How Duchess Meghan has maintained one of her closest friendships from afar

By Heather Cichowski

Duchess Meghan has a big circle of friends who are always quick to show their support for her. One of her longtime pals, actress Janina Gavankar, recently opened up about how she and the Duchess of Sussex have remained close and have stayed connected from a distance.

"Listen, our entire friendship has been apart, you know," the actress exclusively told Entertainment Tonightwhile promoting her new film with Ben Affleck, The Way Back.

"We met 16 years ago, and we've just been apart since, so our friendship lives on FaceTime, no matter where we are."

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With Janina and Meghan undertaking acting work over the years, their jobs no doubt took them to different places. The duchess, who is originally from California, famously filmed Suits in Toronto for several years before relocating to the United Kingdom in 2017 to be with Prince Harry.

Janina has taken various roles across television and film including parts in True Blood, The Morning Show, Arrow, The L Word and The Vampire Diaries, which would have seen her shoot in different places. The Way Back was filmed in the Los Angeles area, for example.

Thankfully, the women seem to have used technology to maintain their connection and keep each other updated with their lives. They also make sure they get together when they can.

Janina attended the 2020 Golden Globes on Jan. 5, 2020. Photo: © Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

In December, when the Sussex family released its adorable 2019 Christmas card that featured little Archie crawling toward the camera, it was later revealed Janina was the person behind the lens.

The black-and-white image featured the duke and duchess laughing in the background with Archie in the foreground looking up at the camera.

The message read: "Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from our family to yours."

Harry and Meghan were so touched by the photo Janina took that they turned the card into a GIF and sent it out to the world via the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust Twitter account.

It's believed the cute holiday card was shot in Canada, while the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were on their six-week break from royal duties at the end of 2019.

Janina addressed the viral card in her latest interview, and promised if she doesn't take photos of little Archie, someone else certainly will.

It's a big week for the Sussexes as they continue with the transition out of their roles as working senior members of the Royal Family. They are winding down their duties with joint and individual engagements over the next few days.

Stop traffic! Prince Harry, Jon Bon Jovi and members of the Invictus Games Choir pose on the famous Abbey Road zebra crossing. Photo: © Samir Hussein/WireImage

Harry arrived in the UK last week and attended a summit for Travalyst, his new environmental tourism initiative, on Feb. 26. Two days later, the duke participated in a recording session with Jon Bon Jovi and the Invictus Games Choir at Abbey Road Studios in London. The proceeds from the song that was cut in the studio will benefit the Invictus Games Foundation.

We are expected to see the couple together on March 5 at the 2020 Endeavour Fund Awards, followed by the Mountbatten Music Festival on March 7. Harry and Meghan's final joint engagement as senior members of the Royal Family is scheduled for March 9, when they will attend Commonwealth Day services at Westminster Abbey. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will officially step down on March 31.

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