Former Royal Family Staffer Speaks on Meghan Markle Bullying Claims

CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Meghan Markle chats with people inside the Drawing Room during a visit to Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Birchall - WPA Pool / Getty Images)

Meghan Markle's former aide, Samantha Cohen, is speaking on the allegations of bullying that were once lodged against the Duchess of Sussex.

In a new interview with Australia's Herald Sun, the longtime royal staffer, who left the position in the midst of the claims and the resulting investigation, refused to elaborate on the rumors, though she did confirm that she was interviewed as part of the formal investigation launched by the palace.

Cohen and nine other aides were spoken with after the couple's then-communications secretary, Jason Knauf, filed a formal complaint. The results of the investigation were meant to become public, but the palace has yet to release them.

However, the former staffer, who spent 17 years as Queen Elizabeth’s press secretary, later serving as her assistant and private secretary before transitioning to work for the Sussexes, did tell the publication that she was "only supposed to stay for six months" with the couple. However, because they "couldn’t find a replacement," she stayed on for 18 months, leaving for good in 2019.

After finally hiring someone, they "took them on tour to Africa with Harry and Meghan to show them the ropes," but, unfortunately, they quit before the trip was over.

According to the publication, Valentine Low hedged in his 2022 book Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown, that Cohen organized the entire tour, but was “screamed at” throughout.

“Sam always made clear that it was like working for a couple of teenagers,” a source reportedly told the author. “They (Meghan and Prince Harry) were impossible and pushed her to the limit. She was miserable.”

Cohen, however, has not confirmed or denied the claims, though Markle has vehemently denied them.

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