People.com Royals Meghan Markle in Her Friends' Own Words: 'She Personifies Elegance, Grace, Philanthropy' Meghan Markle has a lot of new titles – wife, duchess, soon-to-be mother – but she is also a go-to ally for those who know her best. Here's what the Duchess of Sussex's closest pals say about her. By Michelle Tauber Michelle Tauber Twitter Michelle Tauber is the Senior Editor overseeing Royals coverage at PEOPLE. She has been covering the royal family for PEOPLE since 2000, including William and Kate's wedding, Meghan and Harry's wedding and the births of the royal children. Formerly PEOPLE's first and only Head Writer, she has written a record-breaking 250+ cover stories spanning celebrity, crime and human interest. A graduate of the University of Florida, she lives in Orlando. People Editorial Guidelines Published on February 6, 2019 09:00 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Press Association via AP Images 01 of 17 Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Owen Humphreys/WPA Pool/Getty "Whenever something good is happening in my life, she celebrates with me first, and when there's a hardship, she's there with Kleenex and a shoulder and a glass of wine and the best chat and a book that will help pull me out of wherever I am," says Meghan Markle's close confidante. 02 of 17 Meghan Markle. Tristan Fewings/BFC/Getty Images "She will stop whatever she's doing and laugh with you and cry with you," says a friend and former colleague. 03 of 17 Samir Hussein / WireImage "Who you see at walkabouts, when she crouches down to talk to the kids and genuinely has real conversations with people, that's Meg," says her former costar. "That's how she crouches down with our kids at home. How she plays with them. That's how she engages with people and how she always has. She asks their names; she listens to their stories. And she's genuinely interested. We see a person who treats everyone the same." 04 of 17 Chris Jackson/Getty Images Her former colleague shares, "If I'm thrown some kind of curveball, I always think, 'I gotta talk to Meg.' We talk daily. And the first thing out of her mouth is, 'How are the kids? How are you?' I'm not even allowed to ask about her until she finds out about me." 05 of 17 Gabor Jurina "Meg spends so much time taking care of everyone else— that's her nature," says her former costar. 06 of 17 Meghan Markle. Jenny Zarins/PA Wire/PA Images An L.A. friend recalls spending a few days together while Harry was out of town: "In the room she made up for me, there was a candle lit by the bed, cookies by the bed, slippers and a robe. We were the only two in the house. It was our time. She made the most lovely meals. She made tea every day. It was raining and muddy outside, so the dogs got all dirty, and she's wiping them ogg with towels. How much she loves her animals, how much she loves her friends, how much she loves feeding you, taking care of you—none of that has changed." 07 of 17 Karwai Tang/WireImage "I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Meg is a team player," says the Duchess of Sussex's former costar. "But even when she takes a back seat, she’s a leader of group morale. She would always do spirit boosters for the crew on-set—for example, having gourmet burgers delivered." 08 of 17 JASON DORDAY/AFP/Getty Images "Meg is the most generous with her wins," her close confidante shares. "She wins, everyone wins." 09 of 17 Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage "She sends so many thank-you notes, all in her beautiful penmanship," says her L.A. friend. "In any room she's very conscious of making sure everyone's included. There are people who have met her once, even years and years ago, and they always remember exactly where they were when they met her and exactly what the conversation was, because she so thoroughly engages." 10 of 17 BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty "When I see her at engagements, folks will say, 'This is the biggest acting job in the world. She's acting.' I'll say, 'No, this is how she is,' " says a longtime friend. "She's so genuine in her love to connect with people and feels so grateful to be able to do that." 11 of 17 WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty "Forget the fact of who she's married to: She was royalty from the day I met her," says her L.A. friend. "The way she carries herself, interacts with people, is how you would expect an actual royal to behave. She personifies elegance, grace, philanthropy." 12 of 17 Mark Kolbe/Getty Images for the Invictus Games Foundation "Meg did a USO tour a few years ago, and when I tell you the number of pen pals she made, the number of letters she sent back and forth," says her L.A. friend. "She kept in touch." 13 of 17 Victoria Jones/WPA Pool/Getty "She is one of the most selfless people I know," says her former colleague. "A couple years ago, my son was at the beginning of a special-needs diagnosis. Meg screeched her life to a halt and used every resource she could muster for me: got me into a doctor in L.A., got me alternative doctors, called me, sent things to my hotel room. It was like a five-alarm-fire focus of her life to help me and support me." 14 of 17 SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty "She can make a five-star meal out of the garbage in your refrigerator," says Meghan's former colleague. 15 of 17 "Meghan is wicked funny," says her former colleague. "I feel like people really don’t know that who only see her in her new role. She has the loudest and best laugh in the room. She makes everywhere she goes feel like a holiday." 16 of 17 David Fisher/Shutterstock "Everything Meg stands for is supporting and empowering women," says her former costar. "That's who she is and what's she's championed since the age of 11. She's all about fairness and making people feel good." 17 of 17 REX/Shutterstock "She is the same person, though everything around her has changed," says her former costar.