Meghan Markle's 'fun night' with Harry before going public: 'Snuck out'

Meghan Markle has offered a rare glimpse into the early days of her notoriously private romance with Prince Harry during a candid chat with Ellen DeGeneres on the comedian's flagship talk show.

Meghan's surprise appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show — which will air later today in the US — marks her first TV interview since her bombshell sit-down with Oprah Winfrey back in March.

Meghan Markle on The Ellen Show
Meghan Markle has sat down for an interview with Ellen DeGeneres. Photo: Warner Bros

'We snuck out'

In a sneak-peek clip released on Instagram, the Duchess of Sussex revealed that she and her then-boyfriend, Harry went incognito and 'snuck out' to attend a Halloween party in Toronto, Canada.

Meghan, 40, didn't have just one member of the royal family in her party crew. The mum-of-two was accompanied by Harry's cousin, Princess Eugenie, and her then-boyfriend, Jack Brooksbank, to the 'post-apocalypse' themed bash.

"[Harry] came to see me in Toronto and our friends and his cousin Eugenie and now her husband Jack, they came as well, and the four of us snuck out in Halloween costumes to just have one fun night on the town before it was out in the world that we were a couple," Meghan told Ellen.


Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Eugenie,  Prince Harry and Princess Beatrice stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following the Trooping the Colour Ceremony on June 16, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage)
Princess Eugenie and Prince Harry share a laugh alongside Prince William and Princess Beatrice at the Trooping the Colour in 2012. Photo: Getty Images.

"It was a post-apocalypse theme, so we had all this very bizarre costuming on, and we were able to just have one fun final night out," she added.

While Meghan didn't put an exact date on the foursome's 'fun night,' it was likely just a day or two before news of the high-profile couple's relationship finally leaked on October 31, 2016.

Eugenie and Jack went on to tie the knot in January 2018, followed by Harry and Meghan in May. And the rest is history.

A royal Halloween

Meghan also told Ellen about how she and Harry celebrated Halloween this year with their two kids, Archie, 2, and five-month-old Lili who, by all accounts, wouldn't get into the festive spirit.

"We wanted to do something fun for the kids, and then the kids were just not into it at all. Archie was a dinosaur for maybe five minutes, not even five minutes," Meghan said.

"Finally Harry talked him into putting the head on. But Lili was a skunk. It was so cute. Like Flower from Bambi," she added.

meghan markle and ellen degeneres on the ellen de generes show
The former Suits star talks about her acting career. Photo: Warner Bros

Meghan's Hollywood memories

In an earlier teaser clip, Meghan reminisced about starting out as an actress in Los Angeles which saw her come to the Warner Brothers lot, where The Ellen Show is taped, for auditions.

"I would park at gate three and then I would scoot on over and what was so nice is the security guards would always say, ‘Break a leg, we hope you get it’," the former Suits star recalled.

The duchess, who gave up her acting career when she married Harry in 2018, also explained the very unusual way she used to get in and out of her 'very old' Ford Explorer Sport after the key stopped working on the driver’s side door.

"So after auditions, I would park at the back of the parking lot and I would open the trunk and climb in, pull the door shut behind me and crawl all over my seats to get out. That’s how I would come to and fro," she laughed.

Meghan and Ellen have reportedly been friends since a chance meeting at a dog shelter in 2012. Her appearance comes on the show's final season, after Ellen announced her talk show will end after 19 seasons in 2022, noting that "it's time" for her to move on.

The decision came amid slumping ratings following allegations by former and current staffers that The Ellen DeGeneres Show has been a toxic place to work.

Though the Emmy award winner insisted her decision to bring the curtain down had nothing to do with allegations against the show.

Additional reporting by Kristine Tarbert.

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