TV presenter Lizzie Cundy, 50, first met ‘Suits’ actress Markle, now styled as the Duchess of Sussex, back in 2013.
Markle, 37, was at the time living in Toronto – where the legal drama was filmed. She had recently split with her ex-husband Trevor Engelson, whom she was married to from 2011 to 2013.
Cundy, who split from her ex-husband footballer Jason Cundy in 2012, says her and Markle bonded over their similar romantic situations.
“We both had had breakups and a bit of a past, and she was asking lots of questions about mine,” the presenter told Fabulous Digital.
“She wanted kids and she wouldn’t mind an English guy.”
She says she followed up with Markle via text message after hearing news of her relationship with Prince Harry.
“When I heard about Harry ‘I said what a catch’ and she said ‘yeah I know!’,” Cundy revealed.
In the same interview, Cundy defends her friend’s royal marriage.
“People are saying she’s a social climber, but you want to be someone people look up to and you are proud to be on the arm of,” she says.
“But I think good for her, she’s had the catch of the century.”
Cundy has previously spoken about her efforts to set Markle up with a “famous British guy” – she even suggested Chelsea player Ashley Cole, who had recently split from Cheryl, as a prospect.
She reveals in her autobiography Tales From The Red Carpet: “We were having a girly chat and then she said, ‘Do you know any famous guys? I’m single and I really love English men’. So I said, ‘We’ll go out and find you someone’.”