Does Prince Harry have a new 'girlfriend'?

Where are the paparazzi? Falling down on the job, failing to get a picture of royally eligible bachelor Prince Harry with his new alleged “girlfriend,” divorced American actress Meghan Markle.

Hmmm... Doesn’t sound promising, given the unhappy history of the Windsors with American divorcées.

The British tabloids have been aflutter since the weekend about romantically challenged Harry, and Meghan, who is currently starring in Suits on USA.

But there’s not one picture – not even a blurry paparazzi pic – of the two of them together. Anywhere. They've supposedly been seeing each other for months, so where has the royal photo pack been?

Kensington Palace is saying nothing, as per usual policy about commenting on the private lives of the rich and royal.

Markle doesn't look like the ginger prince's usual type: His previous girlfriends have been British blondes. Instead, she's a buxom biracial brunette beauty, a lifestyle and foodie guru, social-media maven and humanitarian activist. She has two really cute dogs.

The Harry-likes-Meghan story first turned up in Sunday papers, such as the tabloid Express, which reported that they met in May in Toronto, where she lives and he visited to promote his Invictus Games. The Daily Mail says he's "besotted" with her, and that Prince William and Duchess Kate have met and liked her.

She has said nothing but the British media are poring through her Instagram accounts looking for telltale signs. Their evidence so far: They wear similar braided bracelets. She's visited London several times recently, and has taken a picture outside Kensington Palace where Harry lives. She drinks tea and likes Wimbledon. She's charity minded like Harry and like his mother, the late Princess Diana.

She posted a picture Monday of two spooning bananas, which The Sun insisted was a cryptic hint of a royal romance. (Sometimes bananas are just bananas.)

People reportedly tracked down an unnamed friend of Harry's, who told the magazine the couple is already serious. So much so that he's already introduced her to dad, also known as Prince Charles, first-in-line to the throne.

US Weekly piped up Wednesday with an "exclusive" cover story citing a Harry "pal," about how the prince flew commercial to Toronto on Oct. 28 to visit Markle for a few days, including Halloween, staying inside her suburban home to cook together and play with her dogs. Apparently, no one with a camera noticed.

Moreover, this account conflicts with London's Evening Standard, which ratcheted up speculation Tuesday with reports Harry had a trip booked to Toronto on Oct. 30, but was a no-show to his flight.

Were the paparazzi staked out in preparation? Only time, and some serious photographic evidence, will tell.


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