Prince Harry began dating American actress Meghan Markle in 2016Photo: Getty Images

The ‘surreal’ detail about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first text exchange

This May, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will mark the fifth anniversary of their union, but Prince Harry shared a “surreal” fact about the day they first began communicating online.

Prince Harry claimed in his autobiography, Spare, that he first noticed American actress Meghan Markle in 2016 after seeing a picture of her with his friend, Violet Von Westenholz, on Instagram.


The pair took this selfie at their first dinner date
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Before exchanging numbers and texting into the night, the two started corresponding via the social media app. Harry places great significance on the date of their initial communications.

“I thought about how strange, surreal, and eerie it was that this lengthy conversation should have started on July 1, 2016. the age of fifty-five for my mother, “wrote the Prince.

When Harry was only 12 years old, Diana, Princess of Wales tragically perished in a car accident in Paris in 1997.

The Duke discusses the impact of his mother’s passing and the toll that grief has taken on him throughout his recently published book.


The couple spoke about Jeremy’s email apology
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The Duke discussed yet another fortunate turn of events in Harry and Meghan’s six-part Netflix documentary.

On Valentine’s Day in 2021, the couple made the announcement that Lilibet, their second child, was on the way. Harry claimed in the final episode that after the announcement, he received messages with newspaper clippings showing the front page where Diana announced she was expecting Harry, her second child, on February 14, 1984.


Harry and Meghan issued a defiant response
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“I felt stunned. We were clueless. It was merely coincidental, or perhaps it wasn’t, “said Harry.

After resigning from their royal duties in 2020, the Sussexes now live in Montecito with their kids, Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 1.

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