Is Prince Harry secretly dating “Suits” actress Meghan Markle? That’s the claim of an anonymous source who alleges the two are an item, while some photographic evidence suggests there may be some real fire behind this particular puff of smoke.
According to an article in the U.K.’s Sunday Express, an insider claims the 32-year-old royal is “besotted” with the American actress, 35, after the two reportedly met in Toronto (where “Suits” is filmed) back in May when he was in town to promote the upcoming Invictus Games.
Royal-watchers, reports the Express, have been noticing the bachelor prince has “had a notable spring in his step” and is often sporting a smile on his face.
“He’s happier than he’s been for many years,” said “a source close to the Prince” to the Express.
“He’s in a very relaxed period of his life and Meghan has come along at the right time,” adds the source. “They are taking each week as it comes and just enjoying each other’s company but it’s fair to say that they love seeing each other and there’s a definite chemistry between them.”
So why have they been keeping their budding relationship on the down-low? “Harry has been desperate to keep the relationship quiet because he doesn’t want to scare Meghan off,” claims the source. “He knows things will change when their romance is public knowledge but he also knows he can’t keep it a secret for long.”
As for where the fledgling romance could lead, the source will only say: “It’s too early to say if the relationship will lead to anything long-term but who knows? At the moment they are just taking it a step at a time and seeing how things develop.”
In the meantime, insiders tell the Express that Markle has made “several visits to London,” where she and Harry have shared “discreet dinners,” with the prince treated to her “excellent cooking.” The source also claims that Markle has stayed with Harry at Kensington Palace, and has met the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
“William and Kate really liked her and she fitted in straight away,” says the insider.
Markle, who plays Rachel Zane on “Suits”, got married in 2011, but split up with her husband two years later; it’s unclear whether she is still married.
Beyond the claims of these insiders, however, some photographic evidence suggests there could be some truth behind this rumour.
Exhibit A: these recent Instagram posts from Markle, showing off an array of bracelets, including a blue, beaded bracelet.
Exhibit B: Prince Harry, photographed in Aberdeen last month, sporting a similar blue beaded bracelet.
In addition, some of Markle’s other Instagram posts place her in London, with one seeing her admit that she’s “gutted” that she has to leave.
ET Canada has reached out to Markle’s rep for comment.