Did Prince Harry introduce Meghan Markle on Botswana vacation for three months before telling the world? New biography says they were ‘secretly engaged in August 2017’
- Finding Freedom claims that Harry and Meghan were ‘secretly engaged’ in 2017
- That same month, the Duke and Duchess traveled together to Botswana
- In November 2017, Prince Harry said he asked the question ‘earlier this month’
Prince Harry may have presented Meghan Markle three months before their official announcement, a biography of a bomb revealing Sussexes’ dramatic departure from royal life.
According to Finding Freedom, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were “ secretly engaged in August 2017. ”
That same month, the couple traveled to Botswana, where they reportedly celebrated Meghan’s 36th birthday as well as their first year as a couple.
During their engagement interview in November 2017, Prince Harry said he asked the question ‘earlier this month’ while the couple were ‘roasting chicken’ on a ‘cozy evening’.
Meghan and Harry in Botswana in the summer of 2017. According to Finding Freedom, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were “secretly engaged in August 2017”
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry pose for a photo at the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in West London on November 27, 2017, after announcing their engagement
In the biography, written by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, a source says that Prince William tried to ‘make sure Harry was not blinded by lust’ in his relationship with Meghan shortly before they became engaged that August.
According to the book, that through The times and The Sunday Times, Harry took offense when William told him, “Take as much time as you need to get to know this girl.”
Harry would have considered the choice of the words “this girl” condescending.
In other explosive revelations revealed in the fragments:
- Prince Harry was ‘p **** d off’ with ‘snob’ William while warned to take it easy with ‘this girl’ Meghan;
- William doubted Meghan’s intentions, fearing that the Duke of Sussex was “blinded by lust”;
- Palace insiders called Meghan “Harry’s showgirl” and said the American actress came with “a lot of luggage”;
- The high-ranking courtier of a palace was overheard and told a colleague, “There is something about this girl I don’t trust”;
- Two couples barely spoke during the Commonwealth service in March, despite not seeing each other since January;
- The Sussexes believed that their complaints were not taken seriously and believed that other royal households leaked stories about them to the press;
- Being told to operate under the Buckingham Palace umbrella after their household was separated from the Cambridges was “a great disappointment” for the Sussexes;
- The Sussexes even considered breaking the protocol by making a surprise visit to the Queen when they thought they couldn’t see the monarch.
Finding Freedom: Harry, Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family, was written by royal viewers Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, described as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s ‘cheerleaders’
The 2017 trip to Botswana was not the couple’s first visit.
In their 2018 engagement interview, Harry recalled how he “ convinced ” Meghan to fly to Botswana to travel with him and said they camped under the stars for a romantic five days.
“It was about three, maybe four weeks [after their first date] that I was able to persuade her to come with me to Botswana, “he said at the time.
“And we, we camped together under the stars, we spent, she came and came to me for five days, which was absolutely fantastic.”
The country has special significance for Prince Harry, who first visited Botswana shortly after the death of his mother, Princess Diana, when he traveled there with his brother and father.
Harry fell in love with the land on that maiden voyage and has returned regularly since, becoming increasingly involved in conservation efforts in Botswana.
When it came to finding the perfect engagement ring for Meghan, Harry even chose to buy a Botswana diamond – which he previously called his ‘second home’.
Meghan, Prince Harry and Prince William on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the RAF, 2018
The stone was combined with two diamonds from a tiara that belonged to Princess Diana.
Finding Freedom provides an intimately detailed and personal version of the events leading up to the dramatic departure of the Sussexes from royal life, with co-authors Scobie and Durand insisting “that all the information in this book be from at least two sources.”
Harry and Meghan deny giving interviews.