Meghan Markle posed with a Kate Middleton magazine cover in 2014 4 months ago

Meghan Markle posed with a Kate Middleton magazine cover in 2014

The photo was taken two years before Meghan met Harry

An old photo of Meghan Markle posing with a Kate Middleton magazine cover is fascinating fans all over social media.

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A Meghan Markle fan account on Instagram posted the rare snap of the Duchess holding a copy of U Magazine with her future sister-in-law on the cover.

At the time, Meghan was working as an actress on the legal drama Suits.

Two years later, she met Prince Harry, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Many on social media used the image to discredit Meghan's previous statement that she "didn't research" the royal family before she met Harry, though holding a magazine hardly constitutes "research".

In reality, Meghan was featured in the magazine, and posed with it for promotional reasons. It just so happened that her future sister-in-law appeared on its cover.

The relationship between Meghan and Kate Middleton has long been a source of fascination for the press. Fans of Meghan have pointed to the hypocritical way she is treated in comparison to her sister-in-law.

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For instance, the Daily Mail praised Kate for "tenderly" cradling her baby bump. When photos emerged of Meghan doing the same, the headline questioned whether she was doing it out of "pride" or "vanity".

Similarly, the Express acknowledged that Kate ate avocados as a "cure for morning sickness". However, they ran a headline that linked Markle's preference for the fruit to "human rights abuse", "drought", and "millennial shame".

Meghan addressed the apparent "feud" during her tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this year. The Duchess acknowledged that they did have a disagreement over bridesmaid dresses, but they subsequently made amends.

She told the legendary chat-show host that the press "really seem to want a narrative of hero and villain".

"She's a good person," Meghan added.

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