HARRY’S NEW GIRL HAS DARK PAST

Ac­tress Meghan Markle is al­ready scan­dal­iz­ing new love Prince Harry and his fam­ily

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Prince Harry has fi­nally met his match. Af­ter years of dat­ing party girls and so­cialites, friends say the play­boy prince, 32, is madly in love with the woman he’s been se­cretly see­ing since the sum­mer: Suits ac­tress and hu­man­i­tar­ian Meghan Markle, 35. “He’s hap­pier than he’s been for many years,” a friend tells In Touch. “He’s told pals Meghan is the one, and she feels the same.”

But her past is threat­en­ing to de­rail his hap­pily ever af­ter. Not only is Meghan an Amer­i­can who was born and bred in LA, but she’s di­vorced and comes from a fam­ily teem­ing with drama. “Queen Eliz­a­beth is mor­ti­fied that Harry’s in a re­la­tion­ship with a di­vor­cée who strips off for TV dra­mas. She’s also con­cerned that Meghan could be af­ter Harry’s money,” says a source. “She has in­ferred that the new girl­friend doesn’t fit in with The Firm [the royal fam­ily].”

Meghan and her fam­ily aren’t ex­actly high- so­ci­ety types. She filed for di­vorce from her first hus­band, pro­ducer Trevor En­gel­son, 40, in 2013 af­ter less than two years of mar­riage. And this June, right around the time she and Harry started see­ing each other, Meghan’s fa­ther, Thomas (who was di­vorced from her mom when Meghan was 6), filed for Chap­ter 7 bank­ruptcy, list­ing nearly $30,000 in debts.

Then, af­ter news of the ro­mance broke on Oct. 30, Meghan’s half sis­ter, Sa­man­tha, who uses a wheel­chair, went pub­lic to brand her si­b­ling a shal­low so­cial climber. “I am not sure how the queen would feel about some­one who shuns their own fam­ily. Meghan is nar­cis­sis­tic and self­ish,” Sa­man­tha said. “I think the royal fam­ily would be ap­palled.” ( Meghan’s half brother, Thomas Jr., how­ever, de­fended her: “Meghan didn’t turn her back on ev­ery­body in the fam­ily, and it’s not her re­spon­si­bil­ity to take care of every­one. She’s worked very hard to get where

she’s at.”)

The queen, 90, finds this kind of neg­a­tive pub­lic­ity in­cred­i­bly un­seemly. “She was ini­tially shocked when she learned Prince Wil­liam was dat­ing Kate Mid­dle­ton and never ex­pected her grand­son to marry some­one so com­mon and mid­dle class, but Harry’s tak­ing things to the next level,” says the source. “In Eliz­a­beth’s eyes, life would be much sim­pler if Harry dated a so­cialite who comes from money and doesn’t have a sketchy fam­ily his­tory. Still, Harry’s con­vinced that once his grand­mother re­ally gets to know Meghan, she’ll give the ac­tress her seal of ap­proval, just as she even­tu­ally did with Kate.”

His brother al­ready has. “Wil­liam and Kate re­ally liked Meghan,” says his friend. “She fit in right away.” Meghan re­port­edly even charmed Harry’s fa­ther, Prince Charles, dur­ing a se­cret Septem­ber get­away at the roy­als’ Scot­tish es­tate, Bal­moral. Still, ex­plains the source, “Charles is torn be­tween what his mother wants and Harry’s hap­pi­ness.”

For Harry, this ro­mance is the real deal. “Harry’s crazy about Meghan and blinded by love right now. Those close to him say they wouldn’t be sur­prised if he pro­posed early next year,” says the source. “It’s too bad the queen feels dif­fer­ently. But she is to­tally against Harry be­ing with some­one so far be­neath him.” ◼

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