Prince Harry secretly met Meghan Markle in a supermarket on their ‘incognito’ first date and ‘pretended’ not to know each other to avoid attracting attention.
The Duke of Sussex revealed the lengths the couple went to keep their relationship a secret on Dax Shepard’s ‘Armchair Expert’ podcast.Harry told the Hollywood actor: ‘The first time Meghan and I met up for her to come and stay with me, we met up in a supermarket in London.
He pretending we didn’t know each other, texting each other from the other side of the aisles.
There’s people looking at me, giving me all these weird looks, and coming up to me and saying “hi”. I texted her saying “is this the right one”, and she said “no you want parchment paper”, and I’m like, “Where’s the parchment paper?”
I had baseball cap on, looking down at the floor, trying to stay incognito. It’s amazing how much chewing gum you see, it’s a mess!’The duke also compared his life to the movie The Truman Show as he discussed his mental health and growing up with privilege on the podcast.
Asked if he was nervous about the interview, Harry said: ‘Unfortunately in today’s world, [mental health] is quite a sensitive subject.
There can be humour, there can be everything else, but when it ends up getting weaponised by certain people, you can never predict it. Although I now probably can.
That doesn’t worry me anymore. I used to be fearful of it, but now the same groups of people who come at it so negatively.
Or try and turn it against you or weaponise it, and so affect so many millions of people from doing so, it actually encourages me to speak out more.’
Opening up about online trolling, Harry said he tries to approach them with compassion and by thinking ‘how’s your day going’.
He went on: ‘It is really hard when you’re on the receiving end of this vile, toxic abuse, but the reality is flip it, and say, “What happened to you?
What made you want to come at me like that when clearly we’ve never met, you don’t know me – like, what’s your goal?
What are you actually doing? I know it might make you feel better in the moment, but long term it’s not gonna help.”’