You can't choose your family, but you can choose your friends

We all know that saying, but no one can likely understand it quite like Meghan Markle. Ever since her relationship with Prince Harry was officially announced, the spotlight and scrutiny on the Duchess of Sussex, who is pregnant with the couple's first child, has yet to waver. If anything, the unwarranted criticism has grown louder, as the media continues to pit her against sister-in-law Kate Middleton Outlets claimed the wives were destroying the relationship between Prince Harry and Prince William, and TLC even dedicated an entire special, Kate vs. Meghan: Princesses At War, to the alleged feud.

Not helping matters? The actions of her own family members, as her father Thomas Markle and her half-sister Samantha Markle have consistently spoken negatively about her, her husband and the royal family to the press.

While Meghan, 37, has remained silent on the endless parade of rumors, gossip and criticism, her friends have clearly had enough.

In an attempt to put an end to the "the global bullying" they were watching their friend endure, five of Meghan's closest companions, who chose not to reveal their names in order to protect their private relationships with the retired actress, spoke their truth to People magazine for their cover story.

They also addressed her complicated relationship with her father, revealing the lengths Meghan had gone to in an attempt to repair it as he continued to go to the media, something she pleaded with him not to do in a heartfelt letter.

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So, naturally, Thomas shared that letter with the press, allowing the Mail to publish the alleged handwritten five-page note...engaging in the very behavior his daughter had asked him not to do

And that is when George Clooney, a close friend of the couple, finally had enough.

Here's how Meghan's famous friends, including Serena Williams and Priyanka Chopra, are rallying behind her, both in public and privately, since she became the most famous woman in the world. 

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Priyanka Chopra, Meghan Markle

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Janina Gavankar, Royal Wedding, Arrivals

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Priyanka Chopra, Royal Wedding Arrivals

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Meghan Markle, Abigail Spencer

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Meghan Markle, Patrick J. Adams, Suits

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Fortunately, Meghan also has her tight bond with her mother, Doria Ragland, to rely on as well. 

"We can just have so much fun together, and yet, I'll still find so much solace in her support," she once told Glamour. 

And if anyone deserves fun and support right now, it's the Duchess of Sussex.

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