Is Mandy Moore In Meghan Markle’s A-List Celebrity Circle?

Meghan Markle might be a member of the British Royal Family, but the former actress has a slew of A-list celebrity friends. From Serena Williams to Amal and George Clooney –the duchess has a tight circle of people around her that keep her uplifted and supported in the midst of the chaos of her new mega famous status.

Another celebrity– Mandy Moore has worked in the same industry as Markle for well over two decades, first a teen pop star and then as an acclaimed actress in films like Tangled and on NBC’s family drama This is Us. It makes sense that the two women might have crossed paths. But are they actually friends?

Is Mandy Moore in Meghan Markle’s A-list celebrity circle?

Mandy Moore and Meghan Markle aren’t close anymore–but several years ago they were as thick as theieves. In 2006, Moore was getting back into acting after a short hiatus, and she starred in the rom-com, License to Wed with the late Robin Williams and John Krasinski. One of the producers of the film just happened to be Markle’s ex-husband, Trevor Engelson. Markle had not yet been cast in Suits, but she was working her way up in Hollywood taking smaller roles on various TV shows and in films.

Moore told NBC Access, “[Meghan’s] ex-husband was a producer on a movie that I worked on, so I met her back in 2006 and spent a lot of time with them, a lot of time with her, and she is a lovely, generous woman.” The women really began to bond after a brunch in Jamaica and a subsequent summer spent together in the Hamptons as the film was being finished.

Inside Meghan Markle and Mandy Moore’s friendship

Though the women drifted apart, each working on different projects– the A Walk to Remember actress remembers their time together fondly.  Moore explained, “It was another lifetime ago for both of us.” Since License to Wed premiered, both Moore and Markle have been divorced, found love again, and made massive strides in their careers. Moore revealed that when the Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry announced their engagement, she reached out to her old friend through email.

Markle, of course, eagerly responded. The Princess Diaries actress revealed, “[She] was very kind and said that she really likes This Is Us. She watches the show, so that was pretty cool. She’s just a normal, regular girl.”

Did Mandy Moore attend Meghan Markle’s NYC baby shower?

Since Markle and Moore aren’t super close anymore, the songstress did not attend Markle’s Feb 2019 baby shower in New York City. Hosted by the duchess‘ bestie Jessica Mulroney at the Mark Hotel’s penthouse –Serena Williams, Amal Clooney, Gale King, Abigal Spencer, and Misha Nonoo were all in attendance.

Typically royals do not have baby showers –and they aren’t really a thing in the United Kingdom, but since Markle is American and her new life is so far from –her best friends could not resist. In the future, if Markle crosses paths with Moore again, we’re sure she’d snag an invitation to future events.

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