COVER
LETIZIA
FELIPE
PREVIOUS INVOLVEMENTS
A SECRET ROMANCE
BOMBSHELL NEWS
HISTORY-MAKING NUPTIALS
A SECRET ROMANCE
When Felipe met the woman destined to become his bride at a dinner party held by a mutual friend in September 2002, sparks reportedly flew. Though he and Letizia began seeing each other discreetly – dinner at friends' homes, a short cruise, and low-key restaurant outings are among reported dates – the relationship apparently only became serious a few months ago.

Their meetings were known only to a handful of intimate friends. On September 15, for example, the striking brunette apparently left her 31st birthday celebrations early for a romantic dinner with a mystery man. No-one suspected the date in question was the heir to the throne.

A few weeks before news of the engagement broke, the 31-year-old beauty told a visiting friend, "I'm going out with someone, and if everything goes well, we're going to get married." When the pal commented, "If you do, and I don't hear about it, congratulations", Letizia replied: "Don't worry, you'll hear about it."

In late October, Letizia, in a journalistic capacity, attended the Prince of Asturias prize-giving where Prince Felipe was presenting trophies. As the event closed, the handsome prince approached the TVE team, greeting each one with a handshake, including his secret fiancée – and no-one was the wiser.

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