Before becoming the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan always knew she’d be famous and had a cutthroat mentality when it came to getting what she wanted, according to her former bestie.

“Meg always wanted to be famous,” said Ninaki Priddy, who grew up with Meghan.”She just loved to be the center of attention. We used to imagine her receiving an Oscar. She used to practice announcing herself.”

In addition to her natural affinity for fame, she also honed her diplomacy skills by trying to keep the peace between her parents.

“She is very poised,” Ninaki said. “A natural mediator. For almost as long as I knew Meghan, her parents weren’t together. It could be hard for her. Sometimes she felt she had to pick sides. She was always trying to make sure each of them was happy. She’d have to relay messages. It was literally stuff like, ‘Tell your mother . . .’ or ‘Tell your father . . . Controlling her emotions is something she learnt back then.”

Although the two were “like sisters” since the age of two, they had a falling out after Meghan’s success on Suits. After Meghan abruptly divorced her first husband and started cutting friends out of her life, Ninaki was convinced that fame had changed Meghan.

“All I can say now is that I think Meghan was calculated — very calculated — in the way she handled people and relationships,” she said. “She is very strategic in the way she cultivates circles of friends. Once she decides you’re not part of her life, she can be very cold.”

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