Who Prince Harry was apparently dating when he met Meghan Markle

Catriona Harvey-Jenner

From Cosmopolitan

Prince Harry was frequently deemed 'Britain's most eligible bachelor' before he married and had a baby with Meghan Markle. So it's unsurprising to learn that he was very much in demand in the dating game when he met his future wife.

In a new book, Harry: Conversations with the Prince, royal biographer Angela Levin claims Prince Harry was dating model Sarah Ann Macklin when he was introduced to then-Suits actress Meghan Markle.

Harry and Sarah Ann are reported to have met at a private party, where they swapped numbers and exchanged some texts. "But it turned out to be just a fling," wrote Levin in her book.

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As well as for the likes of Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana and Ralph Lauren, Sarah Ann is also trained in human nutrition and she now practices at the exclusive ROC Harley Street Clinic.

While Prince Harry and Sarah Ann are thought to have gone on a few dates back in 2016, the royal was swept off his feet when he went on a blind date with Meghan Markle - and he never looked back.

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Harry and Meghan were set up by a mutual friend, and while it's never been confirmed exactly who played cupid, it's believed to have been fashion designer Misha Nonoo, who was previously married to former Eton pupil and one of Harry's closest friends, Alexander Gilkes.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle actually spoke about their first meeting during their engagement interview back in November 2017. "We were introduced actually by a mutual friend," Harry said, while Meghan added: "It was definitely a set up, it was a blind date.

"I didn’t know much about him and so I asked her when she said she would set us up: 'Is he nice?' If he wasn’t kind it didn’t seem like it would make sense," the formeractress continued.

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Harry went on to explain that after meeting for the first time in London in July 2016, they got on so well they decided to meet for a second date the following day. A few weeks later, he "managed to persuade her to come and join me in Botswana and we camped out together under the stars and enjoyed five days together."

"It was absolutely fantastic," Harry added. "We were really by ourselves, which was crucial to me to make sure we had a chance to get to know each other."

Oh, the romance.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

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