Howie Mandel arrives on the red carpet at the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto on Sunday, March 12, 2017. Just For Laughs has been sold to Howie Mandel and ICM Partners, an American talent agency. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Comedian Howie Mandel says he helped boost Meghan Markle’s public profile

MONTREAL — Comedian Howie Mandel wants to take some of the credit for helping to boost Meghan Markle’s public profile in the world.

She appeared on his TV game show “Deal or No Deal” in the past as a briefcase model.

Mandel called the show a natural stepping stone for Prince Harry’s future wife.

“I think just spending time with me kind of gets you used to what it’s like to be royalty,” he told The Canadian Press on Tuesday.

Mandel, who has not been invited to Saturday’s wedding, was in Montreal to discuss the Just For Laughs comedy festival.

He is head of an investor group that acquired the festival in March after it was put up for sale.

The Canadian Press

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