Meghan’s best friend from college Lindsay Roth defends her amid accusations of bullying


A close college friend of Meghan Markle’s has defended the Duchess of Sussex amid backlash over claims of bullying.

Producer and author Lindsay Jill Roth posted a defense of Meghan on Instagram on Thursday evening as she claimed that ‘goodwill runs in her bones’ and branded her an ‘altruistic, magnanimous friend’. 

Roth, one of Meghan’s best friends from her days at Northwestern University, shared a picture of her and the 39-year-old Duchess on their graduation, as well as one from the author’s wedding day, alongside a passionate caption.

‘Meg’s M.O. has always been kindness; goodwill runs in her bones,’ Roth wrote.

‘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.’ 

Producer and author Lindsay Jill Roth (picture right) posted a defense of Meghan Meghan on Instagram on Thursday evening as she claimed that ‘goodwill runs in her bones’

Roth is one of Meghan's best friends from her days at Northwestern University (pictured)

 Roth is one of Meghan’s best friends from her days at Northwestern University (pictured)

'Meg's M.O. has always been kindness; goodwill runs in her bones,' Roth wrote

‘Meg’s M.O. has always been kindness; goodwill runs in her bones,’ Roth wrote

 ‘She’s more than just a cover story,’ Roth argued in the post. 

Her comments come as Meghan hits headlines due to both the bullying scandal and her 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,’ the 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's caption was a passionate defense of the Duchess amid claims of bullying

Roth’s caption was a passionate defense of the Duchess amid claims of bullying

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

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

Meghan served as maid of honor at Roth's wedding. They are pictured together

Meghan served as maid of honor at Roth’s wedding. They are pictured together

Roth (pictured with Meghan) branded the Duchess an 'altruistic, magnanimous friend'

Roth (pictured with Meghan) branded the Duchess an ‘altruistic, magnanimous friend’

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.

TV producer Roth married Englishman Gavin Jordan in 2016, with Meghan serving as maid of honor.

Actress Janina Gavankar, another close friend who attended Meghan and Harry’s wedding, also rushed to the Duchess’ defense in a tweet on Thursday.

Meghan Markle's close friend Janina Gavankar, 39, also rushed to her defense on Thursday

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

‘Here’s what she is: kind, strong, open. Here’s what she’s not: “a bully,”‘ the actress claimed

‘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.’

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 comes ahead of Meghan and Harry's tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey to be aired Sunday

It comes ahead of Meghan and Harry’s tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey to be aired Sunday

Meghan Markle spoke to Oprah Winfrey for the interview, which will air on Sunday

Winfrey asks Markle whether she had contemplated what the reaction would be from Buckingham Palace to the interview

Meghan Markle spoke to Oprah Winfrey for the interview (as pictured above), which will air on Sunday, and accused the Royal Family of perpetuating falsehoods about us

It is not known what ‘falsehoods’ Meghan is talking about because the interview was recorded before she was accused of ‘driving out’ two PAs and shattering the confidence of another member of Kensington Palace staff – with one former aide branding Prince Harry and his wife ‘outrageous bullies’ earlier this week.

The clip was released after accusations of bullying were made against Meghan on Tuesday by British newspaper The Times.

Among the claims, it emerged that 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.

Buckingham Palace has since announced that it is launching an investigation into the allegations.

On Wednesday night, the Palace confirmed that its HR team will ‘look into’ the allegations, saying it ‘does not and will not tolerate bullying or harassment in the workplace’.

A spokesperson said: ‘We are clearly very concerned about allegations in The Times following claims made by former staff of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

‘Accordingly, our HR team will look into the circumstances outlined in the article.

‘Members of staff involved at the time, including those who have left the Household, will be invited to participate to see if lessons can be learned.

‘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.’

There is no timetable to the investigation, but it is understood that any changes in policies and procedures will be shared publicly in an annual review expected later in the year.

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.’

Meghan said The Times is being ‘used by Buckingham Palace to peddle a wholly false narrative based on misleading and harmful misinformation’ about her treatment of staff after former aides accused her of ’emotional cruelty and manipulation’, reducing them to tears and leaving them ‘shaking’ with fear.

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’.



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