When you are a member of the royal family, you have to make surprising efforts to do something as usual as dating.
The Times recently got an excerpt from the upcoming book “Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family,” which details Prince Harry’s romance with Meghan Markle, from their first date to their move to America.
Among the revelations in the snippet is the 35-year-old prince’s former fake Instagram account he allegedly used: @ SpikeyMau5.
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According to the clip, the Instagram handle pairs his nickname “Spike” with the name of one of his favorite DJs, Deadmau5.
Markle, now 38, is said to have started following the story, which used a photo of a mouse-shaped helmet as a profile photo, shortly after their first date.
On her own since-deleted account, Markle nodded to her relationship when she posted a photo of a candy heart reading, “Kiss me.”
“Lovehearts in #London” read the caption of the post.
The clip also revealed that the couple’s first date was a blind date and that they met at Dean Street Townhouse in Soho House in London.
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The authors of the book – Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand – were told that Harry and Markle were “in their own little world” while she was enjoying a martini, and drinking a beer.
The date lasted three hours and the two left without a kiss, the excerpt said, per The Times.
“Almost immediately they were almost obsessed with each other. It was like Harry was in a trance, ”an insider told the authors.
The following night, a second date was held at the same location with limited wait staff to maintain privacy.
“Harry knew they would be together by then,” the insider said. “She ticked all the boxes. ”
The next night, Markle visited Harry in his cabin.
Just six weeks later, Harry suggested they go on a trip, which ended up being a camping trip in the Botswana Safari. According to the snippet, they stayed in luxury tents that cost nearly $ 2,000 a night.
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When Markle returned, she was “completely fascinated,” a friend said, and she had shared things with Harry that she rarely spoke about.
The following months were filled with intercontinental meetings, Harry taking commercial flights to see Markle in Canada.
Harry would have been the first to say “I love you”, but Markle replied “I love you too” right away.
The snippet claims the two had been dating for about six months before news of their relationship suddenly broke.
The rest is history, as they tied the knot in 2018 and the two welcomed a son, Archie, in May 2019.
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In a statement obtained by People magazine, representatives for the couple said: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have not been interviewed and have not contributed to Finding Freedom. This book is based on the authors’ own experiences as members of the Royal Press and their own independent reporting.