MEGHAN Markle befriended the ex-wife of Prince Harry's uncle Earl Spencer during their tour of Africa, an insider has claimed.
The Mail on Sunday reports that the Duchess of Sussex, 38, met Victoria Lockwood, 53, several times during the couple's South Africa visit last month.
"The former model visited the couple in Cape Town and also dined with Meghan while Harry was away on solo engagements," the paper reports.
While Prince Harry completed his solo leg of the tour in Malawi, Angola and Botswana, Meghan remained in South Africa where she reportedly grew closer to Princess Diana's former sister-in-law.
The former model took the News of the World to court in 1998 for publishing pictures of her visiting a eating disorders clinic and is likely to sympathise with Meghan who is suing the Mail of Sunday for "unlawfully" publishing a letter she wrote to her father Thomas Markle.
Victoria and her ex-husband Earl Charles Spencer had four children together – Lady Kitty Spencer, 28, Lady Eliza Spencer, 27, Lady Amelia Spencer, 27 and Louis Spencer, 25.
The couple moved to South Africa in 1995 and Victoria remained there after their divorce two years later.
Earl Spencer returned to the UK in 1997 and married his third wife Countess Karen Spencer, 46, in 2011.
Despite her divorce from his uncle, Prince Harry has kept in touch with Victoria and even invited her to his wedding last year.
Victoria told the Daily Mail in 2008: "I suppose Diana and I had quite a bit in common with our eating disorders and broken marriages and she was compassionate."
In more Royal Family news, Meghan Markle's Suits co-star warned her that marrying Prince Harry would change her life forever.
And Meghan Markle was once "determined" to boost her profile – as a showbiz journalist claims she "begged me to get her IN the tabloids".
Plus Prince Harry's attempts to defend Meghan Markle are "heroic but misguided", a royal source has claimed.
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