When Meghan Markle moved to London to be with now-husband Prince Harry, she left many of her friends and family. And though she made this move in the name of love and appears to be getting along rather well with the royal family, that doesn't mean she didn't need to find some new friends outside the palace. Enter Amal Clooney: According to People, the London-based human rights lawyer has taken the duchess of Sussex under her wing, helping her assimilate to her new life in perhaps the brightest spotlight in the U.K.
"Meghan and Amal have known each other for a while [and share] many interests," a source told People. "Amal has been helping Meghan settle into London life," the source added. "It was a very natural friendship from day one." Indeed, their friendship makes sense. Clooney, 40, and Markle, 36, both had self-sufficient careers before marrying powerful and famous men; they both have ties to Hollywood, Markle through her career as a star on Suits and Clooney via her aforementioned famous husband; and they've both taken the fashion world by storm in recent years. Honestly, longer-lasting friendships have been built on much less.
And this friendship comes with its perks: Earlier this month, Amal and George Clooney landed a highly coveted invitation to the royal wedding and its subsequent, even more exclusive evening reception. The Clooneys were among the best-dressed at the day's ceremony, with Amal in a bright yellow Stella McCartney dress with matching netted hat and George in a dapper gray suit and a yellow striped tie and pocket square to coordinate with his wife. Later, at the afterparty, George reportedly stole a dance with Markle (though he was reportedly snubbed by one of her new in-laws, Sarah "Fergie" Ferguson).
Markle apparently has also benefited from her newfound friendship with Clooney. Besides gaining something of a mentor mom of two Amal, Markle has also reportedly gained a new member of her glam team from Clooney. Last month, Spanish-born stylist Miguel Perez confirmed to The Mail on Sunday that Clooney had introduced him to Markle. "Yes, I do Meghan's hair," he said. "I do Amal's, and Meghan is friends with her. I also do George's, I do the whole family. Amal put Meghan and me together when she moved here [to London]. I do her color, her cut, and her styling." This friendship is what we call a win-win.
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