Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been dating for just a year, but it seems the actress was enamoured with another member of the royal family long before then.

Although the pair never had a chance to meet, it’s been revealed that the 36-year-old actress idolised Prince Harry’s mother, Princess Diana.

The mum of a school friend of Meghan’s, Suzy, revealed that she and Meghan massively looked up to Diana.

She said, “The girls didn’t just think she was glamorous. They were impressed by her humanitarian work and they started following her example.”

Sonia Ardakani also revealed that the pair would regularly help out at a soup kitchen and collect toys for donation – inspired by Diana’s caring influence.

She also revealed the adorable detail that the supposed Princess-to-be was ‘obsessed’ with the wedding of Diana and Charles, so much so that she’d re-watch the recording of the live TV event over and over again.

“I videoed Diana’s wedding back in 1981, and I would watch it with Suzy and Meghan all those years later.”

Similarities between Diana and Meghan…

It’s clearly not the only tie between Diana and Prince Harry’s girlfriend. Like Harry, and his mother before him, Meghan champions charitable causes. The actress is a UNICEF ambassador, and recently travelled to Botswana on a trip with them.

She also regularly echoes the warm and giving personality that Diana was so well known for. In past Instagram snaps, the US star has posted messages of support and positivity.

Love this! 💫 Sunday musings (photo cred @cleowade) #bethechange

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The news comes as engagement rumours swirl around Prince Harry and Meghan. On a recent trip to Africa, royal watchers were left convinced that Harry may propose to his girlfriend in the very place he found solace after his mother’s death.

In the past, the Prince has been quoted explaining how much the area means to him.

“I first came in 1997, straight after my mum died. My dad told my brother and me we were going to Africa to get away from it all.

“This is where I feel more like myself than anywhere else in the world. I have this intense sense of complete relaxation and normality here.”
There’s no engagement announcement yet. But it’s clear that Harry is keen to keep the connection between his girlfriend and late mother alive…