Where Harry Met Meghan
Now happily married and parents to baby Archie, following a modern fairy tale wedding, Where exactly did Harry and Meghan’s love affair begin? Well we know a matchmaker essentially introduced them, whether an official matchmaker, or well-meaning friend playing Cupid has not been revealed.
But where does a Prince of England take his future Monarch on a first date?
Clearly Harry took into account, his Hollywood actress date was part of a hip-crowd. And where do the who’s who in entertainment mix with aristocracy?
Soho House group, are renowned for providing a private environment for the who’s who in the creative industries to network, dine and party in comfort and style.
Harry’s choice of house was Dean Street townhouse. The club is compromised of a pair of Georgian residences, built in the early 17thcentury.
With aristocratic beginnings, homing King Charles II’s mistress at one point.
In 1928, Socialite aristocrat David Tennant founded a club well known as a hang out of politicians, intellectuals, artists and those famed in the entertainment world.
Good conversational point for a monarch and an actress.
And quite fitting given the blend of their backgrounds.
Soho Dean Street definitely has a very traditional British Feel.
Still very closely linked to the arts, I personally attended one of their life drawing classes.
They met for a drink rather than a formal sit down dinner.
Which is more relaxed than you might expect for a royal date.
However anyone who has observed Harry over the years, can see, he is very easy-going, and even down-to-earth.
For anyone else visiting, you firstly need to be a member to get through the door, or at least have a friend who is a member that invites you.
Drinks can be brought over to your table, if you are fortunate enough to grab one.
Evenings are pretty packed as you might expect in bustling Soho.
Drinks off the menu include a ‘ British Classics’ selection
English Milk Punch, mixed with Mount Gay Black Barrel, Remy Martin, Somerset Cider Brandy 10yo, arack, milk, pineapple spice mix, oolong tea, citrus, aromatics.
Bramble Bombay Sapphire, Blackberries, Lemon.
Bombay Sapphire, Lemon, Champagne.
As well as a wide selection of spirits, wine and champagne..
Harry could have even gone for a Draught Pint, to appear especially non-pretentious.
Who knows what they sipped on, but we do know they hit if off.
"We met for a drink," said Markle, "and then I think very quickly into that we said, 'Well what are we doing tomorrow? We should meet again.'’ So for those who think playing it cool and waiting at least a week before meeting again, or a few days to follow up on a date. Take a leaf out of Harry and Meghan’s book, take down the guard, and keep the momentum going.
The couple went on a second date and Prince Harry then invited Markle to accompany him on a trip to Africa just three or four weeks later. "I managed to persuade her to come and join me in Botswana and we camped out with each other under the stars," he said, describing the whirlwind romance. "Then we were really by ourselves, which was crucial to me to make sure that we had a chance to get to know each other."
What did Meghan wear for her first date?
Well it was revealed, stitched into her wedding dress, was a piece of blue fabric. Following the tradition of wearing something blue on your wedding day. And its not just anything blue, she chose to stitch a piece of the fabric from the dress she wore on her first date with harry. So there we have it, its not just a little black dress that works, but a little blue dress too.