Meghan Markle reportedly still cooks for herself and does her own hair and makeup: 'She's self-service'
The five women, who form the main part of Meghan's inner circle, maintained their silence for almost two years and have finally spoken out to offer a first-hand look at her routine
Close friends who have spent quality time with the royal mother-to-be Meghan Markle are the people who get a first-hand look at her daily routine and say that it is not what many people on the outside might expect.
A close confidante of the Duchess of Sussex said in an interview with PEOPLE for the latest cover story: "There’s a false assumption that she lives in some gilded palace with staff and ladies-in-waiting and all these royal perks. It’s simply not true."
The friend told PEOPLE that Meghan and Harry's Nottingham Cottage home in Kensington Palace, where they have lived together since the time they got engaged, is "small" and "cozy". The home is also said to not come with any of the staff that outsiders would expect in a royal household.
The confidante, who is one of five of Meghan's inner circle of friends, told the magazine: "Meg cooks for herself and Harry every single day — there’s no chef or butler." The longtime pal adds that the expectant royal is very easygoing in her beauty routine as well. Except for her wedding, in which close friend Daniel Martin gave her the beautiful natural makeup look, Meghan does her own makeup and does not rely on another person.
Meghan's friend explained: "I was with her last month, and she was going on a public engagement. Harry and I were sitting with the dogs, and we were all chatty, and she’s painting her nails. Except for her wedding, she does all her own makeup. Dresses herself, styles herself."
The friend added: "I said, 'People think when you come out of the car that you went through some metaphorical reverse car wash. Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo, and everyone’s doing all this stuff to you. They’re not picturing you sitting by the space heater doing your own hair and nails'. She’s very self-service."
The five women, who form the main part of Meghan's inner circle, maintained their silence for almost two years and have finally spoken out to, according to a longterm friend and co-star, "stand up against the global bullying we are seeing and speak the truth about our friend".
Meghan's former co-star said in the cover story: "Meg has silently sat back and endured the lies and untruths." The co-star added, "We worry about what this is doing to her and the baby," with Meghan and Harry expecting their first child who is due this spring. The friend also said: "It’s wrong to put anyone under this level of emotional trauma, let alone when they’re pregnant."