The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s biography is already the bestselling book on Amazon UK, two weeks ahead of its release.
Finding Freedom, by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, is not released until August 11 but is already top of the media giant’s bestsellers list as royal fans rush to pre-order their copy. The book is at number 14 on the US chart at the time of writing.
Scobie and Duran 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.’
The Duke and Duchess deny giving any interviews or contributing to the book directly, but the intimate nature of some details raises questions over who the sources were – and whether Harry and Megan gave them their blessing before they revealed such closely guarded insights to the couple’s private lives.
In the latest extract, they delved deep into the story of how Harry and Meghan became a couple, their first dates, her first visit to Kensington Palace and how Harry said ‘I love you’ just three months into their relationship, to which Meghan quickly responded with ‘I love you, too’.
Harry and Meghan’s love affair emerged in late October 2016 – but in fact many of the clues were there for all to see on Ms Markle’s hugely popular social media accounts.
Their romance appears to have began around six months earlier – around the time Harry went to Toronto to promote his Invictus Games for wounded servicemen and met the divorcee actress, who had a home in the city while filming hit TV show Suits there.
Meghan enjoyed near-monthly visits to London after that and had even posted a picture of Buckingham Palace on Instagram in the July.
The same month she posted several pictures of recent trips to London, including a view that appears to be of Kensington, where Harry lived until they emigrated in January.
In the August she was back in London sightseeing near Tower Bridge and in September she also posted a picture of herself at the luxury Soho Farmhouse in Oxfordshire with friend Millie Mackintosh.
By then she was wearing a distinctive beaded friendship bracelet with blue, white and black beads – Harry had been wearing an identical one.
And just a week before their romance became global news, the actress posted a photograph of herself in a Sainsbury’s supermarket, again with the bracelet on show, close to Kensington Palace.
Prince Harry was the first to say ‘I love you’ in his relationship with Meghan Markle, with friends revealing the couple were ‘immediately obsessed’ with each other, according to the latest extract of a bombshell biography.
The couple felt a ‘palpable attraction’ after their first date at Dean Street Townhouse in Soho, London, 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.
On that first date, which lasted three hours, Harry talked about his charity work and many trips to Africa, finding a joint passion for wanting to ‘make change for good’ with Meghan, helping to form a bond between them. It came after Meghan’s divorce and the break-up of her first serious relationship after that. She told a friend before her trip to London she’d be happy for ‘a nice English gentleman to flirt with’.