Priyanka Chopra Defends Meghan Markle, Says the Duchess Hasn’t Changed

New mom Meghan Markle has experienced an extreme amount of negative press since she started dating Prince Harry. Over the years, it has gotten even worse, with the palace even taking a stand against some of the more extreme comments on social media.

Still, Meghan’s friends, including well-known actress Priyanka Chopra, have staunchly defended her. In a recent interview, Priyanka opened up about her friendship with Meghan and how the media has unfairly portrayed the Duchess of Sussex.

How long have Priyanka Chopra and Meghan Markle known each other?

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Although it seems as though Priyanka and Meghan have known each other for ages, their friendship only dates back to 2016, when they met at an industry event. According to Priyanka, they bonded right away over their shared interest in acting. Meghan has also spoken out about the former Miss World, saying that Priyanka is truly “incredible.”

In the years since they first became fast friends, Priyanka and Meghan have made it a point to spend time together whenever they possibly can, although their busy schedules mean that they don’t get to hang out as often as they would like. They have shared a few snaps to social media of their bonding sessions, from fancy dinner parties to movie dates, and it certainly looks like the two get along perfectly.

When Meghan’s relationship with Harry first went public, Priyanka was asked about her friend often, and always stood up for her, praising her abilities and her work ethic. When Meghan married Harry in 2018, Priyanka was a guest at the wedding, wowing onlookers in her fabulous outfit.

What did Priyanka Chopra say to defend Meghan Markle?

Although a lot has happened in the past year, with Priyanka getting married to Nick Jonas and Meghan welcoming baby Archie Harrison, the friends obviously still have the highest regard for each other. Reportedly, Priyanka and Nick were among the first visitors to Meghan and Harry’s home to pay their respects to the new parents.

On June 2nd, Priyanka sat down with Harper’s Bazaar to discuss her friendship with the duchess and why she will always go to bat for her. Priyanka claimed that throughout all of the vicious tabloid stories, which Priyanka says are pure racism, Meghan has managed to remain true to herself. Priyanka elaborated, saying that she knew Meghan well before her involvement with Harry, and she’s still “the same chick.”

Praising Meghan’s commitment to social issues, the actress said that she’s always been determined to change the world and to “move the needle” towards making the world a better place. Priyanka also lamented the way that the press has treated her, but gives kudos to Meghan’s tough skin, saying that if anyone can handle the pressure, it’s Meghan.

Priyanka Chopra wants to get involved in politics

Priyanka has earned a reputation for social activism, another quality that she and Meghan have in common. Recently she said that although she doesn’t love the business of politics, she isn’t averse to running for Prime Minister of India if it would make a positive change in the world – she also said, perhaps jokingly, that her new husband Nick should consider running for president.

Whether or not Priyanka does throw her hat in the ring and end up running for political office, one thing’s for sure — she will continue defending her good friend Meghan against all the rumors, speculation, and negativity that will likely continue to pop up over the next few years.