Ryan Tubridy recalls meeting 'old friend' Meghan Markle as he praises actress as 'great fun'
The Suits star (36) has captured the attention of the world for the last year while she has been dating the 31-year-old British royal, once considered the most eligible bachelor in the world.
The pair have gone to great lengths to keep their relationship under wraps, having only been pictured together a handful of times and on Tuesday, the actress gave her first interview about her royal romance with Vanity Fair, saying she is "in love" and has "never defined myself by my relationship."
Speaking on his show on RTE Radio One, Tubridy recalled meeting Markle in "the biggest name drop you'll hear from me all week."
"He [Prince Harry] seems to have decided, I don't need a society type, I just want somebody fun. Then I remembered, I met her. This is the biggest name drop you'll hear from me all week," he said.
"There I was at the White House for the Patrick's Day ceremony and I bump into Mr John Fitzpatrick who runs these great hotels in New York. He said this is my friend Meghan and he said, 'do you know Meghan?'"
The Late Late Show host joked he will refer to the actress as his "old friend" from now on.
"She's particularly pleasant. Great fun. We did photographs, we were all giddy because we were at the White House. There was a nice buzz in the air. It was glorious March sunshine and then fast forward a year and I see, there's my old friend Meghan, as she is now, and will be forever more," he said.
Ryan reckons Prince Harry and Prince William, who is expecting his third child with Kate Middleton, have both found partners that suit their personalities.
"The two boys, William and Harry, seem to have found women in their lives. They looked over their shoulders and thought, 'well we don't want to do that so lets do this.' William's wife is very William if that make sense and the rock and roll Harry is going for is very Harry. So in other words, they have found what they were looking for," he said.
Markle's ties to Ireland are well documented - she has visited Dublin a number of times in recent years and in 2014, wrote a piece for the Irish Independent's Weekend magazine on fighting stereotypical gender roles and the fight for feminism.