Hillary Clinton Holds Secretive Talks with Meghan Markle During UK Tour
Anti-Trump pair meets in heavily guarded Frogmore Cottage during Hillary's British trip
As Hillary Clinton continues her very public UK book tour, the twice-failed presidential candidate held secretive talks with American-born anti-Trump British Royal Family member Meghan Markle this week, according to reports.
The pair reportedly met on Tuesday at the heavily-guarded Frogmore Cottage - the Windsor home the Duchess of Sussex shares with her husband, Prince Harry.
The jet-setting duchess is currently on a six-week "sabbatical" from her royal duties to spend time with her family, and won't be seen in public until the new year.
It doesn't appear to be all quiet behind the scenes, however, as Meghan secretly invited the former first lady to visit her at her official British residence, the UK media is reporting
According to the Daily Mail, sources say the two women hugged during what was described as something of a "fangirl" meeting.
Prince Harry and their six-month-old son Archie were also reportedly at the unofficial closed-door meeting with Hillary, who told Meghan about Chelsea's new baby son, Jasper, her third grandchild.
"Both women have a lot of admiration for each other and it was a very sweet, warm meeting," the source said, adding "they are mutual fangirls!"
Meghan, 38, wrote to Hillary when her husband, Bill Clinton, was in the White House when she was just 11 years old to demand her help in getting a "sexist" advertisement for dishwasher soap taken off the screens.
It is not clear whether she ever got a reply but the budding activist did successfully manage to get the voice-over that said "women all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans" replaced with the "more inclusive" term "people."
Apparently the letter was discussed between the two women, who were meeting for the first time.
Earlier this week, former US Secretary of State Clinton told the BBC: "Oh my God, I want to hug her. I feel as a mother I just want to put my arms around her."
"I want to tell her to hang in there, don't let those bad guys get you down. Keep going, do what you think is right," Hillary continued.
"She is an amazing young woman, she has an incredible life story. She has stood up for herself, she has made her own way in the world."
Mrs. Clinton said the duchess might find it easier to cope with the pressure if she learned "techniques" such as "some humor, some deflection," but added:
"But it is tough what she is going through and I think she deserves a lot better."
The 2016 Democratic presidential candidate is currently on a publicity tour for The Book of Gutsy Women, co-authored with her daughter, Chelsea Clinton.
It is believed that the meeting may have been arranged with the help of the couple's head of communications, Sara Latham, who worked for Hillary Clinton on her campaign.
Hillary admitted this week that she is under "huge, huge pressure" to run again against President Donald Trump next year.
She added that she will "never, never, never say never" when pressed about her 2020 bid.
Meghan has also become firm friends with Michelle Obama, wife of the former US President Barack Obama, another Democrat, with whom she has also met privately.
Joining forces with Markle would make a powerful ally for Hillary should she run next year.
The only US citizen in the British Royal Family has previously been outspoken in her condemnation of the Republican president, Donald Trump.
There were reports that neither she nor her husband wanted to play any part in his state visit to the UK earlier this year, although Harry eventually did.
Meghan and Harry, 35, are embarking on a six-week self-imposed "sabbatical" from official royal duties to spend time together as a family, dividing their time between the UK and the US, after what aides say has been an 'exhausting' year.
Buckingham Palace confirmed that this would also include not spending Christmas with the Queen and the rest of the Royal Family at Sandringham.
Instead, they will join Meghan's mother, Doria, at an undisclosed location.
Meghan is not the only member of the Royal Family to have met Mrs. Clinton this week.
On Wednesday she went to see Prince William at Kensington Palace where they discussed issues including the environment.