The ex boyfriend who almost steals from Prince Harry

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Little Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor should be grateful for a lot of things.

He wants to get piggybacks from none other than charmer extraordinaire Prince Harry. His mum, the Duchess of Sussex, is a hugger par excellence. And last but not least, Archie would not be here.

That's Cory Vitiello, Canada's version of Jamie Oliver (sans failed restaurant empire) and Meghan Markle's former boyfriend of two years. A boyfriend is only part of a couple of weeks or months before she and a certain roguishly charming royal started dating.

But, let's rewind shall we?

In 2014, Meghan was living in Toronto, working incredibly long hours on Suits and recovering from her divorce from her first husband Trevor Engelson. Gina Torres and the pals regularly hit some of the city's cool joints for vino and dinner. On that list the Harbord Room, owned by hot (in every way) chef Cory Vitiello.

Cory was quite catch: He was wealthy, very successful and very connected. Cary and Meghan got together. Some say they were set up by a mutual friend (Megs clearly loves a set-up clever girl) and others that they popped by the restaurant for a plate of pasta.

Either way, at some stage in 2014, he and Meghan started dating and became something of a stealth power couple in Toronto. For her 33rd birthday that year, the Suits The room at the actress' big day.

While she was starring in a US TV show, according to the Daily Mail"Vitiello is the real celebrity in his home city."

Basically, in Canada, Cory was the bigger deal, and provided with Meghan with an Entree into the Upper echelon of Canadian society.

Theirs was a very low-key romance. She would go to his restaurant after a long day of filming and waiting for him to finish. Neighbors have been spying them wandering around in a local supermarket shopping together, and they have attended fancy society shindigs together. (There is pretty much one photo taken at event.)

It's through Cory that Meghan met Markus Anderson, the global membership director of the exclusive Soho House who would like to become one of her best friends. (He would therefore be responsible for arranging Meghan and Harry's very private first date at the London outpost of the famed members-only establishment.)

By Christmas of 2015, the couple were so serious. Cory took her to spend the holidays with his parents who were reportedly Bogart and Guy.

His mother Joanne Vitello has told the Daily Mail: "We are very fond of her. She is a lovely, lovely woman. Very smart, very bright, very caring. She's a warm personality, very sincere. "

Quite at what stage things start to sour Meghan and Cory is uncertain. HOWEVER, The Sun Harry visited Toronto to promote the Invictus Games.

What better way to get a breakup than a girl's trip to Europe? Lindsay Roth and designer Misha Nonoo, according to royal biographer Katie Nicholl.

Meghan and Harry enjoyed their first date, and the rest is glorious history. There are two main theories how this fabled evening came to pass. Alexander Gilkes is a good friend of Harry's.

The second is Meghan knew Ralph Lauren PR Violet of Westenholz. Violent has known Harry for years – her father, Olympic skier Baron Piers of Westenholz, is good mates with Prince Charles. There is a very good chance. Violet was cupid and, at some point during the fateful European holiday.

What makes this so intriguing is the gap between relationships (Cory and Harry) is not huge.

The telegraph Harry and Meghan met while they were dating Cory. The same story So, what is the difference between Meghan calling time on relationship with Cory and being in contact with Harry? At that stage, he is said to have started on Instagram using an account under a pseudonym.

No matter the beginning of the Sussexes' history-making romance, today their love and commitment are apparent. Bless.) (Never has there been a royal couple who gets quite so touchy-feely in public.

Do not worry, things ended well for Cory too. Last year he had his first child – a son adoringly posts about on Instagram – with his partner, singer Martina Sorbara.

And obviously things ended perfectly for Harry and Meghan. And Archie? He has several weeks in 2016 to thank for his parents.

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