Meghan and Harry latest: X-Factor winner Matt Cardle claims he and the duchess 'weren't meant to be'

FORMER X-Factor winner Matt Cardle revealed he was swapping texts with Meghan Markle, shortly before she met Prince Harry.

Matt Cardle, who became the most voted-for winner of the ITV show exactly ten years today, exchanged messages about going on a date with Meghan Markle shortly before she met future husband Prince Harry.

Speaking to The Sun on Sunday in an exclusive interview, Matt said: “It was just a very weird situation — very odd. And I really don’t know how it came about.

“Life’s got a course and I was not on that one. I’ve laughed about it, but it’s amazing thinking back.”

The pair started swapping messages in 2015 after Meghan, who was single and in the UK at the time, followed Matt on social media after his award-winning appearance in West End show Memphis.

But before the pair could hook up Matt, 37, got together with his current girlfriend Amber Hernaman, 29, and Meghan met Harry.

Follow our Meghan and Harry live blog below for the very latest news on the couple and the Royal Family

  • Millie Hurst

    HARRY 'ENCOURAGED' MEGHAN TO WRITE ABOUT HER MISCARRIAGE

    Vanity Fair royal correspondent Katie Nicholl claims that Harry said Meghan’s honest account would help other families going through the same thing. 

    Speaking to True Royalty TV’s The Royal Beat, she said, “Harry said (to Meghan) ‘I think you should write about this miscarriage because if we can help another family going through this then it is a reason to do it’."

    “That is why they did it. You look at Harry and some of the things that he has said you would never expect from a senior royal. 

    “When have we ever read a royal write like that? I thought it was incredibly brave.”

  • Rebecca Flood

    PRINCE HARRY SUGGESTS 'CORONAVIRUS WAS PUNISHMENT FROM MOTHER NATURE'

    Prince Harry has suggested Covid is punishment from Mother Nature as he urged everyone to "be a raindrop" and repair the Earth.

    The Duke of Sussex made the claim as he launched a new Netflix-style streaming platform for climate documentaries – adding that he'd also questioned having children as the world will be "on fire" when they grow up.

    The 36-year-old, who recently bought a £11million Californian mansion, said in the very woke promo: "Somebody said to me at the beginning of the pandemic, it's almost as though Mother Nature has sent us to our rooms for bad behaviour to really take a moment and think about what we've done.

    "It's certainly reminded me about how interconnected we all are, not just as people but through nature.

    "We take so much from her and we rarely give a lot back."

  • Rebecca Flood

    PRINCE HARRY 'MISTAKEN FOR A CHRISTMAS TREE SALESMAN'

    Prince Harry was mistaken for a Christmas tree salesman as he went shopping with Meghan, it was revealed.

    The couple were looking for a festive fir to put up in their £11million California mansion.

    A salesman said the Sussexes' agent had arranged for the pair to pick out a tree when his shop was meant to be empty.

    But one family was still milling around the trees and their child ran towards Harry thinking he was staff.

    Posting on Twitter he wrote: "Meghan and Prince Harry came into my work today and we sold them their Christmas Tree.

    "It was anticlimactic, but a very, very interesting experience."

  • Rebecca Flood

    PALACE INSIDER ACCUSES NETLFIX OF 'TROLLING THE ROYALS'

    Netflix has been accused of "corporate trolling" after posting a "sinister" tweet plugging a documentary that promises to answer criticism over The Crown.

    The streaming giant tweeted a clip from its documentary Diana: In Her Own Words – telling fans it "answers much of what you’re asking".

    A wave of criticism has been directed at the Royal Family by fans over how Princess Diana is treated in popular series with trolls hurling vile abuse at the Duchess of Cornwall over her false portrayal.

    Many figures – including the Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden – have called for the show to remind viewers that it is a work of fiction.

    Now senior palace figures have accused Netflix of using its social media channels to continue sharing "sinister" messages.

  • Rebecca Flood

    MELANIA TRUMP 'LOST TATLER COVER TO MEGHAN MARKLE'

    Melania Trump reportedly missed her chance to land the cover of Tatler's November issue to Meghan Markle because her chief of staff failed to negotiate a deal for the first lady.

    During her husband Donald Trump's re-election bid, Stephanie Grisham managed to land Melania the only exclusive interview of his campaign with the British fashion magazine.

    But Grisham, the first lady's most trusted staffer, didn't negotiate a cover deal despite shrugging off multiple interview offers from big-name outlets, according to New York Post columnist Miranda Devine.

    "Having eschewed countless offers for positive interviews from American outlets such as Women’s Wear Daily and The Post, Grisham allowed the British magazine Tatler to have the only exclusive interview of the campaign for its November issue," Devine wrote.

    "And yet she did not negotiate the cover of the magazine. Instead, Meghan Markle took the honor."

  • Rebecca Flood

    KATE 'STILL WAITING' FOR ROYAL HONOUR BESTOWED TO MEGHAN

    Kate Middleton is said to be still be waiting for a very special travel honour bestowed by the Queen – which Meghan Markle enjoyed just weeks after getting married. 

    Despite being part of the inner circle of The Firm, it’s thought the Duchess of Cambridge is yet to ride the Royal Train. 

    While it’s believed Prince William, 38, may have ridden it, it seems Kate, 38, is still waiting for an invitation – despite being a royal for nine years.

    Her lengthy wait is in stark contrast to Meghan, 39, who was given the honour of riding the train just weeks after marrying Prince Harry, 36, who is also thought to not have taken the train, Town and Country reported. 

  • Rebecca Flood

    MEGHAN MARKLE’S WEDDING RING SHOWS SHE’S A FASHION LEADER, EXPERTS SAY

    Lorna Haddon, head of diamonds and jewellery at Beaverbrooks, has outlined the tiny details in each Royal ring which confirm Meghan Markle's status as a 'fashion leader'.

    Prince Harry used stones from Princess Diana’s collection to create a ring for Meghan Markle, 39.

    The 35-year-old proposed in 2017 with a classic gold band set with three diamonds, although the mum-of-one later upgraded the ring to feature a diamond-studded band, valued at £150,000.

    Lorna said: “She may have dropped her royal duties, but her ring is definitely still fit for royalty!

    “Three stone diamond rings are a popular choice as the ring sits perfectly with a traditional wedding band and eternity band, and shows off a brilliant cut diamond to its full extent.

    “The three stones are said to represent a couple’s past, present and future together – a romantic and meaningful gesture from the prince.”

  • Rebecca Flood

    WHO IS MEGHAN'S MUM DORIA RAGLAND?

    Doria Ragland is Meghan Markle's mother, and the American lives in Los Angeles, near her daughter and Prince Harry.

    The 64-year-old, who works as a yoga instructor, has a home in the View Park-Windsor Hills neighbourhood of LA, just an hour-and-a-half drive from Montecito, where Harry and Meghan recently bought a house.

    Doria inherited her home, located just east of Los Angeles International Airport, in 2011 when her father died.

    Mother and daughter are incredibly close, with Doria staying with Meghan after she welcomed baby Archie in May 2019.

    Read our full explainer on that here.

  • Rebecca Flood

    ARCHIE AND THE QUEEN'S SUCCESSION SIMILARITY

    As baby Archie is seventh in line to the throne, it is highly unlikely that Meghan Markle's son will become King.

    However, the latest addition to the Royal Family shares a surprising similarity to his great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II who held the same position in the line as succession when she was born.

    In 1936, the Royal Family was rocked by an abdication crisis after Edward VIII gave up his role as monarch to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson without having produced an heir of his own.

    After Edward stepped down, his younger brother the Duke of York – the Queen's father – inherited the throne and became King George VI in December 1936.

    This then paved the way for Queen Elizabeth II – who was originally seventh in the line of succession after her father's siblings – to eventually become the sovereign aged 25.

  • Rebecca Flood

    MEGHAN’S REAL NAME REVEALED – AND YOU MIGHT RECOGNISE IT

    Meghan Markle is now a household name, but it’s not the one on her birth certificate.

    Meghan’s real name is in fact Rachel – the same name as her Suits character.

    The Queen used Meghan's full name when she officially blessed the couple's marriage, saying: “My Lords, I declare My Consent to a Contract of Matrimony between My Most Dearly Beloved Grandson Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales and Rachel Meghan Markle, which Consent I am causing to be signified under the Great Seal and to be entered in the Books of the Privy Council.”

  • Rebecca Flood

    NEW PRINCESS DIANA STATUE INSTALLED JULY 2021

    A new statue of the late Princess Diana will be on view at Kensington Palace from next July on what would have been her 60th birthday, an official has said.

    Her sons, Princes William and Harry, commissioned a statue in honour of their mother – who died in a Paris car crash more than 20 years ago – to be erected outside the Duke of Cambridge's home at the palace.

    But, there has been a delay due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    The first permanent memorial to her, a 210-metre (689-foot) long fountain, was launched in Hyde Park in 2004 after years of bureaucratic wrangling and squabbling over the design.

    The princes' new statue will be unveiled on July 1.

  • Rebecca Flood

    PRINCE HARRY & MEGHAN MARKLE THOUGHT TO BE FOLLOWING IN FERGIE'S FOOTSTEPS

    Prince Harry was mocked this week when he told people to be “like a raindrop” in his very woke speech promoting his new platform for environmental documentaries.

    The Duke of Sussex also raised eyebrows saying: "Somebody said to me right at the beginning of the pandemic it's almost as though mother nature has sent us to our rooms for bad behaviour to really take a moment and think about what we've done."

    That 'somebody' may just be his aunt Sarah Ferguson who delivered the same phrase at the start of the pandemic.

  • Rebecca Flood

    THROWBACK POST ON THE SUSSEX ROYAL INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT

    On this day last year the Sussex Royal Instagram account shared a snap of Meghan Markle at the Hubb Community Kitchen. 

    The post said: “It was just one year ago that The Duchess of Sussex made a special visit to the women of The Hubb Community Kitchen to help prepare meals for those in need. 

    “The connection between The Duchess and these women began a year prior, as she supported them in the creation of ‘Together’, a charity cookbook which celebrates the power of cooking to bring communities together.”

  • Millie Hurst

    NETFLIX ACCUSED OF 'TROLLING' AFTER TWEET PLUGGING DIANA DOC

    Netflix has been accused of "corporate trolling" after posting a "sinister" tweet plugging a documentary that promises to answer criticism over The Crown.

    The streaming giant tweeted a clip from its documentary Diana: In Her Own Words – telling fans it "answers much of what you’re asking".

    The popular series has seen a wave of fan criticism directed at the Royal Family over how Princess Diana is shown to be treated with trolls hurling vile abuse at the Duchess of Cornwall over her false portrayal.

    Many figures – including the Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden – have called for the series to remind viewers that it is a work of fiction.

    Now senior palace figures have accused Netflix of using its social media channels to continue sharing "sinister" messages.

  • Millie Hurst

    ITV HOST LORRAINE KELLY SAYS MEGHAN'S MISCARRIAGE WAS EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED TO HER

    Discussing the news of the Duchess of Sussex's miscarriage with Dr Hilary, she said: "It was almost exactly the same, having to go to hospital and the way she talked about it. 

    "What really helped me was being able to talk to you obviously and also other people, but also Rosie.

    "I think she was only six then and I know Archie is a lot younger than that but I know that that will really help you know having another child will really help.

    "My heart goes out to them, it's so sad and I think the way she's done it is absolutely brilliant."

    Lorraine spoke about how women deal with miscarriages in many different ways, and said there isn't a right way to cope with loss.

  • Millie Hurst

    THE STORY BEHIND MEGHAN'S ENGAGEMENT RING

    Prince Harry designed Meghan's ring himself, using a diamond from Botswana along with two others from Princess Diana’s personal jewellery collection.

    During their royal tour of Southern Africa, Meghan swapped out her £250k ring for an understated, plain gold band with a small but pretty turquoise stone.

    Last year, fans spotted Meghan had tweaked the ring, replacing the original thick gold band with a much thinner, diamond-studded micro-pavé one.

  • Millie Hurst

    MEGHAN HANDED OUT CLOTHES TO NEEDY FAMILIES WEEKS AFTER MISCARRIAGE AGONY

    Meghan and Harry handed out supplies, clothes and diapers at a drive-through run by Los Angeles charity Baby2Baby in August, weeks after they experienced the heartbreak of a miscarriage.

    The event saw families in need given basic necessities thanks to the charity.

    And despite their heartbreak behind the scenes, Meghan and Harry threw themselves into the charity work.

  • Millie Hurst

    I'M A CELEBRITY STAR RUTHIE HENSHALL SAYS THE ROYALS ARE A 'NORMAL FAMILY'

    The former actress who recently appeared in the I'm A Celebrity castle had an on-and-off relationship with Prince Edward for six years.

    Speaking to the Mail last night, she said she was invited to Balmoral and Windsor Castle during her royal romance.

    She said, "They were very welcoming and as much as you can say this – because you are with the Royal Family in the Palace or at Windsor or Balmoral, which are not normal circumstances and places – but when they are together, they are a normal family and you are part of that.

    "I was absolutely welcomed in. I have nothing but fondness and lovely memories of them being incredibly kind and very interested in my life. I didn't ever feel like an outsider."

  • Millie Hurst

    FINDING FREEDOM AUTHOR CLAIMS THE CROWN COULD BE EXTENDED

    The Crown could be "extended" to show Prince Harry and Prince William as adults, Finding Freedom author Omid Scobie has claimed.

    He said he's heard "rumblings" Netflix are considering extending the run past Princess Diana's tragic death in 1997, speaking on his podcast Heirpod.

    "I think originally it was reported that it would stop before William and Harry become adults, I’ve certainly heard there is talked within Netflix about the possibility that the show might be extended."

    The Crown series 4, which focuses on Diana joining the Royal Family and was released on November 15, has sparked outrage with its portrayal of prominent royals.

  • Millie Hurst

    SURPRISE ITEMS IN THE ROYALS' HOMES SHOW THEY'RE JUST LIKE US

    They may live in palaces, dine on royal banquets and enjoy star-studded balls, but behind closed doors, the royal family may be more down-to-earth than you think. 

    The likes of Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have given royal fans a sneak peek inside their stunning homes, and revealed they love Ikea and Dunelm just as much as the rest of us.

    Kate and William are said to have revealed that the young Cambridge kids have Ikea furniture in their bedrooms at Kensington Palace.

    The Queen has her own Dyson fan and Dunelm's Dorma collection of beds do in fact have a royal warrant, so they're likely to be a favourite, too.

  • Millie Hurst

    GEMMA COLLINS PENNED EMOTIONAL LETTER TO MEGHAN

    Former Towie star and businesswoman Gemma Collins wrote an open letter to Meghan after she shared her miscarriage heartache.

    "I hope you don’t mind me writing to you like this. You don’t know me, and we’ve never met, but I cried when I read what you’d written about your miscarriage yesterday", she wrote.

    "Your sadness and grief leapt out of the page, along with your desire to comfort other women who have been through the same heartbreak.

    "I am one of those women. Because like you I also had a miscarriage in July – one of the ten or twenty women in a room of a hundred that you wrote about who will know the particular pain of losing a longed-for baby.

    "I’ve not talked about this before, but it was my third, each one a devastating loss on my longed-for journey to motherhood.

    "It doesn't matter if you're in the public eye or married to a Prince, miscarriages don't discriminate, and the pain is the same for us all. "

  • Millie Hurst

    MEGHAN PRAISED FOR SHARING MISCARRIAGE HEARTBREAK

    Kym Marsh has praised Meghan for sharing her heartbreaking miscarriage ordeal.

    The Duchess of Sussex, 39, recently wrote of the moment she knew she was "losing" her second baby in a deeply personal essay for the New York Times.

    "When you lose a child you feel so lonely and empty and like the only person who is going through it," Kym wrote in her OK! magazine column.

    "So when you finally have the chance to connect with people who have been through the same thing and are able to identify with you, that really helps."

  • Millie Hurst

    HARRY WAS MISTAKEN FOR CHRISTMAS TREE SALESMAN

    Prince Harry was recently mistaken for a Christmas tree salesman when he went shopping for a festive fir with Meghan.

    A salesman said the Sussexes' agent had arranged for the pair to pick out a tree when his shop was meant to be empty, but one family was still milling around the trees and their child ran towards Harry thinking he was staff.

    Posting on Twitter he wrote: "Meghan and Prince Harry came into my work today and we sold them their Christmas Tree.

    "It was anticlimactic, but a very, very interesting experience. We had our lot empty when they got there – their agent promoted them a good time to come instead of us shutting it down.

    "There was one family in there and their stoked little son ran through trees up to Harry and asked if he worked here not knowing who that is.

    "They seems like very nice people honestly. Meghan sounds very kind and Harry sounded and acted like a chill lad honestly."

  • Millie Hurst

    MEGHAN AND HARRY'S THANKSGIVING

    Meghan and Harry had a homecooked meal made with vegetables from their garden for their first US Thanksgiving.

    The family spent the holiday with Meghan's mum, Doria Ragland, in their California mansion.

    According to News Week, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who spent the holiday in Canada last year, are "looking forward to celebrating their first American Thanksgiving in the states."

    The pair had planned to return to the UK to spend Christmas with the royal family, but had to change plans due to Covid-19.

    They are expected to spend the festive season in California.

  • Millie Hurst

    MEGHAN HAD A SPECIAL 'AURA' SAYS SUITS DIRECTOR

    Meghan's former Suits director said she always had an “aura about her that was special.”

    Actor Tim Matheson, 72, directed an episode of Suits back in 2011, which starred Meghan in her role as paralegal Rachel Zane. 

    He told Page Six that it was evident back then that “she was charming and she had an aura about her that was special.”

    Tim, who is best known for The West Wing, said: “I could see that she had a very unique quality and the camera loved her.

    “For me as a director, she was easy to shoot. Just point it in that direction, it’ll be fine.”

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