However, it has now been revealed that the 33-year-old royal had set his sights on the star two years earlier, after developing a huge crush on her whilst watching her TV show ‘Suits’.
Meghan plays Rachel Zane in the legal drama, and Harry was reportedly smitten after tuning in.
The Sun report that royal expert Katie Nicholl made the revelation in new documentary ‘When Harry Met Meghan: A Royal Romance’, explaining: “He had a crush on Rachel Zane two years before he met Meghan and the reason I know is because I was having drinks with one of his friends.
“She told me she’d been on a night out with Prince Harry. He was single at the time, so she said, ‘Harry, who’s your ideal girl?’ and he said ‘Meghan Markle from Suits.'”
It is believed that Harry asked their mutual friend Markus Anderson to orchestrate a meeting when Meghan was in London to watch a Wimbledon match in July 2016.
Katie continued: “He asked Markus if he could set up, not a date, but an opportunity for them to meet and that happened in one of the private rooms of Soho House.
“She was funny, feisty, confident and she wasn’t swayed or knocked by the fact that he was Prince Harry. She thought he was terribly cute.”
Meghan spoke out about her relationship with Harry for the first time in an interview with Vanity Fair last month.
She shared: “We’re two people who are really happy and in love. We were very quietly dating for about six months before it became news, and I was working during that whole time, and the only thing that changed was people’s perception.”
The pair made their first public appearances together shortly afterwards, with Meghan joining the Prince on two royal engagements.
It was recently claimed that senior members of the Royal Family have been asked to keep 2018 weekend dates available as aides officially began the arrangements for Harry and Meghan to wed.
However, there has been no official comment from either Harry or Meghan on engagement speculation.