As she left the Four Seasons in Toronto, Meghan Markle beamed and threw her arms around the tall, mystery man who accompanied her.
The lunch last Friday was a very public appearance from a 35-year-old who had just experienced almost a week in the spotlight as the purported new romantic interest of Prince Harry.
Now her dining companion can be revealed by DailyMail.com as Markus Anderson, described by Meghan as one of her 'closest friends in the world' - and the man she can thank for introducing her to new boyfriend, Prince Harry.
Markus spent around an hour with Meghan at one of their favorite spots, Cafe Boulud, inside the Four Seasons on Friday.
The known celebrity hangout, where Michelin-starred chef, Daniel Boulud, is in charge, is where the Toronto elite go to see and be seen.iPhone transfer software
Meghan Markle dined with one of her 'closest friends in the world', Markus Anderson, on Friday at one of their favorite spots, Café Boulud, inside the Four Seasons in Toronto. Markus is understood to have set up a date between the TV star, 35, and the British Royal, with whom he is also on friendly terms, the Mail on Sunday reported this weekend
Markus Anderson has been part of Meghan's inner circle for a number of years and has several photos with her on social media
Markus (pictured above with Meghan's dogs) is a consultant for the Soho House Group and former global membership director at the exclusive club where he worked his way up from being a waiter to the right-hand man of founder Nick Jones
The friends, both dressed in on-trend double denim with designer Accessories, emerged with a small group and appeared to be in high spirits while Meghan waited for the valet to return her car.
Markus is understood to have set up a date between the TV star, 35, and the British royal, with whom he is also on friendly terms, the Mail on Sunday reported this weekend.
Meghan and Harry are believed to have carried on their trans-Atlantic love affair for several months after Harry bombarded her with texts.
Meghan and Harry are believed to have carried on their trans-Atlantic love affair for several months
The actress, who divorced Trevor Engelson in 2012 after 18 months, may still have been with her ex, Canadian chef Cory Vitiello, while Harry was in hot pursuit, according to reports.
Best friend Markus is a consultant for the Soho House Group and former global membership director at the exclusive club where he worked his way up from being a waiter to the right-hand man of founder Nick Jones.
Prince Harry, 32, is believed to have attended a masked Halloween ball two Saturdays ago at Soho House in Toronto while secretly visiting Meghan at her home.
Harry's cousin, Princess Eugenie, and her long-time boyfriend Jack Brooksbank accompanied them, according to the Sunday Express.
Eugenie, who previously set him up with actress Cressida Bonas, is said to 'love Meghan to bits and believes she is perfect for Harry'.
The fifth in line to the British throne is reportedly 'besotted' with the LA native.
Markus Anderson has been part of Meghan's inner circle for a number of years - although he is more of a discreet presence on social media than his TV star friend, who is best known for playing Rachel Zane in US legal drama Suits.
Meghan has shared dozens of pictures of their glamorous escapades on her busy Instagram account.
Though Meghan (left, and right with Markus) has been seen out and about in Toronto since news of the relationship broke, she's kept quiet about the details
The Suits actress shared a black and white picture of herself, Markus and fashion designer Misha Nonoo crowded around a table with the caption: 'Tapas con mis amigos.'
It is unclear how they first met but Markus and Meghan, who both had relatively ordinary upbringings compared to their aristocratic friends, have formed a tight bond and a mutual fondness for the jet-set lifestyle.
This summer, they jetted to Madrid with a third friend, fashion designer Misha Nonoo.
The Suits actress shared a black and white picture of the threesome crowded around a table with the caption: 'Tapas con mis amigos.'
Misha is married, but reportedly separated from, Harry's old friend, Alexander Gilkes.
A source told the Mail on Sunday: 'Misha and Meghan are great chums. She has known about the romance with Harry the whole time but was sworn to secrecy.'
Meghan enjoyed a stint in London in June before jetting off to Spain. While in the capital, she posted pictures of Buckingham Palace on Instagram and was photographed sitting in the Royal Box at Wimbledon.
She stayed at Soho House on her trip, posting multiple pictures of the venue, including one of a sumptuous bedroom with the message: 'Thank you for always taking the best care of me @sohohouse - until next time.'
Harry flew to Africa for the summer, but since his return Meghan has visited London twice,