Sarah Ann Macklin was reportedly dating Prince Harry [Getty]
But the royal was reportedly dating an English model while trying to win the Suits actress.
According to sources, Sarah Ann Macklin met Prince Harry at a private party, and took her number before sending her a series of texts.
He is said to have done the same with Meghan Markle.
The insider said: “Their fling is an open secret among her friends.”
Sarah Ann Macklin reportedly met Prince Harry at a private party [Getty]
The Burberry model had previously dated David Gandy, who had reportedly become jealous over her fling with Prince William’s younger brother.
The source continued to The Mail on Sunday: “David Gandy knew that Harry was pursuing her and tried to get her back.
“At one point, she had the country’s most famous male model and a prince vying for her affection, and the novelty was not lost on her.
“She ended up turning David down and dating Prince Harry. It eventually fizzled out but they are on friendly terms.”
Sarah Ann Macklin previously dated David Gandy [Getty]
Another friend close to the model confirmed: “They were introduced at a social gathering and Harry made a beeline for her.
“She was very flattered by the attention an they went on a few dates. Everything was kept very below the radar.
“They got on, but are quite different. She is very clean living and barely drinks and in that respect, they were on a different wavelength.
“Harry also seemed a bit noncommittal and it never really got off the ground. Things fizzled out before he went to Africa for a month in August.”
Prince Harry reportedly sent Sarah Ann Macklin a series of messages [Getty]
Now, Prince Harry is facing rumours that he is dating Meghan Markle, and the duo reportedly made it official after a romantic getaway to Hollywood.
The 32 year old is said to have whisked the actress, 35, away for the weekend.
“Harry sealed the deal in style,” a source told The Sun.
“Before they went to LA she’d been flattered about being chased by a prince.
Prince Harry is now linked to Suits actress Meghan Markle [Getty]
“She is very outgoing and chatty and was basically giggling about it all,” they added.
“But after that break Meghan became very secretive and shut down any mention of Harry. It had suddenly got serious.”
It comes after reported that the royal took the stunning actress to Balmoral for a romantic weekend away, where they reportedly stayed at the Queen’s Scottish bolt-hole for Harry’s birthday in September.
The Queen was also present at her Scottish estate at the time, according to The Sun.
Meghan Markle has reportedly met the royal family [Getty ]
She was reportedly a hit with the royal family, with an unknown source telling the publication: “Meghan’s visit is significant.
“She met Charles and he was charmed by her. She was a real hit.”