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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Famous Friends – and the Friends They Cut Along the Way

After leaving the royal family two years ago, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle now have a new life in California.

Along with their gorgeous mansion and multimillion-dollar business deals, the couple now boast a star-studded friendship circle.

Among them is superstar tennis player Serena Williams, who joined Harry yesterday for an online summit, where they talked about mental health.

During the chat, Serena revealed her close bond with the prince saying he’s like her life coach and they “talk for hours”.

But who are the couple’s other showbiz pals, and which friends are they no longer close to? Here we take a look…

Serena Williams







Serena Williams took part in an online chat with Prince Harry yesterday
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The tennis champion has a long-standing friendship with Meghan and it seems that has extended to Harry as well.

Meghan first met Serena in 2010 at the Super Bowl in Miami, Florida.

Speaking about their friendship on her former lifestyle blog The Tig, Meghan said she and the tennis ace bonded very quickly during a match of flag football, which is a variation of American football.

Meghan wrote: “We hit it off immediately.






Meghan and Serena together in 2014

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“Taking photos, laughing during the flag football game we were both playing, and chatting not about tennis or acting, but about all the good old-fashioned girl stuff.”

Meghan and Serena, then actresses, were also photographed together at the 2014 Super Bowl in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and again at the launch of Serena’s clothing line during New York Fashion Week in 2016.

Serena was at Meghan’s wedding to Harry in 2018 and also attended her baby shower in New York in 2019.

Meghan was also spotted at the US Open as well as Wimbledon supporting Serena when she was in action.

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Meghan during an appearance on The Ellen Show
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Another celebrity close to Harry and Meghan is chat host Ellen DeGeneres with wife Portia de Rossi.

They are neighbors in Montecito, California, and in a recent interview on her show, Meghan revealed how they all spent Halloween together.

Ellen also hinted at how close they were last year, saying she invited dancers to her show on Meghan’s recommendation.

She also came to the defense of Meghan and Harry on her talk show, saying it was “not fair” to see them “being attacked”.

She said: “They are two of the most down-to-earth compassionate people out there, they do so much good for the world.”







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Ellen and Meghan struck up a friendship in 2012 after meeting at a pet shelter, which ended with Meghan returning home to Bogart, a mix of shepherd and Labrador.

Meghan recalled the encounter in a Best Health interview in 2017, when she said, “Now I don’t know her, but Ellen says ‘Is that your dog?

“And I said, ‘No’ and she was like, ‘You have to take this dog. And I said, ‘Well, I decide.’ And she said, ‘Save the dog!'”

“It’s kind of like Oprah telling you to do something. I’m sitting there holding him and she’s like, ‘Have you ever thought of a name for him?’ And I said, “Well, I think I’d call him Bogart,” and she was like, “You bring the dog home.”

“And she gets out to get in her car but instead of getting in, she turns around and comes banging on the window and she’s yelling ‘Take the dog! And so I brought it home. Because Ellen told me.

Orlando Bloom







Orlando Bloom with his fiancee Katy Perry
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Last year, Harry opened up about a friendship he struck up with actor Orlando Bloom, who lives “down the road” from him in California.

Speaking on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast to discuss his mental health struggles, Harry admitted he regularly texts his new friend, who is dating singer Katy Perry, about the paparazzi.

He said: “Two days ago Orlando Bloom messaged me because he’s just down the street and we sort of keep in touch because of the paparazzi.

“He sent me a picture his security got of this guy with long hair in a beanie, ear buds with his huge camera sitting in the back of his 4×4 truck, blacked out windows.”

Orlando then voiced Harry in the satirical cartoon The Prince, and the series has been criticized for its portrayal of the royal family.

During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, creator Gary Janetti said: “I don’t know if Harry said anything to Orlando about it, but I know that before the show premiered , he knew Orlando was doing it.

Priyanka Chopra






Meghan and Priyanka Chopra, who are close friends

Actress Priyanka Chopra was close friends with Meghan – even before the former Suits actress met Harry.

The couple first met at an ELLE Women in Television dinner in 2016 and struck up a bond. Shortly after, Meghan interviewed Priyanka for her blog The Tig.

Meanwhile, in 2018 Priyanka wrote an open letter about her friend ahead of the royal wedding and around the same time Meghan was on the TIME 100 list.

Priyanka’s heartfelt note read: “More than anything else, Meghan is an important influencer in a world that needs strong public figures to respect and admire.

“People the world can be inspired by. Meghan, side by side with Harry, will be a princess to the people.”

Zendaya and Tom Holland






Spider-Man stars Zendaya and Tom Holland

It looks like a new couple in Harry and Meghan’s inner circle could be Spider-Man stars Zendaya and Tom Holland.

It was reported last weekend that Harry and Meghan had contacted the movie stars out of the blue and asked to sit down with the couple despite never having met them before.

The secret meeting is believed to have taken place at the Sussexes’ home in Montecito.

The apparent encounter could have been because the royals were looking to lure in big names for their £18million Spotify podcast project which has so far failed to materialize – apart from a one-off special.

And those they are no longer close to…

The Obamas







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Harry and Meghan appeared to have had a close bond with former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle.

They had been photographed together at sporting events around the world and Michelle and Meghan worked on a number of projects together.

But last year the couples’ relationship was thrown into the spotlight after the Sussexes weren’t at the former president’s glitzy 60th birthday party at Martha’s Vineyard.

It’s unclear if Harry and Meghan weren’t invited or just couldn’t attend. But it has been suggested that their friendship with the Obamas has cooled.

And according to royal expert Camilla Tominey, their absence could be because the former president and first lady do not approve of Harry’s attacks on the royal family.

An insider told Camilla writing in the Telegraph: “The Obamas didn’t like Harry attacking his family. They value family and are definitely not the kind of people who would want their kids talking to the press.”

Piers Morgan






Piers Morgan claimed Meghan ghosted him

There’s no love lost between Piers Morgan and Meghan – but that wasn’t always the case.

The couple became friends after connecting on social media in 2015.

Piers bragged that he and the former Suits actress struck up a friendship online and quickly became in regular contact.

When Piers followed the actress on Twitter, she sent her a direct message that read, “Hi, thanks for following. You’re a huge fan!”

They were on such good terms that Meghan would send Piers previews of Suits episodes for him to watch before fans.

Then, in the summer of 2016, their friendship progressed and arranged to meet up over drinks during Meghan’s visit to the UK.

She met Piers at his favorite pub – The Scarsdale Tavern in Kensington – and he claims they chatted for hours.

Piers then says that Meghan “got cold” and that their drink in Kensington was the last time he spoke to her.

He explained: “She met Prince Harry at dinner that night, went on a solo date with him the following night, and I never heard from her again. Not a word. J had been a ghost.”

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