Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are soon going to be royal husband and royal wife. And while there’s no doubt that they are very much in love with one another and excited about their future, there are certain things about their relationship that they would rather have you not know, especially considering the kind of environment they now have to live in as a couple. But since this is the internet and some photos never go away and rumors never fully disappear, we’ve got some of Harry and Meghan’s secrets right here.
As we all know, Prince Harry used to have a wild party boy past. He’s not going crazy in Las Vegas hotel rooms anymore, but there is a little bit of that sparkle left in his eye, if you know what we mean. The same applies to Meghan. Even though she’s smart and she’s savvy, some would say that she’s sneaky and shady, too. Meghan always knew what she wanted in life and she is always determined to reach her goals, one way or another. Some people would even go as far as saying that being a member of the British monarchy was one of those goals and all part of her plan this entire time. Here are 20 shameful secrets Meghan and Harry don’t want us to know.
20 Their Sneaky Dates
For several long months Prince Harry and Meghan Markle managed to fly under the radar with their romance. Even though Prince Harry is one of the most recognizable celebrities in the world, he managed to go unnoticed while traveling to Toronto to have secret dates with his future wife. Apparently, they met through mutual friends and hit if off from the very start. They did whatever it took to meet each other several times a month, even if it met flying nonstop during crazy hours.
Meghan recalls, “We were very quietly dating for about six months before it became news, and I was working during that whole time, and the only thing that changed was people's perception. Nothing about me changed. I'm still the same person that I am, and I've never defined myself by my relationship."
19 Prince Harry’s Private Flights To Toronto
Right after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle began making headlines for their royal romance, a lot of British citizens were upset that Harry was using royal funds for his secret trips to see Meghan. According to Buckingham Palace critics, the monarchy spends enough money on frivolous things as it is. Harry, meanwhile, has insisted that he spent his own money on his trips to Toronto, but that has never been confirmed. But it doesn’t matter. Harry would have flown to see Meghan anyway!
Speaking about how he wooed Meghan, Harry said, "We had two dates in London last July, and it was I think about three, maybe four weeks later that I managed to persuade her to come and join me in Botswana, and we camped out with each other under the stars."
18 Meghan’s Secret Trips To London
During the first several months of their relationship, Harry and Meghan had a very hard time seeing each other. After all, Harry is based in London while Meghan splits her time between Los Angeles and Toronto. Sometimes they went several weeks without seeing each other and relied on FaceTime to make their relationship work. Somehow, Meghan managed to make short little trips to London, spend time at Kensington Palace and go unnoticed. Some reports even say that she had special royal clearance, thanks to Prince Harry!
Also, it didn’t take Harry very long to realize that Meghan Markle was the woman of his dreams. To him, it was love at first sight. Harry put it this way, “The fact that I fell in love with Meghan so incredibly quickly is confirmation to me that all the stars are aligned."
17 Meghan Outed Them On Instagram
It’s safe to say that Meghan Markle was very eager to let the cat out of the bag about their relationship. Meghan shared very telling clues on her Instagram account about her romance with Harry. She shared a photo of two bananas “spooning” (Prince Harry reportedly loves bananas) and shared another photo of her wearing one of his bracelets. Meghan was just dying to let the world know that she was dating a royal!
Recalling how they met, Meghan said, "It was definitely a set-up, it was a blind date... Because I'm from the States, you don't grow up with the same kind of understanding of the royal family, and so while I now understand very clearly there's a global interest there, I didn't know much about him. So the only thing that I had asked her [the mutual friend] was 'Is he nice?' because if he wasn't kind, it didn't seem like it would make sense."
16 Meghan's Secret Royal Fascination
Apparently, Meghan always wanted one thing in life: and that’s to become a member of the British royal family. Now, she’s never confirmed that, but her friends say that she always had a fascination with the royals. According to some sources, this was all a part of Meghan’s plan. She’s wanted to be a princess since she was a teenager.
Her old pal once said, “She was always fascinated by the royal family. She wants to be Princess Diana 2.0. She will play her role ably. But my advice to him is to tread cautiously. I’m not shocked at all. It’s like she has been planning this all her life. She gets exactly what she wants, and Harry has fallen for her play.” Talk about an awful friend for outing Meghan like this, right? Sheesh.
15 Are Her Reps Planting Rumors?
We already know that Meghan is very media savvy and smart. But what we didn’t know is that she’s also using the media to her advantage. Apparently, her people are planting rumors in the gossip and tabloid mags in order to make herself look better. She allegedly even planted a rumor about her becoming a Bond Girl, which some people say is simply untrue. Yet one source told Britain’s The Sun, "Meghan fits the role of a Bond girl perfectly,” but didn’t get the role because producers were looking for a rising star.
She also let fame get to her head. One person said, “Even by season two of Suits, she was turning down lunch with us because she said she'd be recognized. There were instances when I felt she developed a sense of entitlement because she was on the show."
14 Meghan And Harry Are Related To Each Other
This has got to be the most embarrassing rumor about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The two are actually related, but we can bet our bottom dollar that they didn’t even know about this until after their engagement. Talk about awkward, right? We knew that had a lot of things in common, but this is just crazy and bizarre.
According to reports, Harry and Meghan are distant relatives. Even though Meghan is an American-born actress, she does have some royal blood in her. Harry and Meghan are cousins, dating back from the 15th century, thanks to Meghan’s father’s side. Luckily, they’ve got about 15 generations in between them. It’s a good thing that they look nothing like each other, too. Still, the royals sure do love to date and marry their own kind, right?
13 Her American Passport
If there’s one thing that might have stopped Prince Harry from dating Meghan Markle, it’s her American passport. Because just like what we’ve mentioned about, the royal family likes to stick to their own. They preferably like to date other Brits before venturing out of their own zip codes. But it looks like Prince Harry followed his own heart and it took him to the other side of the pond to meet Meghan.
Meghan might be an American, but that’s not going to stop her from becoming a British princess or paying attention to her critics for that matter. She’s tuning them all out. Speaking about the media scrutiny, Meghan has said, “It has its challenges, and it comes in waves — some days it can feel more challenging than others. And right out of the gate it was surprising the way things changed.”
12 His Party Boy Reputation
While it’s without a doubt that we can sit here and talk about Meghan Markle’s shady past, let’s not forget that Prince Harry has one, too. He’s done plenty of things in public that have left the royal family in shame. He got dressed up as a Nazi for a costume party, got into fist fights with the paparazzi and of course, had plenty of wild nights in Las Vegas.
He once said, “I know that there’s huge merit in talking about your issues, and the only thing about keeping it quiet, it’s only ever going to make it worse. Not just for you, but for everyone else around you, as well, because you become a problem. And I, for a lot of my twenties, was a problem. I don’t know how I dealt with it.”
11 Her Shady Family
While there’s no denying that the royal family is capable of doing some very shady, awful things (here’s looking at you Sarah Ferguson, Prince Charles, and Camilla Parker-Bowles), Meghan’s family is no different. She’s got a stepsister, Samantha Grant, that just won’t shut her trap when it comes to the media. She’s even writing a book about Meghan, while also promising to dish all the dirty details!
Despite her shady family, Meghan still has plenty of support, even if it doesn't come from her closest blood relatives. She has said, “I still have this support system all around me, and, of course, my boyfriend's support. I don't read any press. I haven't even read press for Suits. The people who are close to me anchor me in knowing who I am. The rest is noise."
10 Her Divorce Drama
Meghan Markle is not only an American actress, but she’s also a divorcée, too. Yep, she’s got a past, and it’s not a pretty one, too. Meghan Markle and Trevor Engelson were married for three years but split because of irreconcilable differences. And according to some sources, it was mostly because of her career. In other words, she was fame hungry and was determined to find success in Hollywood so much so that she neglected her marriage. Meghan spent more time on movie sets than at home, leaving her husband Trevor out in the cold. Also, her family and friends were very shocked by this move, too.
Meghan’s ex-best friend Ninaki Priddy put it this way: “Meghan’s career ultimately led to the demise of that union. It was such a shock when she told me they were getting divorced."
9 Her C-List Hollywood Status
Meghan Markle might think that she’s a huge Hollywood star, but as some people have already put it, she likes to think that she’s too big for her britches. Because let’s face it: if it weren’t for Prince Harry, we wouldn’t be talking about Meghan Markle today. Thanks to him, she’s now a household name. But before she started dating Harry, Meghan was nothing more than a C-list television star. Yes, she wasn’t even on the television A-list.
Meghan knows she has come a long way, and she will do whatever she can to maintain it. She once said, "Reflecting on where I came from helps me to appreciate and balance what I have now."
8 Meghan’s New Insecurities
A lot of people have noticed that Meghan has become a bit insecure now that she’s transitioning from Hollywood actress to royal princess. Of course, this is only the beginning, but each and every time she’s out with Harry during one of their royal engagements, she looks like she’s hanging on for deal life. And it’s not a good look at all.
Here’s how Meghan felt when she met Queen Elizabeth for the first time "To be able to meet her through his lens, not just with his honor and respect for her as the monarch, but the love that he has for her as his grandmother... all of those layers have been so important for me so that when I met her, I had such a deep understanding and of course incredible respect for being able to have that time with her... She's an incredible woman."
7 Meghan’s Attempts To Fit In With The Royals
Meghan isn’t even married to Harry, yet a lot of people have already noticed that she’s spending royal money like there’s no tomorrow. In fact, the dress she wore for their engagement photos cost more than some people’s homes! In other words, Meghan is dipping her toes in the royal jewels and she likes it.
Here’s what Harry has to say about Meghan meeting his family: "It was exciting! I'd been seeing her for a period of time when I literally didn't tell anybody at all, and then William was longing to meet her, and so was Catherine. They're our neighbors, so we've managed to get that in quite a few times now... Catherine's been absolutely amazing, as has William, as well, you know, a fantastic support."
6 Her Spending Habits
Yes, Meghan Markle came into her relationship with Prince Harry with her own money and her own fame. She’s a successful, independent woman and we will give her credit where credit is due. But at the same time, a lot of people can’t help but notice that Meghan sure loves to spend her money. And now that she’s about to become a member of the British monarchy, she’ll have access to their golds and riches, too. Watch out, Queen Elizabeth! Meghan is coming after your wealth!
And yes, Meghan loves having Princess Diana’s diamonds in her engagement ring. She said, "Everything about Harry's thoughtfulness and the inclusion of that, and obviously not being able to meet his mom, it's so important to me to know that she's a part of this with us."
5 Is Meghan Using Harry For Fame?
Now, let’s get this out of the way before we keep going: both Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are absolutely smitten with each other. That’s a fact. They are in love and they are not afraid to show it to the world and yell it loud from the highest roof tops. But at the same time, a lot of people do believe that Meghan might be using Harry for fame. Hmm…
Of course, Meghan doesn’t see it this way. She would like for us to think that she had no idea who Prince Harry was before she met him. Uh-huh. As if we believe it. "Because I'm from the States, you don't grow up with the same understanding of the royal family," Markle said. "And so while I now understand very clearly there's a global interest there, I didn't know much about him."
4 Harry’s Blindsided By Love
And while Meghan might or might not be using Harry for fame, we will never know. Actually, we might know if they decide to get a divorce and if Meghan Markle writes a tell-all book about the royal family one day. If there is one thing that we do know, it’s that Prince Harry is totally blindsided by love. He’s never felt about anyone the same way he’s felt about Meghan. This is the first woman that he wants to go the distance with.
Recalling how Harry proposed to her, Meghan said, "It was just an amazing surprise. It was so sweet and natural and very romantic. He got down on one knee... As a matter of fact, I could barely let [him] finish proposing, like, 'Can I say yes now?!'"
3 Does The Queen Approve?
As we all know, Meghan Markle’s life is about to drastically change. Everything she’s known, loved, and had in her life might be forever gone. As a royal, she can’t post on social media. She has to keep her opinions to herself. And she has to watch every little move she makes in public. It won’t be easy, that’s for sure. And what’s more, she also has to be on good terms with Queen Elizabeth. That’s because Her Majesty is he new boss.
Despite all of this, Harry has said that his late mother Princess Diana would have loved Meghan Markle. During an interview after their engagement, he said, "They'd be thick as thieves, without question. And she would be over the moon, jumping up and down, so excited for me."
2 Will Their Marriage Last?
Nobody knows what the future holds for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. For now, though, they are both on cloud nine. They are very excited about their love, their royal wedding, and their future together. But seeing how the royals have had a hard time making their relationships last, it’ll be interesting to see if Harry and Meghan will prove all of their critics wrong. Meghan is a smart woman, but is she tough enough to outlast the royals? That’s what everyone knows.
Here’s what Meghan says about how she tunes out her critics, “Of course it's disheartening. It's a shame that that is the climate in this world, to focus that much on that, to be discriminatory in that sense. I think, you know, at the end of the day, I'm really just proud of who I am and where I've come from and we have never put any focus on that. We've just focused on who we are as a couple. And so when you take all those extra layers away and all of that noise, I think it makes it really easy to just enjoy being together."
1 Friends Claim Meghan Is Putting Up A Front
Of course, no one knows who the real Meghan Markle is behind closed doors. All we know is what she chooses to show us in public. Meghan can be a totally different person for all we know. In fact, some people even claim that she might be putting up a front. She’s always wanted to be a royal princess, and now that she’s really close to achieving her goal, she is willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen.
And let’s not forget that Meghan is a trained actress. Sure, she knows how to work a camera and a red carpet, but she also knows how to manipulate an audience with her different emotions. But even if she is putting up a front, the truth will come out quickly. Royal fans know this.