Meghan Markle has 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 have approached The Times in the UK to share their side of the story.
The sources have 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”.
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.
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.
The Times reports staff had been reduced to tears with one aide reportedly telling a colleague: "I can't stop shaking," while anticipating a confrontation with Meghan.
Another said they had been personally "humiliated" by the Duchess.
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