‘She wanted fame’ Meghan Markle didn’t know ‘how hard’ fame would be claims Lizzie Cundy | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV
Meghan Markle is said to have had her eyes set on finding love with a British man during her time as an actress. Following her divorce from her first husband, Trevor Engleson, in 2013, the former actress formed friendships with some of Britain’s celebs.
Now, her former pal Lizzie Cundy has alleged that Meghan, 39, craved the limelight of fame and had been “open” about her desires to be famous in the United Kingdom.
Lizzie, 53, claims that Meghan had her eyes set on the reality show Made In Chelsea, which follows the daily lives of West London’s young millionaires.
Meghan is alleged to have expressed a desire to be “London girl” during a glitzy celebrity dinner before meeting her future husband, Prince Harry, 36.
In a new opinion piece, model and socialite Lizzie has said she “didn’t really want to” look after Meghan when they first met but the pair ended up getting on “like a house on fire”.
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Writing for Grazia, Lizzie penned: “She wanted to do selfies and was very open, talking about her recent marriage split and how she wanted to work here in England and maybe even work on Made In Chelsea.”
The mum-of-two added: “Meghan said she loved London and would love an English boyfriend, so I went through my phone to see who I knew that might be a good fit, tried to find her a boyfriend – Ashley Cole wasn’t so keen – but I did try to fix her up, which is funny looking back.”
Lizzie went on to reveal that in a bid to help Meghan achieve international fame, she pleaded with her producer to allow her to interview Meghan on the red carpet of the Global Gift Gala.
Appearing alongside the then-unknown Meghan were names such as Eva Longoria, Victoria Beckham and her former bandmate, Melanie C.
The star continued: “I think she thought it would be more glamorous, but fame is hard work — personally I don’t think they’ve gone around things the right way, but if I saw her today, I’d give her a big hug.”
Lizzie and Meghan first met in 2013, during a pre-gala dinner at the home of John Caudwell, the founder of Phones 4 U.
Last month, following the news that Meghan and Harry had welcomed their second child, a daughter, Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, Lizzie claimed the name was a special nod to her.
At the time, Lizzie told OK! Magazine that Lilibet was her nickname at school.
She told the publication: “Thank you, Meghan, you ghosted me – and now you’re calling your child after me.
“I appreciate it, I was quite shocked by it because it’s an unusual name maybe that’s her way of reaching out.”
A statement at the time on behalf of Harry and Meghan read: “Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet.
“Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honour her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales.”