You either love Duchess Meghan or you loathe her. And for those of us who adore her, we often scratch our heads wondering what it is about her that is so hateable. Pre-duchess days, the then-actress used her celebrity status for good, doing loads of philanthropic work and never really sought out the attention that can come with being famous. And then she landed Prince Harry — which catapulted her into a whole other level of fame. At the very heart of it, however, she hasn’t changed too much. Sure, she’s no longer on a TV show and lives in a different country but her humanitarian work continues, just on a grander scale. Still, people have issues with her, but those who knew her long before her royal life have nothing but lovely things to say.
Take Gregg Sulkin, for instance. The British actor and Meghan did the 2015 movie Anti-Social together and he couldn’t be any gushier about his former co-star.
“Everybody does know her as a princess, but in real life, she genuinely is also like a princess,” he said during an appearance on Fair Game With Kristine Leahy, according to Us Weekly. “She is one of the classiest, the nicest, one of the most sincere and genuine people I have ever met, truly. She’s a superstar. She was a superstar.”
Sulkin is obviously characterizing Meghan’s princessy ways as more regal than spoiled. And the Marvel’s Runaways actor (who you might also recognize from Wizards of Waverly Place as Alex’s adorable werewolf boyfriend), had nothing but praise for the way she’s dealt (and continues to deal) with the pressure that comes with being part of the Royal Family.
“To me, I’m so proud of the fact that she’s part of my country’s history, in all honesty,” he continued. “Aside from having a personal relationship with her, I just think the way she’s handled it, it hasn’t been easy for her.”
He also added that she hasn’t changed. “I think she’s stuck to her guns, which is, you know, the ‘when they go low, you go high’ sort of mentality, and I think she’s done that. And I think she’s been a class act.”
Brilliant, right? This was not Kensington Palace’s PR quietly authorizing someone to speak anonymously on Meghan’s behalf during an interview. This was someone who knew her and worked with her, simply supporting her. And like with George Clooney‘s comments about her, Meghan likely had no idea Sulkin’s interview was even coming.
Phew! Sometimes, if you read enough of the not-so-nice comments and stories about Meghan, you’re sometimes forced to wonder if her charm and general awesomeness is blinding us from seeing all sides. But, nope, Gregg basically just reassured us that our adoration of Meghan is totally justified.