From Daniel Martin to Jessica Alba, Duchess Meghan’s friends defend her in Gayle King's new royal baby documentary

By Meaghan Wray

It hasn’t been easy for the Duchess of Sussex, who’s been negatively targeted by the press and online trolls since she was officially linked to Prince Harry in 2016. But she has incredible friends backing her up.

Pals from Daniel Martin to Jessica Alba did just that for Gayle King's upcoming royal baby documentary Harry and Meghan Plus One when they voiced their support for Meghan. The TV special will air Friday (May 17) at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

In the TV documentary’s trailer, Meghan’s wedding day makeup artist Daniel can be seen getting visibly choked up while talking about her.

“She’s still Meghan to me,” he said, while wiping away tears. “I know her so well, and she doesn’t deserve all this negative press.”

The artist, who attended Meghan’s baby shower in New York City, was referring to reports the duchess is “difficult” and “ostentatious.”

Hundreds of millions of people around the world watched Harry and Meghan get married on May 18, 2018. Photo: © Getty Images

Both mom of three Jessica and True Blood’s Janina Gavankar also appear in the documentary, and gush over their royal friend as a “beacon of hope for a lot of women out there.” These three famous faces aren’t the only big supporters of the former Suits star. Others such as Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama and George Clooney have also voiced their love for Meghan and said they’re baffled by the bad press directed toward her.

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Oprah – who’s joining forces with Prince Harry for a mental health series with Apple, which will drop this summer – has said she feels Meghan is “portrayed unfairly” in the news. The 65-year-old dropped in to CBS This Morning to discuss the mental health-related project and spoke out for her royal friend earlier this year.

“I feel that if people really knew her they would know that she is not only everything we perceive of her in being graceful and dynamic in holding that position,” she said. “But she just has a wonderful, warm, giving, loving heart... I think it’s very unfair.”

Amal and George attended Prince Harry and Meghan's royal wedding in May 2018. Photo: © Getty Images

While promoting his new TV series Catch-22, close industry friend George compared the trolling Meghan's faced with the negativity that followed Princess Diana.

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“They’re just chasing Meghan Markle everywhere, she’s been pursued and vilified,” the father of two told reporters, according to Who magazine.

“She’s a woman who is seven months pregnant and she has been pursued and vilified and chased in the same way that Diana was and it’s history repeating itself... We’ve seen how that ends,” he said, alluding to the fatal car crash that killed Prince Harry’s mother in 1997. Her driver was attempting to escape paparazzi at the time.

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