• Lisa Gleave, who worked with Meghan Markle on "Deal or No Deal," said the actress was "very sweet"
  • Markle said in a previous interview that her work as a briefcase girl helped her financially while she was still auditioning 
  • The Duchess of Sussex was often branded as "difficult" by tabloids 

Following reports claiming that Meghan Markle is “difficult,” one of her former co-workers in “Deal or No Deal” revealed what the Duchess of Sussex was really like behind-the-scenes before she even hit TV screens as Rachel Zane in the hit legal-drama series “Suits.”

Lisa Gleave, who was also a suitcase girl along with Markle on the game show, described the former actress as “quiet but very sweet” in an interview with Gold Coast Bulletin. She also recalled Markle being so focused on her acting career and that her stint as a “briefcase beauty” was just her stepping stone.

“She only did a few seasons and then landed her role in ‘Suits’ which took her away. I was so happy for her when I heard about the marriage,” Gleave said.

In an interview with Esquire seven years ago, Markle revealed that joining “Deal or No Deal” as a briefcase girl happened while she was auditioning for parts. The game show, she explained, was one of the ways she made ends meet.

“I went from working in the U.S. Embassy in Argentina to ending up on ‘Deal.’ It's run the gamut. Definitely working on ‘Deal or No Deal’ was a learning experience, and it helped me to understand what I would rather be doing,” Markle said.

Gleave’s sweet words for Markle were in line with another source’s revelation about the actress in royal correspondents Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie's tell-all book about the Sussexes, “Finding Freedom.” In an excerpt from the book published by the U.K. Times, a close pal of Markle said that people have a problem with her being “Duchess Different.”

“That’s what people have a problem with. She’s the easiest person in the world to work with. Certain people just don’t like the fact she stands out,” the anonymous friend said.

The authors also said in the biography that Markle felt that she was branded “demanding or aggressive” because she is a woman of color.

“This is a script that wrote itself as soon as you knew that an American actress was coming into the royal family,” an aide said.

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Meghan Markle will most likely give birth in the United States, claims Paul Burrell. Pictured: Markle attends an Investiture for Michael McHugo the founder of 'Education for All' with the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire on February 24, 2019 in Asni, Morocco. Getty Images/Kirsty Wigglesworth-Pool