Mandy Moore says she has been friends with Meghan Markle since 2006 when the duchess was a 'normal, regular girl'

Mandy shared that she had met the now Royal for the first time on the sets of 'License to Wed', which was produced by Meghan's ex-husband, Trevor Engleson


                            Mandy Moore says she has been friends with Meghan Markle since 2006 when the duchess was a 'normal, regular girl'

Being friends with a Royal sounds like a dream come true, but in Mandy Moore's case, it's even more special because she has been friends with Duchess Meghan Markle even before she acquired her royal status. Mandy revealed the interesting bit of information in a recent interview, speaking about little-known details of her friendship with the now royal. In her own words, their friendship dates all the way back to 2006, when Meghan was, to Mandy, just a "normal, regular girl".

Mandy — who has been in the limelight for quite a while now, most recently for her role in the extremely popular TV drama 'This is Us' — has been a star ever since she was a teen. So it really makes sense that she would have come across Meghan at some point or the other in her career.

And speaking about those times during her visit to Today, on Thursday, November 15, she shared that the two of them had first met on the sets of 'License to Wed', which was produced by Meghan's ex-husband, Trevor Engleson.

Mandy Moore, Meghan Markle and Sandy Gross attend COACH Legacy Photo Exhibit by REED KRAKOFF at Coach on August 26, 2006, in East Hampton, NY. (Getty Images)
Mandy Moore, Meghan Markle and Sandy Gross attend COACH Legacy Photo Exhibit by REED KRAKOFF at Coach on August 26, 2006, in East Hampton, NY. (Getty Images)

"We spent a lot of time in Jamaica where some of the movie was shot. I think we spent New Year’s with them that year," Mandy shared in her interview. "We spent some time over the summer in the Hamptons with them. It was another life ago for both of us, but she’s wonderful."

Mandy also shared that she had reached out to Meghan last year via e-mail, when the latter's engagement to Prince Harry was first announced in November 2017, to wish heartiest congratulations. "She was very kind and said that she really likes 'This Is Us'," she gushed in the interview. "She watches the show, so that was pretty cool. She’s just a normal, regular girl." It's official — 'This is Us' is approved by the royals too, and that speaks volumes about all the critical acclaim that it has garnered, which seems justified.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, wave from the Ascot Landau Carriage during their carriage procession on Castle Hill outside Windsor Castle in Windsor, on May 19, 2018, after their wedding ceremony. (Getty Images)
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, wave from the Ascot Landau Carriage during their carriage procession on Castle Hill outside Windsor Castle in Windsor, on May 19, 2018, after their wedding ceremony. (Getty Images)

Whether Meghan and Prince Harry binge watch the show much like the rest of us, is still a mystery. As for Meghan's ex-husband, she and Trevor got married in 2011 – which was incidentally the same year Harry's older brother, Prince William, and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, tied the knot, after seven years of dating. Meghan and Trevor, however, separated in 2013 after she got her big break in the Los Angeles legal drama 'Suits'.

She allegedly met Prince Harry a whole three years later, and soon, rumors of their secret romance turned into a reality. Their official engagement announcement followed, and in May 2018, the two finally said their vows in their big, fairy tale, royal wedding, after Meghan quit her acting career, deserted her social media accounts, and left her blog, The Tig.