Millie Mackintosh whips up a social media storm after revealing new artificial lawn


Millie Mackintosh, who said she was ‘ghosted’ by Meghan Markle after the actress met Prince Harry, is no fan of fake friends.

Yet the former Made in Chelsea star is a big fan of fake grass.

Millie, 33, whose great, great-grandfather invented Quality Street chocolates, has whipped up a social media storm after promoting her new, artificial lawn, which experts warn is ‘crime against nature’.

In an Instagram post for which she was paid, Millie gushed: ‘We are loving spending time outside now that our patio area has been transformed.’

The backlash included responses such as: ‘Nature doesn’t have a chance with this dreadful product. I’m with Monty Don, who is trying to get the Government to ban plastic grass.’

Last month, Millie spoke about the ‘abrupt’ end of her friendship with the Duchess of Sussex, saying she ‘felt like [Meghan] kind of told me to f*** off, basically’.

Surprise: Millie Mackintosh, who said she was ¿ghosted¿ by Meghan Markle after the actress met Prince Harry, is no fan of fake friends. Yet the former Made in Chelsea star is a big fan of fake grass

Surprise: Millie Mackintosh, who said she was ‘ghosted’ by Meghan Markle after the actress met Prince Harry, is no fan of fake friends. Yet the former Made in Chelsea star is a big fan of fake grass

Speaking on her Mumlemmas podcast, the Made In Chelsea star, 33, revealed she became pals with the Suits star after they met at a hotel event in Turkey, and even ‘gave her all of her contacts,’ when she moved to London.

Millie added that she and Meghan met up in the capital and she shared her favourite hotspots, but things changed when rumours swirled that she and Harry were dating.

She added that she sent Meghan a message offering her well-wishes, but was surprised to receive an ‘abrupt’ response.

Millie went onto tell her co-host Charlie Boud that she felt snubbed by Meghan after reading the response, and decided she wouldn’t contact her again.

She explained: ‘Years ago, I’d say about eight years ago, I went to the opening of a hotel in Istanbul and I met Meghan Markle.

‘I was a fan, I watched Suits, and we met at the bar and we were both ordering a drink at the same time I started chatting. We got on really well, we got on like a house on fire, and just stayed in touch.

‘Then we went to lunch, she didn’t know London very well, she’d never been to Chelsea, so I took her to The Ivy on Kings Road.

‘She didn’t know anyone so I gave her the best places to get your nails done, basically my little black book. I gave her all my contacts.’

No contact: Millie has admitted she felt like she was 'snubbed' by former pal Meghan Markle when she began dating Prince Harry

No contact: Millie has admitted she felt like she was ‘snubbed’ by former pal Meghan Markle when she began dating Prince Harry

Friendly: The Made In Chelsea star said she was pals with the Suits star before the actress met Harry, but received an 'abrupt' message from Meghan when she reached out after the relationship came to light

Friendly: The Made In Chelsea star said she was pals with the Suits star before the actress met Harry, but received an ‘abrupt’ message from Meghan when she reached out after the relationship came to light

Millie said she and Meghan bonded over their marital troubles, as the Made In Chelsea star was married to rapper Professor Green at the time, and Meghan had previously split from her first husband Trevor Engelson.

She continued: ‘When we first met I was married, going through a bit of a turbulent time, and I got divorced, and she was divorced so we had quite a lot to talk about.

‘That was quite bonding, and we were both into our wellness, she had our blog, we were both just into the same things.

‘We hung out a handful of times, we weren’t best friends, but whenever she was in town she’d let me know and we would just hang out.’

‘Then the last time I saw her was down at a hotel in the Cotswolds, she was staying there, what I thought was going to be a day of yoga ended up being rosè and margaritas in the pool.

‘It was a really fun afternoon, there were pictures taken of us riding around on the bikes. That was the last time I saw her.’

Bonded: Speaking on her podcast , the Made In Chelsea star revealed she became pals with the Suits star after they met at a hotel event in Turkey (Millie pictured on the 2015 trip)

Bonded: Speaking on her podcast , the Made In Chelsea star revealed she became pals with the Suits star after they met at a hotel event in Turkey (Millie pictured on the 2015 trip) 

Former flame: Millie said she and Meghan bonded over their marital splits. She divorced husband Professor Green in 2016 after three years of marriage

Former flame: Millie said she and Meghan bonded over their marital splits. She divorced husband Professor Green in 2016 after three years of marriage

Ex: Meghan also had her own experience with divorce, splitting from her first husband Trevor Engelson in 2014

Ex: Meghan also had her own experience with divorce, splitting from her first husband Trevor Engelson in 2014

Millie explained that Meghan briefly mentioned she was dating Harry during their final meeting, and weeks later, rumours of their relationship began to swirl.

She continued: ‘When I was there, we were chatting and she told me about Harry and that they were messaging, and a friend had introduced them.

‘I don’t know him, just to clarify, I’ve never met him. Me and Harry do not know each other I’ve never met him. I didn’t really ask too much about it.’

Millie added that she reached out to Meghan when her relationship with Harry came to light.

She added: ‘I messaged her and said, ”Hey I hope you’re OK, thinking of you,” and she sent me this really abrupt message, that was really unlike any of our communications before.’

Millie, who did not disclose the message she received, added that she didn’t question Meghan about her relationship with Harry.

She added: ‘It’s not like I messaged her asking if it was true, that was none of my business.

‘What I read from that message was that she needed a bit of space, to cool off.

‘I didn’t message her again, but I did expect that we would stay in touch. I thought she’d message back and say, ”Sorry everything is a bit stressful right now.”

‘I never heard from her again. I felt like she’d basically told me to f**k off in that message. So I did. And we haven’t spoken since.’

The former reality TV star then expressed her opinion on what was behind the message: ‘My take on it is that, this is my instinct why it happened at the time, she thought right I’m gonna be royal now, I don’t need Millie in my life.

‘I was on a reality show at the time, she thought, “I can’t be associated with Made In Chelsea, I’m gonna be royal.”

Gesture: She explained she and Meghan (pictured with Harry) originally bonded over their marital splits when they met at a hotel event in Istanbul

Gesture: She explained she and Meghan (pictured with Harry) originally bonded over their marital splits when they met at a hotel event in Istanbul



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