Since announcing her engagement to Prince Harry last year and marrying him at Windsor Castle this past May, Meghan Markle has faced down more than her fair share of attacks from critics, cyberbullies, and her own family. Despite having to deal with all this pressure, however, Meghan has withstood it all with grace and poise, and, according to a close friend, has remained true to her old self the entire time.
In an interview with People this week, Daniel Martin, who was responsible for the Duchess of Sussex’s glowy wedding day makeup, opened up about Meghan’s strength of character amid the whirlwind of drama that often seems to follow her every move. “There’s a small group of us that check in with her and see how she’s doing, but she’s still the same person,” Martin said. “That’s why it’s so bizarre for me sometimes to even think about her in that way, because that’s not who I know.”
Meghan’s commitment to keeping this small group of old friends close could be a big part of why she hasn’t been changed by all the glitz and glamour of her new life as a member of the royal family. Just a few weeks ago, it was reported that the former Suits star had taken a secret trip back to Toronto to spend a low-key weekend with her close friend Jessica Mulroney. That getaway came shortly after Meghan and Harry were reported to have jetted off to Italy to spend a couple’s weekend at the Lake Como home of their new friends George and Amal Clooney.
And earlier this week, royal expert Omid Scobie told Good Morning America that Meghan’s mom, Doria Ragland, had gone completely under the radar when she flew across the pond to stay with Meghan and Harry in their Oxfordshire country home sometime during the summer. “Doria is said to enjoy a close relationship with Harry and continues to be a pillar of strength for Meghan,” Scobie tweeted about the incognito vacay.