In October 2016, the royal and the actress had been seeing each other for only four months and had been able to keep their relationship clandestine.
The two would opt for private gatherings away from the public eye such as upper-crust restaurants and their own homes across the Atlantic Ocean.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had to leave a Halloween party after receiving a devastating phone call just months into their budding romance
For Halloween, the couple felt braver heading out into the outside world together and had planned to attend a party together in Meghan’s Canadian city of Toronto.
However this was the night it would all come crashing down for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who had previously enjoyed the privacy to get to know each other.
In Finding Freedom, royal reporters Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand wrote that the couple was having the ‘perfect’ evening before a life-changing phone call.
For Halloween, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle felt braver heading out into the outside world together and had planned to attend a party together in Meghan’s Canadian city of Toronto
‘Some four months into their relationship, they were madly in love and eager to take part in the fun of one of their favourite holidays,’ the said.
‘The evening of October 29, with Prince Harry in town, the couple decided to go to a big costume party being thrown at Soho House in Toronto.’
The pair dressed up in Venetian masks so they could go about the party undetected with many unaware that there was a royal in their midst.
Prince Harry and Megan Markle dressed up in Venetian masks so they could go about the Halloween party undetected with many unaware that there was a royal in their midst
‘Surrounded by the establishment’s exclusive clientele and confident due to a rule that discouraged patrons from surreptitiously snapping pictures with their phones, Harry and Meghan felt at ease.’
The excitement in the air was not meant to last after Harry received a phone call informing him that a newspaper had received word of his new relationship.
The story was to go live the following day.
The excitement in the air was not meant to last after Harry received a phone call informing him that a newspaper had received word of his new relationship
‘It was possibly the perfect night out — until they received a call from one of Harry’s aides at Kensington Palace. It wasn’t good news.’
Retiring back to Meghan’s apartment soon after, the two devised a plan on how they would manage the sudden media attention.
Although the prince was advised to cut his holiday short and return home to manage the story, Harry proved his devotion early on in the relationship when he decided to stay in Canada to support Meghan throughout the frenzy.