Meghan Markle’s long-time facialist and close friend has spoken out to praise the ‘kind and generous’ Duchess of Sussex and their ‘inspiring’ bond in a gushing interview.
London-based beauty expert Sarah Chapman has been working with Meghan, 38, for several years, having been introduced to the former Suits star just days before she announced her engagement to Prince Harry in 2017.
According to Sarah, the two have since formed an incredibly close friendship – and the facialist was actually one of the few people to see Meghan on the day before her May 2018 wedding to Prince Harry, when she prepped the mother-of-one’s skin for the big day.
High praise: Meghan Markle’s facialist has spoken out to praise the ‘kind, generous, and inspiring’ Duchess of Sussex while opening up about working with her before her wedding
Close bond: London-based beauty expert Sarah Chapman first met Meghan, 38, a few days before she announced her engagement to Prince Harry
Now, Sarah has shared more details about their relationship, telling People what an ‘amazing experience’ it has been to get to know Meghan in a more personal way.
‘I feel really lucky to have built a great friendship with Meghan,’ the British beauty expert said, before explaining that the two truly bonded in the weeks leading up to the wedding.
‘It was an amazing experience and I really got to know her and the kind of person that she is: kind, generous, inspiring and always considering how she can help other people.’
Despite preparing to walk down the aisle in front of millions of people around the world, Sarah says that Meghan was incredibly relaxed and calm in the lead-up to the wedding, and she recalls laughing and joking with the Duchess during those sessions.
‘I always left feeling like I could change the world — that’s the person she is,’ Sarah explained, describing Meghan as ‘selfless’ and with a ‘strong desire to help people’.
Indeed, while Sarah worked some skin magic on Meghan before her wedding, ensuring that it looked ‘moisturized, nourished, and bright’ for her special day, she says that good skincare wasn’t the only thing at play when it came to her bridal beauty.
‘Inner beauty shines through with people, you can see it in their skin if someone is radiating happiness and health — there’s so much more to it than just skincare products,’ she noted.
Natural beauty: Since then, Sarah and Meghan have worked closely together, and the skincare expert says they have formed a close friendship
Support: While living in London, Meghan visited Sarah regularly for facials, and the skincare expert says she was always ‘inspired’ by her time spent with the former Suits star
In the years since their first meeting, Sarah became Meghan’s go-to skincare guru, and she is understood to have undergone regular treatments with the beauty expert while she was living in London.
However, earlier this year, Meghan and Prince Harry quit royal life in the UK and moved to the US, spending several months at a home in Canada, before moving into a home in LA.
According to Sarah, the move came at exactly the right time.
‘It felt like it was the time to say something, things have changed,’ she said of the couple’s decision to relocate.
That being said, Sarah admits that she is sad that the couple will no longer live in the UK, explaining that she believes the couple did a great deal behind the scenes that many people were not aware of.
‘It’s a shame that we don’t have them here in the country anymore — there’s so much that they do that people don’t necessarily see,’ she said.
Sarah’s People interview is not the first time that she has spoken of her admiration for Meghan and her family.
Upset: Although Sarah believes that ‘it was time’ for Meghan and Harry to ‘say something’ about their desire to relocate to the US, she said it’s ‘a shame’ they are no longer living in the UJ
On April 3, the beauty pro shared a series of images of Meghan’s ‘glowing skin moments’ on Instagram, and she took the opportunity to send warm wishes to the Duchess of Sussex, as well as her husband and their son Archie.
‘Through my work I am fortunate to meet some incredible, interesting and inspirational people and over the past 2 ½ years I feel honoured to have spent much time with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex,’ she wrote.
‘With Meghan, what began as a client relationship quickly turned into a dear friendship and she welcomed me into their lives.
‘I feel very grateful to be a small part of their journey observing the passion for everything they do and compassion for the causes and people they meet, but also to witness the moments other people don’t see. Who they are at home, as parents, as partners, and friends, the kind and very down to earth people they are when no one is watching.
‘Every day we learn something new and I have been taught so much by them, and I always leave our time together feeling fulfilled and inspired to help people in any small ways I can.’
She concluded the post: ‘And to Meghan, Harry and little Archie: sending lots of love and positivity during this transition. I know there will be so many ways you will continue to touch people’s lives and enable positive change and we can’t wait to see what you do next.
‘See you soon and thank you for everything you do.’