Who is Cory Vitiello? Meghan Markle rejected her live-in BF after blind date with Prince Harry

Tom Bower's new book claims that Meghan Markle dumped Cory when she was convinced that her 'spell was cast' and the relationship with Harry would be sealed


                            Who is Cory Vitiello? Meghan Markle rejected her live-in BF after blind date with Prince Harry
Meghan Markle was still sharing home with ex-boyfriend Cory Vitiello when she first met Prince Harry (Credits: Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images and @coryvitiello/Instagram)
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Author Tom Bower's new book “Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the war between the Windsors", which is a royal biography, has come up with some controversial revelations and Meghan Markle persuading Prince Harry while living with her then boyfriend Cory Vitiello is one of them. According to the new book, Meghan, then an actress on the USA Network drama "Suits," devised a plan in 2016 to befriend a group of well-connected Brits. Among them was Violet von Westenholz, Harry's childhood friend who worked as a publicist for Ralph Lauren.

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In the summer of 2016, Meghan was hired to wear the designer's clothing during the Wimbledon tennis tournament. In a conversation with Westenholz at Wimbledon, Meghan persuaded the "sensitive soul" Von Westenholz to set her up on a blind date with Harry, according to author Tom Bower, Page Six reported. “Her problems were familiar to all unknown, unmarried actors in their mid-thirties — fear of loneliness and personal and financial insecurity,” Bower writes. “Unsurprisingly, Meghan was preoccupied with her own financial security — and finding a husband.” According to the book, Westenholz sent Harry photos of the dark-haired actress before agreeing to the set-up.

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Who is Cory Vitiello?

Vitiello is an Italian-descent Canadian chef and restauranter. He is also a famous celebrity chef in his hometown who is the head of culinary development at Cactus Club Café. Meghan's two-year romance with Vitiello, a Toronto-based chef, was in its final stages when she met Harry, they still shared a home. According to the book, two weeks after Harry and Meghan's first date on July 1, 2016, "Harry secretly flew to Toronto." He spent about a week at the home of a friend of Meghan's, most likely Jessica Mulroney. And at that time Meghan was still living with Vitiello.

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Vitiello and Markle were in a serious relationship for two and half years (Credits: Inside Edition/YouTube)
Vitiello and Markle were in a serious relationship for two and half years (Credits: Inside Edition/YouTube)

“At the end of the week, after he returned to London, Meghan was convinced that her spell was cast and the relationship with Harry would be sealed. She told Cory that their affair was over,” Bower writes. According to the book, Vitiello “was relieved. The final months had been unpleasant.”

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How did Meghan Markle and Cory Vitiello meet?

Meghan and Vitiello are said to have met in 2014. The two met after Meghan wrote a positive review of his Toronto restaurant, The Harbord Room, on her now-defunct lifestyle blog, The Tig, according to the Daily Mail. Meghan and Vitiello were in a committed relationship. In 2015, she even spent Christmas with his family. "She is a lovely, lovely woman," Vitiello's mother said of Meghan. Very intelligent, very bright, and very caring. She has a warm and genuine personality. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with her. She fit right in with our family."

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Meghan and Vitiello, on the other hand, split up in 2016. According to the biography "Finding Freedom" by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, which Meghan contributed to, she and Vitiello split because of their differences in commitment level. “By the start of 2016, Meghan was confessing to friends that she regretted how quickly things had progressed with him,” the authors wrote. “That was already obvious to some of her closest pals by the fact that she hadn’t moved in with the chef, Meghan had held on to her rental home. But it wasn’t until early that May that they officially ended their two-year romance.” Scobie and Durand added, “The problem, according to a source close to the couple, was Cory: he didn’t want to settle down.”

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However, as per the other side of the story, the duo split up because of Harry. Meghan went on a European tour that included Prince Harry. After returning from the tour, the media was buzzing with the news regarding the love affair between the actress of 'Suit' and a royal family member. This eventually fumed the separation of Vitiello and Meghan.

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Nonetheless, there are no bitterness and ill will between the ex-couple. Vitiello has been nothing but supportive of Meghan for her relationship with Harry. As a result, it appears that Meghan and Vitiello are no longer at odds. It is not confirmed whether Vitiello is married, but he is in a relationship with Canadian singer Martina Sorbara and has a three-year-old son with her.

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