'X Factor' winner Matt Cardle opens up about his private messages with Meghan Markle

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Matt Cardle appeared on Lorraine to clear up the speculation surrounding his private messages with Meghan Markle (ITV)

Singer Matt Cardle has revealed that “absolutely nothing” came of his private messages with Meghan Markle.

The former X-Factor winner reportedly exchanged DMs with the Duchess of Sussex before she started dating her now-husband Prince Harry.

Cardle is said to have admired her performance in the US drama suits, and was surprised when she messaged him to say she was ‘a big fan of his work’.

Speaking on Lorraine today, Cardle cleared up the situation by saying: “It was so little then, if not nothing, and it’s nothing now.

“It was absolutely nothing. It’s just funny what can be made of nothing now.”

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Previously, 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.

“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.

Meghan Markle reportedly exchanged messages with Cardle after he followed her on social media (ITV)

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

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.