The Times has just released a questionable story about allegations of bullying by Meghan Markle onto her former Kensington Palace staff. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have now responded to the allegations.
Meghan Markle's Response To "Bullying" Accusations
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex cannot seem to catch a break. The Times has chosen this time, days before the airing of the Oprah interview with Harry and Meghan, to release alleged complaints about the pair.
People warned in their reporting of the allegations that "People has not independently corroborated The Times report." The Times alleges that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's former communications secretary Jason Knauf claims Meghan's bullying pushed two personal assistants out of the palace.
The article makes many vague claims such as aides being reduced to tears, Meghan "bombarded aides" with emails and texts at 5 a.m., and an aide who told another colleague they "can't stop shaking" in anticipation of a confrontation with Meghan.
On top of these claims are the allegations that Prince Harry personally interfered with attempts to take the issues to HR. An alleged Times source says Harry "pleaded with Knauf" to not pursue the HR complaint against Meghan. Prince Harry's attorney categorically denies any meeting of the sort took place and that Harry would not have interfered with any staffing matter in the first place.
The Times also made claims that Meghan wore earrings that were wedding gifts from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia who is alleged to have been the one to approve the cruel murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. People discovered that the earrings were in fact a gift from the Saudi Arabian royal family but that neither Harry nor Meghan were actually present when they were delivered to Buckingham Palace and that protocol for wedding gifts means that the earrings are still the property of The Crown.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's spokesperson addressed all the allegations in a statement to The Times saying, "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."