Meghan Markle's Friends Are Coming to Her Defense: "Find Someone Else to Admonish"

The royal family and the British press seem to be doing everything in their power to deflect attention from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's interview with Oprah Winfrey. Their most recent attack involves a bullying complaint from one of Meghan's former advisers, who is claiming that she "drove two personal assistants out of the household and undermined the confidence of a third staff member" during her time at Kensington Palace in 2018.

The Duchess of Sussex has denied the claims and is "saddened" by them. "Let's just call this what it is — a calculated smear campaign based on misleading and harmful misinformation," her spokesperson told the UK's The Times in a statement earlier this week. "It's no coincidence that distorted several-year-old accusations aimed at undermining The Duchess are being briefed to the British media shortly before she and The Duke are due to speak openly and honestly about their experience of recent years." Buckingham Palace has also addressed the allegations, saying it is "clearly very concerned" and has launched an investigation.

Of course, anyone who has been keeping up with Meghan shouldn't be surprised by these new claims. Ever since Meghan began dating Harry in 2016, the British media has been hellbent on tarnishing her reputation, even though she's no longer a working royal, nor does she live in the UK. Well, Meghan's friends have had enough. Following the allegations, Meghan's close friends, including Serena Williams, actor Patrick J. Adams, actress Abigail Spencer, TV producer Lindsay Jill Roth, makeup artist Daniel Martin, and director Silver Tree, have all come to her defense on social media. Keep reading to see their statements, then check out revelations from Meghan and Harry's explosive CBS interview, which aired on Sunday.

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Lindsay Jill Roth

"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."

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Patrick J. Adams

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Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle wrote on Instagram: "You already know what time it is. I hope we all continue to rally around women who dare to stand up for themselves and others. We see you, we support you, we got your back."