THEY share a hairdresser, wear the same clothes and now they’re holidaying together.
But just how did Meghan Markle and Amal Clooney go from acquaintances to BFFs in a matter of months? We reveal how the secrets of their friendship.
How did they meet?
It’s believed that Meghan met Amal shortly after she arrived in London.
The pair were introduced to each other by a mutual friend, most probably by fashion designer Misha Nonoo who has dressed Amal – and who also introduced Meghan to Harry.
They hit it off right away due to their shared interests – glamour, fashion and humanitarian issues.
“It was a very natural friendship from day one,” an insider said.
When Meghan moved across the pond, Amal helped her settle in to London life.
As an acclaimed international human rights lawyer who was flung headfirst into the world of celebrity after she became engaged to film star George in 2014, Amal will have plenty of advice for Meghan on how to cope with her intense fame.
Not only do they share the same brunette good looks but they have eerily similar style.
They’re both fans of flat shoes by designer Sarah Flint – and are regularly seen in dusky pink, cream and navy outfits.
Meghan was also seen in a yellow dress early last month during a royal engagement. Perhaps she’d taken some style inspiration from her pal.
If you think the brunette waves look familiar, that’s because the same man is behind the bristle brush.
Amal’s hairstylist Miguel Martin-Perez revealed that he’s now looking after Meghan’s locks:
“Yes, I do Meghan’s hair. I do Amal’s, and Meghan is friends with her.
“Amal put Meghan and me together when she moved here. I do her colour, her cut and her styling.”
Vogue’s influential women
Meghan’s made it clear that she hopes to spend more time focusing on charity work and women’s rights.
Who better to guide her than Amal?
Amal frequently addresses the UN, while Meghan has been a UN advocate since 2015.
As a vocal feminist she has uses her high profile to raise awareness of the plight of women’s education around the world.
Both women were named on Vogue’s 25 most influential women in the UK list.
They’ve also bonded over the plight of Saudi activist Loujain Al-Hathloul, who appeared alongside Meghan in a Vanity Fair shoot in 2016 and was arrested in May this year for criticising the government.
They love ‘sexy’ pasta and expensive wine
It might look like all they drink is green tea but they’re both expensive wine lovers.
Meghan named her blog after her preferred fine wine Tiganello.
And Amal has her own go-to vino, Franciacorta – an Italian fizz that retails for around £30 a bottle.
Meghan also travelled to Milan and Venice (where Amal was also seen boating with George), before she became a royal, writing on her blog: “Sheets of hand-torn pasta woven through luscious bolognese.
“Flirting with boys in Venice, when my best friend and I backpacked through the country for spring break …the perfection of a scoop of nutella gelato dripping down your chin.”
Amal reportedly craved pasta and risotto during her pregnancy while Meghan’s go-t0 dish is courgette bolognese, which she calls “filthy, sexy, pasta”.
We wonder if she’s passed on the recipe to her close pal?
Passionate about Pilates
Their enviable frames are partly down to their love of Pilates.
The Duchess of Sussex has long been a fan of Megaformer classes in both LA and London – and Amal swears by practising for half an hour every day.
Amal and Meghan have embarked on various detoxes too, swearing by eating a lot of fish and vegetables.
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Their husbands’ bromance
According to one insider, George and Harry have a “special bond of friendship”, despite their 24-year age gap.
George clearly loves a party and was reportedly “the last man standing” at the wedding of the year, even working behind the bar and supplying booze from his tequila brand Casamigos.
“He poured Casamigos drinks and shots and got everyone dancing,” said a source.
This party boy persona will chime with Prince Harry’s “royal rebel” reputation so it seems like there will be plenty more fun double dates to come.