The shock Halloween phone call that changed Meghan Markle and Prince Harrys lives

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle first met on a blind date in 2016, and were famously set up by a mutual friend.

Meghan was still active on social media at the time and she was living in Toronto and working on hit Netflix show Suits.

Harry is believed to have visited Meghan around Halloween in October 2016, and they received a phone call that changed their lives forever.

The couple opted to go out for Halloween and wear Venetian masks to disguise their identities, in a bid to still keep their relationship private.

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They went to a party, with Harry's cousin Princess Eugenie and her husband also in attendance, at Soho House in Toronto.

In the unauthorised biography, Finding Freedom, royal reporters Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand write: "They especially didn't feel like spending Halloween weekend in hiding, as there was much to celebrate.

"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 evening of October 29, with Harry in town, the couple decided to go to a big costume party being thrown at Soho House in Toronto.

"A cocktail or so into the party, they were both feeling relaxed, absorbing the Halloween spirit.

"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."

A newspaper had discovered Prince Harry and Meghan's relationship, and Harry is reported to have been told that a story about their romance was going to go live the following day.

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The couple, who are now parents to two children, were reportedly upset and angry and knew their lives wouldn't be the same after that night.

Before meeting his partner, Prince Harry was “very angry” claims one royal expert.

Biographer Andrew Morton appeared on Podcast Royal to discuss the royal family, claiming that Harry was “without compass” for years before Meghan arrived.

Andrew said: "Prince Harry was a very angry young man and he was taking on the world, he was taking on paparazzi photographers particularly.

"He was stumbling out of bars dishevelled and worse the wear for drink and he didn't seem to have a compass."

Andrew said that Harry had struggled to “find himself”, adding: "He was struggling to find himself and struggling with the loss of his mother, struggling to come to terms with it and as a young man, he wasn't always the popular Harry of popular imagination."

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