Prince Harry reportedly nicknamed 'the hostage' by palace staff

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As the palace continues to investigate bullying claims made against Meghan Markle, royal sources have now suggested Prince Harry was given the nickname "The Hostage" by staff before his wedding.

An in depth look at the rift between the Sussexes and 'the Firm' was published by the UK Telegraph this week, detailing many of the reported incidents between Harry, Meghan and members of the royal family or their staff.

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Prince Harry was reportedly nicknamed 'the hostage'. Photo: Getty

One insider claimed Meghan "was constantly looking for reasons to say she had been deprived. Also, she wanted drama from the very beginning".

Specifically, the source was referring to the now infamous 'tiaragate' incident before their royal wedding in 2018, which saw Harry reportedly tell staff "what Meghan wants, Meghan gets", before he was given a talking to by his grandmother, the Queen, herself.

As tensions continued to bubble between Meghan, Harry and his family, insiders claim he was given the nickname "the Hostage" among staff.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during a visit to view the newly unveiled UK war memorial
It came at a time of escalating tensions between Harry, Meghan and his family. Photo: AP

Since then, it's been reported that Meghan had in fact been given her first choice of tiara, but it was a last minute denial to use it at a hairdressing appointment that sparked the argument with the Queen’s closest aide Angela Kelly.

"They insisted that they had the same inflation-adjusted budget for the wedding as William and Kate – she got the choir she wanted, the dress, the carriage procession, the tiara – she got everything she wanted but it still wasn’t enough," the insider continued.

Meghan was last week accused of bullying by a former staff member, and within days a source alleged it was all over designer clothing.

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Speaking to The Sun, the source claimed that around the time of the bullying claim, Meghan and a royal aide allegedly had a disagreement over accepting freebies from fashion labels, which is against royal protocol.

Amongst the bullying claims were that Meghan also "drove two personal assistants out of the household and was undermining the confidence of a third staff member", however the Duchess was quick to respond, releasing a statement that she 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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Photo: CBS

It comes as the royal family brace for Harry and Meghan's explosive tell-all interview with Oprah to air in the next 24 hours.

The highly-anticipated interview is set to be the first time the pair have officially addressed the reasons they stepped away from their roles as senior members of the royal family last year.

In the most recent preview clip released, Meghan opens up about how "liberating" it is for her to be able to talk about her experience, after Oprah revealed she had first approached the pair for an interview back in 2018.

"We are on the other side of a lot of life experience that's happened and we have the ability to make our own choices, in a way that I couldn't have said yes to you then, that wasn't my choice to make," Meghan said.

"As an adult who lived a really independent life and to go into this construct that is different that I think what people imagine it to be.

"It's really liberating to have the right and the privilege in some ways to be able to say yes."

She added: "I’m ready to talk"

Where can you watch Harry and Meghan's Oprah interview in Australia?

Oprah with Harry and Meghan will air Sunday, March 7 at 8pm in the US, or 3pm AEDT in Australia.

The interview will be broadcast by Channel 10 at 7:30 Monday, March 8 the network confirmed after much anticipation of which channel would secure the rights to the hotly anticipated exclusive.

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