Meghan Markle Snuck Out to a Halloween Party with Prince Harry Before Their Relationship Went Public

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank got in on the fun too, Meghan shared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2021

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Ellen DeGeneres and Meghan Markle. Photo: Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.

Meghan Markle revealed the sneaky details of her and Prince Harry's "final fun night out" before news of their relationship broke.

The Duchess of Sussex sat down with pal Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show in 2021 and opened up about a special Halloween in 2016. Harry came to visit her in Toronto (with his cousin Princess Eugenie and her now-husband Jack Brooksbank!), where they hit the town — in disguise.

"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," explained Meghan, who announced her engagement to Prince Harry on Nov. 27, 2017.

Meghan said that the party had a post-apocalyptic theme, so they were covered up in "very bizarre" costumes that made them unrecognizable.

"We were able to just sort of have one final, fun night out," she said.

DeGeneres replied, "Now there are people who are at home going, 'I was at that party.' "

Prince Harry was said to be "besotted" with Meghan after they met on a blind date that summer.

Harry confirmed the relationship on Nov. 8 with a groundbreaking statement condemning the "wave of abuse and harassment" that came following the news.

During the talk show appearance, Meghan also talked about spending their previous Halloween with DeGeneres at home with the couple's two children: son Archie Harrison and daughter Lilibet Diana.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. NDZ/Star Max/GC Images

"We wanted to do something fun for the kids, and then the kids were just not into it at all," the mom said with a laugh.

Meghan said that Archie had a dinosaur costume but only wore the outfit for "about five minutes."

"Not even five minutes," DeGeneres chimed in. "Finally, Harry talked him into putting the head on."

Meanwhile, Lili was dressed up as a skunk, "like Flower from Bambi," Meghan described it.

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A commercial promoting the episode showed the TV host, who is Meghan and Prince Harry's neighbor in Montecito, asking the mom of two what Harry was loving about California, Meghan's home state where the family relocated last year.

"We're just happy," Meghan replied.

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The couple previously opened up about their new life in California during their sit-down with Oprah Winfrey that aired in March.

"To have outdoor space where I can go for walks with Archie and we go for walks as a family and with the dogs. You know, we go on hikes or go down to the beach, which is so close," Harry said.

"The highlight for me is sticking him on the back of the bicycle in his little baby seat and taking him on bike rides is something which I never was able to do when I was young. I can see him on the back, and he's got his arms out, chatting: 'Palm tree?' House?' " Harry added, sharing Archie's new vocabulary.

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