The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, has a long history with Canada. She lived in Toronto for many years while starring in Suits, which was filmed in the city. In fact, she and Prince Harry made their first official appearance together as a couple in the city at the Invictus Games in 2017.
Meghan still keeps her Canadian friends close, like Jessica Mulroney, wife to eTalk legend Ben Mulroney, but in the latest episode of her Archetypes podcast, she has another famous Canadian bestie on for a chat and a giggle – none other than First Lady, and former eTalk correspondent, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau.
In an episode entitled "Good Wife/Bad Wife, Good Mom/Bad Mom," the Duchess and The First Lady reminisce about this past summer, when they had an all out mommy pool party.
"This past summer, a friend of mine was in town with her kids for a few days," Meghan says. "Now this, to me, was very exciting, because I hadn't seen her for a while, and the idea of getting our kids together, this was a real treat.”
"We swam, we drank wine, we splashed in the water, then threw some pool floats in,” she added. “By the way, the inflatable pizza slice proved to be a big hit, which I found online, and I kid you not—the one without pepperoni was a few dollars less than the one with pepperoni. And yes, I'm still talking about the inflatable pizza float for the pool. We all got a good laugh out of that."
"But all that aside,” she continued, “this wasn't our day of being the wives and moms all perfectly coiffed with updos and pearls and demure smiles.”
"This was the other version of us, both with wild curly hair and swimsuits and loose linen and huge belly laughs, big cuddles with our little ones, and quiet whispers of girl talk on the terrace, giddy like absolute schoolgirls,” she admitted. “We were just having so much fun."
Introducing Sophie as this “dear friend,” Meghan commends her as “an activist, humanitarian, mother, and also wife to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.”
"Sophie has become a dear friend and someone who I think is so emblematic of strength that comes from embracing your humanity, even in the face of all these family and home and public pressures, keeping that sense of self while holding up the mantle of what comes with being a parent and a spouse; that's a full plate."
Meghan then reveals the sweet friendship anecdote that Sophie used to send her meditations and voice notes throughout her pregnancy.
Meghan then reveals that the pair became fast friends about seven years when they first met during the Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards (CAFA) at Soho House in Toronto while Meghan was filming Suits, long before she began her romance with the former British Army captain, and recent author, Prince Harry.
The Daily Mail reports that Meghan had previously met PM Justin Trudeau at the One Young World summit in Ottawa in 2016, and the outlet reports that the Trudeaus may have in fact known about the Sussex’s decision to step back as senior members of the royal family before the Queen or anyone at Buckingham Palace knew, due to their close confidance.