MEGHAN Markle “fell hard” for Prince Harry as she witnessed him playing with her best friend Jessica Mulroney’s children, according to new book Finding Freedom.
Authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand explained how the Duke of Sussex would win over Jessica’s children John, Brian and Ivy with gifts.
The authors said that as a new couple Harry and Meghan would “hide out” at the Mulroney’s before their relationship became public in 2016.
In the book, which was released today, the authors describe how Harry “never turned up empty handed” when visiting Jessica’s home in Toronto which she shares with husband Ben Mulroney.
And it was Harry’s generosity and hands-on approach to the children that truly won over his future wife.
Scobie and Durand explain: “It was there that Meghan got a first-hand glimpse of how Harry might be as a father, falling hard as he expertly won over the Mulroneys' then six-year-old twins, Brian and John, and three-year-old daughter Ivy.
Finding Freedom claims revealed today include:
- Harry felt like he and Meghan were 'thrown under the bus' to protect the royal family
- Meghan felt like people wanted her to serve her child "on a silver platter" after Archie was born
- Prince Harry was "delightfully surprised" when Meghan reportedly peed in the wood on their luxury camping trip in Botswana
- Harry was stunned after Meghan's estranged family gave a series of interviews criticising the duchess
- Meghan had to undergo kidnapping training after an unusually high number of threats
- The Duchess of Sussex saw Prince Charles as a 'second father'
“Already experienced in charming little ones, he never turned up empty-handed, instead arriving with small presents each visit.
“But it wasn't just his generosity that endeared him to the kids.
“Harry was also willing to get on the floor with them to play or smush up his face against the window, his funny expressions never failing to earn a giggle.”
The bond between the Sussexes and the Mulroneys was clear when all three of the children had roles in the royal wedding.
Ivy was a flower girl while John and Brian were responsible for carrying Meghan’s train.
The authors also describe how Jessica continued to be a valuable support to Meg as she entered the royal circle with the stylist helping her to pick out an outfit to meet the Queen in.
Former actress Meghan, 39, has been friends with Jessica, 40, since they met in Toronto, Canada while filming US legal drama Suits.
But the pair fell out after Jessica was exposed by Canadian influencer and blogger Sasha Exeter for using her “wealth and privilege” to attempt to shut her up in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement.
The scandal started last month when Sasha posted a “call to action” to people with large online followings to support the Black Lives Matter movement.
But Sasha claimed Jessica had taken offence to her "generic call to action" asking white influencers to speak out amid the Black Lives Matter protests, with Jessica later forced to publicly apologise after being accused of exhibiting "textbook white privilege behaviour".
Sasha also shared screenshots that showed Jessica threatening to sue her which saw her sacked from her roles on bridal show I Do, Redo and Good Morning America.
After the scandal, Jessica — married to former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney’s son Ben, 44 — tried to apologise by referring to her friendship with Meghan.
But the Duchess was left "mortified" having been dragged into the mess which led her to put an end to the already rocky friendship.
Meghan, who is currently living in Tyler Perry's LA mansion with Prince Harry, 35, and their son Archie, one, is said to have grown to feel that her friend was “benefitting” from her royal position, according to Page Six.
In other royal news, Harry's close pal Tom "Skippy" Inskip "had doubts about Meghan Markle."
And we shared how Prince Harry ‘cooked three course dinner’ for Meghan Markle to celebrate her 39th birthday while Doria babysat Archie.
Meanwhile, Meghan and Adele ‘enjoy pilates sessions together as the new neighbours hit it off’.
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