Meghan Markle

This is how Meghan Markle maintains one of her closest friendships


Meghan has seen her public profile sky-rocket since the start of her romance with Harry. But she still treasures her long-term friendships.

Janina Gavankar has spoken about her bond with Duchess Meghan.

Janina Gavankar first met the future Duchess in 2004, and the two ladies remain close to this day – so much so that Janina even served as the photographer for Meghan, Prince Harry and baby Archie’s 2019 Christmas card. This week, Janina opened up about her bond with Meghan, as she hit the red carpet for the premiere of her new film, The Way Back.

“Listen, our entire friendship has been apart, you know,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “We met 17 years ago, and we’ve just been apart since, so our friendship lives on FaceTime, no matter where we are.” It’s not the first time Janina has spoken about her friend.

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When Meghan was still on Instagram, she posed with the True Bloodvet, revealing that they had been friends for 17 years.

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Shortly after it was announced that Meghan and Harry were stepping back as senior royals, Janina told ET: “I’m just thankful for those who are supportive. Nothing’s changed. She’s amazing and always has been.”

“I have known Meghan for 17 years. Here’s what she is: kind, strong, open. Here’s what she’s not: a bully.’ ANY of us who know her, feel the same thing from her broken silence: Relief,” Gavankar tweeted. “The truth shall set you free.”

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Gavankar was born in Joliet, Illinois, to Mohra Gavankar, who immigrated to the U.S. from Punnam, Andhra Pradesh, India – she is half-Indian and half-Dutch– and Peter Ganesh Gavankar, an engineer from Mumbai, who travelled to the U.S. to pursue a master’s degree.

Gavankar is trained as a pianist, vocalist, and orchestral percussionist.

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