Meghan Markle's Childhood Boyfriend Has Spoken Out About "Bullying" Allegations
UPDATE Apr. 1, 2021: Meghan Markle's childhood boyfriend Joshua Silverstein has weighed in on the accusations that she bullied former palace staff members, telling Us Weekly he doesn't "personally see her" mistreating staffers.
"I see her doing whatever it is she feels like she should do in order to be happy and coexist within a system that has probably not been very welcoming to who she is and where she comes from," he said.
"When you find women of color — particularly Black women — standing up for themselves and speaking out and speaking against what they feel [is] disrespect or oppression, often times whiteness tends to classify that in negative ways because they don't want that to happen," he added. "It's almost like people are expected to know their place and whenever they don't fall in line with that, then people say it's a problem."
Back in 2013, Markle revealed in an interview that Silverstein was her first kiss, which he later confirmed to the Daily Mail.
As we count down the hours to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview, the haters are out like never before. Earlier this week, the Duchess of Sussex was hit with "bullying" claims that allegedly originated from former palace staffers.
Many, including a spokesperson for Markle and Harry, believe the reports to be part of a "calculated smear campaign" against the duchess.
In light of these defamatory allegations, Markle's friends and coworkers have come to her defense, sharing their own memories of their time spent with the duchess.
Stylist Jessica Mulroney posted a throwback photo of herself sharing a glass of wine with the duchess on Instagram. In the caption, she wrote, "I don't know that anyone has ever had to deal with the pressure, the politics and the press like this woman. In the face of it all, I have never seen her waver from kindness, empathy and love."
Beauty boss Deepica Mutyala recalled meeting "the sweetest woman" six years ago before she'd begun dating Harry. "She was strikingly beautiful, yes, but what really stood out was her heart, intellect, & giving nature," Mutyala wrote in an Instagram post. "She went out of her way to help others, including myself, asking nothing in return."
Makeup artist Daniel Martin shared a photo of himself working with the duchess along with a passage from the Tao Te Ching. "Because she isn't self centered, people can see the light in her. Because she does not boast of herself, she becomes a shining example. Because she does not glorify herself, she becomes a person of merit. Because she wants nothing from the world, the world cannot overcome her."
Film producer Silver Tree shared several memories of the duchess, including what appears to be a never-before-seen photo of Markle and Harry's son, Archie.
"This is Meg. A real person — not a cover story," Tree wrote. "She is one of my very nearest and dearest. Like all her friends I love her madly. She is the friend who insists on always hearing the details of your life, your day, your kids life, your kids day, before hers. Always before hers."
Tree referred to Markle as "the friend who stocks her house full of all your very favourite things when you visit and pretends she already had them."
Tree went on to describe how Markle was attentive to her friend's needs on her own wedding day.
"It's her day, the world is standing by, it's a lot — but she wants the day to be special for me," Tree wrote. "'You've come such a long way' she says 'Are you jet lagged?' she says 'I made you a playlist to listen to while you get ready.'"
Actress Janina Gavankar, who says she's known Markle for 17 years, tweeted that the duchess is "kind, strong, open," and definitively not a "bully."
TV writer Angela Harvey tweeted that she'd worked on the set of Suits and Markle was beloved by the crew.
Patrick J. Adams, Markle's longtime Suits co-star, also had kind words to share.
"From day one she was an enthusiastic, kind, cooperative, giving, joyful and supportive member of our television family," Adams wrote in a lengthy thread.
Adams concluded his thread with a powerful rebuke: "Find someone else to admonish, berate and torment. My friend Meghan is way out of your league."
Earlier today, CBS released a new clip from the Winfrey interview in which Markle discussed how "liberating" it is to finally be able to speak freely.