This Is Meghan Markle’s Closest Pal in the Royal Family

Meghan Markle has many A-list celebrity friends, but who in the royal family has a soft spot for her? The answer might surprise you.

Meghan Markle at the Nelson Mandela centenaryPhoto: David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock

Who has the biggest soft spot for Meghan Markle?

We know that Princes William and Harry have always been close—they served as best man in each other’s weddings, after all. The same holds true for the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, and her sister, Pippa. But for new royal family member Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, whom does she have to confide in? (Don’t miss the real story of how Prince Harry and Meghan Markle met.)

Queen Elizabeth has treated Markle well, inviting her to spend Christmas with the royal family before Markle married Harry. But it looks like Markle and her father-in-law Prince Charles have been warming up nicely, too­—especially after he took on the fatherly role of walking her down the aisle when her own father was absent. (Here are 15 facts you didn’t know about past royal weddings.)

For almost a week during the summer after Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding, the two stayed with Prince Charles at the Castle of Mey, reports Vanity Fair. Not even Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall and wife of Prince Charles, has stayed at the estate for that long, a source told Vanity Fair. Another family member told Vanity Fair that Charles has a “lovely relationship with the duchess,” and of course his own son.

The family member said the three royals spent their time at the Castle of Mey reading, walking dogs and chatting. The source said Charles has “a real soft spot for [Markle] and thinks she’s the best thing to have happened to Harry.”

Next, find out the unlikely friendships royal family members have with other celebrities.

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