Amid allegations of bullying from palace aides, Meghan Markle’s friend Lindsay Jill Roth is defending her, saying “Goodwill runs in her bones.” Roth is the latest in a series of people standing up for the Duchess amid the ongoing allegations. Her Suits co-star, Patrick J. Adams also showed his support on social media.
Friend defends Meghan Markle against bullying claims
In an Instagram post, including two images of herself and Meghan Markle, Lindsay Jill Roth wrote, “Meg’s M.O. has always been kindness.” The author and television producer is a longtime friend of Markle. Roth speaks out against the bullying allegations made against the Duchess of Sussex.
Roth, the author of What Pretty Girls Are… added a lengthy caption to her Instagram post on Thursday. She wrote, “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.”
Roth continued, writing if Markle is driving with you in the passenger seat, she will fling her right arm in front of you at the slightest bump. This is in a gesture of love to ensure your safety. She continued, writing, “If you have a specific goal, she will help you get there, and your passions will become hers on your behalf.”
Roth also wrote that should people ever have the pleasure of meeting Meg they will see the “altruistic, magnanimous friend who I am so lucky to have in my corner.” Markle, who was Roth’s Maid of Honor at her wedding, is described as “laugh out loud funny” and “smart.” Roth explained that Markle is “more than just a cover story.”
Meghan Markle and Lindsay Jill Roth at university
Roth’s post continued, reading that Markle was this woman when they were students together at Northwestern University. She wrote that Markle was “this woman in Los Angeles,” who spent her days auditioning.
Meghan was also this woman living in Toronto as Rachel Zane on Suits. Roth describes her as this woman before everyone knew she was dating Prince Harry. She was the same woman when she became the Duchess of Sussex. Roth concluded, writing that Meghan Markle is, without a doubt, the very same woman today.
Bullying allegations against Meghan Markle in The Times
Roth’s Instagram post comes days after the British tabloid, The Times, reported on a bullying complaint against Markle. The complaint was made by one of Meghan’s close advisors during her time as a working royal at Kensington Palace. The allegations are something that her office has strongly denied.
A spokesperson for Markle and Prince Harry said in a statement to People, how “saddened” the Duchess is by this latest attack on her character. This is particularly so as someone who has been the target of bullying herself. The spokesperson said Meghan is deeply committed to supporting those who have experienced pain and trauma.
The statement concluded by saying Markle is determined to continue her work in building compassion around the world. She will keep striving to set an example for “doing what is right and doing what is good.”
Buckingham Palace launching a probe
On Wednesday, a statement was made by Buckingham Palace that a probe is to be launched into the bullying allegations. The statement read that the royal family is “clearly very concerned about the allegations in The Times.” The allegations were made by former aides of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The palace’s HR team is to look into the circumstances outlined in the article. Staff members involved at that time will be invited to participate, including those who have since left the Household.
“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,” the statement continued.
The allegations of bullying came days before the much-anticipated Oprah with Meghan and Harry is set to air. In a teaser trailer, Meghan Markle said she doesn’t see how the royal family can expect her and her husband to stay “silent.” Winfrey has also made it clear that nothing is out of bounds in the controversial interview.
Oprah with Meghan and Harry airs on CBS on Sunday, March 7 at 8/7c.