Prince Harry texted Meghan Markle repeatedly until she agreed to a date, claims a friend.
Reports suggest the fifth-in-line to the throne pursued the US TV star after meeting her at a charity event in May. Insiders say Prince Harry is “besotted” with the Suits actress and charmed her following a string of dates over the summer.
The couple are said to be “extremely serious about each other and massively loved up”.
One friend told The Sun: “They are the real deal. He definitely pursued her and besieged her with texts until she agreed to a date.
“They went out with a group of friends to Soho House in London in early July, followed by two dates by themselves where Harry swept her off her feet. By August it was serious.“He is very full-on but she was going through quite a tough time with her previous boyfriend and she was very flattered.
Meghan Markle met Prince Harry at a charity event in May.
“She couldn’t contain her excitement, but once she got back from London she became very secretive. It was then that it changed from them just ‘seeing each other’ to boyfriend and girlfriend.
“He’s head over heels and she feels the same.”
Prince Harry reportedly wooed Meghan Markle as she went through a complicated break-up.
The TV star split from her husband of three years, film producer Trevor Engelson, in 2013, and was dating celebrity chef Cory Vitiello
Prince Harry is said to be “besotted” with the actress.
A friend said: “Their relationship was on the rocks but it was complicated as they were still living together and had to sort out custody of the dogs.“Cory is quite the player and they were on the outs in April.
“Meghan was feeling pretty down and vulnerable. She’d been very hurt by Cory. Then suddenly there’s a Prince Charming who’s pursuing her like mad and she couldn’t contain her excitement.”
Despite Prince Harry, 32, keeping the relationship under wraps, his new love regularly updates her one million Instagram followers with photos.
Eagle-eyed fans noticed the pair have been sporting matching “his and hers”jewelry, wearing identical blue beaded bracelets.
The LA-born actress is also known for her humanitarian work and was recently appointed an Advocate for Women by the United Nations. She also shares Prince Harry’s love for Africa and visited Rwanda to work on a clean water project and has supported the armed forces in Afghanistan.
Meghan is known for her role in TV drama Suits
Paddy Power has odds of 5/2 the Prince and the actress will appear together at the traditional Royal Christmas church service at Sandringham.
Kensington Palace has said it will not comment on private matters and Meghan has not confirmed or denied the reports since they emerged.