Meghan Markle was still living with her chef then-boyfriend Cory Vitiello when she went on her first date with Prince Harry, a new book claims.
According to “Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the War with the Windsor”, now in the UK, Meghan – then an actress in the USA Network drama “Suits” – plans to befriend a group of well-connected Brits in 2016 .
Among them was Violet von Westenholz, Harry’s childhood friend, who was working as a publicist for Ralph Lauren. Meghan was hired to dress the designer during the Wimbledon tennis tournament in the summer of 2016.
In a conversation with Westenholz at Wimbledon, writes author Tom Bower, Meghan persuaded “sensitive soul” von Westenholz to set her on a blind date with the prince.
Bower writes, “His problems were familiar to all unknown, unmarried actors in their mid-thirties – fear of loneliness and personal and financial insecurity.” “Amazingly, Meghan was busy looking for her own financial security – and a husband.”
Before agreeing to the set-up, the book claims, Westenholz sent pictures of the dark-haired actress to Harry.
Von Westenholz’s father, Pierce, is an interior decorator and antiques dealer and a longtime friend of Prince Charles’ wife Camilla. During weekend trips to Westenholz’s Hertfordshire country estate and during joint family vacations, Princes Harry and William played with Violet as children.
Although Bower writes that Meghan’s two-year romance with Toronto-based chef Vitillo, when she met Harry, still shared a home together.
The book also claims that, on July 1, 2016, two weeks after their first date, “Harry secretly flew to Toronto. He stayed at the house of a friend of Meghan’s, probably Jessica Mulroney, for about a week. Cory is still sharing [Meghan’s] Home, the situation was difficult but manageable for Meghan.
“At the end of the week, after returning to London, Meghan was convinced that her spell was over and the relationship with Harry would be sealed. She told Corey that their affair was over,” Bower writes.
According to the book, Vitilo was “relieved. The final months were unpleasant.”