Meghan Markle’s first year in the Royal Family has been anything but easy.
Nearly a year into marriage (and in the last trimester of her pregnancy), Meghan, now formally known as the Duchess of Sussex, is learning the more difficult and dark side of fame. Her name headlines on nearly every major media outlet, and many times, she’s bullied with mistruths from critics.
Before entering into the Royal Family, Meghan had a large platform of fans who were able to know her very personally. On her blog, The Tig, Meghan created an online space to share her opinions and perspective on things from her favorite beaches to feminism.
But now, since entering into the Royal Family, Meghan can’t share her same opinions. Meghan highly relied on her voice to make a difference, but now, the Duchess has been slammed with vicious mistruths about herself, her family, and her marriage and she can’t say anything to shut those rumors down.
After more than a year of savage comments and online bullying centered around Meghan Markle, five of Meghan’s best friends decided that they would come forward to protect their friend.
In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE, one friend revealed that Meghan has had to turn to her relationship with God. The friend shared that “Meg is extremely faithful. We pray a lot together. We meditate. She has had, and especially has now, a very close relationship with God.”
The friend also revealed that since being baptized in the Church of English, Meghan has developed a special relationship with her wedding officiant, Archbishop Justin Welby.
One of the more interesting statements that a friend had revealed was in response to how Meghan has navigated this difficult year. She shared, “A deep sense of gratitude and humility has guided her. We can still be modern women and feel all the feels with feminism and be strong moms and strong wives but understand that [our] relationship [with God] is so critical.”
When asked about how she’s coping with the major criticism that she’s receiving from millions of strangers, the friend said, “She doesn’t think ‘What will people think?’ She doesn’t do that. She really lives in the current moment. And when you do that, there’s no fear.”
We are so happy to hear that Meghan has been able to lean on her relationship with God during this season and we hope that her relationship with God grows deeper every day. It's important to remember that Meghan is a person, and while you may have opinions about her, please keep them kind or keep them to yourself.