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Meghan Markle ‘set up pap shots before she knew Prince Harry’

The Italian job: Meghan in the photo taken outside Toto’s restaurant in 2015 PICTURE: SPLASH

MEGHAN MARKLE tipped off the paparazzi about her visit to a London restaurant before she met Prince Harry, sources said yesterday.

Her agent at the time allegedly arranged for a photographer to take pictures of the Suits actress as she arrived at Toto’s restaurant in South Kensington in 2015, about a year before she met her future husband.

Yet last year the Duchess of Sussex told journalist Tom Bradby that before her marriage she ‘had no idea’ how the UK’s tabloid newspapers worked.

‘No idea’: Meghan and ITV’s Tom Bradby

During the interview, for ITV, she said: ‘In all fairness I had no idea, which probably sounds difficult to understand.’

She said that after telling her British friends she was dating Harry, they warned her: ‘The British tabloids will destroy your life.’

Meghan, 38, went on: ‘I very naively said, “I’m American — we don’t have that there — what are you talking about, that doesn’t make any sense. I’m not in tabloids”. I didn’t get it, so it’s been complicated.’

In the ‘staged’ photograph, Meghan is seen outside the Italian restaurant wearing a sleeveless wrapover coat dress. The actress was there to be interviewed by The Mail On Sunday’s You magazine for a feature on rising stars.

A source told The Sun: ‘Meghan knew the photographer was going to be at the Kensington restaurant to take photos of her arrival. It was all pre-arranged.

‘For someone who wasn’t very well-known in the UK at that point, she certainly didn’t question why a photographer would randomly turn up to take her picture.’

Meghan’s former agent Gina Nelthorpe-Cowne, at Kruger Cowne, denied the pictures had been pre-arranged through the firm.