The Real Story: ‘X-Factor’ Winner Matt Cardle And Meghan Markle’s Twitter Exchange

Even Duchesses have done their fair share of Twitter flirting. Before Meghan Markle was with Prince Harry she was, unsurprisingly, often messaged on social sites in the hopes of forming a love connection. 

According to The Sun, Markle and X-Factor winner Matt Cardle struck up a friendly online conversation back in 2015.

Meghan Markle | Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage
Meghan Markle | Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage

The rumored discussion between Meghan Markle and Matt Cardle

A source told the publication that “Matt followed Meghan initially in early 2015 because he thought she was a beautiful star from Suits. But he was stunned when she followed him immediately back and started messaging him. She said she was a big fan of his work.”

The publication said that Markle complimented the singer just before he went on to star in the West End musical, Memphis

Markle was living in London at the time following her divorce from Trevor Engleson in August 2013.

“Matt couldn’t believe a Hollywood star like Meghan would even know who he was, so he was very flattered and they chatted a little bit online before she suggested meeting up.” said the source.

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In the end, Cardle apparently “ghosted” Markle when things began to get serious with his current partner, 28-year-old Amber Hernaman, who he credits to his remaining sober.  

“But then he met his girlfriend and knew it wasn’t appropriate to keep talking to Meghan so he ended up ghosting her,” the source told The Sun. “It felt like there could have been a connection, but the timing was wrong. He didn’t reply to her last message.”

‘X-Factor’ winner Matt Cardle reveals what really happened between him and Meghan Markle

According to Cardle, a whole lot of nothing. The British singer recently appeared on Lorraine and he was asked about the rumored exchange he had with Markle. He revealed that “absolutely nothing” came of the messages.  

“It was so little then, if not nothing, and it’s nothing now,” he replied when asked about the messages. 

When pressed, the X-Factor winner repeated his sentiment. 

“It was absolutely nothing. It’s just funny what can be made of nothing now,” he said on Lorraine

Prior to his brief exchange with Markle, Cardle reportedly dated Stacey McClean in 2010. The couple split a few years later. In 2013, he began dating fellow musician Melanie C. In 2018, he began dating Hernaman.  

“I don’t know if you’d be sitting here today if it wasn’t for her,” Lorraine said of Cardle’s current girlfriend.  

“She’s fantastic,” he replied. “It’s been a little while now. I don’t know how she’s still putting up with me.” 

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