KEY POINTS

  • Meghan Markle is easy to work with, a source quoted in "Finding Freedom" said
  • Reports previously criticized Markle for sending text messages to staff at 5 a.m. and having a "formidable work ethic"
  • The duchess' father criticized the timing of the release of the new biography

Meghan Markle is easy to work with, a new biography said, despite reports labeling the Duchess of Sussex as "difficult."

In their new book, "Finding Freedom," royal correspondents Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand touched on the criticism directed at Markle, specifically regarding her work ethic. One of the duchess' friends, who chose to remain anonymous, quoted in an excerpt from the book published by the U.K. Times said that it seemed like tabloids just wanted to criticize "anything and everything" about Markle.

"She’s the easiest person in the world to work with," the source added. "Certain people just don’t like the fact she stands out." 

The book explained that Markle "felt that women of color like her were labeled demanding or aggressive."

“If a man got up before dawn to work, he was applauded for his work ethic. If a woman did it, she was deemed difficult or ‘a b---h,’” the authors wrote.

They appeared to be referencing a 2018 Daily Mail article that refers to the duchess as "Hurricane Meghan." Markle was criticized for waking up at 5 a.m., sending out text messages to her team and having a "formidable work ethic" after she became a working royal.

Last year, a royal expert and celebrity reporter also opened up about how royal staff reacted to Markle's work habits. She said that Markle's way of "getting her day set up" was met with raised eyebrows in the royal household.

"Royal staff members were certainly not expecting or happy to start getting a barrage of text message instructions at 5:30 every morning — and took great umbrage and offense at that," Ashley Pearson told Entertainment Tonight. "So for her, I think she was a bit shocked, certainly, that within the royal family there’s a whole different protocol when it comes to speaking to staff."

The speculations about Markle being difficult to work with later worsened when she lost three aides just months after officially joining the royal family.

Recently, a source claimed in a new Page Six report that Markle acted like a diva even before she became a royal. The former actress would always find something to complain about when she was still part of "Suits," the source claimed.

"She was always having to be coaxed out of her dressing room during promotional shoots because she didn’t think she looked pretty enough, or her outfit wasn’t right or she felt she wasn’t getting prominent enough placement (in the promotional pictures)," the insider said. "There were always tears. Every time."

Meanwhile, Markle’s father, Thomas Markle Sr., has commented on the timing of the release of Scobie and Durand’s biography. “Finding Freedom” is coming out this month, but Thomas Sr. thinks now is not the right time for this book to be released.

"This is the worst time in the world for them to be whining and complaining about anything — because people everywhere are suffering due to the coronavirus pandemic," Markle Sr. said. Meghan Markle, Prince Harry 27 Meghan Markle and Prince Harry during a musical performance as they attend a Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House on March 11, 2019 in London, England. Photo: Getty Images/Chris Jackson-WPA Pool