Why Prince Harry’s friends have to stay quiet while Meghan’s spoke up in Sussex defence


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Meghan’s friends have spoken out both publicly and anonymously in support of the Duchess of Sussex throughout her time in the spotlight. Most recently, A-lister Chrissy Teigen spoke out in Meghan’s defence — they modelled on Deal or No Deal at the same time — and said she is “just as kind as everyone says she is”. The Duchess’ pals also jumped to her defence when she was criticised for not attending Prince Philip’s funeral earlier this month on the doctor’s orders.

Her friends said Meghan did not want to be the “centre of attention” at the funeral but that she “adored” the late Duke of Edinburgh.

The Duke of Sussex has also come under renewed scrutiny after he travelled back to the UK for the first time in more than a year for the sombre service — and then flew back to the US just before the Queen’s 95th birthday on Wednesday.

Yet, unlike his wife, Harry was not defended by his friends from this latest flurry of criticism.

Author Michelle Ruiz claimed: “While friends of Meghan, including Jessica Mulroney and Lindsay Roth, have spoken out in her defence, many in Harry’s circle have remained quiet because they’re friends with both princes.”

Harry and his brother Prince William ran in similar circles growing up, as they are just two years apart in age, attended Eton College at the same time and both went on to receive military training at Sandhurst.

One close friend, Thomas van Straubenzee, attended Ludgrove prep school with both brothers — he is Princess Charlotte’s godfather, and William and Harry are patrons of a memorial fund launched in tribute to Thomas’ late brother.

Why Prince Harry’s friends have to stay quiet while Meghan’s spoke up in Sussex defence

Why Prince Harry’s friends have to stay quiet while Meghan’s spoke up in Sussex defence (Image: Getty)

Some of Meghan's co-stars from Suits have spoken up for her

Some of Meghan’s co-stars from Suits have spoken up for her (Image: Getty)

Filmmaker Arthur Landon is a close friend of both royals, too, as is nightclub owner Guy Pelly and son of Richard Branson, Sam Branson.

Even the friends who are closer to Harry often have different ties back to the Royal Family, such as Tom Inskip — his father Owen is a friend of Prince Charles.

Jake Warren was often spotted with Harry at royal events — he was one of Princess Diana’s godsons, and his father John is the Queen’s racing manager.

As Harry’s friend and former British Army training partner Dean Stott told Vanity Fair: “You can’t go against one or the other.”

Only a handful of the Duke of Sussex’s pals have defended him to the press in recent years.

Argentine polo player Nacho Figueras opened up about the Sussexes back in 2017, and told Hello! US: “I can say that I’m very happy for him. If he’s happy, I’m happy. He’s a guy that I like very much and he deserves the best.”

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Meghan's friend Serena Williams, world-famous tennis player, has defended her regularly

Meghan’s friend Serena Williams, world-famous tennis player, has defended her regularly (Image: Getty)

He then spoke out again last January, when he said Harry “suffered a lot from all of the things that have happened to him” and that the royal struggled “from people judging him”.

Other reports suggest Harry’s other friends were shocked at his dramatic decision to leave royal life behind — especially as he then spoke to Oprah Winfrey about it.

Former Army comrade Martyn Compton, who has known Harry for 15 years, told The Sun this year: “As Prince Harry’s friend and someone who has served alongside him, I’m shocked and amazed it’s all come to this.”

Additionally, the Duke of Sussex is thought to have cut ties with some friends after getting engaged back in 2017.

Tom Inskip warned the royal he and Meghan were “moving too quickly”, according to Finding Freedom, and was then not invited to the couple’s wedding reception.

This is a sharp contrast to the vocal support Meghan has received from her friends over the years, especially as she has faced increasing criticism.

Co-author of Finding Freedom, Omid Scobie, quoted a handful of her friends in a report for Harper’s Bazaar.

One friend told the royal editor that the recent bullying allegations against Meghan from former Palace aides were “so far from the woman I know”.

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Harry's friends watched a Rugby match back in 2015

Harry’s friends watched a Rugby match back in 2015 (Image: Getty)

Harry's friends Tom Inskip (L) and Guy Pelly

Harry’s friends Tom Inskip (L) and Guy Pelly (Image: Getty)

Another said: “Seeing such an obvious attempt at destroying her character was distressing and upsetting.”

TV producer and writer Jon Cowan also tweeted: “Having spent three years working with her [Meghan] in her pre-Duchess days, I saw a warm, kind, caring person.

“I know nothing of her current situation but she gets the benefit of the doubt in my book.”

Another friend from Meghan’s acting days tweeted: “I worked on a set in Toronto when Meghan was on Suits.

“The ADs, PAs and other crew on my show who had also worked with her loved her. LOVED.”

Her friend and Suits co-star Patrick J Adams also defended Meghan, and said he was “sickened” to see the vitriol against her.

Harry's friend Nacho Figueras has defended the Sussexes several times

Harry’s friend Nacho Figueras has defended the Sussexes several times (Image: Getty)

He added that he knew the Duchess was “stronger than people realised or understood and they would regret underestimating her”.

World-famous tennis player Serena Williams tweeted a statement after the Oprah Winfrey interview aired where she called Meghan a “selfless friend” who “teaches me every day what it means to be truly noble”.

Her make-up artist Daniel Martin shared an image of Meghan and Harry hugging on Instagram, alongside a poem from Maya Angelou which concluded: “Like dust, I’ll rise.”

Actress Janina Gavankar, who has been friends with Meghan for 17 years, also backed up her allegations against the Palace, and said the Duchess of Sussex has the “receipts” to prove her arguments.

She added that Meghan is “kind, strong, open”.

FIlm producer, director and writer Silver Tree who attended Meghan and Harry’s wedding also tweeted: “She is one of my very nearest and dearest. Like all her friends I love her madly.”



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