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By now most people are aware of Meghan Markle’s intimate connection to Canada – she spent several years living in Toronto while filming her hit show Suits, but not as much is known about the key relationships formed while a resident of the Six, most notably the bond she quickly formed with Jessica Mulroney, fashion PR specialist and stylist (not to mention wife of eTalk‘s own Ben Mulroney, and daughter-in-law of former PM Brian Mulroney).

It’s clear the ladies hit it off, sharing not only a love of yoga, philanthropy, and snazzy vacations (Amalfi coast, anyone?), but a sense of style fit for the international stage. It’s been said Meghan turns to Jessica for advice on her outfits at public engagements, and given Jessica’s experience styling another lady with an extremely high-profile husband, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, it comes as little surprise she’s her go-to woman for all matters big or small. But just how has it been for Jessica, to see her BFF go from regular girl-about-town, to princess-in-waiting?

Let’s take a deep dive into the love that came before Prince Harry

Barring her family, Meghan is about the most featured person on Jessica’s ‘gram, sharing some beautifully heart-warming posts, be it for wrapping her show, designing a capsule fashion collection, or basking in some glorious sunshine together, making it clear there’s some serious love between these two ladies.

Championing her work with retail brand Reitmans, Jessica was right there by her side all the way back in August 2015, which feels like a relative lifetime ago. We love seeing this kind of empowering female friendship on full display.

Just a few months later, and the ladies indulge in a selfie to celebrate the wrap of filming on Suits. And no, Jessica, you guys could not look any cooler.

Fast forward to 2016, and some globe-trotting vacation snaps of the two begin appearing on both of their Instagrams (RIP, @meghanmarkle insta). It’s great to see these two getting in some quality time, and yes we’re a little jealous of how fabulously chill they look.

2016 was also the year Meghan’s capsule collection for Reitmans dropped, and there Jessica was again, cheering her on at its launch. Power to them.

Ain’t no party like a @meghanmarkle party #raptors

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This adorably casual and candid snap was taken in May 2016. Dressed in denim as opposed to fancy formal wear, they’d be easily mistaken for a couple of regular girlfriends. To be fair, this was a few months BH (before Harry). We wonder if either of them had the slightest inkling of just how much would change later the same year.

Happy wife happy life #fakehoneymoon. #MJxItaly #positano #posivibes

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Posing in Positano, this photo comes from the official AH (after Harry) era, with rumours of the two dating for the last few months having surfacing around September. We don’t what else to say except that neither could know just how prescient Jessica’s caption “Happy wife happy life” would turn out to be.

Just your regular birthday shoutout to your BFF, Jessica was sure not to let Meghan’s big day go unmentioned. It’s refreshing to see natural, low-key selfies being shared, too.

Life gets rough… Share a glass @meghanmarkle

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Just a month before her engagement to royalty became official, Meghan only had eyes for BFF Jessica. It’s an endearing peek into a clearly true friendship, and we’re not surprised to hear Meghan has kept Jessica close throughout her wedding prep. Since Meghan’s social media presence has been wiped clean, we’ll likely be seeing far fewer of these adorable snaps, if any, but we have a feeling their friendship is one to go the long haul. Plus, we cannot wait to see what they are both wearing on Meghan’s big day.