Buckingham Palace have announced they will be launching an investigation in to bullying allegations recently made against The Duchess of Sussex. Meghan is accused of “driving out” two PA’s and shattering the confidence of another member of staff.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have responded to the claims by stating they are victims of a calculated smear campaign with lawyers for the couple saying the claims are based on “misleading and harmful misinformation.”
On Wednesday evening, Buckingham Palace released a statement which read:
“We are clearly very concerned about allegations in The Times following claims made by former staff of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. 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 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.”
Former aides have accused The Duchess of Sussex of “emotional cruelty and manipulation” as well as reducing them to tears and leaving them “shaking” with fear.
Though they initially refused to comment, Buckingham Palace have sine said the claims by former aides have not been orchestrated by the Palace, who are fully focused on the issue of Prince Philip’s illness.
Within The Times story, it was also claimed that The Duke of Cambridge was so worried about The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s treatment of their staff, that he encouraged the hastening of the split between the Sussex and Cambridge households and their joint foundation. Harry and Meghan’s lawyers deny that the couple have ever been bullies.
Another startling revelation in The Times article came about a pair of Meghan’s earrings. It is claimed that The Duchess of Sussex wore a pair of £500,000 diamond earrings to a dinner in Fiji that were gifted to her by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia. It is claimed that Meghan wore the earrings just three weeks after claims from the United States that the Crown Prince approved the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.