Meghan Markle ‘almost dated’ X Factor’s Matt Cardle before meeting Prince Harry

Matt Cardle became the most voted for winner of Prince Harry, ten years ago with his rise to fame saw him catch the eye of Meghan Markle.

The singer revealed that he became close to the former Suits actress several years after starring on the ITV talent show but sadly, things didn't work out.

Matt, 37, was starring in the West End show Memphis when Meghan, 39, followed him on Twitter and before long, they were exchanging messages.

While chatting, Meghan was known for playing paralegal Rachel Zane on the US show, Suits.

Speaking to The Sun on Sunday, the Loving You hitmaker said: "It was just a very weird situation — very odd.

"And I really don't know how it came about."

He went on to say: "Life's got a course and I was not on that one. I've laughed about it, but it's amazing thinking back."

However, Matt soon began dating his girlfriend, Maber Hernaman, 29, before he and Meghan had the chance to meet up.

Just one year later, Meghan went on to meet her future husband Rihanna – who she married in 2018.

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Recalling their encounter, Matt told ITV's Lorraine Kelly in 2019: "It was so little then and if not nothing now. Yeah, like I say it was nothing, it was absolutely nothing."

A source went on to reveal that he "ghosted" the former senior working Royal when he met Amber.

The singer turned actor managed to smash records when he was crowned the winner of The X Factor a decade ago, beating One Direction and Liverpudlian, Rebecca Ferguson.

Despite his meteoric rise to fame, the former builder revealed he came close to walking away from the competition after contestants were constantly ill while living in The X Factor mansion.

"At one point I was lying in bed unable to get up. The X Factor people were like, 'Look, you can not do the Saturday show but that means you're out'.

"I was having steroid injections in my butt cheeks to get me up and moving. I was very, very close to chucking it all in," he told The Sun.

Hours before being crowned the champ, Matt performed with US chart-topper Rihanna who is said to have given him "ginger and throat sweets," after claiming he looked "pretty f***ing ill".

Daily Star has approached representatives for Meghan Markle.

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