Meghan Markle has proven herself to be the hostess with the mostess, if her friends are anything to go by.
In a recent interview one of her close pals revealed that they had flown to Londonfrom LA in order to stay with the pregnant Duchess, and let slip some of her hosting secrets.
Speaking to People magazine the anonymous friend revealed that Meghan’s inner circle have ‘all stayed’ at her ‘cosy’ Nottingham Cottage which she shares with Prince Harry.
The acquaintance said that they stayed while the Duke of Sussex was away but that the Duchess would usually cook for him ‘every day’.
They said: ‘We’ve all been to their cottage. It’s small and she’s made it cosy, but the perception of their lifestyle and the reality are two different things.
‘Meg cooks for herself and Harry every single day.’
And it seems that visiting guests are also given the royal treatment.
The friend revealed: ‘In the room she made up for me, there was a candle lit by the bed, slippers and a robe. We were the only two in the house. It was our time. She made the most lovely meals.
‘She made tea every day. It was raining and muddy outside, so the dogs got all dirty, and she’s wiping them off with towels.’
The interview, which emerged yesterday saw five ‘close friends’ of the Duchess, who have not revealed their names as they don’t want to jeopardize their relationship with her, told People that Meghan penned the letter to her father, Thomas Markle, shortly after her wedding to Prince Harry.
‘Dad, I’m so heartbroken. I love you. I have one father. Please stop victimizing me through the media so we can repair our relationship,’ she is said to have written to Thomas after he gave a flurry of negative press interviews about her.
The five female friends, reported to be in Meghan’s innermost circle, say Thomas then responded in a long letter of his own, in which he asked his daughter for a photo shoot.
‘She feels like, ‘That’s the opposite of what I’m saying. I’m telling you I don’t want to communicate through the media, and you’re asking me to communicate through the media. Did you hear anything I said?” they said.
The group of unnamed friends also voiced their concerns that the strain of her ongoing estrangement with her father, and the stress of dealing with his public rants about her, could well be taking its toll on Meghan and Prince Harry’s unborn child.
While these friends have chosen to stay anonymous, other friends have been more vocal about their visits to the Duchess.
Last month she is understood to have invited US-based beauty guru Daniel Martin for an intimate catch-up at Kensington Palace while he was in London.
The pair enjoyed black tea, posh ‘Sandringham’ coffee truffles and slices of avocado toast served on silver crockery.
Daniel, who was responsible for Meghan’s wedding make-up:, delighted fans by sharing a snap of the spread, writing: ‘Back to our Tig days…
‘Thank you Meghan for being the consummate hostess this weekend and still being the #avocadotoast whisperer, YUM! #foodie #foodiegram.’
Both Meghan and Daniel tucked into two modest slices of seeded toast smothered in avocado, washing them down with cups of tea apparently served without milk.
Fittingly, the chocolates are Fortnum and Mason’s £13.95 Sandringham Coffee Truffles, which were served directly from the royal retailer’s distinctive blue box.
The crockery was elegantly mismatched, with a brushed blue ceramic tea pot and cup sitting in contrast with the formal scalloped edged silver saucer and side plates.
Daniel, who has known Meghan for a number of years, discreetly shared details of the afternoon tea’s venue by geo tagging his Instagram post ‘London, United Kingdom’.