Palace launches investigation into Meghan Markle bullying claim

Sarah Carty and Marni Dixit
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Buckingham Palace has released a statement, following bullying claims made against Meghan Markle.

In a rare move by the palace, the statement said they will be investigating the claims and are ‘very concerned’.

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Buckingham Palace is launching an investigation into a bullying claim made about Meghan Markle. Photo: Getty Images

"We are clearly very concerned about allegations in The Times following claims made by former staff of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.,” the statement, which was released to The Sun, said.

"Accordingly our HR team will look into the circumstances outlined in the article.

"Members of staff involved at the time, including those who have left the Household, will be invited to participate to see if lessons can be learned.

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"The Royal Household has had a Dignity at Work policy in place for a number of years and does not and will not tolerate bullying or harassment in the workplace."

The statement came just hours after Meghan Markle denied claims by royal aides that she faced a bullying complaint by one of her closest advisors during her time at Kensington Palace.

As the Duchess of Sussex prepares for her interview with Oprah Winfrey to air this week, sources approached The Times in the UK to share their side of the story.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Australia
Yesterday, it was reported Meghan Markle faced a bullying complaint by her closest advisor during her time at Kensington Palace. Photo: Getty

The sources claimed Meghan "drove two personal assistants out of the household and was undermining the confidence of a third staff member" according to the paper.

The Duchess and her lawyers have denied the claims but said one staff member left after findings of misconduct.

A spokesperson for the Sussexes has said Meghan and Harry are the victims of a calculated smear campaign based on false and harmful information.

In a statement to Town & Country, they said the Duchess was “saddened by this latest attack on her character, particularly as someone who has been the target of bullying herself and is deeply committed to supporting those who have experienced pain and trauma”.

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The Duchess and her lawyers have denied the claims, but said one staff member left after findings of misconduct. Photo: Getty

The complaint was reportedly made in October 2018 by a member of staff claiming they were trying to protect staff who were coming under pressure from the Duchess.

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

The publication was approached by sources hoping to give their side of the story from within the royal household from the time Meghan arrived at the palace to the time the pair made the decision to stand down from the royal family.

The staff member was reportedly concerned nothing would come of the complaint, with sources suggesting nothing did eventuate with no investigation into the situation.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sit down with Oprah
The publication reports that the aides feel that their story should be shared ahead of the couple's interview with Oprah Winfrey. Photo: Harpo Productions

The publication also reports that aides did a lot to welcome Meghan into the royal family, but feel this hasn't been publicly acknowledged. They also feel that their story should be shared ahead of the couple's interview with Oprah Winfrey.

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.

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