The pair were in­stantly smit­ten

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mu­tual friend.

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.

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