Meghan Markle was charmed by Prince Harry’s ‘funny and adorable’ texting style and his use of the ghost emoji instead of a smiley face, according to the latest extract of the bombshell biography Finding Freedom.
The Duchess of Sussex, 38, who is currently living in LA with Harry and their son Archie, one, is thought to have found the Duke’s texting style endearing following their first date in the summer of 2016.
Harry wanted the American former actress ‘to know he was very interested’ and didn’t hide the fact he was keen, authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand claim in their new book – excerpts of which were published in People today.
After meeting together with friends at London’s Soho House, Harry wasted no time in texting Meghan, who was back in her hotel room, according to a source.
‘His messages were often short and full of emojis, in particular the ghost emoji, which he often used instead of a smiley face,’ wrote the royal authors.
‘For what reason? Nobody knows. But Meghan found his texting etiquette funny and adorable, just like the prince.’
A friend of Meghan’s added: ‘He definitely didn’t hide the fact that he was keen. He wanted her to know he was very interested.’
The book also claims that Harry was the first to say ‘I love you’ in his relationship with Meghan, with friends revealing the couple were ‘immediately obsessed’ with each other.
The couple felt a ‘palpable attraction’ after their first date, with Harry reportedly left in a ‘trance’ and Meghan telling friends ‘this could have legs’.
Harry had a beer, while Meghan drank a martini as they discussed their work, so engrossed with each other that their nibbles lay neglected.
Finding Freedom is a biography written by journalists Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, who are supporters of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and have set out to ‘correct the record’ and shift the spotlight on to their charitable ventures.
It makes new claims about tensions between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Royal Family – but a source has claimed it will ‘open old wounds at a time when everyone wanted to move on.’
Speaking to Vanity Fair, the family source said: ‘I think the person who will be most upset about it all is the Queen.’
The Sussexes say they did not contribute to the book, but Scobie and Durand’s account is based on extensive insight from friends of the couple.
The writers say they have spoken to more than 100 sources including ‘close friends of Harry and Meghan’s, royal aides and palace staff (past and present)’, with all the information in the book having ‘at least two sources’.