Meghan and Harry latest: X-Factor winner Matt Cardle claims he and the duchess ‘weren’t meant to be’

FORMER X-Factor winner Matt Cardle revealed he was swapping texts with Meghan Markle, shortly before she met Prince Harry.

Matt Cardle, who became the most voted-for winner of the ITV show exactly ten years today, exchanged messages about going on a date with Meghan Markle shortly before she met future husband Prince Harry.

Speaking to The Sun on Sunday in an exclusive interview, Matt said: “It was just a very weird situation — very odd. And I really don’t know how it came about.

“Life’s got a course and I was not on that one. I’ve laughed about it, but it’s amazing thinking back.”

The pair started swapping messages in 2015 after Meghan, who was single and in the UK at the time, followed Matt on social media after his award-winning appearance in West End show Memphis.

But before the pair could hook up Matt, 37, got together with his current girlfriend Amber Hernaman, 29, and Meghan met Harry.

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