Katharine McPhee Shares an Adorable Throwback Picture of Meghan Markle's Youth Theater Days

This is as close to "awkward" as Meghan Markle will ever get.

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Today in "Famous People Who Knew Meghan Markle Before She Was Royalty (opens in new tab)" we have Katharine McPhee (opens in new tab), the American Idol alum and actress took to Instagram this week to share photographic evidence that she and the Duchess of Sussex were friends (opens in new tab) when they were kids.

Here's the story: Apparently, way back in the day, before Meghan was a duchess (opens in new tab) and before Katharine was starring on network TV shows and in Broadway productions (heck, even back before Meghan was a case model on  (opens in new tab)Deal or No Deal (opens in new tab) and before Katharine was competing for America's hearts and votes on Idol) the accomplished women were just two theater kids, performing in musicals and dreaming of the stardom they were both destined to eventually attain.

And Katharine McPhee has the receipts to prove it. In a particularly delightful Instagram post, the actress, who is currently starring in a production of  (opens in new tab)Waitress (opens in new tab) in London's West End, shared a photo of herself and Meghan back in their theater kid former life. 

In the caption she wrote along with the ridiculously adorable throwback picture, McPhee explained (opens in new tab):

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In the photo, both Meghan and Katharine wear a generous application of bright red lipstick and enough blush to make their cheeks look rosy from even the very last row in the audience. Meghan wears a black and white dress (opens in new tab) that looks vaguely reminiscent of a French maid costume and Katharine wears a pixie-like green ensemble, complete with fake leaf adornments.

And this, friends, is probably as close to "awkward" as Meghan Markle (opens in new tab) has ever looked. So there's that.

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