Revealed: Meghan shared online chats with X-Factor winner Matt Cardle and asked him to meet her in person just months before romance with Prince Harry
- Duchess of Sussex exchanged messages with the singer online back in 2015
- She had split from her first husband and was hoping to find love in London
- Matt was ‘very flattered’ when the Suits star suggested that they meet up
- Ended up ‘ghosting her’ because he met current girlfriend Amber Hernaman
The Duchess of Sussex sent secret messages to Matt Cardle months before first meeting Prince Harry.
She and the X-Factor winner started chatting online when Meghan was recently divorced.
Her previously unknown relationship with the singer began in 2015, The Sun revealed yesterday.
Meghan (right at Canada House, London, for Commonwealth Day in March) messaged Matt (left, in May last year, on Lorraine) as she hoped to find a British man
Meghan complimented the performer, then aged 36, as he prepared to hit the West End starring in Memphis.
The American actress was hoping to meet a British man and love rat footballer Ashley Cole was pursuing her at the time.
One source told the paper that Matt followed Meghan on social media because he had seen her in the legal drama and thought she was a ‘beautiful star’.
‘He was stunned when she followed him immediately back and started messaging him,’ they said. ‘She said she was a big fan of his work.’
Months after messaging Matt, Meghan met Harry (both pictured, left, on their wedding day in May last year and, right, with their first child, Archie)
The singer was ‘very flattered’ when she said they should meet up, but ‘ended up ghosting her’ when he met his girlfriend, they added.
Another source close to Matt confirmed last night that he exchanged messages with Meghan, who told him that she’d watched him on The X-Factor.
He is now in a relationship with 28-year-old Amber Hernaman and says she is the reason he was able to kick his drug and alcohol addiction.
Meghan divorced from first husband Trevor Engelson in August 2013 and was hoping to find love during trips to London.
On a night out with journalist Katie Hind at the time, she revealed that Ashley Cole had asked to take her out.
The actress kept in touch with UK media contacts until she and Harry publicly revealed their relationship in June 2016. MailOnline has approached the palace for comment.