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Mandy Moore says she and Meghan Markle used to spend a lot of time together and that the duchess also watches 'This Is Us'

INSIDER logoINSIDER 11/16/2018 Anjelica Oswald
Mandy Moore, Meghan Markle posing for the camera © Jon Kopaloff and Ian Vogler/Getty Images
  • Mandy Moore and Meghan Markle used to hang out.
  • Markle's ex-husband, Trevor Engelson, was a producer on Moore's "License to Wed."
  • Moore reached out to congratulate Markle on her wedding to Prince Harry and learned that Markle is a fan of "This Is Us."

Mandy Moore has a connection to Duchess Meghan Markle.

In an interview with Access, the 34-year-old actress explained an old photo that shows Moore and Markle sitting with a group of women.

"I met her back in 2006 and spent ... a lot of time with her, and she is a lovely, generous woman," Moore said. "I'm so excited to see how her life has evolved, and she seems truly happy."

a woman smiling for the camera © Chris Jackson/Getty Images Markle's ex-husband, Trevor Engelson, was a producer of Moore's 2007 comedy "License to Wed." Part of the movie was shot in Jamaica, so they all hung out there. 

"I think we spent New Year's with them that year," Moore said. "We spent some time over the summer in the Hamptons with them. It was another lifetime ago for both of us, but she's wonderful."

Engelson and Markle married in 2011 after being together since 2004 but divorced in 2013.

a man wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera © Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images a person wearing a hat and sunglasses © Chris Jackson/Getty Images

The "This Is Us" star said she emailed the duchess to congratulate her on her wedding to Prince Harry in May, which is how she discovered that Markle was a fan of her NBC show.

"She was very kind and said that she really likes 'This Is Us,'" Moore said. "She watches the show, so that was pretty cool. She's just a normal, regular girl." 

a man and a woman looking at the camera © Ron Batzdorff/NBC

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