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The bracelet that gave Prince Harry away

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Meghan Markle has spoken for the first time on her romance with Prince Harry. Photo: Getty
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Prince Harry and an American actress have been pictured wearing matching bracelets, amid rumours of their secret romance.

A friend close to Harry leaked that the red-haired royal has reportedly been dating Suits star Meghan Markle, 35, in secrecy for several months.

And the pair further fuelled speculation with photos showing the two wearing identical blue beaded jewellery.

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Meghan Markle’s blue beaded bracelet. Photo: Instagram

In a picture posted on Instagram of a holiday at Soho Farmhouse in Oxfordshire, England, Markle is seen with the accessory prominently sported on her wrist.

And the piece bears a striking resemblance to the one Prince Harry, 32, regularly wears.

It’s said he picked his up during one of his trips to Africa, with reports suggesting the bracelet is related to a charity he supports.

He has previously worn a number of accessories associated to charitable organisations, including the Katy Holmes Trust charity back in 2012.

Markle’s light blue duplicate is also seen in other snaps on her social media feed dating back several weeks.

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The blue beaded jewellery makes multiple appearances on social media. Photo: Instagram

Widespread reports suggest Prince Harry is “besotted” with Markle and is “happier than he’s been for many years”.

“He’s in a very relaxed period of his life and Meghan has come along at the right time,” the insider said.

The source said Harry has been desperate to keep the relationship quiet and has taken her on several secretive dates in London.

One of Markle’s low-key visits is believed to have included a stay at Kensington Palace to meet his friends, brother Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton.

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Harry sporting his almost identical bracelet. Photo: Getty

“William and Kate really liked her and she fitted in straight away,” the source told the Sunday Express.

“Meghan is a very confident and intelligent woman and she’s not overawed mixing with royalty. That’s one of the things Harry admires about her.”

She posted a picture of her visiting Buckingham Palace on July 5 and was also spotted in the royal box at Wimbledon this year.

Prince Harry, who has said previously he hates social media, is allegedly using a secret Instagram account to follow his new American girlfriend, The Mirror reported.

The profile uses a fictitious name and Markle is said to be one of few following him back.

Who is she?

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Meghan Markle is a successful actor, model and human rights activist. Photo: Getty

Meghan Markle, an actress and model, is best known for her role as Rachel Zane on the hit US legal drama Suits.

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Meghan Markle plays Rachel in Suits. Photo: Instagram

But much like Harry, Markle is a keen human rights campaigner as a Global Ambassador for World Vision and a United Nations women advocate.

She has also visited Afghanistan to support US forces and their families.

Before her big break in 2011, the actress appeared in the daytime soap opera General Hospital, and had parts in the Knight Rider rework and CSI:NY before landing roles in Remember Me and A Lot Like Love.

Markle graduated from Northwestern University, where she studied theatre and international relations, and previously worked for the US Embassy in Buenos Aires.

Meghan on her trip to Rwanda earlier this year for World Vision. Photo: The Tig
Meghan Markle on her trip to Rwanda earlier this year for World Vision. Photo: The Tig

The Los Angeles native now lives in Toronto, Canada, where Suits is filmed.

It is believed she met Harry while he was in Canada promoting his Invictus Games for disabled servicemen earlier this year.

She also runs a website, The Tig, which specialises in food, travel, fashion and beauty.

Markle was previously married to film producer Trevor Engelson in 2011, however the pair split two years later.

Harry’s rumour mill

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Rumours around Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton at the royal wedding. Photo: Getty

Prince Harry has been linked to a string of women for several years since his last serious relationship in 2014.

In June, The Daily Mail reported nine of Prince Harry’s possible previous flings, most notably pop star Ellie Goulding.

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Prince Harry and Ellie Goulding backstage at the Invictus Games. Photo: Getty

Goulding, 29, had reportedly been texting the Prince in 2014, with the paper claiming the two were spotted chatting, flirting and eventually kissing.

The Love Me Like You Do singer performed at the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games that year.

She also sang at his 30th birthday party at the invitation of Kate Middleton.

Kate’s sister Pippa was also being shipped around as a possible suitor for the Prince in 2011.

Rumours started shortly after the royal wedding five years ago, when Harry and Pippa were pictured in a London bar – which turned out to be a hoax.

The royal in-laws denied any possible relationship before they were finally put to bed in July this year, when Pippa became engaged to former racing driver James Matthews.

Harry had previously been rumoured to be with a number of actresses, models and pop stars, including Cressida Bonas, Florence Brudenell-Bruce, Mollie King and Juliette Labelle, and long-time friend and TV presenter Natalie Pinkham.

Pinkham, 37, is said to be one of Harry’s most trusted drinking buddies and had been pictured together frequently in the early 2000s.

However, after a picture showing the Prince apparently groping her breast was released in 2006 the rumours died down.

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Jenna Coleman was one of many linked with Prince Harry. Photo: Getty

Actress Jenna Coleman is another who was spotted getting cosy with the Prince in 2015.

The pair were photographed getting very close at an after-party for a charity polo match in Ascot last year.

The Prince reportedly texted her a couple of months later, but received no reply, according to The Daily Mail.

Coleman, 30, plays Doctor Who’s assistant Clara Oswald in the BBC’s sci-fi hit show.

She had been dating Richard Madden, who played Robb Stark in Game of Thrones, at the time but have since split.

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