Meghan Markle 'rejected by Matt Cardle just months before meeting Prince Harry'

The Duchess of Sussex during a visit to Canada House in London for a Commonwealth Day youth event celebrating the diverse community of young Canadians living in London and around the UK.

Meghan Markle reportedly swapped secret messages with Matt Cardle just months before she met Prince Harry, only to be "ghosted" by the singer, it is claimed.

The Duchess of Sussex, 37, is said to have sent private messaged to the former winner of The X Factor after he followed her on social media in 2015, and even suggested they meet up.

A source told The Sun: "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.

I Can't Sing! The X Factor Musical - Opening Night - The London PalladiumMatt Cardle (PA)

"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.

"But then he met his girlfriend and knew it wasn't appropriate to keep talking to Meghan so he ended up ghosting her.

"It felt like there could have been a connection but the timing was wrong. He didn't reply to her last message."

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May 19th 2019 - Prince Harry The Duke of Sussex and Duchess Meghan of Sussex celebrate their first wedding anniversary. They were married at St. George's Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle on May 19th 2018. - File Photo by: zz/KGC-178/STAR MAX/IPx 2019 2/23/19 Prince Harry The Duke of Sussex and Meghan The Duchess of Sussex arrive at Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport as they begin their visit to the Kingdom of Morocco. (Casablanca, Morocco)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 08: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex ride by carriage down the Mall during Trooping The Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, on June 08, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle watch Wheelchair Tennis at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at a photocall to announce their engagement at Kensington Palace, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet well-wishers as they arrive at the Nottingham Contemporary in Nottingham, to attend a Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair on their first official engagement together.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during a visit to the Nottingham Academy in Nottingham, on their first official engagement together.
1 in series of 10. File photo dated 18/1/2018 of Prince Harry whispering to Meghan Markle as they watch a performance by a Welsh choir in the banqueting hall during a visit to Cardiff Castle.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during a reception for young people at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, in Edinburgh, during their visit to Scotland.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle talk to sisters Jean Dickinson and Irene Gould on a walkabout during a visit to Millennium Point in Birmingham, as part of the latest leg in the regional tours the couple are undertaking in the run-up to their May wedding.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive for a walkabout in Belfast city centre where they are visiting the Crown Liquor Saloon Bar
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a women's empowerment reception at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at the Australian High Commission in London to attend a reception celebrating the forthcoming Invictus Games Sydney 2018.
Prince William (left), Meghan Markle and Prince Harry during the annual Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey, London, to commemorate Anzac Day.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle during their wedding service.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle exchange vows in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle during their wedding service, conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their wedding service at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.
File photo dated 19/05/18 of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as they leave at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding ceremony. Princess Eugenie will be the fifth of the Queen's eight grandchildren to wed.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle get into the Ascot Landau Carriage as they leave St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding ceremony.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle kiss as they leave at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding ceremony.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Isla Phillips and Peter Phillips stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London during Trooping the Colour
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, in central London, following the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade as the Queen celebrates her official birthday.
Queen Elizabeth II with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex during a group photo at the Queen's Young Leaders Awards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive to meet youngsters from across the Commonwealth as they attend the Your Commonwealth Youth Challenge reception at Marlborough House in London.
(left to right) The Prince of Wales, Duke of York, Duchess of Cornwall, Queen Elizabeth II, Duchess of Sussex, Duke of Sussex and Duke of Cambridge on the balcony at Buckingham Palace where they watched a Royal Air Force flypast over central London to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attend a Summer Party at the British Ambassador's residence at Glencairn House, during a visit to Dublin, Ireland.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Aras an Uachtarain on the second day of their visit to Dublin, Ireland.
Walter Kieran, 3, reaches out to touch the Duchess of Sussex's hair during her visit with the Duke of Sussex to Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meeting 'King George' and the cast at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London after attending a gala performance of the musical Hamilton, in support of Sentebale.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex depart during a visit to the University of Chichester, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, as part of their first joint official visit to Sussex.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex look out at a heavy downpour of rain during a visit to Clontarf Foundation and Girls Academy in Dubbo, New South Wales, on the second day of the royal couple's visit to Australia.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex react after starting model Formula 1 cars at a demonstration by Formula 1 in Schools, at a reception given by the Governor of Victoria, at Government House during their visit to Melbourne, on the third day of the royal couple's visit to Australia.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meet members of surfing community group One Wave during a visit to South Bondi Beach in Sydney, on the day of the royal couple's visit to Australia.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex walk along Kingfisher Bay Jetty on Fraser Island, Queensland, on day seven of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's visit to Australia.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji, on day two of the royal couple's visit to Fiji.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attend the unveiling of a statue commemorating Sergeant Talaiasi Labalaba, at Nadi Airport, in Nadi, Fiji, on day three of the royal couple's visit to Fiji.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wear traditional Maori cloaks called Korowai during a visit to Te Papaiouru, Ohinemutu, in Rotorua, before a lunch in honour of Harry and Meghan, on day four of the royal couple's tour of New Zealand.
The Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of Sussex and the Duke of Sussex arriving to attend the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk.
3 in series of 10. File photo 19/4/2018 of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attending a women's empowerment reception at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex depart Hamilton Square in Birkenhead, following a walkabout and a visit to a new sculpture marking the 100th anniversary of war poet Wilfred Owen�s death.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arriving at the Endeavour Fund Awards at Draper�s Hall, London. The awards celebrate the achievements of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women who have taken part in sporting and adventure challenges over the last year. Picture Credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Duchess of Sussex receives a bouquet of flowers as she and her husband, the Duke of Sussex, leave Canada House in London after a Commonwealth Day youth event celebrating the diverse community of young Canadians living in London and around the UK.
(left to right) The Duke of Cambridge, the Duke of Sussex , the Duchess of Sussex and the Prince of Wales as they attend the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey, London.
May 19th 2019 - Prince Harry The Duke of Sussex and Duchess Meghan of Sussex celebrate their first wedding anniversary. They were married at St. George's Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle on May 19th 2018. - File Photo by: zz/KGC-178/STAR MAX/IPx 2019 2/25/19 Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are received by HM The King of Morocco in an Audience today at the Royal Palace, Rabat, Morocco.
May 19th 2019 - Prince Harry The Duke of Sussex and Duchess Meghan of Sussex celebrate their first wedding anniversary. They were married at St. George's Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle on May 19th 2018. - File Photo by: zz/KGC-09/STAR MAX/IPx 2018 10/22/18 Prince Harry The Duke of Sussex and Meghan The Duchess of Sussex visit Kingfisher Bay Resort on Fraser Island in Australia.
May 19th 2019 - Prince Harry The Duke of Sussex and Duchess Meghan of Sussex celebrate their first wedding anniversary. They were married at St. George's Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle on May 19th 2018. - File Photo by: zz/KGC-178/STAR MAX/IPx 2019 2/25/19 Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle (The Duke and Duchess of Sussex) at a cooking school demonstration in Rabat on day three of their tour of Morocco.
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Cardle, 36, remains in a serious relationship with 28-year-old Amber Hernaman.

Markle was living in London in 2015 following her split from first husband Trevor Engleson in August 2013.

The former Suits star celebrated her first wedding anniversary with Prince Harry on Sunday. The pair have just become parents to son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, who was born on May 7.

Cardle beat One Direction to win The X Factor in 2010 but like any winners of the show was dropped by his record label after 18 months. He became addicted to alcohol and prescription painkillers and checked himself into rehab at the end of 2013.

It has previously been claimed that Markle had said she was keen to meet a British man following her divorce and was also pursued by footballer Ashley Cole, the cheating ex-husband of Cheryl Cole.

The Duchess of Sussex was a regular user of Instagram right up until her relationship with Prince Harry was made public. The royal couple now share an Instagram account and have over 8 million followers.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
The birth certificate of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, son of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who was born at the Portland Hospital in London.
EMBARGOED to 1240 WEDNESDAY MAY 08 2019. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
EMBARGOED to 1240 WEDNESDAY MAY 08 2019. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex walk away with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, following a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge talk to members of the media about their newborn nephew as they arrive to launch the King's Cup Regatta trophy at the Cutty Sark, London.
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L) and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge wave to wellwishers as they leave after attending the launch of the King's Cup Regatta, at the Cutty Sark in Greenwich, south east London on May 7, 2019. - The event is set to take place on August 9, 2019, on the Isle of Wight, and is set to see The Duke and Duchess go head to head as skippers of individual sailing boats, in an eight boat regatta race. Each boat taking part will represent one of eight charities and the winning team will be awarded the historic trophy The King's Cup. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / various sources / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Crowds watch the changing of the guard at Windsor Castle in Berkshire, following the announcement of the birth of a baby boy to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. (Photo by Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images)
Super fan Terry Hutt, 84 (centre), is presented with a birthday cake by members of the media for a tv stunt in Windsor, Berkshire, following the announcement of the birth of a baby boy to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Political artist and painter Kaya Mar outside Windsor Castle on May 7, 2019 in Windsor, United Kingdom. Meghan, Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a baby boy yesterday weighing 7lbs 3oz at 05:26 BST. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 07: A well-wisher outside Windsor Castle on May 7, 2019 in Windsor, United Kingdom. Meghan, Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a baby boy yesterday weighing 7lbs 3oz at 05:26 BST. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
Royal fans celebrate outside Windsor Castle in Berkshire after Buckingham Palace announced the news of the birth of a baby boy born to Prince Harry and Meghan Duchess of Sussex, Monday May 6, 2019. It is the first child for Harry and Meghan, who married a year ago. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)
Changing of the guard at Windsor Castle in Berkshire, following the announcement of the birth of a baby boy to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
A man dressed in a costume makes an announcement outside Windsor Castle that Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a boy, in Windsor, Britain May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
A man dressed in a costume makes an announcement outside Windsor Castle that Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a boy, in Windsor, Britain May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Britain's Prince Harry smiles as he speaks to the media after Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, gave birth to a baby boy, at Windsor Castle, Berkshire county, Britain May 6, 2019. Steve Parsons/Pool via REUTERS
Britain's Prince Harry walks up to the awaiting media after Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, gave birth to a baby boy, at Windsor Castle, Berkshire county, Britain May 6, 2019. Steve Parsons/Pool via REUTERS
People celebrate outside Windsor Castle after Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a boy, in Windsor, Britain May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
People gather outside Windsor Castle after Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a boy, in Windsor, Britain May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
People gather outside Windsor Castle after Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a boy, in Windsor, Britain May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
People celebrate outside Windsor Castle after Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a boy, in Windsor, Britain May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
People celebrate outside Windsor Castle after Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex gave birth to a boy, in Windsor, Britain May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
People celebrate the birth of the baby of Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex at Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
People celebrate the birth of the baby of Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex at Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Well wishers gather outside the gates of Buckingham Palace in London, Monday May 6, 2019, after Prince Harry announced that his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, has given birth to a boy. (AP Photo/Vudi Xhymshiti)
The Duke of Sussex public house in Waterloo, London on the day the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had a baby boy.
Footmen Stephen Kelly and Sarah Thompson bring out the easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace to formally announce the birth of a baby boy to Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, in London, Monday, May 6, 2019. (Yui Mok/Pool Photo via AP)
Footmen Stephen Kelly and Sarah Thompson bring out the easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London to formally announce the birth of a baby boy to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
A notice placed on an easel in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in London to formally announce the birth of a baby boy to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
People gather outside Buckingham Palace to take pictures on their mobile phones of the notice placed on an easel in the palace's forecourt in London to formally announce the birth of a baby boy to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
People gather outside Buckingham Palace to take pictures on their mobile phones of the notice placed on an easel in the palace's forecourt in London to formally announce the birth of a baby boy to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
The BT Tower in London displays a message in celebration of the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's new baby boy.
EMBARGOED to 1240 WEDNESDAY MAY 08 2019. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
EMBARGOED to 1240 WEDNESDAY MAY 08 2019. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
EMBARGOED to 1240 WEDNESDAY MAY 08 2019. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
EMBARGOED to 1240 WEDNESDAY MAY 08 2019. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.
File photo dated 08/05/19 of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. It was confirmed that the Duchess gave birth to Archie at the private Portland Hospital in Westminster, according to her son's birth certificate.
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