend said, they had already begun swapping the words ‘I love you.’ It was Harry who said it first, but Meghan immediately replied, ‘I love you, too.’
“From there it didn’t take long for them to begin talking in non-oblique terms about their future.”
The book, serialized by the Times and the Sunday Times, also detailed how the now Duchess of Sussex left “clues” about the romance before it became public, including posting a photo of a Love Hearts candy with the inscription “Kiss Me” and the caption “Lovehearts in #London” to Instagram on the night of a date.
She also began to follow an Instagram account with the username Spikeymau5 which, the co-authors said, was Harry’s private account.
Spike apparently came from a Facebook alias that he used — Spike Wells — while the second half of the moniker was a nod to one of his favorite DJs Deadmau5.
But the book also claims that the Prince of Wales had just 20 minutes’ notice of his son’s plans to confirm his relationship with Meghan.
Clarence House was said to be “crushed” as the confirmation of the rumors dominated the news cycle and took the limelight away from Charles and Camilla’s diplomatic tour of the Gulf.
According to the co-authors, Harry felt a need to “prioritize” Meghan over his duty to the greater royal family in the statement which hit out at the “racial undertones” of some coverage.
Charles was said to be “disappointed” with the timing of the announcement but understood that a “tipping point” had been reached with Harry’s relationship with Meghan.
The statement was issued by the then Prince Harry’s Communications Secretary on November 8, 2016, as Charles arrived in Bahrain — which his team had hoped would be “covered significantly.”
The book said: “A statement from Kensington Palace condemning the Press and, in the same breath, confirming Harry’s new girlfriend would all but eliminate coverage of Prince Charles’s tour of the Gulf.
“The Palace decided to go ahead with the statement nonetheless, much of which was drafted by Harry himself.
“Charles learnt of it just 20 minutes before it went out. Sure enough, as soon as Harry put out his declaration, the statement dominated the news cycle.
“The team at Clarence House, which had spent months putting together Prince Charles’s tour in the hopes that it would be covered significantly, was crushed.”
News of the royal romance emerged around a week before the statement was issued, with The Sunday Express reporting the pair met in May while Harry was in Canada promoting Invictus Games 2017, the Paralympics-style competition for injured servicemen and women and veterans he founded.
The publication of the book, exposing rifts with the royal family, has also sparked claims that the couple will never resume official royal roles.
A royal household source told the Daily Mail: “The door will always be open to them as much-loved members of the family.
“But it’s hard to see how they can now salvage the new role they wanted as ‘hybrid’ royals, running commercial careers alongside royal duties from the US.”
A spokesman for the Sussexes said: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not interviewed and did not contribute to Finding Freedom.”
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