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Because Meghan Markle is on a firmly established TV show, she already knows what fame is like. But once word got out that she was Prince Harry‘s girlfriend, she hit a level that even she couldn’t wrap her head around. It’s one thing to date a royal but the most eligible royal around is a whole other level, and it’s understandable that she is overwhelmed.

So she did what anyone in her position would do: seek out the help and advice of someone who’s been there. And who better to talk to than Sophie Trudeau?

“Sophie went through a similar situation,” a source explained to Us Weekly. “She was a television host and focused a lot on pop culture — then she became the story herself!” Sophie was a correspondent on eTalk during her first five years of marriage to Justin, so she knew firsthand how to deal with critics and the intrusion on her privacy. And it’s that kind of “unique insight” that has “been so helpful.”

Meghan has also turned to some of Harry’s staff for tips and his communications secretary, Jason Knauf, and private secretary, Ed Lane Fox, have been more than happy to help.

“There have been times where Meghan’s been unsure [of protocol], and having a direct line to Harry’s most trusted aides has been a godsend,” revealed the insider, who added they’ve even helped guide her when it comes to sharing information with her 1.4 million (and counting) Instagram followers. “Being careful not to reveal locations or send the wrong message is something she’s slowly gotten used to.”

Meghan may already have an advantage when it comes to navigating royal protocol. Us reports that Queen Elizabeth II is “fully supportive” of Harry’s new relationship. Although she has yet to meet Markle, the source said, “She’s delighted to see Harry in a loving relationship.”

Markle might be hitting up Trudeau with more questions sooner rather than later. With Christmas tree buying, matching jewelry and a post-Christmas vacation in the works for Meghan and Harry, their future looks bright. Especially if Her Majesty is on board.

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