"I remember at the table read I was like, 'Oh my god, she's so beautiful,' but I don't think I ever spoke to her," Lucy Hale said

By Ally Mauch
May 16, 2020 12:30 PM

Lucy Hale and Meghan Markle almost appeared onscreen together, long before Meghan became the Duchess of Sussex.

The former Pretty Little Liars actress, 30, recalled a time when both she and Meghan worked on an unaired pilot.

"I didn't realize this because none of my scenes were with her, but it was an ABC pilot. I had just moved to Los Angeles. I was like 16," Hale said during an interview with Entertainment Tonight. "It was called Secrets of a Small Town, and she was in that pilot. I remember at the table read I was like, 'Oh my god, she's so beautiful,' but I don't think I ever spoke to her."

"I've never met Prince Harry," she continued, joking, "Only in my dreams."

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Meghan, 38, studied theater and international relations at Northwestern University and began her acting career after graduating in 2003.

Prior to marrying Prince Harry in May 2018, Meghan exited her longtime role on Suits at the end of the series’ seventh season and said she would no longer be acting.

“I don’t see it as giving anything up. I just see it as a change,” she said in her first joint interview with Harry in November 2017.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
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“It’s a new chapter, right? And also, keep in mind, I’ve been working on [Suits] for seven years. We were very, very fortunate to have that sort of longevity on a series,” Meghan said, adding, “I’ve ticked this box, and I feel very proud of the work I’ve done there, and now it’s time to work with [Harry] as a team.”

“I think what’s been really exciting as we talk about the transition out of my career and into my role is the causes that are really important to me that I can focus even more energy on,” she said. “Very early out of the gate, I think you realize you have access or a voice that people are willing to listen and with that comes a lot of responsibility, which I take seriously.”