How Meghan Markle and Prince Harry met for the first time:

The couple met on a blind date that eventually led to a second date and an adventure together in Botswana.
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. In 2015 a full year before she would meet her prince charming, Meghan Markle finds herself during a Canadian interview playing a lightheaded round of 20 questions. Listen to this one. Prince William or prince Harry? I don't know. Harry. Harry? Sure. But before there was Harry, there was Trevor. The long-term boyfriend Meghan married in 2011. She married in a wedding in Jamaica that was later described as just one great big party but it was a marriage that ultimately really wasn't destined to last. I want to get married. She landed a job that took her to Canada while her husband's career was solidly based in Los Angeles. Distance and differing priorities really spelled an end to the marriage. Now single in Toronto she meets celebrity chef Cory. People on the social scene in Toronto know Cory and that relationship was for a few years but was not the one. Then in the summer of 2016 she jets to London. A mutual friend sets her up on a blind date with a visible bachelor. They had to be so gratified to hear prince Harry and Meghan Markle met on a blind date. Yes. Yeah. Well, there are blind dates and there are blind dates. Yes, it was definitely a set-up, it was a blind date. It was a blind date for sure. Because I'm from the states you don't grow up with the same understanding of the royal family. I didn't know much him. Reporter: She's received a little side-eyed skepticism for that sound bite after all, Meghan must have been the only woman on the planet who didn't "Know much" about this red-headed royal. We have all watched him grow from the fun-loving boy romping around with his mother -- to a 12 year-old shattered by grief. Diana was on the cusp of leaving public life. And then to a royal renegade whose public fobiles were so often documented for the world to see. There's always been two sides to Harry. You got the wild child. He was also the Harry who was an active member of the military. Reporter: It is his commitment to wounded warriors which he told us about that steadily changes the public's perception of the prince. At the end of the day you're in a war zone and you're responsible. Prince Harry is much more mature. It took him some time but established his role and the core has really been his military life. Reporter:s the the more mature Harry that meets Meghan on the blind date. We met for a drink and very quickly into that we said what are we doing tomorrow? We should meet again. One of their first topics of conversation I think was their social work. Because for each of them, it has been an elevating thing, a thing that they are proud of. Time to build some wells and make things a lot better than what we're seeing here. Reporter: After two dates prince Harry convinces a smitten Meghan to join him on an adventure a little further from home. I managed to persuade her to come and join me in Botswana. We camped out with each other under the stars, we spent she came and joined me for five days out there, which was absolutely fantastic. Given that I didn't know a lot about him everything that I've learnt about him I learnt through him as opposed having grown up around different news stories, or tabloids or whatever else. Reporter: The couple are able to keep their budding romance from preying eyes for nearly six months. Their secret romance is one of the parts I love so much and they were so secretive and so protective of that budding romance that the snuck around for months. Prince Harry made several secret visits to be with his girl friend. Reporter: But the secret gets out. Royal rumor mill is going crazy. The latest on prince Harry's romance. The engagement speculation began immediately like all royal engagements everyone is so excited and longing for it to happen. When you witness them together he looks like the guy who can't believe he got her. She didn't land the prince. He landed Meghan Markle. But the reaction to their new would-be American princess is decidedly chilly. The headline from a British tabloid got a strong rebuke from the prince, a sharply worded statement from his pr team saying in part. Meghan Markle has been subject to a wave of abusive and harassment. This is not a game. It is her life and his. The statement was unprecedented. It was so strongly worded. So bold. You could feel his passion and his anger. Reporter: That statement, the most significant sign yet that she may be the one. When I realized that I know I'm in love with this girl, I still have to have pretty frank conversations with her to say what you're letting yourself in for, it's a big deal. It's not easy for anybody. Reporter: By September, Mae gunm Meghan graces the cover of vanity fair and the couple make their first official appearance at the invictus games. Harry's signature event for wounded warriors. Even Meghan's mother tags along. When she made her first public appearance she wore a shirt called the husband shirt. Now we know why. Reporter: When the big moment finally arrives it is far from the glare of blinding flash bulbs. Standard typical night for us. Cozy night. We were just roasting chicken. Trying to roast the chicken. And it just -- just an amazing surprise. It was so sweet and natural and very romantic. He got on one knee. Of course. Is this an instant yes from you? Yes. As a matter of fact, I could barely let you finish proposing. I said can you let me say yes now. Reporter: Their courtship more conventional than his parents who met 13 times before prince Charles popped the question. This marriage signals a shift for England's church and for its sovereign. This is not the 19-year-old kindergarten teacher like his mother was. Harry is married an American divorced actress who is three years older than he is. Is there still a rebellious streak to Harry? You tell me. It would get you kicked off the throne. Ask Edward, VIII. Queen Elisabeth's uncle abdicated the thrown to marry his girlfriend. I love her with all my heart. He would have stayed Edward the freakin' VIII. This week there was nothing but well wishes for the happy couple. I hope they'll be very happy indeed. William and I are thrilled. For me personally -- There is of course, one note of congratulations that will always be missing. What do you think your mother would have thought of Meghan? She would be over the moon jumping up and down, you know, so excited for me but then -- it is days like today when I really miss having her around and miss being able to share the happy news but I'm sure she's with us. She's with us. Jumping up and down somewhere else. Reporter: Next, the Hollywood actress prepares for a new role.

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