The Duchess of Sussex’s closest friends have launched a coordinated defence against claims she bullied royal staff, saying that “kindness and goodwill run in her bones”.
Within a space of hours, several of Meghan’s closest confidantes broke ranks to stand up for the pregnant 39-year-old and challenge allegations that she had driven out two employees and undermined the confidence of a third.
Lindsay Roth, a friend from Northwestern University, took to Instagram last night to pen a lengthy tribute to the Duchess.
“Meg’s M.O. has always been kindness; goodwill runs in her bones,” she said.
“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.”
Daniel Martin, the Duchess’s wedding day make-up artist, also took to social media to quote a passage from the Tao Te Ching alongside a picture of Meghan, beginning: “Because she isn’t self centered, people can see the light in her.”
It went on: “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.”
Janina Gavankar, another old friend of the Duchess, wrote on Twitter: “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…