Vand, 37, detailed his teenage friendship with the Duchess of Sussex, 38, in Los Angeles on Wednesday’s episode of the “Reality Life with Kate Casey” podcast.
“I went to an all-boys high school, and one of our sister schools was Meghan Markle’s,” he said. “I grew up with her. We were friends for a long time. She was a year older than me. Meghan was amazing, a woman among girls. Everyone was in love with her. She was sweet, and very kind.”
“We admired her,” he added. “She was a good friend.”
According to Vand, she had a way with the boys as well.
“She knew what she was doing,” he said. “She toyed with our hearts masterfully. We were at a party one time and she sat on my lap. She got nose to nose with me. For a 16-year-old guy, that is an emotional moment. She said to me in Farsi, ‘You are so beautiful.’ I asked her, ‘How do you know Farsi?’ She said, ‘I learned it for you.’ Then she walked away.”
“I like to hope Meghan Markle is watching ‘Shahs of Sunset,’ and I like to hope she tells that almost make out story as authentically as I do,” he quipped.
But Vand was also quick to point out that not everyone looks back on their past with the former actress so fondly.
“And by the way, if Meghan Markle is listening I am going to say this one time. Meghan, you really upset our friend Gabe,” he said.
“My friend Gabe that I grew up with dated Meghan in high school and he says that after she got on ‘Suits,’ they were friends for years, and afterwards he said she kind of ghosted him. It really hurt his feelings. I got the sense Gabe really valued her friendship. So Meghan, if you hear this, reach out to Gabe. You know who that is, and just right that ship.”