Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle were hiding a huge secret in this famous photo

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Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle were hiding a huge secret in this famous photo of them together.

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle were reportedly hiding something major when they made their first ever public appearance together back in 2017.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were seen on their first official outing together back in the September of 2017 when they attended the Toronto Invictus Games hand in hand.

Just two months later, Clarence House announced the couple’s engagement, but, according to the new book Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family, it turns out that the pair were already secretly engaged when they made their first Toronto appearance together.

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Duchess Meghan is also said to have hinted at the engagement with the stylish summer outfit that she wore, as her crisp white button-down short from designer friend Misha Nonoo’s collection was actually named the ‘Husband Shirt’.

The secret engagement came as quite a surprise to royal fans, as when Clarence House announced the new in the November, they wrote, ‘His Royal Highness and Ms. Markle became engaged in London earlier this month’.

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‘Prince Harry has informed Her Majesty The Queen and other close members of his family. Prince Harry has also sought and received the blessing of Ms. Markle’s parents’.

When speaking about the engagement, Prince Harry also hinted that he had proposed to Duchess Meghan in the November, saying in the couple’s engagement interview, "It happened a few weeks ago, earlier this month, here at our cottage; just a standard typical night for us”.

"It just – just an amazing surprise,” added Duchess Meghan, “it was so sweet and natural and very romantic”.

Aleesha Badkar
Aleesha Badkar

Aleesha is digital shopping writer at woman&home - so whether you're looking for beauty, fashion, health or home buys, she knows all the best places to splash your cash. She earned an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London in 2017 after graduating from University of Leeds in 2014 with a BA in English and Spanish (which took her to Madrid for a fun Rioja and tapas-packed year). Aleesha has worked for woman&home since 2019, when she joined the team as their digital news writer. A year on the news team gained her quick and reactive writing skills and a love for breaking stories, invaluable insight into where to get the best lifestyle releases first, an AOP awards nomination and the nickname ‘crazy watch lady’ after she became so obsessed with the royals that she followed breaking news alerts on her Apple Watch.

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