As Meghan Markle finds herself in a twisted web of never-ending drama in the lead up to her highly anticipated sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey, her longtime pal is sticking up for the Duchess of Sussex amid shocking bullying allegations.
"Meg’s M.O. has always been kindness; goodwill runs in her bones," Lindsay Jill Roth wrote next to a photo of Meghan putting lip gloss on her at her wedding and another from her college graduation. "I know this to be true after 22 years of very close friendship. I have seen first-hand how she treats her friends and their families, and her colleagues."
She added, "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 [Prince] 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."
The allegations come just days before Meghan and Harry’s tell-all interview with TV titan Winfrey airs on CBS.
According to the UK Times, a complaint was made against Meghan by former communications secretary, Jason Knauf, who said Meghan "drove two personal assistants out of the household and was undermining the confidence of a third staff member."
"We are clearly very concerned about allegations in The Times following claims made by former staff of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex," Buckingham Palace said in a statement after the controversy made headlines.
"Accordingly our HR team will look into the circumstances outlined in the article. Members of staff involved at the time, including those who have left the Household, will be invited to participate to see if lessons can be learned.
"The Royal Household has had a Dignity at Work policy in place for a number of years and does not and will not tolerate bullying or harassment in the workplace."
Meghan and Harry also responded to the claims. "We are disappointed to see this defamatory portrayal of The Duchess of Sussex given credibility by a media outlet. 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," a spokesperson for Meghan and Harry said.