Meghan Markle was Google’s most searched actress of 2016; and while we’d love to attribute that to her stellar performance on the hit show Suits, it’s probably more likely that the world was just very curious about Prince Harry’s girlfriend.
Months after news of their relationship hit the Internet, the gorgeous power couple are still going strong. However, just because you’re dating a prince, it doesn’t mean that you’re necessarily guaranteed a happily ever after. Here are some strange things you probably didn’t know about one of the world’s most eligible bachelors and his leading lady.
She was dating someone else when she met Harry
It might have been love at first sight for the couple, but it all started with a pair of wandering eyes.
According to The Telegraph, when the redheaded royal and Markle first met in May 2016, Markle was dating Canadian chef Cory Vitiello. Markle and her celebrity chef beau split the same month and it was around that time that she began her near-monthly transcontinental flights to London. When asked whether Harry played a part in the couple’s break up, a source close to Vitiello said, “I can’t comment on that.” Ouch.
To be fair, though: few can compete with a prince, especially Prince Harry.
He issued a public statement about their relationship
A lot of couples officially announce their relationship with a sweet snap on Instagram or Facebook status, but when you’re a prince, apparently a simple social media post won’t suffice.
In November 2016, amid harsh coverage of Markle from the press, Prince Harry released a statement via his communications director that 1.) confirmed his relationship; and 2.) told the press to back off. “Prince Harry is worried about Ms Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her,” the statement read. “It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm. “He knows commentators will say this is ‘the price she has to pay’ and that ‘this is all part of the game.’ He strongly disagrees. This is not a game—it is her life and his.”
The statement was a highly unusual moment for a member of the Royal Family, proving just how unconventional this relationship is shaping out to be (by Buckingham Palace standards, anyway).
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