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When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle met on a blind date, the royal was intimidated at first.
A mutual friend set up Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on a blind date at Soho House’s Dean Street Townhouse in 2016.
In their first sit-down interview as a couple, Markle told the BBC in 2017 that she didn’t know much about the prince or the royal family before the date.
“It was definitely a set-up. It was a blind date,” she said.
“Because I’m from the states, you don’t grow up with the same understanding of the royal family,” she said. “I didn’t know much about him, so the only thing that I had asked [our mutual friend] when she said that she wanted to set us up, was, ‘Well, is he nice?’ Cause if he wasn’t kind, it just didn’t seem like it would make sense.”
Prince Harry added: “I’d never watched ‘Suits,’ I’d never heard of Meghan before. I was beautifully surprised when I walked into that room and saw her. I was like, ‘Alright, well I’m really going to have to up my game. I have to make sure I have good chat.'”
Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen met on a blind date at a wine bar in New York City’s West Village.
Tom Brady and supermodel Gisele Bündchen met in December 2006, and they have now been married for over 12 years.
“We actually had a blind date,” she told Jimmy Fallon in 2018. “It was a funny story because for some reason everybody thought they needed to like find me a boyfriend, so it was my third blind date. The other two were dinners, which, I was stuck there for an hour and a half thinking, ‘When can I get out? Where’s my food?'”
Then came Brady. “The third blind date was actually Tom, and I was like, ‘That’s it. I’m not going on any more blind dates. Let’s meet for a drink,'” she said. “Because you know, a drink can take three minutes or two hours … When I saw those kind eyes, I fell in love right away.”
“We sat and talked for three hours. I had to go home for Christmas, but I didn’t want to leave,” she told Vanity Fair in 2009. “You know that feeling of, like, you can’t get enough? From the first day we met, we’ve never spent one day without speaking to each other.”
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were set up on a blind date by their agents.
Jennifer Aniston told Rolling Stone in 2001 that she first met Pitt back in 1994. At the time, their respective managers were friends.
A few years later, in 1998, Aniston’s manager and Pitt’s manager set the actors up on a blind date.
“It was weird,” Aniston said during a 2004 interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC’s “Primetime.” “That was a really easy evening. It was really fun.”
In 1999, they made their first official appearance as a couple at the Emmy Awards. They married in 2000 at an extravagant ceremony in Malibu, California. However, it was not meant to last — the couple called it quits in 2005 and Pitt went on to start a relationship with his former costar Angelina Jolie.
Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson met on a blind date, but their relationship has been rocky ever since.
Kardashian explained on an episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” that she was introduced to Thompson through their mutual friend, NBA player Brandon Jennings, in 2016.
“He was like, ‘You’re such a good girl, I want to introduce you to someone,'” she said. “So Brandon kind of ambushed the blind date. So I had a bunch of people, and he brought him and we just connected.”
The two now share a daughter, True, who recently turned 3 years old. However, their relationship hasn’t gone without scandals. Tristan Thompson was first publicly accused of cheating on Kardashian in 2018, just days before she was due to give birth to their daughter. Then, the couple was once again thrust into the spotlight when reports emerged that Thompson had been seen kissing close family friend Jordyn Woods at a house party.
However, the couple is still together five years after their blind date.
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds’ first date was as blind as they come — they were actually meeting up with different people for a double date.
While Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively initially met on the set of “Green Lantern” in 2010, sparks really flew when they later ended up on a double date together with different people as their dates.
“That was the most awkward date for their perspective probably because we were just like fireworks coming across,” Reynolds told Entertainment Weekly. “It was weird at first, but we were buddies for a long time. I think it’s the best way to have a relationship is to start as friends.”
The pair married in 2012 and have been together ever since. They share three children: James Reynolds, 6; Inez Reynolds, 4; and Betty Reynolds, 1.
Cindy Crawford’s agent set her up with Rande Gerber.
Before they met, Gerber knew who she was, “and I knew she was beautiful,” he told People magazine in 2002.
His close friend Michael Gruber, Crawford’s agent, suggested Gerber take the supermodel to his wedding.
“We decided to meet the night before and get to know each other,” Gerber said. “I was surprised at how cool and down-to-earth she was.”
Both were in relationships at the time — he had a girlfriend and Crawford was still married to Richard Gere — so they remained as friends, but Crawford agrees they hit it off at the event.
“We met at my agent’s wedding,” she told Harper’s Bazaar in 2015. “When I met him I was still with Richard [Gere] and he didn’t want to go to the wedding with me. Rande also had a girlfriend at the time so he wasn’t looking to meet anyone either and that’s the best time to meet someone because that’s when you’re truly yourselves. We became friends and after Richard and I broke up [in 1995] then we started dating.”
They tied the knot in 1998 and have two children: model Kaia Gerber, 19, and Presley Gerber, 21.
Lauren Conrad and husband William Tell were set up on a blind date a decade after they met for the first time.
“The Hills” star Lauren Conrad and the former Something Corporate guitarist were set up on a blind date by a mutual friend, according to E! Online, on Valentine’s Day in 2012. However, this was not the first time they met.
“I met my husband when I was 16 and sitting onstage at one of his concerts,” Conrad wrote in a blog post. “10 years later we were set up on a blind date.”
The pair tied the knot in 2014 in an intimate ceremony on the California coast. They share two children, Charlie Wolf Tell and Liam James Tell.
Anne Hathaway also met her husband, Adam Shulman, through a mutual friend.
Hathaway first got acquainted with the jewelry designer at the Palm Springs Film Festival in 2008 soon after she had broken up with Raffaello Follieri.
After they were introduced by a mutual friend, she confided in her by saying, “I’m going to marry that man. I think he thought I was a little nuts, which I am a bit, but I’m also nice,” she told Harper’s Bazaar UK in 2014.
Lena Dunham and Jack Antonoff were set up on a blind date by comedian Mike Birbiglia in 2012.
The “Girls” creator and Bleachers frontman had the benefit of modern technology before being set up on their blind date by comedian Mike Birbiglia and Antonoff’s sister.
“It was a blind date by modern standards. I mean, I used the Internet,” Antonoff told New York Magazine in 2014. “I told Lena everything about my whole life, because when you really like someone, you want them to know everything about you.”
The pair dated for six years before calling it quits in 2018.
Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky met through their dialect coach.
“Avengers” star Chris Hemsworth and actress Elsa Pataky now share three children, but they were initially set up on a blind date after their dialect coach gave Hemsworth her number.
“I left her a voicemail and said, ‘Hello, My name’s Chris. Would you like to go on a date?’ As you do,” Hemsworth told ET. “I looked her up and I thought she looked very lovely and sounded like a wonderful person.”
Pataky added: “I really appreciated what she did to get us together because none of this would have happened. We wouldn’t even have had kids. It’s amazing.”
They have been married since December 2010.
Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris, who dated for a year before breaking up in 2016, were set up by fellow music artist Ellie Goulding.
According to Cosmopolitan, the pair were first introduced at the UK’s Elle Style Awards in February 2015. While it wasn’t a typical first date, the pop superstar and producer appeared to hit it off immediately.
The day after they met, they were spotted chatting at a Brit Awards after-party, and about a week later, reports emerged that Harris had split from his girlfriend Aarika Wolf and that he and Swift were an item.
The pair dated for a whirlwind year before announcing their split in June 2016.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton were set up on a blind date and fell in love over shots of tequila.
“The Walking Dead” star and “One Tree Hill” actress met through their shared mutual friend and Morgan’s “Supernatural” costar Jensen Ackles.
“She worked with Jensen’s wife Denille on [‘One Tree Hill’] and I happened to be single,” Jeffrey Dean Morgan told the Huffington Post. “Jenson said, ‘I’ve got a girl you should meet.’ And so I went to meet Hilarie at a bar with Jenson and Denille, and the rest is history.”
“We ended up back at my apartment taking shots of tequila and she had to go back to North Carolina the next day,” he continued. “She was really cool and somehow I talked her into … coming to see me in New Mexico … and now she’s stuck with me.”
They have been married since 2019 and have two children together.