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Meghan is like 'liquorice', you either love her or you hate her, says former friend

Shinan Govani, who is a columnist in Canada knew Duchess of Sussex through Toronto city's social circles
UPDATED MAR 30, 2020
Meghan Markle (Getty Images)
Meghan Markle (Getty Images)

A former friend of Meghan Markle has called her a ‘shapeshifter’ as she ‘is no stranger to picking up and reinventing herself'. Shinan Govani, who knew Duchess of Sussex, through Toronto city's social circles also revealed that Meghan was known to in the circle ‘like liquorice, you either love her, or you don't’.

Govani is a known society columnist in Canada. In his column written for Tatler titled 'Canada, bye: The life the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are leaving behind', Govani said he remembers how Meghan had once visited his home in Toronto for a dinner party with her then-boyfriend and celebrity chef Cory Vitiello. The 38-year-old was then shooting for 'Suits'. They had a conversation in Govani’s kitchen about the different periods of her life including time spent living in Buenos Aires.

“Something that has stayed with me, especially post-Megxit, is that Meghan is no stranger to picking up and reinventing herself, be it in Argentina, Canada, the UK, or now, LA. Both a go-getter as well as a shape-shift,” Govani explained.

He also mentioned how the former actress was 'deft' at 'immersing herself' in Toronto's social crowd and was always 'on the scene'. She was very different from the vast majority of actors in town, who usually keep to themselves or their fellow actors.

He noted that Meghan was ‘fixture at shindigs and making contacts that continue to have social clout: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, for one, and his wife, Sophie," Govani added.

The 48-year-old columnist's comments have surfaced as Prince Harry and Meghan officially step down from royal duties on March 31 and start living independently in Markle's home state of California.

According to reports, Harry and Meghan have already left their rented mansion in Vancouver Island to set up a permanent residence in Hollywood. The Sussexes flew to America in a private jet before POTUS Donald Trump shut the US-Canada border to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. “Harry and Meghan have left Canada now for good. The borders were closing and flights were stopping. They had to get out,” a source said.

It is also believed that the couple moved to LA as they want to be close to "their new team of Hollywood agents and PRs". 

MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) had previously reported that Meghan, has her first post-royal life job, of narrating a Disney documentary about elephants. They have been staying in a secluded compound and have not been venturing out amid the coronavirus pandemic.

However, the step taken by the couple has surprised many including Piers Morgan after Harry’s latest comments on the US president. The 'Good Morning Britain' host blasted the royal couple’s decision to relocate to Los Angeles.

The 35-year-old Harry had reportedly fallen for a prank call by Russian hoaxers, Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov, who then shared the footage online. During that call, he severely criticized Trump and said the president ‘has blood on his hands’.

“I think the mere fact that Donald Trump is pushing the coal industry is so big, he has blood on his hands. It is because of the effect that has on the climate and the island nations far, far away, again out of sight out of mind. But we've visited those places and I'm sure you have as well. 

“People's lives have been completely destroyed. People are dying every single month by some form of the natural disaster created from this huge change in our climate,” the younger son of Prince Charles and Diana said as he thought he was having a conversation with Greta Thunberg and her father on the phone.