The book, Finding Freedom, by journalists Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, explains how the Duchess of Sussex was charmed by the Duke’s messages when they first met in the summer of 2016. The Duke was keen to prove to his now-wife that he was “very interested”, the authors claim in new excerpts released by People on Thursday.
According to a source, Harry texted Meghan as soon as she got back to her hotel room, following a night with friends at London’s Soho House.
In the bombshell book, the authors wrote: “His messages were often short and full of emojis, in particular the ghost emoji, which he often used instead of a smiley face.
“For what reason? Nobody knows. But Meghan found his texting etiquette funny and adorable, just like the prince.”
A friend of the Duchess’ added: “He definitely didn’t hide the fact that he was keen. He wanted her to know he was very interested.”
According to the biography, Harry was the first to say “I love you” in the relationship, while friends of the royal couple revealed they were “immediately obsessed” with each other.
The pair felt a “palpable attraction” after their first date, with the Duke reportedly left in a “trance” and Meghan telling friends “this could have legs”.
The couple were said to be captivated by each other as they spoke about their work while Harry drank a beer and Meghan sipped a martini.
The authors of the book are firm supporters of the couple, who wanted to write the book to “correct the record” and bring more visibility to their charitable efforts.
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While writing the book, the writers spoke to over 100 sources including “close friends of Harry and Meghan’s, royal aides and palace staff – “past and present”, with all the details in the biography being contrasted by “at least two sources”.
The title explores new claims about issues between the couple and the Royal Family, with a source saying it will “open old wounds at a time when everyone wanted to move on.”
Speaking to Vanity Fair, the family source said: “I think the person who will be most upset about it all is the Queen.”
The book also details how Meghan was left “frustrated and emotional” after a palace aide “scolded” her for wearing a necklace with her and Harry’s initials before they were engaged.
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Snaps of Meghan showed her smiling as she carried a bouquet of flowers and wore the necklace.
The pictures were taken in December 2016, just day after Harry made a 1,700-mile detour to see her on his way back to the UK from his tour of the Caribbean.
But according to a source close to the royal couple, following the publication of the images, Meghan received an advisory phone call from a palace aide.
The source said: “She was advised that wearing such a necklace only served to encourage the photographers to keep pursuing such images — and new headlines.”
During the conversation the Duchess reportedly said “very little”, choosing to “simply listen to the counsel”.