Before Prince Harry found the happily-ever-after in his royal love story, he went on a lot of blind dates. And the people who set him up on those blind dates are some you may recognize: his cousin, Princess Eugenie, and his sister-in-law, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, aka Kate Middleton.
In her new book, Harry: Life, Loss, and Love, royal correspondent Katie Nicholl writes about Harry’s quest to find the one he would ultimately end up with. After a few high-profile breakups, he turned to those who knew him best.
“Harry wasn’t giving up [after things ended with exes Chelsy Davy and Cressida Bonas], even going on blind dates organized by Kate and his cousin Princess Eugenie, who had a good track record when it came to setting Harry up,” she wrote.
But that “good track record” didn’t extend to Harry’s most serious romances. Eugenie and Kate didn’t set him up with Davy, who Nicholl writes Harry had an on-and-off relationship with all the way up to 2015.
“You sort of get the feeling that neither of them were quite ever willing to completely let go of that love affair,” she wrote. “They’d carved their names into one of the tree trunks on the family estate. It was such a love affair, it really was. Right up until 2015 they were trying to give it another chance. I was quite struck by that and I think everyone that’s been in love, you know, you never forget your first love, and in that respect I think Prince Harry was no different. And I think what’s so lovely is he still manages to have a friendship with Chelsy, and there’s that amazing respect between the two of them. Neither of them have spoken about their relationship and I think you have to respect and admire them for that.”
And when Harry met his fiancée, Meghan Markle, it was actually set up by a mutual friend, Ralph Lauren PR girl Violet von Westenholz, not Eugenie or Kate. So give them points for trying, but their matchmaking skills didn’t quite come through in the end. Still, I’d let them set me up. Any hot single princes I should know about? What a dream that would be.