Meghan Markle didn't give her friends permission to take part in the CBS special about her, Buckingham Palace says

  • The Duchess of Sussex did not “request or give permission” for her friends to take part in the CBS special about her, Buckingham Palace said in a statement.
  • “Meghan and Harry Plus One” aired in the US on Friday evening, and saw Markle’s long-time friends, Daniel Martin and Janina Gavankar, interviewed by Gayle King, another close friend of the duchess.
  • The documentary came after Markle and Prince Harry welcomed their first child, Archie, on May 6 – just two weeks before their first wedding anniversary.
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Meghan Markle’s close friends sat down for an intimate interview with Gayle King as part of the CBS special “Meghan and Harry Plus One,” which aired in the US on Friday evening.

“True Blood” star Janina Gavankar and Markle’s make-up artist, Daniel Martin, gave their thoughts on what kind of mother Markle will be to her new baby Archie.

Martin did Markle’s make-up at her royal wedding to Prince Harry in 2018, and was even invited by the duchess for afternoon tea at Buckingham Palace, where Markle served him avocado on toast.

Gavankar, meanwhile, was in attendance at Harry and Markle’s wedding last year.

She told King that she and Markle had been talking about being a mother “for over a decade.”

Martin also commented said that the duchess will raise Archie to be “clean and green.”

Daniel Martin makeup artistPaul Zimmerman/Getty ImagesDaniel Martin did Markle’s wedding make-up in 2018.

“I’m sure the baby’s going to be raised clean and green. She loves to cook, eating organic whenever she can. I totally see her making her own food. Totally,” he said.


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It’s a busy time for the royals, and there’s plenty for Markle’s friends to chat about – she and Harry celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary on May 19, just two weeks after they welcomed their first child, baby Archie, to the world.

However, it turns out Markle may not have been too thrilled about her friends’ participation in the documentary.

“The Duchess has not had any involvement in the CBS special, nor has she requested or given permission to friends to participate,” a spokesperson for Buckingham Palace said in a statement.

The idea that Markle wouldn’t want friends to speak publicly about her may come as a surprise to some fans. After all, a bunch of Markle’s close friends spoke anonymously to People for an in-depth interivew back in February.

In the People interview, the friends touched on everything, from Markle’s relationship with her half-siblings to the scrutiny she has recieved in the press since becoming part of the royal family.

“Meg has silently sat back and endured the lies and untruths,” her former costar told the publication. “We worry about what this is doing to her and the baby.”

Janina GavankarMax Mumby/ Getty Images.Janina Gavankar entering St George’s Chapel for the wedding of Harry and Meghan.

The press were surprised to see Gavankar at 2018’s big royal wedding, as she hadn’t announced publicly that she was invited.


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Gavankar later told Town & Country: “It wasn’t a priority for me to have my publicist announce I was going.

“My priority will always be my friend. I’m not there for you, I’m there for her.”

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