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Meghan Markle ‘hurt’ over ex-friend she ‘ghosted’ speaking out about his sadness

Meghan Markle will be 'used to' friends and family talking about her now she's found fame and married into royalty but will be 'hurt' by some of the comments, according to a royal expert.

Since the Duchess of Sussex's 2018 marriage to Prince Harry, former friends and estranged family have spoken publicly about Meghan.

Most recently, Meghan's former high school friend, Gabriel Stewart, 38, admitted feeling "sad" the pair had lost touch after she landed her role in TV series Suits.

Gabriel said he and Meghan were "close friends" at school and kept in touch until her life took a Hollywood, then a Royal, turn.

Disney worker Gabriel said: "Meghan and I were close friends, which started in high school, and continued on well after. We always kept in touch, even while she was home sick and working abroad.

"But sometimes, as happens, her life took her a different direction whatever the reason may be and we lost touch."

He told The Sun he valued their friendship and was sad to have lost touch with her "since I considered us to be close", but that he would not "harbour ill feelings towards Meghan".

US reality TV star Nema Vand, another friend of Gabriel and Meghan from their school days, had his say on the relationship, claiming his pal had been "ghosted" by the Duchess.

Nema told a US podcast: "My friend Gabe, that I grew up with, dated Meghan in high school.

"He says that after she got on Suits — they were friends for years afterwards — ‘She kind of like ghosted me’."

Adding: "By the way, if Meghan Markle listens to this, I am going to say this one time. Meghan, you really upset our friend Gabe."

Brittani Barger, of Royal Central, told Daily Star Online that Meghan is likely "used to being" talked about by family and friends, but that wouldn't stop the "pain" if anything said is upsetting.

She told Daily Star Online: "I think she will, sadly, be used to people selling her out, but that doesn't stop the pain when it happens.

"I'd say she's a bit hurt at the comments, as anyone would be.”

Ms Barger added that she doesn’t think Meghan responded to Gabriel's comments, publicly or privately.

She said: "I don't think he and Meghan would have spoken after it has aired.

"I don't think she would have said anything to him.

"If she hasn't spoken to him in years, why start now?"

It comes after Meghan lost her first ruling against Associated Papers, who the Duke and Duchess of Sussex claim breached privacy laws by publishing a personal letter she sent to her father, Thomas Markle.

Communication between Meghan, Prince Harry and Thomas Markle show the pair warned him contacting the press would "backfire" and pleaded with him to stop "going public".

In the letter, Meghan told Thomas he broke her heart "into a million pieces" and claims he gave interviews to the press, fabricated stories, and was being unwelcoming towards Prince Harry.

She also mentions her half-sister Samantha Markle, who has also given interviews about Meghan, and claims Thomas sat back while she "silently suffered at the hands of her vicious lies."

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