Palace to research after Meghan accused of bullying workers

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LONDON (AP) — Buckingham Palace mentioned Wednesday it was launching an investigation after a newspaper reported {that a} former aide had made a bullying allegation towards the Duchess of Sussex.

The Instances of London reported allegations that the duchess drove out two private assistants and left workers feeling “humiliated.” It mentioned an official grievance was made by Jason Knauf, then the communications secretary to Meghan and her husband, Prince Harry. He now works for Harry’s elder brother, Prince William.

The palace mentioned it was “clearly very involved” concerning the allegations.

It mentioned in a press release that the palace human sources crew “will look into the circumstances outlined within the article” and would search to talk to present and former workers.

“The Royal Family has had a Dignity at Work coverage in place for quite a lot of years and doesn’t and won’t tolerate bullying or harassment within the office,” it mentioned.

American actress Meghan Markle, a former star of the TV authorized drama “Fits,” married Harry, a grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, at Windsor Fortress in Might 2018. Their son, Archie, was born the next 12 months.

In early 2020, Meghan and Harry introduced they had been quitting royal duties and transferring to North America, citing what they mentioned had been the insufferable intrusions and racist attitudes of the British media. They lately purchased a home in Santa Barbara, California, and expect a second youngster.

The bullying allegations had been reported 4 days earlier than the scheduled broadcast of an Oprah Winfrey interview with Meghan, which is anticipated to attract an enormous viewers. It additionally comes lower than two weeks after the palace introduced that the couple’s break up from official duties can be ultimate.

A spokesman for the duchess mentioned she was “saddened by this newest assault on her character, notably as somebody who has been the goal of bullying herself and is deeply dedicated to supporting those that have skilled ache and trauma.”

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