Duchess Meghan’s friends speak out (anonymously) on her behalf to People Mag

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I said last week that it was an important first step for Kensington Palace to simply acknowledge the problem around the Duchess of Sussex. Of course, the palace couched the racist and hateful attacks on Meghan as “it’s happening to both duchesses,” but the main thing is that there was an acknowledgement. The palace can’t pretend that nothing out-of-the-ordinary is happening. And now that some members of the royal press pack are on their back heels and scrambling, it’s smart for the palace – and by that, I mean Meghan – to quietly authorize her closest friends to speak on her behalf to People Magazine, an historically friendly outlet for Meghan (and all royals). You can read the full People cover story here – Meghan’s friends all speak anonymously to People, but I am almost positive that Jessica Mulroney is one of the friends. Some highlights:

Why Meghan’s inner circle is speaking out: They wanted to “stand up against the global bullying we are seeing and speak the truth about our friend…Meg has silently sat back and endured the lies and untruths,” her former costar says in this week’s cover story. With Meghan and her husband, Prince Harry, expecting their first child this spring, “we worry about what this is doing to her and the baby. It’s wrong to put anyone under this level of emotional trauma, let alone when they’re pregnant.”

They’ve all been to Nottingham Cottage: “We’ve all been to their cottage,” says a close confidante. “It’s small and she’s made it cozy, but the perception of their lifestyle and the reality are two different things. Meg cooks for herself and Harry every single day.” A friend from L.A. recalls visiting the cottage, sharing, “We had a couple of days together recently. Her husband was out of town on work. In the room she made up for me, there was a candle lit by the bed, slippers and a robe. We were the only two in the house. It was our time. She made the most lovely meals. She made tea every day. It was raining and muddy outside, so the dogs got all dirty, and she’s wiping them off with towels. How much she loves her animals, how much she loves her friends, how much she loves feeding you, taking care of you — none of that has changed.”

The truth about the White Markles: “They have been made to appear as siblings who had this falling out, and that’s not the truth at all,” a longtime friend says of Samantha and Meghan’s half-brother Thomas Jr., who were in their mid-to late teens when Meghan was born: “They were not a part of her life.” As for Meghan’s father, who has said he can’t reach Meghan, “He knows how to get in touch with her,” adds the longtime friend. “He’s never called; he’s never texted. It’s super-painful.”

[From People]

There’s more about how she talks to her friends every day and she’s still involved with their lives, and how she really is very down-to-earth and all of that. Which I sort of believe. I believe that Nottingham Cottage is a cramped little place and that she’s invited her closest friends to stay with her because she is a tad homesick. I also believe that she didn’t have much of a relationship with her half-siblings. I believe her father is a piece of sh-t. As for the rest of it… this is how the palace is choosing to change the conversation around Meghan and I don’t hate it. It feels more proactive than just staying in reticent silence.

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex in Bristol

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  1. Loretta says:

    Her dad is awful. What a horrible man!

    • minx says:

      He is an opportunistic POS who doesn’t care if he has a relationship with his daughter. It’s all about what she can do for him. Terrible.

  2. chickcy says:

    This is definitely a good PR move in favor of Meghan. I am however a bit skeptical when it comes to unnamed sources. Surely People Magazine could have name at least 1 out of these 5 friends..It’s a positive story so why not?

    • Bryn says:

      Maybe they don’t want to be named, they probably don’t want the attention like the other people that talk about her constantly

    • Clare says:

      Yeah I feel like the anonymous bit makes it sound like this is straight from her PR team (which it obviously is, even if ‘friends’ are doing the talking). The thing that I don’t get is, why are they pushing the ‘Meg is so normal in her cozy two bedroom cottage, cooking dinner and cleaning her dogs’ on the one hand, while shes out and about in custom Givenchy and a £.5million clothing bill on the other. The two just don’t add up, and it seems totally disingenuous, even if the cozy normal Megs part is true (and I believe it is at least to an extent).

      Obviously I’m not on board with the extreme hate and insane trolling shes been getting from the media AND her shithead family, but Megan needs to get her house in order, too. Currently the words and actions aren’t adding up.

      I wish they’d just made the comments about her family (ugh) and left it at that.

      • lobbit says:

        What is it that doesn’t add up? We know for a fact that she lives in a small, two bedroom cottage with her husband and two dogs. We also know that she wears expensive clothes – just like all the other royal wives. It’s strange world she inhabits, but it’s really not at all that complex unless you want it to be.

      • Jamie says:

        Some people love both cooking and fashion. It’s not that weird.

      • Becks1 says:

        I don’t think its impossible to wear expensive clothes and still be a nice, warm person. The stories have been about what a snobby diva she is, rude to staff, etc. This is counteracting that particular aspect of the narrative.

        No one says that because Kate wears expensive clothes she isn’t a nice person, or that it doesn’t add up that she is a hands-on a mom who wears bespoke McQueen.

      • lara (the other) says:

        I don´t think it does not add up. If I had unlimited time and almost unlimited resources I would also run around in designer cloth and play hostess for my friends. Cooking and building a cosy nest can be a great way to spend your time if you have enough to spare.
        And since she seems to love cooking and building a secure nest, it´s is a great way to unwind from the stress of the public attacks.

      • LeLe says:

        I’d rather Meg give a sit-down interview about her new role as Patronage of London’s Nationals Theater and showcase her own shining personality! She’s such an amazing speaker she would have no trouble dispelling rumors of divaness even without directly addressing them.

      • Who ARE These People? says:

        My question is where they keep the clothes — obviously not in that little ‘cottage.’ Is there some kind of special wardrobe unit at KP or Buckingham Palace?

      • Natalie S says:

        The whole down to earth image is always presented for the royals. Even the Queen is presented that way.

      • JJ says:

        @Lobbit Nottingham cottage is around 1,324 square feet – my own 1 bedroom flat is a third of the size (and not in London). That’s a good size two bedroom cottage – particularly for London city centre. Google suggests the average cottage are 3 bedroom and around 950 square feet in the UK. And I would suspect smaller in London itself.

        This is not a slam on Meghan – more a general comment that the Royal Family should stop peddling the “we are just like you” fable.

      • Clare says:

        What doesn’t add up is the normie normalson narrative and the price tags on her clothes. I don’t think she isn’t a nice warm person, I do. But I also think (by her actions and choices) that she has 100% bought into the princess lifestyle.

        For me, the two don’t add up. I personally find the spending on Megan (and Kate’s but this isn’t about her and I won’t compare the two) behalf outrageous given our current economic and politics situation (kids are literally going to school hungry and folks are waiting 6+ hours in A&E). To me it shows someone who is either completely out of touch, or doesn’t care.

        I believe she is a warm person – but she has also bought into the lifestyle. She’s not like us. Why pretend otherwise? You don’t have to agree with me. Shrug.

      • Natalie S says:

        She’s a normal, down-to-earth royal. Just like Kate. And the Queen. And the rest of them. That weird dissonance is always part of their pr. People were concerned Meghan wouldn’t fit in but she’s fitting in just like the rest of them!

        I’d rather they embrace that they are not just like us and use that privilege to do good and present that success as their pr. Accountability through the success of their charity work.

        But it’s always tricky no matter what they do because no one actually deserves to live with such privilege and people will always point that out.

      • Valiantly Varnished says:

        She literally had a blog where she wrote about cooking so your comment makes zero sense. And a woman can like fashion and also enjoy cooking. A woman can have varied interests last time I checked

      • BB4U says:

        I get what you’re saying, Claire. The exorbitant spending doesn’t change her personality or her likes but it does make you side eye the whole “just like us!!” narrative. Economically, the UK is standing at a precipice, the last thing they want to hear right now is that an American actress that married in to the Royal family (thus living off of them) is “so normal” and “down to earth”. She’s not. None of them are.

      • Amy Too says:

        But the article isn’t claiming that she’s a super normal person who doesn’t even act like she’s part of the royal family. It says she’s a wonderful friend who likes to host people and take care of them in extraordinary ways. It says she doesn’t live with staff to do things for her. It says she cooks her own food and likes to feed people. It says she takes care of her own dogs and loves them. It doesn’t come off at all like they’re trying to say she’s just like any other middle class person. She buys robes, slipper, and candles for her guests. It didn’t say anything like “the sheets on my bed were a little worn and she cooked us cheap, everyday meals.” Your comments are sort of contradicting yourself. You say that things don’t add up in the article but then you say that you agree that she’s a warm person. That’s all the article is saying. She’s a warm person, great friend, and loves to make people comfortable. It didn’t paint her as just like everybody else. So what, in this article, is contradicting?

      • Flowers says:

        @clare you expressed it much better than I could. The dissonance between her PR and her actions is glaring.

      • minx says:

        I also agree that MM seems like a very nice person who, considering the world right now, could take it a little easy on clothes spending. They all could. Optics.

      • paranormalgirl says:

        I just informed my kids that I can’t cook dinner for the family tonight because I own a wardrobe of designer clothing and am wearing a Burberry dress right now. If I cook a nice dinner of chicken tacos, then it just wouldn’t add up and the dissonance would be too great. So we’re going out for Tex Mex instead.

      • PrincessK says:

        Senior royal women are expected to dress in expensive clothing, a budget is given to them and they are expected to spend it. If you know how organisations work you will know that when a budget is drawn up it is important to use it otherwise there will be consequences. I remember working in an organisation and saw that clean white walls were being repainted simply because it was in the budget and if the money did not get spent there would be a series of ramifications. So don’t blame Meghan for having a dress allowance and spending it.

    • lobbit says:

      Meh. They’re just playing by the rules of the tabloid media – no one ever names sources.

    • Pearlime says:

      To me this article indicates that Megs’ new PR guy knows what he is doing and who the audience is. And I am not snarky here, I think thats a good thing. He will have a harder time selling this in the UK, it’ll be interesting to see what they do over here.

    • Yami says:

      Most people accept anonymous “my palace source” for the bad stories about Meghan, and now the positive ones are questionable?

      • Vanessa says:

        I couldn’t agree more when it’s story about Meghan texts her staff at 5am or screaming at a hairdresser the stories are 💯 real . Now that their one positive story about her it’s fake news this story contradicts the narrative that Meghan has no real friends that she ghost all of her lifelong friendships for Harry and fame that she social climber who only befriended people to further her goals in life. they would rather people believe the lies told about Meghan because they it’s ok for them to attack a pregnant woman would such vicious because according to some people she monster so it’s ok . They would rather believe Meghan is horrible human being they admits that she has been targeted by racist campaign by the British media they can’t won’t see that Meghan is victim .

      • Nic919 says:

        Some of the worst ones are the Royal reporters on twitter claiming outrage that these anonymous sources are believed and not their own. People provided far more descriptions about the five friends than any royal reporter did with their “palace source”. It wouldn’t be too hard to figure most of them out.

    • bonobochick says:

      It’s interesting for some that the main take away is that yes, she is suffering from misogynoir in the media and racist social media trolls despite being heavily pregnant but the more important thing is about how much she spends on clothes.

      IMO the dissonance is the privilege in believing clothing prices is more of an optics problem than racial abuse of a pregnant woman.

      • piper says:

        So true, worrisome that women can’t read through that and choose to ignore huge racial abuse to point out the cost of her wardrobe. Also, i’d point out, she’s been a UK resident less than a year, so lets stop dropping the UK economical issues at her feet. She also came there with some of the clothes.

      • Bren says:

        @BONOBOCHICK Well said, thank you.

  3. Zabar says:

    Interesting to hear their perspectives in a forum other than subtle and not- so- subtle instagram posts. I am sure it is difficult to watch your friend get hammered. Meg probably is homesick. She probably also wonders at times if all of it is worth the stress & negativity. She probably does light candles & make avocado toast. She probably does text employees ideas (the horror!). She’s not a saint nor the devil.

  4. Newyorking says:

    Glad someone is speaking for her but the tone sounds so insistent that it makes it less believable. HerPR should handle it better. I really feel bad for her, media is awful in portraying her. Can easily put strain on a marriage.

    • Heather says:

      We don’t know the comments that elicted the “insistent” reaction. If someone said to me “Your good friend, I hear she likes to scream at hairdressers and harass staff at 2 am and made Kate cry and is nothing but a two bit actress social climbing her way up with a fake pregnancy” I would be super strident with my “No! That’s not true! That’s not how she is!” response. This article and quotes from “sources” is just a response to the negativity others are trying to sling at her.

    • PrincessK says:

      I am concerned about the strain on the marriage and her health during her pregnancy. I do hope that Harry does not suddenly announce that he wants to quit public life. One person who could help to quell this is Prince William. If he loves his brother he needs to openly show that he has fully embraced Meghan’s entry into their lives and make some oblique references to racism and bullying, especially as he is supposed to be against these things.

      William for heaven sake stand up! Your mother would be appalled for standing back and watching the Palace abandon Harry and Meghan and seeing them being thrown to the wolves.

  5. OriginalLala says:

    It’s really sweet of her friends to want to do this but, the over-the-top fawning about how she is the most special, loving, saintly unicorn will likely only fuel the fires of those who hate her

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      They don’t describe a unicorn; they describe someone kind and loyal. Those who are predisposed toward hate will find reasons regardless, because their hate is not based in reality.

      • Dee says:

        Bitches gonna bitch. I’d love my friends to describe me in such cozy sweet terms. I hope they would, and I have not doubt Meghan’s exactly this way. Nothing unicorn-y about it. She likes nice things, she likes food, she likes her dogs. We knew all of these things about her from before she met Harry.

  6. mm11 says:

    I wonder if someday we will know who started this anti-Meghan campaign.
    I understand her friends being mad about the reports and I’m not sure KP has anything to do with this exclusive.

    • Beach Dress says:

      I’m still of the opinion that at least part of it came from within the RF itself. A highly coordinated (and poorly disguised) smear campaign that started soon after the successful Oceania tour.

      • mm11 says:

        Maybe courtiers but I don’t think Kate/William or their camp would do that, maybe it’s wishful thinking I don’t know.

      • jan90067 says:

        Didn’t all this start with Charles’ biographer? He released some “unused” portions of the book he wrote after spending that year shadowing Charles. Then the tabloids picked up the toss and ran with it (and ran, and ran, once they saw the hate clicks building up).

      • Beach Dreams says:

        @Jan90067: I think it did; the reporter in question was Robert Jobson. I can’t remember if it was Jobson who started the tiara story (one of the first hit pieces) but he did promote it. Nevermind that the tiara story was changed weeks after being published. I’ve mentioned it before, but he was a guest on some Aussie segments during the tour and he got quite agigtated at the praise. He often tried to bring Kate in too.

      • banana.messages says:

        @Beach Dreams +1 I think the Oceania tour was really successful, and Harry and Megs were super popular wherever they went prior to the tour.

        I could also see it being a combo of Charles’ biographer and Camp Cambridge. Neither of those groups likes to be overshadowed, and it was definitely happening with M + H.

    • MA says:

      I find it VERY telling that only 1 sister-in-law has been portrayed as the innocent victim in the “feud” and only 1 camp has come out to denounce the sister-in-law feud rumors.

      • Heather says:

        That “other camp” you’re referring to didn’t come out swinging when people started gossiping that she and the York princesses were feuding and she was going to try and get around curtsying to them. That camp has fully embraced “never complain, never explain.” Were that camp to release anything, even through “sources,” it would be wildly out of character.

      • MA says:

        Except they didn’t embrace that. The only denial KP issued early on was that Kate didn’t snap at Meghan. Interesting how the only denial was something that reflected negatively on that side.

        And it wouldn’t be “wildly out of character.” KP pushed back on and killed stories about the sourcing of clothing just a few years ago, and also complained about privacy numerous times for the Cambridges. They pick and choose.

      • Heather says:

        Oh absolutely. I think after learning the lessons from Wales v Wales on how the press can play one against the other, and it will only get worse if played along with, they don’t comment much on the familial interactions. But it’s always been that Prince William is a bit more protected than Prince Harry, probably on account that he is the heir of the heir. That attitude and protection (or lack of) would probably extend to the respective wives.

      • MA says:

        You raise a good point and I do get that. I think we just disagree in that I think that KP won’t stop it also because this Meghan narrative makes the Cambridges look good (and not just because Harry is a lower priority as sixth-in-line).

      • Nic919 says:

        When a press release is issued about the use of hair extensions we need to stop saying that will and Kate never complain or explain anything.

    • Tigerlily says:

      Not sure if I buy the Cambridges being behind it or Charles either. If anyone in RF was behind it, my money is on Andrew. Would definitely be interesting to find out who dun it.

  7. Eliza says:

    I don’t think this is the palace. I doubt “never complain, never explain” would go to PEOPLE magazine to fix the story. A lot of exclusives have been given to them. I think Harry and Meghan are striking out on their own.

    I sadly think this won’t be taken well in the UK and by greymen.

    I said this about her father, but it holds true… I have no clue how to fix her press hate. Doing nothing doesn’t help, directly calling out press didn’t work, and i don’t think anonymous praise will either.

    • Beach Dress says:

      Eh, KP has bucked the ‘never complain’ adage for years with the Cambridges though. Will has had no problem complaining when he felt that he and/or Kate have been treated unfairly by the press.

    • Himmiefan says:

      The only thing H &M can do is for their own sanity and marriage is to ignore the press, focus on their friends and work, and just keep on. If they just keep doing great work, over time they’ll win. They do need to protect their marriage because if that doesn’t work, the rest will suffer too.

      • AG-UK says:

        Keep on and carry on as the Brits say.

      • Bohemian Angel says:

        They do need to keep calm and carry on, but I’m sure there have been lots of tears, they are both human after all and she is pregnant with hormones raging.
        If it wasn’t for the crazies trying to harm them I would love Harry and Meghan to step away from this nonsense and live a happy private life. Harry has wanted this for so long and he has been unable to enjoy his first year of married life and the beautiful moments of the pregnancy because of the wickedness of hateful people. I know they are rich and privileged but nobody deserves this kind of hate for doing nothing wrong!

      • Flowers says:

        There is a saying (paraphrasing) all the water in the ocean cannot sink a ship, unless it gets inside the ship. I wonder why all the PR to try to create a positive image for Meghan? Why not just keep on and be happy with all you have? I thought it was just “noise.”

      • Bohemian Angel says:

        They wouldn’t have to push for a more positive image of Meghan if certain people weren’t hell bent on creating a dreadful negative image of her, there has to be a little push back in defence. I’m sure they are happy with what they have but all this smearing and nasty racist comments etc coming from all sides has got to sting a bit they are human with feelings after all. Sometimes the ‘noise’ can get too loud to ignore.

      • Natalie S says:

        @Flowers. And Kate said in her engagement interview that she didn’t care what people thought, but clearly that’s not true based on how aggressive the Cambridges are about their pr.

      • Nic919 says:

        One of the first KP press corrections was about whether or not she used hair extensions.

    • Nic919 says:

      Were these people not alive during the Diana years? She did the panorama interview and Charles also spoke with the media. The only ones who never do interviews are the Queen and Phillip. The rest have all hit the media at some point.

      • Eliza says:

        The panorama interview was the last straw before divorce. It wasn’t something done to counteract bad press, or something done often by the family.

      • xo says:

        Diana granted the Panorama interview secretly & the people around her were furious with her when they found out about it. It was considered the ultimate betrayal & she regretted it herself once the dust settled.

        This People “exclusive” tells me two things.
        1. Meghan is having a seriously difficult time.
        2. The negative coverage is bothering her to the degree that she can’t NOT address it.

        Personally, I think it’s a bad sign, going forward. The coverage probably won’t let up. She can’t let it get to her.

      • leh150 says:

        xo– agree, +1.
        The people article does show that it is getting to her, which makes me sad…. but if I take a step back and think though a human lens, how could it not get under the skin of any human being? I’m glad her friends have her back.

    • Natalie S says:

      They all complain and explain. The unusual thing is when they are directly quoted but authorized leaks from friends and sources to explain and complain have always happened.

    • A says:

      Except the palace actually does this all the time. What they don’t do is speak on the record. You’ll never find the Queen herself commenting on personal issues relating to her family. But read any story about the royals and they are abound with quotes from anonymous sources. The BRF always speaks through their associates who are entrusted with the task of talking to the press on their behalf.

  8. Dali says:

    The mediA and these people, doing this to a pregnant women is awful and speaks volumes about them, not about her.
    I think this is a good way for the palace and her to finally fight that BS back!
    Like her or not but ffss she is pregnant! AND she did nothing wrong she just married a german prince who isnt even a heir to the throne and even if so, who cares. It is racism, period.

  9. Becks1 says:

    So I think this is an important step. These people were clearly authorized to speak to People, and this is really the next best thing to Meghan speaking out herself.

    The stuff about the bedroom and how she is a nice hostess and stuff – those are nice touches, but I think its more important that they used this piece to directly combat the actions of Samantha and her father. Those are the things that need to be directly refuted, in my opinion, and I’m glad they did so.

    I do think one of the drawbacks to these kinds of pieces is that you sometimes are left rolling your eyes at the overwhelming positivity. I think you see this with Kate – there have been so many fluff pieces about Kate over the years, especially in the early years of their marriage, that I think it started to work against Kate, because it just started to seem SO over the top. There is a fine line to walk between some positive pieces and just nothing but flowery articles about how perfect someone is. I don’t think this article crosses that line, but I do think that this should be kind of a one and done thing.

  10. S says:

    I hope once the baby comes she will be blissfully happy and hopefully all the haters back down…

    • Mia says:

      @s says, I seriously doubt it. They will continue to drag her and then the baby or other children they have. It was talk of her giving up her American citizen ship. If this is true, I hope she doesn’t. IMO, this family she married into and what she has to deal with is so not worth it.

  11. tempest prognosticator says:

    While I believe these friends speak the truth, I wonder why they chose to be anonymous. The message would have been stronger if the sources were named.

    • Zabar says:

      They did anonymous so they can stay in the inner circle. If they went public, they’d be labeled as using Meghan for attention.

    • Beach Dress says:

      Probably because the British press would start abusing/harassing them.

    • Mia says:

      @ tempest p: I have many books about the Princes Diana and Prince Charles days. Authors would mentioned their friends would talk to the press anonymous. Some of the press would even call friends to make sure a rumor heard was actually true.

  12. Snap Happy says:

    I think one source is that make-up artist friend. He intagrammed pictures of tea together at their cottage. I’m glad people are speaking up for her. This was the only way to do it. Meghan or Harry speaking out would only show that the press is getting to them and everything would be doubled down. Meghan has really done nothing wrong. People are take her marrying Harry too personally.

    • Becks1 says:

      Yeah I think one source is Daniel Martin (isn’t that his name?), one source is maybe Abigail Spencer, and one source is definitely Jessica Mulroney.

      • BB4U says:

        Abigail Spencer? Really? Where are you getting that?

      • Lorelei says:

        I thought Abigail Spencer too, when it said a “former co-star” visiting from LA.

      • PrincessK says:

        I also imagine that Serena Williams is one of them too, she hinted that Meghan needs to have better PR as the lies and abuse was getting out of control.

    • Flowers says:

      You may not consider it “wrong, “ but people are objecting to showing up at charity events every time in couture clothing, and posing for cameras in obvious ways.

      • Some chick says:

        Isn’t it her job to be photographed at charity events? For heaven’s sake. That is what they do.

        Don’t like it? Dismantle the monarchy then. And while you’re at it, return all the stuff that came from the commonwealth nations.

        But what she does is no different than what any of them do. That’s the gig!

      • CHATNUH says:

        Youre all over this thread showing how mighty pressed you are, flowers.

      • Nic919 says:

        Well they must be objecting to Kate as well because she does exactly what you described as well. And most of the other royal women too.

  13. Dorothy says:

    Good let’s hope the BULLIES hear everyone sees them for what they are

  14. Rhys says:

    I don’t understand the problem and this supposedly urgent need of saving her – all of them, famous and royal have been getting it forever because that’s how mewspapers make money. Moving on, Meghan said herself she doesn’t read her press, so that’s that. The Queen likes her and the courtiers will always be civil no matter what, so she doesn’t need to worry about her surroundings and her friends are obviously available to her. All of her needs are taken care of and she is doing what she always wanted – being a humanitarian. Finally, she is a grown up who has been in the public eye for years, she knows what’s it’s all about.
    What is this hysterical piece “Save Meghan” for?

    • Ashby says:

      @ Rhys : ” Hysterical piece Save Meghan ” , her friends talk about what Meghan is like.
      What in the world is hysterical about that???
      I would hope that my friends would stand up for me.
      The public only has glimpses of Meghan, we see her at events in expensive clothes, but that is only a small part of the story.
      She seems to be a charming, kind woman with a boatload of charisma.
      And let’s be honest, we really don’t know how much was paid for her clothes, how much of her own clothes pre Harry was she wearing before she got pregnant.
      Meghan wasn’t an A-lister in Hollywood, but an actress on a longer running show makes good money and probably gets ” good deals ” in regards to clothes and most likely discounted designer clothing.
      She also lived in Toronto, Canada for years, so she might have a nice size collection of winterish clothing, including coats and boots.
      I wish that white Markles would be completely ignored, such trashy people, shame on them.

    • Natalie S says:

      There was no honeymoon period for Meghan. The Markles being given a platform to abuse her for months was reprehensible. If this is how it starts, then where does it go from here? I think it’s a responsible thing to try to control their public image instead of letting the media dictate everything.

      The royals have a lot of small leaks to try to convey how they want the public to think about them. The Sussexes have been so private, we don’t even know the name of their dog. It’s a tricky thing to pull off but I don’t think they can just sit back and hope people see through any smear campaigns.

      • Vanessa says:

        I couldn’t agree more there was never a honeymoon period for Meghan with the British press who can forget the straight out of compton headline . They been relentlessly negative downright hostile their the ones who whip up brought out all racist people to the sites to spewed disgusting racist things about Meghan . Every day their a new article about Meghan when they nothing to say they make stuff up last week the daily mail had a whole article about Meghan having a scoffed on her shoe the comments were relentlessly malicious calling her all sorts of names. Her whole pregnancy has been meet with nothing but malicious cruelty by the British press and people who hate her people still to this day believe that she announced her pregnancy to everyone at Eugenia wedding even though it’s been stated over and over that didn’t happen everything she does is over analyze by the press to make her seem like she a horrible human being . Who is out to destroy the crown with everything she does .

    • notasugarhere says:

      What, are people to ignore the blatant racism underlying the coverage of her? No other person who has married into a royal family has faced this type, level, consistency of attacks. Part is down to social media not being around before, but it is blatant racism driving much of that from the comments on articles to the trolls who were revealed by the DM the other day.

      Saying she just has to deal with it, gee poor Kate had it bad too? No, Kate faced nothing like this and never has.

      • Vio says:

        I really don’t get why some people are making this conversation about a contest between which woman has got it worse.
        Kate had been stalked and physically harassed by paparazzi fot years outside her own home when she was very young and a private citizen,which isn’t certainly better.
        And before people tell me about how she has also used the photographers,which is by the way something that Meghan has done too in those few months before the wedding,Kate has been stalked and harassed when she wasn’t asking for it.
        And Kate has dealt with her share of nasty an sexist press too. And no,I’m not referring to the “waity katie”,”duchess dolittle” stuff.
        Do the racist undertones make Meghan’s situation worse? Yes. Is there a difference between their current coverage? Sure.
        And Meghan is also getting much more press because of the novelty factor.
        For those saying that she has never had a honeymoon phase with the press,it’s not exactly true. Before and soon after the wedding,before her family took the stage,there were tons of ridiculous fluffy pieces about how she was going to change the monarchy forever. I’ve read in this same site comments from people who were already saying how she would have never lived up to that hype.
        What has made the wave of bad press worse is the fact that these stories were not spread over a longer period,but were out in the tabloids week after week.
        Is the abuse Megan is currently getting online by racist and stupid trolls worse? There’s no doubt about it.
        Nobody can say otherwise.
        But acknowledging that Kate has had her share of nasty and hateful bullying online and saying that she’s part of the conversation too as far as online abuse is concerned,doesn’t dismiss Meghan’s situation. Above all because in most cases the online bullying and hatred is the result of rabid stans pushing back the criticism and hate they feel Meghan is getting,by bashing “the other”.
        I think it’s important that there’s a conversation about the “fandom” aspect too,on both sides really.
        I don’t have a particular opinion about them leaking positive stories to spin the narrative because it’s understandable from a very human perspective, and they all try to manipulate the public narrative in one way or another,even the queen who is really the one among them who has dealt with the worst controversies.

      • Nic919 says:

        Kate was never attacked in the press when she was pregnant so already there is a difference. There also weren’t daily stories following the wedding that she associated with terrorists or was the cause of war and famine by eating avocado. It is completely disingenuous to even pretend that there was the same level of press scrutiny and criticism once she was engaged. And there is the added layer of racism that simply never existed for the white English girl. Trying to both sides this treatment is akin to people who say All Lives Matter. It’s patently false and objectively inaccurate.

      • Vio says:

        @Nic919 “And there is the added layer of racism that simply never existed for the white English girl”
        Where I’ve dismissed the layer of racism? No,because I’ve literally acknowledged that aspect too.
        When it comes to the amount of things published about her,people also need to discern. Dumb click bait about avocados is just that. Dumb nonsense that is not worthy of any attention and isn’t affecting her image.
        I bet Harry would worry much more about her being stalked and harassed by paps and not for the daily mail writing about the implications of eating avocados,or a bunch of lunatics writing fake pregnancy conspiracies on tumblr and twitter.

    • Sharon Lea says:

      It doesn’t come across as hysterical, it is her side of the story. The timing of this piece is to cut the father off at the pass before she gives birth. He keeps smearing her, and we all know his ego is waiting to do it again. She has been in the public eye, but no one deserves to be abused by their family members. It is morally wrong, it is very disturbing.

  15. Mia says:

    I was watching Good Morning American discussing this cover story. So Meghan writes her father to ask him to stop talking to the press trashing her and all he wants is a photo op with her. wow just wow. F him. Wonder how that piece of crap, Pierce Morgan will spin this. I notice on the television talk show The Real, they’re very supportive of Meghan.

    • LeLe says:

      I saw that too too. It made my heart ache for her.

    • Anna says:

      I was just coming on here to say this. What a piece of shit. Poor Meghan. The best thing for Harry, baby Sussex and Meghan is to keep ignoring him.

    • Erock says:

      I truly believe if she wrote him letters and sent texts of love and praise after the wedding, the entire world would have seen it. He published the fathers day cards from her.. he would 100% would have published said letters and screenshots.
      She feels he has made her look bad. You can’t look at any comment section on any platform with out seeing “look what she’s doing to her dad”, so now she is making him look bad. Even though the entire world already knows hes a d-bag.

      • Mae says:

        No he wouldn’t have published Meghan’s letter to him because it counteracts his narrative. His narrative from the beginning was that Meghan has not been in touch with him. That she ghosted him. That he cannot get in touch with her anymore because she changed her number and that KP has not contacted him. If Meghan’s letter is a loving letter, full of forgiveness and pleas for him to stop talking to the media. And if she tells him in the letter that she wants a relationship with him if he stops talking to the media, then his whole narrative would be proven to be a lie. She obviously did contact him and want a relationship with him if she sent him a letter. So, therefore he wouldn’t have mentioned or shown this letter to the UK press.

      • Catrìona says:

        No… you’re wrong. Thomas Markle has an agenda, and that agenda has a narrative. He would never publicise anything that would disprove the narrative. To do so would change the image of victim he has so carefully cultivated.

        When he published the old notes and Father’s Day cards that Meghan sent him, he publicised these tokens to prove to the pub lic that he had been an adored and beloved father, one that had was now being ignored, scorned, and left out in the cold. -sob-

        If he were to disclose letters and texts of love and praise sent to him by Meghan after her marriage, he would lose the sympathy of the mob he has so carefully cultivated. He can only milk pity from the mob as long as Meghan and Harry can be made to seem as if they are ignoring his pleas.

        I have known far too many people like Thomas Markle in my life, including my mother, and my late husband’s parents. I have years of experience with people like TM. The patterns of behaviour are clear.

      • EROCK says:

        I never thought of it like that. I understand what you both are saying.

    • PrincessK says:

      Meghan has known all along that her father was a ‘problem’ and this explains why Harry never met the man before the wedding. Sharon Osborne immediately identified the problem, and she should know. But nobody wants to go there and openly say what her father’s real problem is. People with that type of problem are erratic and very difficult to deal with, especially when an insanely jealous half sister is pulling the father’s strings. Who knows how this will end. But I do believe that H & M have decided that silence is not always the best way to deal with issues, especially when it comes to blatant lies.

      I was thinking that a reconciliation with the father would happen during the US tour but it looks unlikely now.

  16. Sparker says:

    So, to date, third culture kids and mixed race kids have been poorly underserved and often forced to make choices no one else would want to. They’re often helpless to do anything about the cultural violence they see happening around them and powerless about whether or not to accept the privileges offered to them as being “exceptional”, “exotic”, “unique”. They’re often abandoned by one or the other side of their family in the mistaken belief that they’ll be okay with whichever side they wind up on. That is until they’re grown and have proven themselves in their resiliency. The level of resulting insecurity can be really difficult to handle and I’m happy to hear Meghan has friends to help her through it all. Furthermore, there’s strength in numbers and so it will change for the better with the younger generation.

  17. lobbit says:

    Ya’ll are burying the lede here lol. The biggest revelation from this article is that she asked her dad to stop using the press to bury her – he responded with a request for a photo op! That is brand new info!

    • Sharon Lea says:

      I thought there would be more discussion about what her Dad did to her too here. It is hugely shocking to learn that he asked for a photo op, and that he hasn’t called or texted her even though she hasn’t changed her number! Or how about he wouldn’t get in the car to take him to the airport to fly to her wedding?! What personality disorders does he have? I can’t imagine what Doria went through when they were married.

  18. Sam says:

    I mean they are anonymous but it’s pretty clear who some of them are.

    I have no issue with her friends defending her,KP never did( except when the others were potrayed negatively)

    It must have been frustrating to her friends and family reading all the lies being told about her and seeing what it’s doing to her
    Meghan is a human being with feelings and its like sometimes,people forget that.Just cos she comes out smiling during engagements doesnt mean those stories didn’t get to her.

    Also Thomas markle is trash,what he’s done to her yet she’s still defending him,couldn’t be me

    • Natalie S says:

      They finally said something when it involved Kate, otherwise *crickets.*

      • Beach Dreams says:

        Exactly. That nonsensical #hellotokindness media campaign was supported by KP and I’m sure they insisted on having Kate included.

      • MA says:

        Really telling that the only rumor they pushed back against initially was the one where Kate snapped at Meghan for talking to her staff.

    • Lily says:

      The British press pack aren’t happy about her friends anonymously talking to reporters which makes me laugh because this is exactly what they did at the midst of Workshy Wills and The Vegas Scandal lol. Clearly Meghan’s friends publicly sticking up for her wasn’t part of the narrative they want to sell.

  19. Jb says:

    Agreed the backlash is awful. That said anyone else roll their eyes with the “friend” describing how normal their lives are and her cooking for him everyday?! I cook for my husband and myself 5-6days a week and work a full time job. Can we not pretend they don’t have ppl who wait on them hand and foot and she will NEVER want for anything? We can sympathize with her dealing with the bad publicity and smear campaign but trying to paint this “normal and relatable “ life is just a bit much no?

    • JANE says:

      Jb, sorry, but I’m puzzled by your comment.
      Who is pretending that Meghan and Harry don’t have people that can take care of their every request and need? Of course they have staff, I’m pretty sure Meghan and Harry are not cleaning their bathroom or washing their windows or doing the dusting.
      But at the same time it seems to me that Meghan and Harry are trying to have a bit of
      ” normalcy ” in their lives, so she cooks for the two of them and from what I understand she is somewhat of a healthy foodie – not surprising when we consider that she used to be an actress and big part of her job was to look good and not letting herself go. Plus she is from California and healthy eating is not unheard of there.
      Anyways, I love to cook for myself and my husband and he does the same sometimes for us.
      He just made me a lovely dinner for my 28th birthday.
      Many ordinary people cook for themselves, nothing unusual about that, but she is a member of BRF, so it is a bit different in her circumstance.

    • notasugarhere says:

      The unchecked racism seething around her on comment boards everywhere is to be brushed aside as “bad publicity”?

    • LoveBug says:

      @ JB – Somebody sounds really jealous.

  20. JanetFerber says:

    Meghan is my favorite royal, hands down. Next is Harry. I couldn’t give a damn about the rest of them (Kate’s kids are cute, of course).

    • Mia says:

      I like Meghan and can’t wait to see how well she does in her new position. Other faves are The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, Camilla and Sophie.

  21. Fiona says:

    I read yesterday that Serena offered to Meghan the help of Serena’s PR people. I think they are taking their advice and we are seeing the result.

  22. Toot says:

    That former costar could be Abigail Spencer. She was in Europe recently and she and Meghan are good friends from before working together on Suits. She also spoke highly of Meghan when the engagement was announced. She made me laugh when she said Harry was the lucky one.

  23. suze says:

    The thing is….this won’t work. Those who support her will support her more and those who don’t will dig in. The whole “she put a lit candle and robe by the bed” and the constant focus on all her cooking is sweet, but not a defense of the worth of her as a person and her value to the royal family.

    I just want to see someone official say, “Can the blatant and implied racism. It is wrong. Focus instead on what she doing and building or we will sue.”

    Will never happen. I can dream.

    • Rhys says:

      It will never stop for another reason as well – this is how newspapers and tabloids in particular, make money. There’s no incentive for them to write positive or neutral articles only about the royals. It won’t sell the papers.

    • Polly says:

      I was thinking the same. The article will resonate with people who already like her but it won’t change the narrative in the press (it’s not the first time we’ve heard this type of praise from her friends).

    • A says:

      I don’t think this is about it working. I think this is about allowing Meghan to speak for herself and have her own say. It’s simply setting up a counter narrative, as opposed to passively accepting the abuse and letting other people write untruths about her without hitting back. That would be like she is tacitly agreeing with those assessments of her character, which will only further fuel the people who don’t like her.

      • suze says:

        Of course they want to change the narrative, or at least nudge it in a different direction. Otherwise they wouldn’t have done it. I don’t think anyone who isn’t crazy thinks she agrees with racist comments directed at her, or that she is tacitly agreeing with the rotten things her family says.

        Nothing short of an official statement from the Palace or the Queen will chastise some of these voices, but that is unlikely to happen.

  24. mc135 says:

    I hope everyone in every palace was behind this PR piece because if not it shows her and her husband have no allies. The fact that they had to go to the american press for this exclusive when William is giving daily mail exclusive interview and supporting some of their new initiative says a lot. I hope this doesn’t turn more people against them. I think this show that they Firm have not done much to help with the media and behind the scene might be worst then even the media can be. This is going to get messy.

    • Toot says:

      Yeah, William working with Daily mail, of all papers, would have really opened my eyes more if I’m Meghan.

      • Wha1ever says:

        Charles and Camilla backed DM’s volunteer NHS initiative late last year (during the peak of most of the anti-Meghan stories) and i’m sure, but can’t be absolutely certain, that they have backed other DM iniatives in the past. So William would hardly be the first. The timing of C & C working with DM should be more worrying.

      • Beach Dreams says:

        Yes, and let’s not forget James Middleton’s recent piece for the DM. There’s the Middleton ties to the current and former editors and Rebecca English too.

  25. Piper says:

    Interesting. Pieces like this are done for the people not the press, dispute lies. Basically that she’s stayed pretty normal since becoming Royal Meghan, not the difficult diva and she’s had no relationship truly with Markles, which we suspected. I don’t this will change UK press perspective but it’s not meant to, it’s meant for the readers to hear the true side of the story.

  26. aquarius64 says:

    The Markles are going to trot out the pictures as proof of closeness. A picture is a snapshot in time no proof. Only shows you were at an event.

  27. bread says:

    So – on the one hand, we have anonymous sources saying she’s a unreasonably demanding boss who throws tantrums when she doesn’t get to borrow the tiara she wants.

    And on the other hand, we have anonymous sources saying she’s a total sweetie pie who lives in a humble cottage and cleans her dog’s paws with her own hands.

    I think this will change very few people’s minds. Some have decided to love her unconditionally and some have decided to hate everything she says or does. And the vast majority don’t really care.

    • suze says:

      No, it’s not going to.

      Pushing in a dramatically different direction with anonymous sources – no matter how much truth in it – is just going to get certain press hacks backs up.

      The whole thing is an awful mess. It’s unfortunate because I do believe she is picking up good patronages, working to do good things, and that she has a happy relationship. It’s dismaying to see outside forces exerting so much negative pressure.

      Maybe she should hire Serena’s PR firm.

    • I really don’t get this very black and white view of things. If you’re talking about online trolls/stans, you’re right, nothing will change their minds because they’ve decided they’ll hate/love her no matter what.

      However, there are millions of people in this world, and it can be a very different crowd who reads People mag, than reads the hateful DM. The DM, which is only one rag, has written thousands of negative articles about Meghan, thousands. On the other hand less than ten articles have sought to get out a different narrative. If this were me I wouldn’t just allow only the narrative that the tabloids want out there, I would want the chance to set my own.

      And I’m sure the U.K. press will hate this because they are so used to controlling what is said about the royals, but oh well, it’s not like they’re going to stop because stories about Meghan get clicks and make them money.

      IMO she’s allowed to have a few people stand up for her, especially in a US publication since she’s from here.

      • suze says:

        I didn’t say she couldn’t have her friends stand up for her. If I were her friend I would do it, if I were Meghan I would appreciate it.

        We were talking about effectiveness only- I just don’t think it will change minds. People will just retreat into entrenched positions. Anyone who cares, that is. There may be millions of people in the world but most don’t give a darn about royals. Even about Meghan, popular as she is.

        The UK press hasn’t controlled anything about royal coverage since 1981, when Diana exploded on the scene.

  28. J ferber says:

    I can never get on board with Charles or Camilla because of princess Diana. For me, they are cancelled. I know the p.r. and propaganda machines in England have successfully erased Diana and wiped clean the besmirched c. And c. I’ve never bought their white-washing and I never will. Private opinion that many do not share, I know.

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  30. MoxRox says:

    You know what, I don’t mind hearing positive press about Megan. There’s literally been nothing positive for months. Everyone has been putting her down, picking on her, calling her all kinds of unkind things. So if her friends say a few lines about her being kind, a good hostess, and a thoughtful caretaker, I can live with that. I don’t think it’s too much, or too positive, or invalid because it’s her friends. I do not think it is fair to put celebrities into glass bowls, tap on the bowls whenever we want, and then when they tap back, get mad at them for having something to say to defend themselves. It’s wholly unfair.

    And as someone who has experienced something similar to her (obviously on nowhere near as grand a scale) and knows a thing or two about moving away with a spouse, having a narcissist for a father, father refusing to come to the wedding, etc, I don’t blame them for speaking up. Enough is enough. And her father, God help him, if he is anything like we all suspect, it’s not surprising that he DOES have full access to Meghan but would rather talk to everyone else BUT her. My father literally talked to everyone under the sun about me when I chose to marry someone he didn’t approve of (and refused to meet). He barely even spoke to me. And when I said stop gossiping, he basically was like “I’m the one who raised you and gave you everything. I’m a good person, I’m a kind person, you’re the gossip, etc.” Sadly for Meghan he’s blabbing to the press and to his siblings and to everyone who will listen. I feel for her because this is not a situation you can understand if you don’t realize there are some truly, truly broken families out there. He’s not interested in a real relationship with her. And neither is my father with me.

  31. J ferber says:

    I’m sorry, moxrox. This story touched you deeply. I wish you peace and happiness.

  32. Vanessa says:

    The way the press had been able to go after Meghan is just unbelievable the relentlessly attack she has to endure is just unfair. I know people are going to say but Kate gets it too all duchess matter Meghan is being targeted because of races I truly believe that Meghan was fully white the press would have stop by now . I know people favor go to line when others bring up racism Meghan faces is oh she doesn’t look black she can pass for white if can’t see that Meghan is a woman of color and you have convinced yourself that all the attack on this woman has nothing to with her races they have a bridge to sell . I think it’s nice that Meghan friends wanting to help her the narrative around Meghan friendship has always been negative she has one falling out with one friend who choose to side with her ex husband. I honestly thought that her ex friend has a thing for Meghan ex husband and side with him because she was in love with him I take what she said about Meghan with a grain of salt. The British press has created this negative campaign against Meghan to point where I think a crazy person would hurt her if they could . The conspiracy theories that people have invented about Meghan is really something there are people on Twitter right now because of Samantha who think and believe that Meghan is really not pregnant she using a pillow .

  33. Sassy says:

    The Sussexes finally realized they are on their own when it comes to PR, they are collateral damage in the eyes of the palace they don’t matter to them. Harry was his father and brother whipping boy for years they would easily toss him under the bus without any regard. Harry finally grew a pair and is doing something besides standing aside and watching people paint him a hostage and his wife as the devil.

    • PrincessK says:

      Yes, I do feel that these friends were definitely authorised by Meghan and not the Palace to give interviews because H&M probably feel that not enough was being done to give her side of the story and expose the lies. Serena Williams hinted that Meghan needs to get some PR going to stop the nonsense.

  34. A says:

    For people asking why this is anonymous. It is anonymous because the media’s reaction to this would have been to attack the messenger if they were named and make that the story. What makes this different from “my palace source” stuff is that it is fairly obvious who the friends are. People know who Meghan’s closest friends were, and people can judge whether they want to trust these comments.

  35. Case says:

    I think this is a very nice of her friends, and a good strategy to get her side of the story out there without Meghan herself speaking out. I don’t think this PR move means she is struggling horribly or not enjoying her new life — I think it just means Meghan and Harry wanted a way to squash some of these rumors floating about, and their friends were upset to see them being bashed these last few months.

  36. aquarius64 says:

    I think it is working. The Markles have yet to respond. I think they’re afraid the photo op letter will get published.

  37. Flowers says:

    She may be a nice woman. I don’t read Daily Mail or any of the tabloids, but I am aware of some of the criticisms and it seems to be more about her spending being out of hand and about her craving notoriety and posing, seeming too “actressy.” The KP PR people need to reign her in on the spending issue, not just get her friends to gush about how down-to-earth she is. And if she is not actually spending 5-6 k on clothes for each appearance, then they need to impress upon her that it looks that way. An American divorcee was never going to be a popular choice for “royalty” but most people are willing to give folks a chance eventually if they are humble and hard working.

    • Royalwatcher says:

      I’m pretty sure you’re just concern trolling, but…I’m sorry, no. It is not just about her clothing budget (the same that Kate has you know, not to mention how much Camilla and the queen probably spend – but no one reports on either of them). There have been articles claiming that Meghan is responsible for Harry’s baldness, that she is causing drought and wars by eating avocados, that she is a heartless daughter who caused her father to have a heart attack, that she breaks protocol by wearing nail polish (and closing her car door, crossing her legs, wearing certain colors, etc. etc.). It is not just about her clothing budget.

      • Vanessa says:

        let me get this straight you claim not to have seen or read anything negative about Meghan you only seen stuff about her spending. But further up thread you agree with a poster who said that the Meghan stories are inconsistent with what the media has been reported and that clearly her friends are making her out to be saint when the opposite is being said by the British press. So you know what being said about her for the most part it has nothing to do with spending .

  38. MA says:

    I find the comments complaining that this PR push portrays Meghan as a “saint” puzzling. For 3 years Meghan has been portrayed as a ghetto, slutty, gold digging, social climbing con-artist. Then a demanding, snobby diva who rebelled against her future grandmother-in-law, the literal QUEEN, and bullied her sister-in-law. Also she’s super crafty and conniving and has faked a good personality for years for social climbing, but somehow can’t keep her head in check and be fake-nice to her future royal family?
    Which is it? These allegations are so unbelievable because they’re contradictory. Meghan apparently embodies every single bad trait a human can possibly have. Remember, they even accused her of promoting murder and causing natural disasters.
    So now her friends come out and say, “Hey, actually our friend is a thoughtful, loyal person with a good heart. Our interactions with her are still normal despite her crazy life. She lives at a palace but isn’t waited on hand and foot by an army of personal servants who bathe her and throw rose petals onto her footpath.” Somehow this is portraying her as a saint? No one’s saying she’s cured cancer. They’re just saying that she’s a really caring friend who’s always been there for them. Why is that so hard to believe? Why do some people get up in arms whenever something good comes out?

    • Vanessa says:

      They get up in arms because it doesn’t fit the narrative that they believe about Meghan don’t want admit that they were wrong about her . And they just want to keep bashing Meghan and the lies about Meghan continues to this day the conspiracy theories about her pregnancy now that Meghan friends are sticking for her its problem they know her best their not making her out to be a saint they are humanize her . For so long the British media has set the narrative about Meghan they have made her out to be this controversial controlling woman who belittle and make people around her life miserable. They accused of her all sorts horrible things through it all she hasn’t say a word . They have attack her throughout her pregnancy her and Harry stay quiet didn’t complain. It’s about time someone stands up for her fight back she human being after all .

    • sid says:

      ITA Ma. I didn’t know who Meghan was before she started dating Harry. When it was revealed in the press I did a quick looksee on the internet and honestly, the way her friends describe her in this piece is the impression I got from looking at her blog and IG and watching a few interviews. She seemed like a kind person who enjoyed entertaining and lifestyle stuff and liked taking care of people. The idea that she does some of the cooking for herself and Harry is hardly far-fetched. That she is easy to talk to and a good listener seems to match what I have seen of her interacting with people during engagements. Maybe I’m just lucky in that I’ve come across a number of caring types in my life so nothing in that article comes across as saintly or over-the-top.

    • Mego says:

      Very well said MA!

  39. Vanessa says:

    @ flowers it’s only inconsistent if you believe what the British press has been saying here you have Meghan closet friends speaking out and rebuttal a lot of what the British media has been saying about her. And you are refusing to believe because it doesn’t fit what you think Meghan is as person if their any inconsistencies its with the British press because clearly a lot of their stories were wrong starting with Meghan father not being having contact with her or not having her phone number.

  40. J ferber says:

    Sorry, folks, but it’s time Meghan and Harry came to the u.s. to usurp Trump’s position and declare that we now have a monarchy. I think that’s fair and it could only be good for all concerned.

  41. A says:

    I don’t feel like the stuff about how “ordinary” Meghan is are any different from the sorts of things people say about all the other royals. Like, people go on and on about the Queen at Balmoral cooking on a grill or whatever, and goodness only knows how many articles we get about middle class Kate opening the front door to guests with her children on one hip etc. It’s par for the course. This is how royals operate. They never make statements, but they direct their friends and associates to anonymously speak on their behalf. Everyone does it, all the way up to the Queen, and it’s about time KP or whomever decided to do the same for Meghan.

    I’m very intrigued by stuff about her father not contacting her though. That’s interesting.

  42. Chatty Cath says:

    I thought Meghan ‘unsuitable’ as a divorced woman to marry Harry. But her obvious empathy with the general public and her beautiful face and smile have made me change my mind. Who has the most to lose from Meghan’s popularity? Who is a veteran at cultivating the press? Who has used Machiavellian whiles to get her daughter to be the future queen? And I notice no championing of Meghan from that direction either. I know it ‘doesn’t matter’ but a pregnant woman and her child should never be subjected to this kind of stress and character assassination. Remember the ‘Double Duchesses’ story too?

  43. aquarius64 says:

    Sam is on Twitter denying no texts from Dad. But she didn’t deny Dad’s photo op letter.

    • Vanessa says:

      OF course Samantha is going to deny the text message because the only way to proof that is for Thomas to release his phone records. Their probably stuff on their blow up his poor little dad act that his been selling that why he didn’t release the letter because it shows that Meghan was willing to give him a second chance it goes against the narrative that Thomas Samantha and the British press has been telling their readers. Meghan loves and want to have a relationship with her father her and Harry try to get to the wedding they both did all they could but Thomas refused. Thomas would rather help the British press harassed bully torment his pregnant daughter than actually been a father and grandfather.

  44. piper says:

    Hidden Landmine is THOMAS MARKLE lying and denying he’d taken pap pics and not getting into Limo bc he’s too embarrassed. AND worse, he’s lied the whole time about contact and her letter asking him to stop and he’s asking for photo op. Now, I definitely think the UK press will strike back with nasty efforts to attack her but you know what, her side of the story let’s keep getting it out there.

  45. Damemrs says:

    Duchess Meghan has never hide how hard it was for her to make it as an actress – in fact, its all over he internet for all to see. She has earned $50000 per episode of Suits which lasted for 7 years so she clearly earned her own money and bought so many designer pieces as you can see on insatgram from pictures taken way before she met Harry! She modelled and designed for Reitman’s a top Canadian clothing brand, she modelled generally and is well travelled – hence she came up with the Tig – a website she owned and managed and had it thousands of followers. This is a millennial who like others – looked to other millennials – is bright, ambitious, naturally beautiful, hard working and so happens to have met and married prince Harry.
    Clearly a lot of these people do not like Harry as they claim – when you care about someone, you RESPECT their choices.

    • Chigirlie says:

      👏👏👏 very well said, I couldn’t agree with you more. I have seen YouTube videos of her giving interviews and talking about charity and female empowerment long before she met Harry. She is an intelligent, well traveled, cultured woman who has a long history of doing for others. The level of vitriol and the character assassination that is taking place is beyond ridiculous. No matter what she does there will be detractors with some form of negativity to spew. However, I feel she is strong and confidant in her ability to affect change for the betterment of others and will continue to do the work alongside her husband.

    • Fox says:

      Reitmans is not a top Canadian brand and Meghan didn’t make 50 grand per episode for 7 years.

  46. aquarius64 says:

    I went on the Fails site and posted my comment about Sam’s non denial of Dad’s photo op letter and the Markles getting what’s coming to them. I got a message from DM saying there were complaints about the comment and they were deleting it. I think I struck a nerve…with DM.

  47. Racer1 says:

    She’s been the victim since they dated. As with anyone in the public eye, some will be liked and some wont. Very nice that this site is a sanctuary for her supporters and I sincerely hope in the end you all will be right about her.

    • CHATNUH says:

      “In the end?” D’you mean, as in……..at the end of a similar length of time like that of QE11’s reign (which hasnt ended yet and has lasted 67 years so far.) Hmmmmm…..have you got 67 years left to go so you could stay and watch? Just curious……

  48. Liz Simpson says:

    My daughter has worked in PR in Toronto for 22 years. When the news about Harry and Meghan first surfaced, she was pleased. She says that everyone who has worked with or had any contact with Meghan over the years she’s lived here ALL say she is the most down to earth, kind,humble person. She apparently is much loved in the industry too.
    How frustrating then to have all these toxic stories spread by this appalling family, because let’s face it, this is where they started and then the press and magazines jumped all over it and embroidered it to sell their mags, the estranged sister is just a whack job after money.As to the father’s motivation? Who knows but boy is he the worst parent to treat his girl like that. I fully understand why she cut herself off from that toxicity.her mother too. I completely believe what her friends are saying here, as it jell’s completely with everything I’ve heard.

  49. Helena says:

    Never complain…never explain. This is the British way, and it must be difficult for her not being able to defend herself but this is the institution she has married in to. If all true, the Markles are a disgrace.

    Things must be bad if the palace are allowing her to filter this story through her ‘friends’ via People magazine. It’s quite clear that this has come from KP, she’s probably very hormonal and stressed from all of this which is understandable, but Brits are the most cynical of all so….it still may not go down well. But I’d say getting in to a public battle with Dad and sister Markle is not a good idea since they have zero filter and nothing to lose.

    • CHATNUH says:

      This is the british way? LMAOL (laughing may @ss off out looud)
      You must NOT be familiar with the “british way”. Wheel and come again, sweetheart.

  50. Ohdear says:

    Meghan you are loved.

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  52. Abby says:

    I clicked on this expecting it to be a ridiculous story with over-the-top fawning about Meghan, but I’m leaving with a picture of a sweet and caring friend, who cares for her husband and her dogs, loves to cook and is thoughtful. I agree with the comments — it feels like the journalist asked her friends, “What do you think about X terrible rumor about Meghan” and this was their response.

    Question — is there any way for Meghan to not be vilified in the media? It seems so hateful. I know she’s not the only celebrity to get raked over the coals (I mean this is celebitchy after all) but it just so relentless for her, pregnancy or no. I don’t see why it’s needed, she doesn’t seem like an awful person and she’s trying hard at her new job. Is there any PR strategy that would help in this situation with her?