Prince Harry ‘was first to say I love you’ as intimate details of Meghan Markle romance are exposed in new book

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Prince Harry told Meghan Markle he loved her after just three months according to a new bombshell book about the couple.

Finding Freedom, written by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, will chart the romance of Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, and their decision to step down as senior members of the Royal family.

Extracts of the new book reveal intimate details of the parents-of-one's relationship, with it being claimed that Harry was the first to say "I love you."

It is said that the pair felt a "palpable attraction" to one another after their first date in London's Soho with Harry telling friends "this could have legs" after being left in a "trance."

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Their first date lasted three hours, with them returning to Dean Street Townhouse the very next night to meet again.

Following their second date, where they used the staff entrance usually used to bring fish into the restaurant, Harry returned to Kensington Palace alone, but admitted to friends that the at the time actress was "ticking every box."

Just two days after their first meeting, Harry invited the Suits star to Kensington Palace where he impressed her with stories about his work and life, admitting he was a "little mad."

Six weeks later, Harry instructed Meghan to fly to London, where they then headed to Johannesburg before moving to Okavango Delta, a wetland in Botswana's safari country.

A friend of Meghan, who is just one of over 100 sources that has contributed to the book, said: "She came back smiling and just completely spellbound."

Meghan is believed to have told the pal: "I've never felt that safe, that close to someone in such a short amount of time."

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The friend added: "By then, they were each already dancing around the idea that this just may be a for ever thing."

Just three months after their first meeting, Harry said "I love you," with Meghan said to be quick to reply.

That October, during a trip to Toronto, Harry was informed that a tabloid was set to expose their relationship, with an aide urging him to return home, which he refused.

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Meghan is said to have been left "disappointed" by the news being released, but was "relieved" she could stop "lying to friends about her trips to London."

Within 24 hours, she is thought to have received 100 messages from people she hadn't spoken to in years asking her about the news.

She also faced abuse on social media, with some trolls posting racist messages on her posts, calling her the N-word and a "mutt."

Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand is published on 11 August.

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