PEOPLE Magazine is the American media outlet where the publishers of Finding Freedom, by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, have chosen to place advance excerpts of the book ahead of its release on August 11. The British counterpart to this was The Sunday Times. To me, PEOPLE’s coming through with a lot more juice. We’ve already discussed the tiara drama, and how Prince Harry described Meghan Markle as “the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen in my life” after their first date. Now we’re learning from Finding Freedom that Harry and Meghan were actually engaged a lot sooner than we initially thought. 


The engagement was announced on November 27, 2017. According to Finding Freedom, though, they were already engaged by the time Harry and Meghan made their first official appearance together in Toronto at the Invictus Games in September 25, 2017. You’ll recall, she was wearing a white shirt over jeans: 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry appear together at the wheelchair tennis on day 3 of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 on September 25, 2017 in Toronto, Canada


Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were hiding something major during their first official outing together.

The couple made their public debut at the Toronto Invictus Games in September 2017 after over a year of dating, holding hands and smiling as they headed to watch wheelchair tennis. But there was a secret reason for their look of love: they were already engaged, according to the new book Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family.

Meghan hinted at the big news in a subtle way — she wore a classic white button-down shirt dubbed the "Husband Shirt" from her designer friend Misha Nonoo's collection — yet their secret went undetected.”

So they kept that information locked down for two months which, again, is a Finding Freedom exclusive and that should tell you how much tea the authors might be pouring in this book. I mean we’ve already so far been served the tiara blend, the first date brew, the secret engagement flavour, and the emoji leaves. And this is just what the book publicists have strategically chosen for coverage. What else is buried in this book? Is that why certain people are so worried? 

To go back to that ghost emoji though and how Harry was texting that to Meghan moments after their first date and nobody knows why he uses it (which is the random sh-t I live for), since I don’t ever use emojis, I know nothing about emoji culture, but someone messaged me yesterday when I posted about it and told me that the ghost emoji can take the place of a greeting. As in “hey boo”. And that’s another layer of LOL on the ghost emoji story: that Prince Harry may have been “hey boo”-ing Meghan Markle after their first date.