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Earlier this year a group of five women – the Duchess of Sussex's inner circle – resolved to 'speak the truth' about their royal friend to an American celebrity magazine. Exactly how they arrived at the decision to collectively 'break their silence' and fight what they called the 'global bullying' endured by Meghan will no doubt emerge in time.
It has been widely reported that the resulting article was sanctioned by the Duchess herself, something she and Kensington Palace has never denied.
Royal - Commentators - Quintet - People - Magazine
To many Royal commentators, it seemed inconceivable that this well-meaning quintet would run to People magazine to 'set the record straight' and criticise her father without her blessing.
Clearly the women – identified only as a long-time friend, a co-star, a former colleague, a friend from Los Angeles and a close confidante – intended to make an impact with their anonymous attempt at reputation management.
Blend - Celebrity - Interest - Stories - People
With its blend of celebrity and human interest stories, People has a readership of 35 million. The five friends monopolised the February 18 edition, their words spread over eight glossy pages and heralded with the front cover headline: The Truth About Meghan.
They spoke of the Duchess being 'guided by a deep sense of gratitude and humility' and being someone who 'personifies elegance, grace, philanthropy'. One friend said: 'Forget the fact of who she is married to: she was royalty from the day I met her.'
Article - Details - Couple - Life - Kensington
The article included private details of the couple's life at Kensington Palace, where they were then living.
Readers learned that the Duchess can knock up a 'five-star meal' from leftovers and how, far from being imperious and waited on hand and foot, she paints her own nails, does all her own make-up, treats staff to ice cream and sorbets and gives hand warmers to Palace guards because she doesn't like the 'guys to be...
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