The special bond Kate will share with Meghan Markle

As Meghan Markle appears to get ready for a new life as a member of the royal family, she’ll have an experienced mentor and confidante in the Duchess of Cambridge. Kate, who was helped by Sophie, Countess of Wessex, as she negotiated her way into 'The Firm' seven years ago when she got engaged to Prince William, can now pass the favour forward.

With reports that Harry, 33, recently introduced 36-year-old Meghan to the Queen over tea at Buckingham Palace, making an engagement announcement before Christmas more likely than ever, HELLO! explores the relationship between Meghan and Kate and finds they have plenty in common. As well as falling in love with their princes, the glamorous brunettes, who are set to live next door to each other at Kensington Palace, share a sense of style, dedication to charity work and a love of the countryside.

Prince Harry reportedly introduced Meghan Markle to the Queen earlier this month

Both women love Mulberry handbags and Cartier watches and are fans of Anglo-Canadian designer Erdem. Meanwhile, Meghan is likely to become Kate's neighbour if Harry up-sizes from his two-bedroom cottage at Kensington Palace to the larger Apartment 1 once he marries. He has also been spotted driving around the Cotswolds in search of a country retreat and has reportedly instructed friends in the real estate business to find him a weekend bolthole in the area, where celebrities like Kate Moss, Lily Allen and David and Victoria Beckham also have homes. Meghan is said to want to be close to Soho Farmhouse, the trendy members-only hotel where the couple have spent romantic weekends.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex helped Kate before her royal wedding to Prince William

Meghan and Kate have met previously – including at Pippa Middleton's wedding in May – and Harry's girlfriend has also been introduced to his father the Prince of Wales.

Prince William and Kate Middleton
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle