How Did Rihanna and Meghan Markle Become Friends?

Celebrity friendships are quick to make the news, and the details are especially juicy when a new friendship appears to be a secret. Recent rumors indicate a growing bond between Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, and singer and entrepreneur Rihanna. And this friendship may have started years ago. 

How did Meghan Markle and Rihanna meet?

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Markle and Rihanna are believed to have met during Markle’s Hollywood days. While the pop star and the former actress have likely known each other for years, sources suggest that they have quickly become friends following Rihanna’s move to London earlier this year. It appears that the singer may be joining the ranks of the royal couple’s A-list close friends, such as George and Amal Clooney.  

Why did Rihanna move to London?

Despite Rihanna’s success and fan base in the United States, as of this spring, she now calls London home. According to The New York TimesRihanna’s main reason for moving from Los Angeles to Europe is to live closer to the French and Italian manufacturers of Fenty, her popular beauty line. However, that’s not to say that she isn’t embracing the opportunity to live closer to some special people in her life. 

Hassan Jameel, Rihanna’s Saudi Arabian boyfriend of two years, currently lives in London, so it should come as no surprise that the pop star and beauty guru chose London over other European cities, such as Rome or Paris, as her new home.

Since her move, fans have begun to spot friendships forming with other prominent Brits, including Markle. Jameel has also reportedly spent a significant amount of time with the royal family, which may have been a factor in bringing Markle and Rihanna together. 

A secret friendship blossoms between Rihanna and Meghan Markle

While Rihanna and Markle appear to have been acquaintances quite some time, rumors of a secret friendship have begun to crop up in the last few months. According to Julie Sprankles of SheKnows, Markle and Rihanna’s “shared need for total privacy in their lives” may be the prime factor in the pair’s deepening friendship in the months since Rihanna’s move to the UK. Rihanna may have escaped the paparazzi of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Hills, but spending time with Britain’s most popular family means seeking privacy is still an essential part of her life. 

Markle and Rihanna are two women with huge fan bases who prefer to keep their personal lives out of the public eye. Little is known about Rihanna’s relationship with Jameel, even though the two have been together for over two years. Similarly, Prince Harry and Markle’s decision to delay releasing the first photos of their firstborn son, Archie Harrison, indicates that they are likely to follow in Prince William and Kate Middleton’s footsteps as far as keeping the young royals out of the spotlight for as long as possible. Sources believe that prioritizing keeping personal life separate from public life may have drawn two of our favorite women together. 

With this in mind, it’s no wonder that a friendship between Markle and Rihanna seems to have come out of nowhere. While little evidence of the pair’s spending time together in public exists yet, this is likely to change in the near future. Both women are busy building their new lives this summer, as Markle adjusts to motherhood and Rihanna experiences British life for the first time.

However, this may change in the near future as Markle’s and Rihanna’s lives begin to settle down. The two women reportedly share an interest in a variety of causes, which may soon bring their friendship into the public. Markle’s new BFF is making the rounds on social media, and we’re all here for it. We can’t wait to see more of our two favorite American-turned-British icons!