Meghan Markle’s longtime friends and past coworkers are speaking out on social media to defend the Duchess of Sussex after Buckingham Palace announced it would be investigating a years-old bullying claim about Meghan by a royal aide.
On Tuesday night, The Times ran a report that alleged Meghan Markle “faced a bullying complaint made by one of her closest advisers during her time at Kensington Palace,” and that multiple royal aides had come forward with concerns about her portrayal. Meghan’s rep called the allegations—suddenly coming out days before her and Prince Harry’s big Oprah interview airs on Sunday—an attack on her character and “a calculated smear campaign based on misleading and harmful misinformation.” Buckingham Palace did not comment on the article, but on Wednesday announced its intention to investigate the complaint.
People who worked with Meghan before on Suits along with two of Meghan’s friends of more than 10 years have broken their silence about the characterization of her, making it clear they’re not buying it.
Actor Patrick Adams, who worked alongside Meghan on their show Suits wrote on Twitter:
Meghan Markle and I spent the better part of a decade working together on Suits. From day one she was an enthusiastic, kind, cooperative, giving, joyful and supportive member of our television family. She remained that person and colleague as fame, prestige and power accrued.
She has always been a powerful woman with a deep sense of morality and a fierce work ethic and has never been afraid to speak up, be heard and defend herself and those she holds dear. Like the rest of the world, I have watched her navigate the last few years in astonishment.
She fell in love, moved to a new country, became a household name across the entire globe and began the difficult work of trying to find her place in a family dynamic that can at best be described as complicated and at worst, seemingly archaic and toxic.
It sickened me to read the endless racist, slanderous, clickbaiting vitriol spewed in her direction from all manner of media across the UK and the world but I also knew that Meghan was stronger than people realized or understood and they would regret underestimating her.
And then they welcomed Archie. And on any sort of decent planet that would be a time to stop sharpening the knives and let these two people enjoy the magical early months and years of starting a family. But we don’t live on that planet and instead the hunt continued.
It’s OBSCENE that the Royal Family, who’s newest member is currently GROWING INSIDE OF HER, is promoting and amplifying accusations of “bullying” against a woman who herself was basically forced to flea the UK in order protect her family and her own mental health.
IMO, this newest chapter and it’s timing is just another stunning example of the shamelessness of a institution that has outlived its relevance, is way overdrawn on credibility and apparently bankrupt of decency.
Find someone else to admonish, berate and torment. My friend Meghan is way out of your league.
Actress Janina Gavankar wrote on her Twitter yesterday, “I have known Meghan for 17 years. Here’s what she is: kind, strong, open. Here’s what she’s not: “a bully”. ANY of us who know her, feel the same thing from her broken silence: Relief. The truth shall set you free.”
I have known Meghan for 17 years.
Here’s what she is: kind, strong, open. Here’s what she’s not: “a bully”.
ANY of us who know her, feel the same thing from her broken silence: Relief.
The truth shall set you free.
— janina gavankar (@Janina) March 4, 2021
Meghan’s friend of 22 years, Lindsay Roth, wrote on her Instagram:
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.
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.
She’s funny. Like, laugh out loud funny. And smart. She’s 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 friend and Suits director Silver Tree also shared a Twitter thread defending Meghan and revealing who she really is behind the scenes:
This is Meg. A real person- not a cover story. She is one of my very nearest and dearest. Like all her friends I love her madly.
She is the friend who insists on always hearing the details of your life, your day, your kids life, your kids’ day, before hers. Always before hers.
The friend who stocks her house full of all your very favourite things when you visit and pretends she already had them-just because she wants the moment to be about you, not her. It’s always that way with her friends- us before her.
When you move to a new city she creates a book of all the special things that city can give you- all the little secrets it offers over to you so you’ll feel less homesick. She leaves it on your doorstep so you have it when you wake up.
On her wedding day she checks in on me in the morning. It’s her day, the world is standing by, it’s a lot-but she wants the day to be special for me. “You’ve come such a long way” she says “Are you jet lagged?” she says “I made you a playlist to listen to while you get ready.”
When my son was going through a scary, complicated diagnosis, she is the friend who stopped everything and helped map out, step by step, how we would navigate things. She called all the people, all the places when I was too paralyzed to form a plan.
She’s the friend who shares her all of her secrets with you, because despite having so many reasons to put walls up, her heart remains as wide open as it always has been.
This is Meg before she met H. This is Meg now. She’s always been this person. She’s not a headline. She’s my friend. I love her.
Suits writer Jon Cowan and Angela Harvey, who worked on Suits set with Meghan, also vouched for her.
“It’s also possible the Duchess of Sussex is a good person thrust into an unimaginable world,” Cowan tweeted. “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.”
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. https://t.co/7JD3ig6tws
— Jon Cowan (@JonCowan2015) March 3, 2021
Harvey wrote that Meghan treated everyone well: “I worked on a set in Toronto when Meghan was on Suits. The ADs, PAs, and other crew on my show who had also worked with her loved her. LOVED. Set dynamics being what they are… I do not believe this bullying narrative for a microsecond.”
I worked on a set in Toronto when Meghan was on Suits. The ADs, PAs, and other crew on my show who had also worked with her loved her. LOVED. Set dynamics being what they are… I do not believe this bullying narrative for a microsecond. https://t.co/451hrQB94r
— angela harvey (@nationsfilm) March 3, 2021