Meghan Markle Bullying Claims Being Investigated by Outside Firm
According to reports, the allegation of bullying against Duchess Meghan made by former members of her palace staff will be investigated by an outside law firm with
“independent external investigators”.
The Sunday Times reports that the review will also
“begin imminently, with no set time frame.”
Reportedly, the decision by Buckingham Palace to use an outside law firm to oversee an independent investigation of the allegation is a move described by the Times’ royal correspondent Roya Nikkhah as raising the stakes just days after Meghan and her husband, Prince Harry, did their interview with Oprah Winfrey.
“It raises the stakes in the standoff,” Nikkhah told “Good Morning America.”
“There’s no doubt it’s going to have an impact on the relationship between the palace and the Sussexes. My understanding is that Harry and Meghan won’t be taking part”.
When asked about the investigation, a spokesperson for Buckingham Palace told ABC News,
“Our commitment to look into the circumstances around allegations from former staff of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex is being taken forward but we will not be providing a public commentary.”
The Times of London published a report claiming Meghan faced a bullying complaint from a close adviser at Kensington Palace. In the complaint it was alleged that she
“drove two personal assistants out of the household and was undermining the confidence of a third staff member.”
A spokesperson from Harry and Meghan shut down these reports, saying in a statement:
“Let’s just call this what it is — a calculated smear campaign based on misleading and harmful misinformation. We are disappointed to see this defamatory portrayal of The Duchess of Sussex given credibility by a media outlet. It’s no coincidence that distorted several-year-old accusations aimed at undermining The Duchess are being briefed to the British media shortly before she and The Duke are due to speak openly and honestly about their experience of recent years. The Duchess is 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. She is determined to continue her work building compassion around the world and will keep striving to set an example for doing what is right and doing what is good.”
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