A day after a sensational report was released about Meghan Markle allegedly bullying royal aides, Buckingham Palace made the rare move of acknowledging the issue at hand.
British newspaper The Times had reported on Wednesday (SGT) that two assistants who had worked for the Duchess of Sussex in Kensington Palace had been bullied by her.
“We are clearly very concerned about allegations in The Times following claims made by former staff of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement.
The Palace is in charge of hiring royal staff.
“Accordingly our HR team will look into the circumstances outlined in the article. Members of staff involved at the time, including those who have left the Household, will be invited to participate to see if lessons can be learned,” the statement continued.
“The Royal Household has had a Dignity at Work policy in place for a number of years and does not and will not tolerate bullying or harassment in the workplace."
Prince Harry and his wife had also swiftly released a statement to deny the allegations once news got out yesterday.
A spokesperson for the couple said: “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.”
The Times report had cited unnamed sources saying a complaint had been made by a royal aide to the couple against her in 2018. The complaint included that Markle had reduced her staff to tears and caused some staff members to quit because they had been treated badly.
According to a Reuters report that quoted The Times, Prince Harry had urged the aide to drop the complaint, and it never progressed. The Times added that it was contacted by former royal aides who wanted to share more information ahead of the Sussexes’ bombshell tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, which is set to air in the UK and US on March 7.
Prince Harry and Markle’s spokesperson also said the claims made in The Times' report were "defamatory" and that a legal letter of rebuttal had been sent to the media outlet, CNN reported.