“She would always do spirit boosters for the crew on-set,” says a former co-star of Meghan’s.
The Duchess of Sussex sends work emails at various hours, for which some in the U.K. criticized her for her “difficult” work style.
“The email thing is such a weird slant on someone who is actually an incredibly organized, diligent, focused, hardworking person. She was always that way. She showed up on-set more prepared than anyone else,” a former colleague of the Duchess told PEOPLE in this week’s cover story.
Her close friends say that she a “team player” who is always the “leader of group morale.” A former costar recalls how she would do small things to boost the mood on-set, something like having gourmet burgers delivered for the crew.
“It’s the same stuff she does with her office at [Kensington Palace] now. I came by there one day, and she had ordered an incredible ice-cream and sorbet stand for the office. They were remarking how it was the ‘best day of work ever.’ It warmed my heart to see her just continuing to be her and bring her style to the U.K.” said the co-star.
The Duchess’ thoughtfulness doesn’t end at her own office. A longtime friend of hers was recently visiting Meghan when she noticed boxes lining Nottingham Cottage, the Kensington Palace home where she and her husband have lived since their engagement.
When the friend asked her what the boxes were, she responded, “They’re hand warmers. Every time it gets cold like this, I take them to the guard stations. The guards are standing at their posts, and I don’t want the guys to be cold.”