Those who know the two women are not surprised at the display of self-confidence.
“Meghan draws a lot of strength from her mother. Doria is classy, chic and confident, but not unapproachable,” Meghan’s friend and makeup artist Daniel Martin tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “I definitely feel Meghan gets a lot of that from her mother.”
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“She has a softness, but I detected a steely core to her,” says a royal family friend. “She has come through a hell of a lot.”
Doria, the source adds, “was lovely to talk to and bursting with pride.”
For more on Meghan’s new life, check out this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.
Doria, along with aides like Harry’s new private secretary Samantha Cohen, will be important sounding boards for the new duchess as she starts her royal life.