When Harry Met Halle: Did Meghan's Royal Husband Always Have a Type?

Actress Halle Berry attends the 2018 Imagine Cocktail Party To Benefit Jenesse Center on June 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez (Getty Images)

The interracial romance and marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is already one for the history books—but was there foreshadowing that the prince of England might have a penchant for biracial actresses?

A recently resurfaced picture of Prince Harry’s room at Eton College in 2003 shows the then-18-year-old high-schooler grinning beneath a tapestry affixed with a cutout photo of Halle Berry.

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The youngest son of the Prince of Wales, Prince Harry poses for a photograph on May 12, 2003 in his room at Eton College, Eton in England.
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And the flashback didn’t escape the still-gorgeous Berry’s notice. Within hours of W magazine posting the picture, she tweeted a shoutout to the newlywed prince, referencing her own famous shoutout from the same era—“Don’t I look like a Halle Berry poster?”—in Missy Elliott’s “Work It” lyrics.

And of course, the internet subsequently went wild with speculation that despite a dating history (and centuries of English tradition) that might suggest otherwise, Harry has long been down with “the swirl”—even going as far as to vie for the prince in the next “Black Draft.”

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Perhaps Prince Harry has always had great taste in women, but he ultimately married Markle. And coincidentally, it was recently announced that her now iconic Clare Waight Keller-designed wedding gown will soon be on display at Windsor Castle in England. The haute couture silk creation will be shown alongside a replica of Harry’s Blues and Royals uniform as part of a new exhibition titled, “A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex,” opening on October 26. Also on display for the first time will be Queen Mary’s diamond-and-platinum bandeau tiara, which was loaned to Markle by Queen Elizabeth for her wedding day.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and The Duchess of Sussex share a kiss after their wedding at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.
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And while she won’t be part of the exhibition, it’s kind of cute to consider that Halle may have subconsciously had a hand in influencing Meghan and Harry’s picture-perfect union. Who knows? Maybe his early crush took any traditional ideas of what an English princess bride should look like and put that thing down, flipped it and reversed it.

Actress Halle Berry attends the 2018 Imagine Cocktail Party To Benefit Jenesse Center on June 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez (Getty Images)

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