Meghan Markle’s Close Friends Defend Her in Gayle King Special

Meghan Markle's closest friends opened up on a new CBS special hosted by Gayle King, and defended her from haters.

Since her marriage to Prince Harry of Windsor on May 19, 2018, former American actress Meghan Markle, now Duchess of Sussex, has been a target for malicious gossips and criticism.

Now, a year after she joined the British Royal family, some of her closest friends have finally leaped to her defense in Gayle King's special, for CBS, "Harry and Meghan + 1."

"‘I think because I know her so well, and I know she doesn’t deserve all this negative press." Daniel Martin

DUCHESS MEGHAN'S FRIENDS SPEAK OUT FOR THE FIRST TIME

In an unprecedented move, close, intimate friends of Duchess Meghan have broken protocol and came out in her defense.

King, who is a close friend of the Royal Duchess herself, persuaded Janina Gavankar, and Daniel Martin to speak about their Royal friend.

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Gavankar and Martin are ecstatic over the birth of Baby Sussex

JANINA GAVANKAR: "MEGHAN IS NO DIVA" 

38-year-old actress and musician Janina Gavankar has been a friend of the Duchess for over 10 years, and she firmly refutes the stories that Meghan is "difficult."

She revealed that Meghan has wanted to be a mother for ten years, and never reads any of the press about herself.

"She doesn’t read the bad or the good because... she knows the metrics that you have for your own life cannot be based on a headline that somebody else wrote," said Gavankar.

DANIEL MARTIN: "SHE DOESN'T DESERVE ALL THIS"

Daniel Martin, Duchess Meghan’s long-term friend, and make-up artist told King that the stories about her are gossip fodder and totally untrue.

Martin became highly emotional was he defended his friend and came close to tears.

"What’s so frustrating is that you hear these stories and there’s no truth to them- It’s not the same person. In the years I’ve known her, the years I’ve worked with her, she’s never had a diva fit, never," said Martin.

BABY ARCHIE: "THE DAWN OF A NEW GENERATION"

Gavankar and Martin are ecstatic over the birth of Baby Sussex, now revealed as Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

"To have the Royal Family bring a child of color into the world, it’s pretty awesome," said Gavankar. 

"Their child is going to represent what the world is now. It’s the dawn of a new generation," said Martin.

King, also spoke to her best friend Oprah Winfrey, one of Duchess Meghan's inner circle, about the former actress.

"(Meghan) is not only everything that we perceive of her as being - graceful and dynamic in holding that position - but she just has a wonderful, warm, giving, loving heart," revealed Winfrey.

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OPRAH WINFREY TO WORK CLOSELY WITH PRINCE HARRY

Oprah Winfrey spoke about her work with Prince Harry on a new docuseries for Apple about mental health.  

The media mogul has been spending a lot of time in London working with Harry on the project which came about after she interviewed him.

"I asked the question what do you think are the most important issues facing the world right now, and he said there are two. He said climate change and mental wellness, mental fitness and mental health."

Prince Harry has been open about the difficulties he went through after his mother' death, and how talking about it helped him.

Winfrey, who has suffered from depression,  told Harry she would be working on a project to promote mental health, and Harry offered to help.

"He's co-creating and executive producing. We've had several meetings, secret meetings in London. I've flown there with the crew, sitting in sessions, talking about the directions we're going to take," said Winfrey.

Winfrey and Prince Harry hope that their work will have a positive impact and reduce the stigma attached to mental health issues.