Meghan Markle already had her own connections to the UK before she began her relationship with Prince Harry.
Despite the star being an American actress, it seems she was more closely connected to Harry than she may have known.
In particular, the former Suits star was friends with six people in particular that had a connection with the royal family.
Meghan had previously claimed to not have looked up her husband on social media, but perhaps she didn’t need to due to who she befriended.
Harry and Meghan’s romance began in 2016 and have since moved across the pond but before this, she already had links with Pippa Middleton and Prince Harry’s Eton friends.
Millie Mackintosh is a household name due to being part of the original Made In Chelsea line-up, but it seems she has more of a royal connection than we thought.
Meghan and Millie were seen hanging out together in 2016, but it seems their friendship was short-lived.
Violet von Westenholz
Meghan befriended Violet von Westenholz in around 2016, who has very strong royal connections.
Her father, former Olympic skier Baron Piers von Westenholz is a close personal friend of King Charles.
This is as well as her mother Jane von Westenholz being a longtime friend of the Queen Consort.
It is thought that Soho House director Markus Anderson introduced Meghan to Isabel May.
Isabel joined PR agency Freuds in 2001, with one of her clients being Soho House.
She is thought to have been working at Burberry when they employed David and Victoria Beckham’s sons Romeo and Brooklyn.
This is before she started working at David’s company DB Ventures as their Chief Marketing Officer.
Due to having a close relationship with the Beckham Isabel is thought to be the one who may have set Meghan and Harry up on their first date in 2016.
Alexander Gilkes and Misha Nonoo
Misha Nonoo used to make regular appearances on Meghan’s social media.
The pair are said to have met in 2014 while attending an Art Basel event in Miami.
When their friendship began Misha was still married to Alexander Gilkes who went to Eton college at the same time as Prince Harry and Prince William.
Alexander has even more royal connections as he created his own auctioneer firm Paddle8 in New York which employed Princess Eugenie for two years in 2013.
In her now redundant blog The Tig, Meghan featured an interview with art curator and interiors expert Hikari Yokoyama in 2014.
Hikari also helped set up Paddle8. Hikari is also friends with Ellie Goulding, who the Duke of Sussex reportedly dated in 2016.