Published: Fri, March 05, 2021

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry 'saddened' by bullying complaint

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry 'saddened' by bullying complaint

"It's no coincidence that distorted several-year-old accusations aimed at undermining The Duchess are being briefed to the British media shortly before she and The Duke are due to speak openly and honestly about their experience of recent years".

The duchess allegedly undermined the confidence of a third staff member, it was reported.

The couple's lawyers have told The Times they are "being used by Buckingham Palace to peddle a wholly false narrative" ahead of their interview with Oprah. When asked by Oprah how she felt about "the palace hearing [her speak her] truth", she replied, "I don't know how they could expect that after all of this time we would still just be silent if there is an active role that the firm is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us".

According to the Times, a former communications secretary to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex during their stint at Kensington reportedly alleged in 2018 that toxic behavior by Meghan forced two personal assistants to leave their positions and negatively affected another palace employee. The allegations have been denied by Markle, who now stays in America with Harry and their two-year-old son Archie.

This image provided by Harpo Productions shows Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, in conversation with Oprah Winfrey.

The allegations, made by anonymous palace aides, curiously arose just days before Oprah Winfrey's interview with Markle and her husband, Prince Harry, is scheduled to air on CBS.

But even beyond the bullying allegations, British tabloids also made a decision to call out Meghan Markle for... literally wearing a certain pair of earrings this week, too.

Last month, Meghan won a privacy claim against the publishers of the Mail on Sunday after they published a letter she sent her father, and launched a stinging rebuke to "dehumanizing" media organizations after the verdict, saying the "damage they have done and continue to do runs deep".

"They could have gone quietly after "Megxit" and they had said they wanted to live a quieter life in LA and I think many people would have let them do that". In a statement, the Palace said they would be investigating the circumstances of allegations, because they are "very concerned" and "will not tolerate bullying or harassment in the workplace".

ITV has won the bidding war to air the interview in the United Kingdom, with the network announcing on Good Morning Britain on Wednesday that it would be screening the programme next Monday. Harry and Meghan will not be a part of the initial inquiry.

Strangely, despite Meghan Markle not even speaking in any of the released footage, the Duchess has, once again, been targeted by the British press - which is the exact thing that led the couple to leave the royal family in the first place.

According to a source, Prince Harry pleaded with them not to pursue the complaint.

In reference to his mother, Princess Diana, he adds: "I'm just really relieved and happy to be sitting here talking to you with my wife by my side because I can't begin to imagine what it was like for her going through this process by herself all those years ago".

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