Meghan Markle’s make-up artist pal Daniel Martin has posted a defiant poem in defence of the Duchess amid the bombshell claims she bullied members of staff at Kensington Palace.
Earlier this week the former Suits star, 39, was accused of ‘driving out’ two PAs and shattering the confidence of another member of palace staff – with one former aide branding Prince Harry and his wife ‘outrageous bullies’ in The Times.
The palace has since announced it will launch an unprecedented inquiry into the allegations – calling claims that the Duchess of Sussex inflicted ’emotional cruelty’ on underlings ‘very’ concerning.
Meghan has vehemently denied the claims, instead insisting the newspaper was ‘being used by Buckingham Palace to peddle a wholly false narrative’ about her.
Meghan Markle’s make-up artist pal Daniel Martin has posted a defiant poem in defence of the Duchess amid the bombshell claims she bullied members of staff at Kensington Palace
Posting on Instagram this morning, Daniel, from New York, shared a photo of him and Meghan, believed to have been taken on the day she attended her first official engagement with Prince Harry in December 2017.
He accompanied the candid snap of him applying blusher to the Duchess’s cheeks with a short poem by Lao Tzu, a 4th century Taoist author and thinker.
It read: ‘Because she isn’t self centered, people can see the light in her. 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.’
His post was liked by nearly 3,500 people – including Meghan’s best friend, stylist Jessica Mulroney – in two hours.
Daniel is believed to have known Meghan for over a decade, having met her while the former actress worked on Suits, and remained in contact with the Duchess throughout her life in the Royal Family
His post was liked by nearly 3,500 people – including Meghan’s best friend, stylist Jessica Mulroney – in two hours
Many expressed their love and support for the Duchess in the comments, and thanked Daniel – who was responsible for Meghan’s wedding day make-up – for being one of her ‘staunchest supporters’.
Daniel is believed to have known Meghan for over a decade, having met her while the former actress worked on Suits, and remained in contact with the Duchess throughout her life in the Royal Family.
He attended her famous baby shower in New York last February alongside celebrities like Gayle King and Serena Williams, and was one of the first to visit the Duke and Duchess of Sussex when they moved into Frogmore Cottage shortly before Archie’s birth.
In an interview last year, he claimed Meghan ‘globally resonates on so many levels – not just because of the way she looks but the way she is’.
Daniel was responsible for Meghan Markle’s wedding day make-up (pictured: the Duchess rides in an Ascot Landau along the Long Walk after her marriage to Prince Harry in St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle)
Makeup artist Daniel Martin opened about his BFF Meghan Markle during a video call with Entertainment Tonight last year, claiming she ‘globally resonates on so many levels – not just because of the way she looks but the way she is’
He said she’s changed the beauty industry for the better, adding that he feels a certain ‘responsibility’ to associate himself with her.
‘I’m very fortunate that we’re authentic friends so I feel like I have to do and be as good because we’re all in this together,’ he told Entertainment Tonight’s Melicia Johnson. ‘She gave me this incredible gift and now it’s my responsibility to share that.’
A number of Meghan’s close friends and allies have spoken out in the past couple of days, with producer and author Lindsay Jill Roth claiming ‘goodwill runs in her bones’.
In a passionate Instagram post on Thursday, the Duchess’s Northwestern University pal branded her an ‘altruistic, magnanimous friend’ and shared a picture of the pair of them on their graduation, as well as one from the author’s wedding day.
‘Meg’s M.O. has always been kindness; goodwill runs in her bones,’ Lindsay wrote.
Producer and author Lindsay Jill Roth (picture right) posted a defence of Meghan Meghan on Instagram on Thursday evening as she claimed that ‘goodwill runs in her bones’
Roth’s caption was a passionate defence of the Duchess amid claims of bullying
‘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’s more than just a cover story.’
Her comments come ahead of Meghan and Harry’s upcoming tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey to be aired on Sunday.
‘She’s funny. Like, laugh out loud funny. And smart,’ Lindsay’s caption continued.
‘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.’
Roth is one of Meghan’s best friends from her days at Northwestern University (pictured)
Meghan and Lindsay have been friends since they met in a Toni Morrison literature class during their freshman year at Northwestern, from which they graduated in 2003.
They remained close as Meghan went on to pursue acting, eventually earning her high-profile role on Suits.
Lindsay also acted for a bit, appearing as an extra in Mona Lisa Smile alongside Julia Roberts and Kirsten Dunst, and Raise Your Voice, with Hilary Duff.
She has since gone on to work as a producer for Larry King Now, The Real Girl’s Kitchen, and Queen Boss.
All the while, the two were in each other’s lives. Though Meghan has deleted her personal Instagram account, Lindsay still has several photos of the star up and tagged on her page.
Meghan and Lindsay (left) have been friends since they met in a Toni Morrison literature class during their freshman year at Northwestern, from which they graduated in 2003
TV producer Roth married Englishman Gavin Jordan in 2016, with Meghan serving as maid of honour.
Actress Janina Gavankar, another close friend who attended Meghan and Harry’s wedding, also rushed to the Duchess’ defense in a tweet on Thursday.
‘I have known Meghan for 17 years,’ the star of The Morning Show and True Blood wrote.
‘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 39-year-old added. ‘The truth shall set you free.’
Roth (pictured with Meghan) branded the Duchess an ‘altruistic, magnanimous friend’
Meghan Markle’s close friend Janina Gavankar, 39, also rushed to her defense on Thursday
‘Here’s what she is: kind, strong, open. Here’s what she’s not: “a bully,”‘ the actress claimed
Gavankar’s comments appeared to reference to a 30-second promo clip for Meghan and Harry’s interview with Oprah which was released on Wednesday.
In the clip, the Duchess accuses the Royal Family of ‘perpetuating falsehoods’ about her and Prince Harry.
She adds in the interview that she couldn’t stay ‘silent’ about the alleged falsehoods.
‘I don’t know how they could expect that, after all of this time, we would still just be silent if there is an active role that The Firm is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us,’ Meghan says in the clip.
‘And if that comes with risk of losing things, I mean, there’s a lot that’s been lost already.’
It is not known what ‘falsehoods’ Meghan is talking about because the interview was recorded before the bullying claims emerged – which saw some royal staff say they are members of the ‘Sussex Survivors’ Club’ after working for the couple, with some claiming they have suffered post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety because of their treatment by Harry and Meghan.
Meghan’s friends rushed to her defence ahead of her and Harry’s tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey to be aired Sunday
However, Meghan and Harry have blasted the bullying claims as a ‘calculated smear campaign based on misleading and harmful misinformation’.
‘We are disappointed to see this defamatory portrayal of The Duchess of Sussex given credibility by a media outlet,’ they said of The Times report.
‘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.’
Her lawyers said the former actress was ‘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’.