MEGHAN MARKLE was warned during the early days of her relationship with Prince Harry about the level of scrutiny she would face as a royal wife.
The then-actress was introduced to the Queen’s grandson on a blind date in the summer of 2016 and within weeks things between the pair began moving at a rapid pace. As Meghan swooned over her new boyfriend, a concerned friend stepped in to warn her about the consequences of marrying into the world’s most famous royal family, according to royal biographers Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand.
In their new book on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the authors explain how the close pal of Meghan reminded her of how much interest Princess Diana had garnered during her days with Prince Charles.
According to an extract published in The Times: “For Meghan, she was all in.
“Nothing could get her to slow down, not even a friend who cautioned her about getting involved with Harry.
“They hate royal wives and girlfriends.
Meghan Markle was warned about what happened to Princess Diana, a new book has claimed (Image: GETTY)
The prince and the former actress pictured on a date in Toronto (Image: GETTY)
“They will come after you,” he said. “Look at Diana.”
The book details how the duke and duchess quickly hit it off after being set up by a mutual friend.
After getting on so well on their first date at Soho House’s Dean Street Townhouse in London, they decided to meet again at the same location the following evening for a romantic private dinner.
And on a third night running the soon-to-be couple enjoyed some private time at Harry’s cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace.
Harry pictured with Meghan and her mum Doria Ragland (Image: GETTY)
But a friend of the pair explained how their third date was actually a trip to Botswana.
The pal is quoted in the book as saying: “Technically the getaway was just their third date.
“But by then, they were each already dancing around the idea that this just may be a forever thing.”
Their relationship continued to blossom over a series of clandestine dates in London and Toronto, where Meghan was working and living.
Meghan and Harry were set up on a blind date in July 2016 (Image: GETTY)
Meghan and Harry enjoy a giggle together at the Invictus Games in Toronto (Image: GETTY)
The book also detailed how the duchess left “clues” about the romance before it became public.
She posted a photo of a Love Hearts candy with the inscription “Kiss Me” and the caption “Lovehearts in #London” to Instagram on the night of a date.
She also began to follow an Instagram account with the username Spikeymau5 which, the co-authors said, was Harry’s private account.
Spike apparently came from a Facebook alias that he used – Spike Wells – while the second half of the moniker was a nod to one of his favourite DJs Deadmau5.
Harry and Meghan’s romance (Image: EXPRESS)
Harry confirmed he was dating US actress Meghan Markle in the November 2016 statement and lashed out at the “wave of abuse and harassment” she has faced from the media.
In a lengthy and strongly-worded statement, Harry’s Communications Secretary Jason Knauf outlined the difficulties Miss Markle had experienced since news of their relationship broke.
It was the first official confirmation from Kensington Palace that the pair were dating.
The couple’s relationship progressed at a rapid pace (Image: GETTY)
News of the royal romance emerged around a week before the statement was issued, with The Sunday Express reporting the pair met in May while Harry was in Canada promoting Invictus Games 2017, the paralympics-style competition for injured servicemen and women and veterans he founded.
Finding Freedom is due to be released on August 11.
A spokesman for the Sussexes told the Times: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not interviewed and did not contribute to Finding Freedom.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK