Meghan Markle Tried to Shag Soccer Star, "Begged" For Tabloid Attention, Says Tabloid Editor

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Earlier this month, a documentary entitled Harry & Meghan: An African Journey premiered to no small amount of controversy.

The issue was not the Sussexes' humanitarian work -- which, thankfully, has been universally applauded -- but rather, comments made by Meghan about the pressures of life as the newest member of the world's most famous family.

The Meghan Markle Stare

"I think I really tried to adopt this British sensibility of a stiff upper lip," Meghan said.

"I tried, I really tried. But I think that what that does internally is probably really damaging and the biggest thing that I know is that I never thought this would be easy, but I thought it would be fair."

Critics felt that Meghan's remarks came off as tone-deaf or entitled.

Supporters pointed out that the Duchess simply married a man she fell in love with and until now, has coped uncomplainingly with the many duties and obligations that accompanied that marriage.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in S. Africa

Of course, it's not as though Meghan was unaware of all that would be expected of her once she married into the royal family.

And while her current fishbowl existence might be more than she bargained for, one prominent UK media figure who met with Meghan before her marriage to Harry claims that the former actress has always been hungry for fame.

Daily Mail gossip columnist Katie Hind revealed this week that she met with Meghan in 2013, back when the Suits star was eagerly trying to gain fame overseas.

As part of this effort, Hind claims that Meghan "begged me to get her in the tabloids."

A Royal Family Photo

"Keen to make a name in Britain, her U.K. publicist had all but begged me — then a showbusiness journalist for a red-top newspaper – to meet the actress for a drink," Hind writes.

"It soon became clear that Meghan was determined to raise her profile, even if it was with an inconsequential 80-word piece tagged onto the end of my weekly column."

Hind claims she sipped prosecco with Meghan until 11 p.m., adding that the future Duchess Meghan was "eager" to make her a friend.

"All in all, she seemed grateful that I was helping. We even hugged," she writes.

Meghan Markle, The Duchess

Hind says the evening concluded with Meghan asking her advice regarding a potential romantic partnership with soccer star Ashley Cole.

Meghan told Hind that the Chelsea defender had followed her on Twitter and was "trying really hard" to arrange a hook-up.

The columnist informed Meghan that Cole was a notorious ladies man, and the romance probably would not be good for her reputation.

Hind writes that she felt "bad that I had crushed her dream of becoming a WAG," but says the anecdote about Cole was enough to earn Meghan a mention in her column.

Obviously, all of this happened well before Meghan met Harry, but you can bet her legion of haters will still have a field day with the fact that ... she was ambitious in her youth?

We're not really sure what angle they'll take here, but you know it'll be ridiculous.

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