The pair were instantly smitten
Ms Markle, who then lived in Toronto, was on a promotional tour of London for her TV series Suits when she agreed to meet Harry in a private dining room at 5 Hertford Street, a Mayfair private members club.
It is believed that London-based interior designer Violet von Westenholz, daughter of a baron, was the one gave who Prince Harry Ms Markle’s number.
During their engagement interview, Ms Markle confirmed they were set up by a female friend but did not reveal her identity.
“It was definitely a set-up. It was a blind date,” Ms Markle said.
“I didn’t know much about him and so the only thing I had asked her when she said she wanted to set us up was, I had one question, I said ‘Was he nice?’”
The couple were instantly smitten and saw each other the next day.
They embarked on a whirlwind romance and flew to Botswana together just weeks later. For five months the relationship was kept a secret with the pair flying across the world to meet each other at secret destinations every two weeks.
It was in December 15, 2016 the UK’s The Sun newspaper blew their cover after snapping the first photo of the couple together attending a show in London’s West End.
Their engagement was announced on November 27, 2017 by Clarence House.
It is Ms Markle’s second wedding. She was previously married to film producer Trevor Engelson from 2011-2013.
Ms Markle grew up in Los Angeles where she attended an all-girls Catholic school, the Immaculate Heart.
She took an interest in humanitarian work from an early age and worked as an intern at the UN’s embassy in Argentina for a short period after she graduated from Northwestern University.
While working as an actor, Ms Markle continued to be involved in charity work and was an UN Women and World Vision ambassador.
Prince Harry is sixth in line to the throne. He was once considered the “black sheep” of the royal family after scandals that have included being photographed naked in Las Vegas playing strip billiards and dressed in a Nazi uniform at a costume party.
After two tours of Afghanistan, Prince Harry cleaned up his act and is now known for his work with veterans and the service community.
Just six months before meeting Ms Markle, Harry told an interviewer he would love to have children of his own but was yet to meet the one.