They only told their family and closest friends about it and ordered takeout from their favorite restaurants rather than going out and getting to know each other.
But on October 31, 2016, they couldn’t hide it any longer when news of their relationship leaked.
According to a new book on the couple, Finding Freedom, the leak came from someone who works for Harry’s cousin, Princess Eugenie and her father, Prince Andrew.
Authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand write: “The Sunday Express was going to tell the story of their relationship – and the tabloid was reportedly informed by an employee of none other than Eugenie and her father, Prince Andrew. ”
Eugenie is extremely close to her cousin Harry, so it’s likely she was upset when she found out what had happened – even though it wasn’t her fault.
The two royals have been very close all their lives, their moms, Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson, taking them on vacation together when they were kids.
Growing up, they took on the London club scene together, sneaking into bars and taking photos together.
Eugenie also played matchmaker with Harry before meeting Meghan, setting her up with her actress friend Cressida Bonas.
Scobie and Durand write: “Eugenie has always been more than just Harry’s cousin. They were also the closest friends.
“Of all the Queen’s grandchildren, Harry and Eugenie have one of the most natural bonds.
“Like Harry, Eugenie is loyal, honest and a lot of fun.
“Like Harry, Eugenie also struggled to forge her own identity as she grew up.
“Harry had always confided in his cousin when it came to the women in his life. Not only did he trust her implicitly, but friends say she gives good advice and has always been “beyond wisdom” during her years. ”
Meghan and Harry find freedom
They also claim Eugenie was one of the first royals to tell Harry about Meghan which would make the leak even more painful for her.
Speaking of their London evenings together, they write: “The two have spent many evenings together, sneaking into the back entrances of clubs, like Mahiki, where Jack was once manager, or Tonteria, or in one of the areas of the VIP cave, they swallowed glasses of Mexican skull glasses and a giant frozen margarita (with multiple straws). ”