Prince Harry knew he 'had to up his game' when he first saw Meghan Markle (Exclusive)

There's no denying that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are beyond smitten with each other.

The future husband and wife's story is a fairy tale romance that is unlike any other. While the 33-year-old royal was among the world's most-known bachelors, upon meeting Markle, he felt like needed to impress the stunning Suits actress.

"Harry said, when he walked into that room and saw Meghan for the first time, he knew he had to up his game," royal expert Katie Nicholl, author of Harry: Life, Loss, and Love, told ET exclusively about the prince's first impression of Meghan. "There was this beautiful, glamorous actress, but I think it went far more than just a superficial initial connection. I was told really after those first couple of dates, he knew he had met someone very, very special, there was an immediate connection. I think they both knew. Was it love at first sight? I think it was."

Harry and Meghan met in July 2016 after being set up on a blind date. Following their engagement, many continued to wonder who the mystery person who brought them together was.

"In their engagement day interview, Meghan and Harry were not going to give anything away about who actually introduced them, so I was really keen in the book to try and get to the bottom of it and I think actually several people played a hand in this," Nicholl explained. "I was told by my sources that it was Violet Von Westenholz, Harry's old friend and relatively a new friend for Meghan, who gave Harry Meghan's number."

"But I think other people were involved in playing Cupid too," she added. "Marcus Anderson certainly set up a date for them at SOHO house, and their mutual friend, Misha Nonoo, I think, also instigated one of those early dates. So I think they all played a part, but my sources tell me that it was Violet who handed over Meghan's number to Harry and, of course, that was the call that changed everything."

Now, the two are well on their way to tying the knot in front of the whole world on May 19. As the day grows closer, we're informed about the latest developments on the wedding of the year.


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