All of Meghan Markle’s Famous Friends and Connections—Including Kim K and Obama
Meghan Markle is only a few days away from saying "I do" to Prince Harry in a wedding that will surely draw millions of eyes. But she's kind of used to that.
Unlike the royal brides that came before her (Kate Middleton and Princess Diana included), Markle is no stranger to the world of public figures, and she had some serious Hollywood connections before stepping foot into Kensington Palace.
Her inner circle is so plugged in that it doesn't even take six degrees to connect Markle with everyone from Kim Kardashian and Emma Watson to Larry King and Barack Obama. We broke it down for you, all in a handy chart, so you know exactly whom to watch out for at the royal wedding. Scroll down below to find out how they all connect. The countdown to May 19 is officially on.
How Meghan Markle and Kim Kardashian Connect
The soon-to-be royal and reality TV royal connect (konnect?) by way of Chrissy Teigen.
Both Teigen and Markle were on the TV show Deal or No Deal together, sharing screen time as "suitcase girls," who held the briefcases for contestants.
"I tell John all the time: 'That could be me. I could be Princess Harry,'" Teigen has said.
The two reunited post-Deal or No Deal to compete on DirecTV's Beach Bowl in 2014, where they palled around with Nina Agdal and Shay Mitchell.
Of course, as any Kim Kardashian fan knows, Teigen and her husband John Legend are close with Kim and Kanye West, which makes Merkla only one degree removed from the Kar-Jenner family.
How Meghan Markle's Inner Circle Includes Hollywood Stars
Of course, some of Markle's friends are A-list stars in their own right, including tennis champ Serena Williams.
Markle and Williams first met almost 8 years ago at the Super Bowl, of all places. When Markle asked Williams for some pointers on how to handle the more chaotic aspects of fame—like the paparazzi chasing you—Williams had her back.
"Her personality just shines," Williams told Vanity Fair. “I told her, ‘You’ve got to be who you are, Meghan. You can’t hide.’”
That advice is probably coming in handy right about now. Williams is pretty excited to see Markle get her moment in the sun at her wedding.
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"I'm obviously super happy for her," Williams said to ABC News. "She's such a great girl and she is incredibly nice and I couldn't be happier for her."
Actress Priyanka Chopra had a similar sentiment about Markle. The two have been good friends since three years ago, when they met at an Elle Women in Television dinner.
"We bonded as actors. We just became friends, like two girls would," Chopra said.
“She’s just a really real girl,” Chopra told People. “She’s a girl’s girl. She’s a really relatable young woman who is concerned about the world just like you and I are. That’s what I love the most about her. I feel like her authenticity is what’s going to make her really stand out in this new life she’s going to take on.”
Markle thinks the same of Chopra, too. "Priyanka is unbelievable," the soon-to-be royal told the Press Trust of India in July 2016. "She has become a really good friend. Elle magazine in the U.S. hosted a dinner celebrating Women in TV, and we met that night—turns out that she really likes Suits."
Fingers crossed that we see her celebrity crew by her side at the royal wedding.
How Meghan Markle and Larry King Connect
Once she marries into the royal family, Markle will be dealing with different kinds of kings entirely, but she and American TV and radio host Larry King could have crossed paths before, thanks to her good friend Lindsay.
Markle was the maid-of-honor at the wedding of the TV creator, producer and author Lindsay Jill Roth, a close friend of Markle, who occasionally posts pictures of the two hanging out.
As IMDb reveals, Roth isn't just a friend—she was also a producer for Larry King Now for three years, effectively connecting the two.
How Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Connect (without Harry!)
It's already obvious how Markle and Kate Middleton will connect as future sisters-in-law who married princely brothers, but even before Markle met Prince Harry, she had a tie to Prince William's other half, thanks, in part, to Middleton's Alexander McQueen wedding dress.
Markle is close friends with Markus Anderson, a Soho House Consultant who was rumored to have introduced Meghan and Harry in the first place (he didn't—that honor goes to Harry's childhood friend Violet). Still, he and Meghan are friends who have vacationed together in the past, and his other famous connections put Markle in Kate's orbit.
Town & Country reports that Anderson was a friend of the late Alexander McQueen. McQueen's design house, named after him and led by his successor, Sarah Burton, is responsible for Kate Middleton's wedding dress.
Extra fun fact: T&C reports that Anderson is also friends with model Alexa Chung and Fifty Shades of Grey's Jamie Dornan.
How Meghan Markle and Pippa Middleton Connect
Even without the help of Prince Harry and Kate Middleton, Markle has ties to Kate's little sis, Pippa Middleton.
Markle is good friends with Millie Mackintosh, a British reality TV star and heiress, who was rumored to be one of her probable bridesmaids.
Mackintosh appeared on the 2011 reality TV show Made in Chelsea (as PopSugar once said, think The Hills, but British). She appeared with a large cast that included Spencer Matthews, the brother of Pippa's husband, James Matthews.
How Meghan Markle, Barack Obama, and Justin Trudeau Connect
Markle's diplomatic connections don't just end with the British. Her good friend Jessica Mulroney is a stylist who is helping her plan the royal wedding.
Mulroney has also styled Sophie Trudeau, the "First Lady of Canada," and wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Markle's distant connection to Trudeau is only strengthened by her marriage to Prince Harry. Harry is famouslt pals with former U.S. President Barack Obama, who has also worked alongside Trudeau as a world leader many times.
How Meghan Markle and Emma Watson, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Bella Hadid Connect
As an actress herself, Markle has plenty of ties to tinseltown, but many of them are actually thanks to British designer Misha Nonoo, whom Fast Company calls a "millennial fave and Meghan Markle's BFF."
Nonoo's work has been worn by everyone from Bella Hadid to Sarah Jessica Parker, and she's even created some of Emma Watson's favorite shoes, which is especially interesting considering those put-to-rest rumors about Watson and Markle's beau Prince Harry dating once upon a time (for her part, Watson denied it).
How Meghan Markle's Suits Co-Stars Connect Her to Others
Some of Markle's strongest celeb connections come courtesy of her own TV show, Suits. While Markle is bidding the program adieu after this season, her co-stars and friends Patrick J. Adams and Abigail Spencer have tied her to many others throughout Hollywood.
Abigail Spencer is known for her Suits work, but she's also shared the screen with Jon Hamm in Mad Men. Meanwhile, Adams and his wife, former Pretty Little Liars star Troian Bellisario, are likely to be guests at the royal wedding—The Blast reported that Adams scored an invite.
We'll be keeping a close eye out for all of the above.