Meghan Markle passed over by soccer star before meeting Prince Harry

Meghan Markle was reportedly on the hunt for a British beau long before meeting hubby, Prince Harry.

Markle’s old friend, English radio personality Lizzie Cundy, claims she attempted to set the 39-year-old former “Suits” actress up with UK soccer star Ashley Cole, back in 2013.

Apparently, the athlete-turned-sports commentator wasn’t interested.

“Meghan said she loved London, and would love an English boyfriend, so I went through my phone to see who I knew that might be a good fit,” Cundy, 53, told Grazia.

“I tried to find her a boyfriend – Ashley Cole wasn’t so keen – but I did try to fix her up, which is funny looking back.”

Cole, 40, is considered one of the best left-backs of his generation, playing for Premier League clubs Chelsea and Arsenal before retiring to coach and provide commentary on the sport.

Ashley Cole
Ashley Cole playing in a 2019 Sky Bet Championship match.
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Despite Cole’s disinterest, Cundy admits that she can see why Harry would become smitten with the former television star, whom she met at a party in 2013.

“She was a real girl’s girl: full of energy,” Cundy said. “She didn’t stop talking, and we had a big giggle. There was just something special about her. We just got on, and immediately swapped numbers. I looked at her and thought ‘you have something special.’ She makes you feel at home straight away and it felt like I’d known her all my life. I can see why Harry fell in love with her.”

On Sunday, Harry and Markle — who are currently residing in a $14 million Montecito, Calif., mansion post-Megxit — announced the birth of their second child.

Harry, 36, and Markle split from the royal family in early 2020. In March of this year, the couple, who also share 2-year-old son Archie, aired their grievances about royal life in a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.