Reese and Kate 'close friends'

Reese Witherspoon and Kate Middleton are reported to have struck up a close friendship.

The Water for Elephants star met the Duchess of Cambridge at a recent charity event, the pair exchanged emails and are now in close contact.

"They're both high-profile women and newlyweds, so they instantly bonded," a friend of Witherspoon told Life & Style magazine.

The source also said that Middleton is apparently a big fan of Reece's work, and that the Legally Blonde star had recorded the Royal couple's wedding, which she has "memorised".

"Two of Kate's favourite movies are Walk the Line and Legally Blonde," they added.