Meghan Markle and Prince Harry just made their first official public appearance, so it's safe to say an engagement is around the corner. Which means a royal wedding is around another corner. Which means Meghan Markle is going to have the exciting task of picking bridesmaids. The Suits star has a lot of close friends (um, hi, Serena Williams), so let's take a closer look at who might watch her walk down the aisle.
Priyanka Chopra and Meghan Markle are relatively new friends—but Priyanka has shown up several times on the Suits star's Instagram feed, and they certainly seem bridesmaid-level close. Priyanka is also one of the few people to have spoken out about Meghan and Harry's relationship—mostly to defend her friend.
Not only did she criticize a recent cover shoot, (to quote: "It would have been nice to write about her, not just her boyfriend, I'm just saying"), she went in on Wendy Williams for describing Meghan as "Prince Harry's girlfriend." Clearly, this is a ride or die situation—though Wendy did ask Priyanka if she'd be a bridesmaid and the actress joked, "I don't think I'm that close to her. I've known her two years now. We randomly met at a party and got on really well. So I don't know, once I get the invite...."
Did you notice the white button-up top Meghan Markle wore for her first public appearance with Prince Harry at the Invictus Games? Well it's aptly named the "husband shirt" and was designed by her longtime friend Misha Nonoo. The celebrity designer favorite (who seems to frequently vacation with Markle) may actually be partially responsible for getting her friend together with Prince Harry. Nonoo's husband Alexander Gilkes went to school with William and Harry, and the pair were even invited to the Duke and Duchess' wedding. (FYI, other sources claim Meghan was introduced to Harry by her close friend Markus Anderson, but either way—the point is she and Nonoo are BFF status.)
Heather Dorak frequently pops up in Meghan Markle's posts—which makes sense: She's her pilates instructor. Dorak runs Pilates Platinum out of California, but her appearence with Meghan in this straight-outta-Canada photo (not to mention this pic of them hanging on the beach) implies that they're pretty close. Meghan even spent Christmas 2016 with Dorak in L.A., so their friendship is certified-holiday-level close.
Okay, this one seems like a given. Not only was Meghan Markle a maid of honor in her best friend Lindsay Jill Roth's wedding, she is allll over her Instagram feed. An example of their friendship? Meghan flew Lindsay out to Toronto to have a special wedding dress fitting at Kleinfeld Hudson's Bay. The duo met in a Toni Morrison literature class during their freshman year at Northwestern University, and they're very close. “I think people assume that when someone gains notoriety that they change," Roth said of her friend. "But she’s still the same girl I met years ago, with the same values and priorities. She’s selfless, and that’s just a part of who she is and who she was raised to be.”
Actress Janina Gavankar has been friends with Meghan Markle for a whopping 15 years, and while she's an infrequent denezin of her Instagrams, it appears as though she's one of those lifelong friends. You know, the kind you'll still hang with when you're 80, and who shows up for your wedding ready to wear whatever weird dress you put them in. Markle even inspired Gavankar to launch her own lifestyle website, and it appears as though they FaceTime frequently.
Yep, that Serena Williams. Meghan met the tennis champion at a charity football game in 2014, and became close friends. In her lifestyle website The Tig, Meghan wrote: "We hit it off immediately, taking pictures, laughing and chatting—not about tennis or acting, but about good old-fashioned girly stuff. So began our friendship....She quickly became a confidante I would text when I was traveling, the friend I would rally around for her tennis matches, and the down-to-earth chick I was able to grab lunch with a couple of weeks ago in Toronto." For her part, Serena says, "Her personality just shines. I told her: 'You’ve got to be who you are, Meghan. You can’t hide.'"
Abigail Spencer is one of Meghan Markle's costars on Suits, and they appear to have a solid off-screen relationship. It's unclear if Spencer is a close enough friend to get a spot on the bridesmaid docket, but she frequently appears in Meghan's social posts.