Meghan Markle’s Famous Former Classmate Had 1 Thing to Say About the Duchess

Meghan Markle might be the Duchess of Sussex, but there was a time growing up when she was just a regular kid. Meghan went through school the same way everyone else did, and classmates of hers still remember who she is. But one particular classmate, performer Katharine McPhee, remembers Markle very well and had one thing to say about her.

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Meghan Markle went to school with former ‘American Idol’ contestant Katharine McPhee. | Chris Jackson – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Katharine McPhee is a former ‘American Idol’ contestant who went to school with Meghan Markle

McPhee first got her shot at fame as a contestant on the fifth season of American Idol. McPhee was the first runner up on the show, coming in second only to winner Taylor Hicks. She may not have won, but the reality show did jumpstart her career in acting and singing. She has since had acting roles in movies such as “The House Bunny” and “Shark Night 3D.” She has also released several albums and had hits including “Terrified,” which was originally written by former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi. and McPhee enjoyed doing school plays and musicals growing up. She wanted to be a performer just like Meghan Markle, and the two actually went to the same school at the same time.

McPhee remembers Meghan as ‘always lovely’

McPhee spoke to E! News about her childhood working on school plays with the duchess. “I went to school with Meghan Markle,” she said. She noted Meghan was in high school while she was in middle school, but her sister was the same age as Markle and the two were classmates. “She was always lovely and always talented and always put together,” McPhee said. Back in January, McPhee rediscovered a photo she had with Markle that had been taken when the two did a musical together at school. She joked about how their lives ended up being so similar (clearly being sarcastic). McPhee currently stars in “Waitress” on the West End and said that Markle and her friends are welcome to attend a show any time.

Markle’s friends have always had great things to say about the duchess

Markle has always received kind words from her friends. After she escaped to New York City for a few days back in February to enjoy a baby shower with close friends in the United States, some of her friends and former co-stars dished on the kind of person Markle actually is. Her friends said she was one of the most selfless people they know and has always been very funny. They also noted that Markle was quick to share her success with those around her, such as when she finally landed a high-profile role on Suits.

But the Duchess has received pushback from critics ever since she married Prince Harry

Although those close to Markle seem to rave about her, the duchess has still received some pushback from the public ever since she married Prince Harry. And some of that is likely due to the supposed feud between Markle and Duchess Kate Middleton. There were constant rumors last year about the two women hating one another. Things have died down, though, and there was no proof that a royal feud ever actually happened. But Markle and the prince have seen several people working for them step down since they wed, which has led some to question how Markle handles her staff.

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