Ellen DeGeneres admits to having ‘no recollection’ of first meeting with Meghan Markle

Ellen DeGeneres has admitted having no recollection of her very first meeting with Meghan Markle.

Meghan and the US talk show host, who says goodbye to her show today, are pals now with Archie and Lilibet even call Ellen “auntie”.

The pair spend a lot of time together in LA – with Ellen even previously mocking her friend when she got engaged to Prince Harry in 2017.

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She said: “Her name is Meghan Markle, she’s from Los Angeles, she’s an actress, she’s been on General Hospital, she’s been on CSI New York.

“And this is true – she was once the holder of case 24 on Deal or No Deal.”

Ellen laughed, adding: “Which means if Harry had picked the other model could have gotten $1million. So, darn it.”

Meghan revealed she first met Ellen at an animal shelter around 10 years ago as they ‘bonded over a dog’.

She even said Ellen, who was with her wife Portia de Rossi, encouraged her to adopt her Labrador Shepherd mix Bogart.

She told Best Health in 2017: “Now, I don’t know her, but Ellen goes ‘Is that your dog?’

“And I said, ‘No,’ and she’s like, ‘You have to take that dog.’ And I said, ‘Well, I’m deciding.’ And she’s like, ‘Rescue the dog!’

“It’s sort of like if Oprah tells you to do something. I’m sitting there holding him and she’s like ‘Have you thought of a name for him yet?’ And I said, ‘Well, I think I’d name him Bogart,’ and she’s like ‘You’re taking the dog home.’

“And she walks outside to get into her car but instead of getting in she turns around and comes and taps on the window glass and she yells ‘Take the dog!’ And so I brought him home. Because Ellen told me to.”

Ellen doesn’t remember the chat and said: “That’s amazing. I mean, she adopted a dog because I told her to.

“I don’t even remember the story actually, but obviously she does and she does whatever I tell her to do, so Meghan if you’re watching, I have something else to tell you – invite me to that wedding.”

The pair eventually became close friends over the years with Ellen visiting Meghan and Harry following the birth of Archie and holding and feeding him.

She also talked to them about wildlife conservation and has defended them on her show saying it’s “not fair” seeing them “get attacked”.

She added: “They are two of the most down-to-earth compassionate people, they’re doing so much good for the world.”

Ellen didn’t get the first chat with Meghan and Harry but did have the Duchess on her show in November last year, where Meghan talked of being a struggling actress and driving to auditions in a Ford Explorer.

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