Mere days prior to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big sit-down special with Oprah Winfrey is set to air, a new report has surfaced accusing the Duchess of Sussex of bullying her palace staff members. A lengthy in-depth tale in the U.K. Moments claims that Jason Knauf, who was then the Sussexes’ communications director, lodged a grievance from Meghan back in October 2018, alleging that she “drove two individual assistants out of the house and was undermining the self-assurance of a third personnel member.”
The Times reports that Knauf, who is now the head of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s charitable Royal Basis, spoke with the head of HR and subsequently emailed Prince William’s then-non-public secretary about the condition, as he was concerned nothing would be performed to shield the Palace workers. He reportedly wrote in a person electronic mail, “The Duchess appears to be intent on generally owning another person in her sights…We have had report just after report from folks who have witnessed unacceptable behavior” towards a single of her staff members associates.
The Situations also experiences that two senior personnel members claim they ended up bullied by Meghan, and yet another stated they felt “personally ‘humiliated’” by the Duchess. One more claimed it felt “more like psychological cruelty and manipulation, which I guess could also be named bullying.” The U.K. outlet also promises that sources have told them that Meghan’s staff members were at times “reduced to tears.”
Duchess Meghan has currently responded to the allegations. In a assertion to Observer, a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said, “The Duchess is saddened by this hottest assault on her character, notably as a person who has been the goal of bullying herself and is deeply committed to supporting those who have experienced agony and trauma. She is decided to continue her work developing compassion all-around the environment and will preserve striving to set an case in point for accomplishing what is right and doing what is very good.”
Prince Harry and Meghan, who are now residing in California and are anticipating their 2nd boy or girl, also experienced their attorneys send a lawful letter to the Moments. The letter accused the outlet of “being utilised by Buckingham Palace to peddle a wholly wrong narrative.” A spokesperson told the U.K.-primarily based outlet, “Let’s just call this what it is—a calculated smear marketing campaign dependent on misleading and dangerous misinformation. We are unhappy to see this defamatory portrayal of The Duchess of Sussex supplied believability by a media outlet. It’s no coincidence that distorted many-yr-aged accusations aimed at undermining The Duchess are becoming briefed to the British media soon ahead of she and The Duke are owing to communicate overtly and honestly about their encounter of modern several years.”
According to the Occasions, sources approached the outlet as they “felt that only a partial edition had emerged of Meghan’s two several years as a doing the job member of the royal household and they wished to notify their side,” as they “believe the public should really have insight into their facet of the story” prior to the Sussexes’ impending job interview with Oprah.
The aforementioned Oprah job interview is Prince Harry and Meghan’s first joint put up-royal exit sit-down, and absolutely nothing was off-restrictions. The 90-moment special, which was filmed close to the Sussexes’ home in Montecito, airs on Sunday.