Palace staff sticking to story over Meghan Markle bullying claims, says author

Royal palace staff that made the startling claims that they were bullied by Meghan Markle are reportedly staying true to their word, according to a royal journalist.

Valentine Low, author of “Courtiers: Intrigue, Ambition, and the Power Players Behind the House of Windsor,” told Page Six that the palace aides who alleged that they were subject to bullying by the Duchess of Sussex, are sticking to their story.

He said: “The people I spoke to are absolutely still sticking to their story, claiming that Meghan bullied them.

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“I can’t speak to the truth of that, of course, because I wasn’t in the room and I haven’t heard Meghan’s side, but my sources still very much stick to their story.”

The initial reports of the alleged bullying broke just days before Meghan and Prince Harry’s 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey.

The report detailed how the Duchess allegedly made staff members cry on occasion while residing at Kensington Palace.

It was reported that two senior members of the palace staff were allegedly bullied into leaving their jobs, with Jason Knauf, the couple's communications assistant reporting the claims in October 2018.

The HR complaint read: “I am very concerned that the Duchess was able to bully two PAs out of the household in the past year. The treatment of X* was totally unacceptable.

“The Duchess seems intent on always having someone in her sights,” Knauf reportedly continued. “She is bullying Y and seeking to undermine her confidence.

"We have had report after report from people who have witnessed unacceptable behaviour towards Y.”

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The Palace announced that an investigation would be subsequently launched while Meghan and Harry have since strongly denied the claims with the Prince writing about how good a boss Meghan was in his new memoir, Spare.

He said Meghan: “Checked on staff who were ill, sent baskets of food or flowers or goodies to anyone struggling, depressed, off sick.”

Despite leaving their roles as working royals in 2020, Low said the departure could have been handled better by the couple.

“Part of the fault is Harry and Meghan. I think they behave like teenagers, I think they’re blinkered, they’re stubborn, they didn’t engage well with the Royal Family," he says.

“It could have been done so much more amicably. It didn’t have to be like this."

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