Meghan Markle’s inner circle is rallying around the duchess following claims of “bullying” and “harassment” from two former palace aides during her two-year tenure as a working royal.
Some of the duchess’s confidantes, including friends from college, producers from her time on Suits, and even her trusted makeup artist Daniel Martin have chimed in on social media sharing their favorite memories with Meghan and defending her character against what Meghan’s team is calling a “calculated smear campaign.”
One of Meghan’s friends from college, producer and author Lindsay Roth, shared two throwback images of the duchess on Instagram: one from Roth’s own wedding day and another from their college graduation at Northwestern University.
“Meg’s M.O. has always been kindness; goodwill runs in her bones. I know this to be true after 22 years of very close friendship. I have seen firsthand how she treats her friends and their families, and her colleagues,” wrote Roth in the caption. “If she’s driving with you in the passenger seat, she will fling her right arm in front of you at the slightest bump in a gesture of love to ensure your safety. If you have a specific goal, she will help you get there, and your passions will become hers on your behalf. If you ever have the pleasure of meeting Meg – and I hope more of you do – you will see the altruistic, magnanimous friend who I am so lucky to have in my corner.”
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Roth added that to her, Meghan is far “more than just a cover story.”
“She was this woman when we were students together at Northwestern University; she was this woman in Los Angeles when her days were spent auditioning; she was this woman living in Toronto as Rachel Zane on Suits; she was this woman before you knew she was dating Harry; she was this woman after you knew was dating Harry; she was this woman when she became Duchess of Sussex and she is still – without a doubt – this very same woman today.”
Meghan’s makeup artist Daniel Martin also came to the duchess’s defense, sharing a photo of him primping her ahead of an appearance. Martin shared a proverb from the Tao Te Ching to express his friendship with the Duchess of Sussex: “Because she isn’t self centered, people can see the light in her. Because she does not boast of herself, she becomes a shining example. Because she does not glorify herself, she becomes a person of merit. Because she wants nothing from the world, the world cannot overcome her.”
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Suits writer Jon Cowan tweeted his support of Meghan, expressing that she was only a joy to work with during their time together on the TV series.
“It’s also possible the Duchess of Sussex is a good person thrust into an unimaginable world. Having spent 3 years working with her in her pre-Duchess days, I saw a warm, kind, caring person. I know nothing of her current situation but she gets the benefit of the doubt in my book,” tweeted Cowan.
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