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Meghan Markle's 'Suits' Costars and Childhood Friends Slam Palace Bullying Accusations

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has been in the news more than usual over the past week. As royal fans have been gearing up to watch her and Prince Harry’s exclusive interview with Oprah on Sunday, former royal staffers have been speaking to the press to say that Meghan bullied them. Meghan, herself, has said little about the accusations, but her friends and former Suits coworkers have been coming out in droves to defend the Duchess.

Meghan Markle’s bullying accusations

The bullying accusations stem from a 2018 complaint that the Sussex’s former communications secretary, Jason Knauf, filed against Meghan, claiming that she forced two personal assistants to leave their jobs. Though the complaint is over two years old, certain staffers recently spoke to The Times to rehash the reports. Among the complaints is an allegation that Meghan would email staffers in the middle of the night.

Meghan’s camp briefly responded to the allegations to deny them.

“The Duchess is saddened by this latest attack on her character, particularly as someone who has been the target of bullying herself and is deeply committed to supporting those who have experienced pain and trauma,” a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said in a statement, obtained by People. “She is determined to continue her work building compassion around the world and will keep striving to set an example for doing what is right and doing what is good.”

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What have Meghan’s friends been saying?

Though Meghan hasn’t said much about the allegations, her friends and former coworkers are sticking up for her.

“I have known Meghan for 17 years,” Meghan’s longtime friend, actress Janina Gavankar tweeted. “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.”

Meghan’s close friend, Lindsay Roth, also defended Meghan on Instagram.

“Meg’s M.O. has always been kindness; goodwill runs in her bones,” she wrote. “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,” she wrote. 

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.

Suits writer Jon Cowan also came to Meghan’s defense when someone tweeted that both the royal family and the Sussexes could be in the wrong.

“It’s also possible the Duchess of Sussex is a good person thrust into an unimaginable world,” Cowan wrote. “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.”

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