'Stronger than she knows' Meghan Markle's close pal praises Duchess in sweet tribute

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Ms Blaquier, the Argentine photographer, socialite and wife to Nacho Figueras, said Meghan is “wonderful”, adding that she loves being around her. The two women became friends through their husbands’ love of polo, which is how their nickname for one another — “p-wife”, for polo wives — emerged.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex moved to California in 2020 after stepping back from royal duties for a life away from the spotlight in the United States.

Not much is known about the couple’s inner circle in Montecito, Santa Barbara, as Meghan and Harry share little about their relationships across the pond.

But Ms Blaquiers’ remarks to Hello magazine provided fans with a glimpse into some of the pair’s closest friendships.

The mother-of-four said: “She is so wonderful and strong. Stronger than she knows.

“I love being around my friends, and I will always support her.”

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Ms Blaquier’s comments about Meghan came as the duchess toppled Spotify king Joe Rogan with her new podcast “Archetypes” to become number one on the platform in six different countries, including the UK and US.

In the first episode, aired on Tuesday, Meghan welcomed her longtime friend and tennis champion Serena Williams.

The two talked about how “ambition” had become a “dirty, dirty word when it comes to women”.

In their hour-long chat, the royal said she never personally felt a negative connotation toward “ambition” until she started going out with her now-husband.

She said: “Since I’ve felt the negativity behind it, it’s really hard to un-feel it.

“I can’t unsee it, either, in the millions of girls and women who make themselves smaller — so much smaller — on a regular basis.”

In the show, produced by the Sussexes’ Archwell Audio in collaboration with Spotify’s Gimlet Media, listeners will get to know the “real” her, Meghan said – “probably the me that they’ve never gotten to know, certainly not in the past few years, where everything is through the lens of the media.”

“Archetypes” was conceived as an outlet for the duchess to explore the stereotypes surrounding women of all ages through “uncensored conversations with women who know all too well how these typecasts shape narratives,” according to a March statement from Spotify.

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