Meghan Markle and Prince Harry latest – Duchess BULLIED staff leaving them 'shaking in fear', royal aides said to claim

Meghan Markle bullied staff leaving them "shaking in fear", royal aides have reportedly claimed.

According to a report in The Times today, royal aides approached the newspaper to give their version of a story they're worried will be whitewashed during the couple's bombshell Oprah interview.

They claim Meghan was subject to a bullying complaint in October 2018 from October 2018 by Jason Knauf, the couple’s communications secretary at the time and one of Meghan's most senior aides.

The complaint reportedly said the Duchess had already driven two personal assistants out of the household by constantly complaining about their work and were undermining the confidence of a third staff member.

Prince Harry pleaded with Knauf not to pursue the complaint which was said to have been made formally to get the Palace to give Meghan's staff greater protection, according to The Times

A spokesman for the Sussexes told the newspaper Meghan was a victim ofsmear campaign.

The Duchess was “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” the spokesman added.

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  • Debbie White

    WHAT ELSE DID THE TIMES STORY SAY ABOUT ITS SOURCES?

    "The sources approached The Times because they felt that only a partial version had emerged of Meghan’s two years as a working member of the royal family and they wished to tell their side, concerned about how such matters are handled by the palace.

    "The complaint claimed that she drove two personal assistants out of the household and was undermining the confidence of a third staff member," the paper explained of the bullying complaint made by one of her closest advisers.

  • Debbie White

    NO COMMENT FROM BUCKINGHAM PALACE ON BULLYING CLAIMS

    Buckingham Palace has not commented and no-one from Kensington Palace was available for comment about the bullying allegations on Tuesday night, reports the Press Association.

    Good Morning Britain confirmed today that no statement had been made.

    But the Duchess of Sussex has strongly denied the allegation.

  • Debbie White

    MEGHAN 'SADDENED' BY 'LATEST ATTACK ON HER CHARACTER' AMID BULLYING CLAIM

    The Duchess of Sussex is "saddened" by a report she faced a bullying complaint during her time at Kensington Palace, her spokesman said.

    A complaint was made in October 2018 by Jason Knauf, then the Sussexes' communications secretary, the Times newspaper reported.

    The complaint claimed Meghan had allegedly driven two personal assistants out of the household and was undermining the confidence of a third staff member, the newspaper said.

    But her spokesman said: "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."

  • Debbie White

    BULLYING CLAIMS MADE PUBLIC 'TO GIVE FULLER PICTURE OF MEGHAN'

    People inside the royal circle spoke out to The Times reporters ahead of the airing of Oprah's interview to give a 'fuller picture' of what life was like with Meghan Markle, explains Good Morning Britain.

    The bullying allegations are understood to have come from when she appeared on the scene in 2017 to the point that she and Prince Harry quit the UK for America in 2020.

    "It paints a shocking picture of what Kensington Palace in particular, with a number of stories of harassment, of bullying, and control that led to the departure of two personal assistants and a number of complaints about the behaviour and attitude of Meghan at the time that was seen at quite high levels," GMB added.

  • Debbie White

    NEW CLAIMS EMERGE ABOUT DUCHESS OF SUSSEX

    Shocking new claims have emerged about Meghan Markle ahead of her much-hyped interview with Oprah Winfrey.

    A report in The Times says that she was allegedly facing a complaint of bullying in London, according to royal aides.

    Aides have hit back at the Duchess of Sussex before her TV revelations "by revealing that she faced a bullying complaint made by one of her closest advisers during her time at Kensington Palace," the paper adds.

    Meghan and Prince Harry near the Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace, London, 2017Credit: Getty Images – Getty
  • Britta Zeltmann

    'SHAKING'

    Meghan Markle left a staff member at Kensington Palace “shaking” with fear after a row, a royal aide has claimed. 

    According to The Times, an aide feared a row would erupt over whether the Duchess had been told that the media would be present at an event. 

    When Meghan rang the aide, they rang back but she did not pick up. 

    Anticipating a row with Meghan, the source told the Times: “I feel terrified.

    “I can’t stop shaking.”

    The Duchess denies all allegations of bullying, and a spokesman said she was “saddened by this latest attack on her character".

  • Britta Zeltmann

    MEGHAN 'BULLIED ROYAL STAFF' 

    Meghan Markle is facing allegations of bullying staff made by one of her closest advisors during her time at Kensington Palace.

    A source told The Times newspaper the Duchess of Sussex drove two personal assistants out of the household and undermined the confidence of a third.

    The bombshell claims – denied by Meghan’s lawyers – come just days before Meghan, 39, and Harry, 36, give their “shocking” and “tell-all” interview to Oprah Winfrey on US telly.

    The newspaper reports a source came forward after claiming only a partial version of Meghan’s two years working as a member of the royal family had emerged.

    It is claimed allegations of bullying at the palace were submitted by Jason Knauf in October 2018 who was the couple’s communications secretary at the time. Read the full story here.

  • Lydia Hawken

    KATE AND WILLIAM 'APPALLED' BY MEGHAN AND HARRY'S OPHRAH INTERVIEW

    Speaking to Us Weekly, an insider claimed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were "appalled" by Meghan and Harry's upcoming Oprah interview.

    The source said: "It’s just beyond the pale for William and Kate, especially in light of the dreadful timing with [Prince] Philip in the hospital. 

    "They are utterly aghast."

    Meanwhile, another source claimed Harry and Meghan will not discuss their relationship with William and Kate because they don't want to add "fuel to the fire".

  • Lydia Hawken

    MEGHAN AND HARRY 'WANT TO REWRITE HISTORY WITH FAVOURABLE PRESS COVERAGE'

    Writing for The Telegraph, Camilla Tominey accused Harry and Meghan of trying to "rewrite history" of Megxit "through the medium of philanthropy and self-promotion".

    Commenting on Prince Harry's recent appearance on The Late Late Late Show, the newspaper's royal commentator said the interview had been "carefully choreographed".

    She wrote: "By conveniently making no mention of their desire to 'work to become financially independent', as stated in their original 'Megxit' bombshell of Jan 8 last year, Harry made the blame-the-British-press strategy plain as he complained of the 'toxic' environment.

    "It may well prove to be a winning formula in America, where the rich and famous can control a media that largely worships at the altar of celebrity.

    "By only seeking favourable coverage, while their royal relatives take the rough with the smooth, the Sussexes risk accusations of having ideas above their station, exemplified by the rather negative reaction to their recent suggestion that 'service is universal'."

  • Lydia Hawken

    INSIDE ARCHIE'S NURSERY IN CALIFORNIA

    Speaking to Closer magazine, an insider claimed Archie's nursery in Harry and Meghan's £14m Montecito mansion has "big windows" and a reading corner.

    The source said: "There’s a pile of story and soft activity books, and a storage area for all of Archie’s toys and puzzles.

    "Harry and Meghan spend hours reading to him, especially before going to bed.

    “He’s an incredibly engaged child and eager to learn."

  • Lydia Hawken

    PRINCE HARRY 'DOESN'T BELIEVE A WORD THAT COMES OUT OF SAMANTHA MARKLE'S MOUTH'

    Meghan Markle is allegedly feeling "sick to her stomach" over her sister Samantha's new tell-all book about their family which has gone on sale in the US.

    A source told In Touch Weekly that the Duchess is distraught over the book's release – but "won't act bothered or upset about it in public".

    They added: "Harry is totally supporting Meghan and doesn't believe a word that comes out of Samantha's mouth."

  • Lydia Hawken

    MEGHAN SKIPPING UK TRIP AS 'NO ONE WANTS A REPEAT OF LAST ROYAL ENGAGEMENT'

    Back in March 2020, all eyes were on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as they attended their final engagement as senior working royals.

    The Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey was the first time the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had been pictured with the rest of the Royals after they dropped the Megixt bombshell in January.

    Explaining why Meghan is expected to stay in the US this summer while Prince Harry returns home, an insider told the Mail: "Her Majesty made very clear when they left the UK that [they] were still much loved members of her own family and would be very welcome to attend family events. 

    "That still holds true. Practically, however, it comes with the need for a certain amount of diplomacy.

    "There is still a great deal of distance between Harry and many family members, particularly his brother. No one wants a repeat of the Commonwealth Service."

    Arriving at the service, the "Fab Four" (as they were formerly known) barely exchanged a word amid rumours of a "rift" between the couples.

  • Lydia Hawken

    MEGHAN 'WILL DISCUSS THE IMPACY OF LIVING IN THE UK HAD ON HER METAL HEALTH'

    Appearing on ITV's Good morning Britain, royal editor discussed Meghan Markle's upcoming bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.

    He claimed: "I know that she is going to mention things like mental health and the impact of being in the UK had on her mental health.

    "I know that she's going to mention about the press intrusion, but also she's going to raise the issue of race in Britain"

    Earlier this week, CBS released a clip of the interview – which will air in the US on 7 March – in which Oprah said "no subject was off limits".

  • Lydia Hawken

    MEGHAN'S FIRST WEDDING DRESS

    When Meghan Markle married Prince Harry in a fairytale Windsor wedding back in April 2018, the Duchess turned to French fashion house Givenchy to design her gown.

    But for her first marriage to producer Trevor Engelson, Meghan's special dress was a lot more low-key.

    For her 2011 wedding, the former Suits actress opted for a satin white sleeveless gown with a silver bejewelled belt.

    An insider called Meghan’s first wedding in Jamaica in 2011 a “boozy beach wedding with a magical backdrop” and “an epic weekend under the sun and stars”.

  • Lydia Hawken

    PRINCE HARRY IS DEVELOPING AMERICAN ACCENT LIKE MEGHAN'S, EXPERT CLAIMS

    Jennifer Dorman, expert sociolinguist at language learning app Babbel, analysed Archewell Audio's first podcast and claimed Harry is starting to mimic his wife's voice.

    She told Cosmopolitan: "The expression ‘You guys’ comes up, an American phrase that Harry used to address listeners in both the podcast teaser and during the podcast.

    "In the premiere episode, he even uses the typically American term ‘awesome’ – something which elicits a giggle from his American wife when used.

    "Harry says things like ‘love always wins’ and ‘the power within us’: two very positive, uplifting phrases which many of us would associate with the optimistic attitude of our cousins over the pond."

    Although Jennifer suggests Harry could be using these phrases to "be understood better by the American press", she also claims his language has been influenced by how much time he is spending with his wife.

  • Lydia Hawken

    SECRET MEANING BEHIND MEGHAN'S 'RESURRECTION' DRESS

    Meghan Markle chose a dress with a secret meaning for her bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, it is claimed. 

    The pregnant Duchess of Sussex, 39, stunned in a flowing black Giorgio Armani dress to “convey a very specific message”, in her first interview after finalising Megxit.

    The Telegraph claimed that the £3,300 long triple silk georgette dress features a lotus flower design, which Meghan chose for its “symbolic meaning of revival”. 

    They wrote: “The lotus flower’s daily resurrection is considered proof of its determination and will to live. 

    “The Duchess understands that a lotus seed can withstand thousands of years without water, able to germinate over two centuries later. 

    “This ‘refusal to accept defeat’ is very much how she sees her own battle against the pressures of royal life.”

  • Lydia Hawken

    MEGHAN AND HARRY WANTED TO BE 'HALF-IN, HALF-OUT' OF THE MONARCHY, EXPERT CLAIMS

    Writing for Town & Country, royal correspondent Victoria Murphy claimed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex wanted to be "half-in, half-out" the monarchy.

    Commenting on yesterday's announcement which saw Meghan and Harry stripped of their patronages, Victoria wrote: "It was hard to see a way Harry could have kept his honorary military appointments without a formal role in the royal family, although it was also obvious that he very much wanted to. 

    "The Sussexes had long hoped to be half-in and half-out but, as the Queen wrote to them, this is simply 'not possible.'"

    In a Buckingham Palace statement, it was revealed that the couple's patronages have been returned to the Queen and will be redistributed among other members of the Royal Family.

  • Lydia Hawken

    THE QUEEN 'TOLD HARRY "THE MONARCHY DOESN'T WORK FOR YOU"'

    According to Daily Mail, the Queen told her grandson Prince Harry that his lucrative deals with Spotify and Netflix meant he could no longer be an impartial working royal.

    An insider told the publication that Her Majesty said to the Duke of Sussex: "You work for the monarchy, the monarchy doesn't work for you."

    A source claimed: "The Queen has been very clear from the start that this 'half in, half out' model demanded by the Sussexes wouldn't work and hasn't deviated from that. Not once.

    "Their original idea was to have a 'third way' of being a royal. And the Queen has said quite simply 'no, you can't.'"

  • Lydia Hawken

    WILLIAM 'KEPT IN THE DARK ABOUT HARRY AND MEGHAN'S OPRAH INTERVIEW'

    Prince William has not spoken to Prince Harry "for some time" and is being "kept in the dark" about his Oprah interview, a source has claimed.

    It is believed that Harry and Meghan did not inform any member of the Royal Family about the interview's contents.

    An insider told the Mail on Sunday: "Harry and William have not spoken for some time, and Meghan speaking about their relationship or relationships with the Royal Family to Oprah will not help matters.

    "Things are still bad between them, although both want to repair that brotherly bond.

    "William does not know what she has told Oprah, none of the Royal Family do.

    "They will find out at the same time as everyone else, although I doubt they’ll watch it."

  • Lydia Hawken

    MEGHAN'S $30 DRESS FROM THE LATE LATE LATE SHOW 'SELLS OUT IN UNDER AN HOUR'

    Meghan Markle made a brief appearance on James Corden's The Late Late Late Show last week when the British star interviewed Prince Harry.

    During the Duchess' brief FaceTime call, the mum-to-be was seen wearing a navy blue dress with ruched bodice and puff sleeves.

    And it didn't take long for royal fans to track down the dress online – which is made by LA-based company Velvet Torch.

    According to the royal fan Instagram account @_duchess_of_sussex, the dress sold out in less than hour after the segment aired on Thursday night.

    The company has now confirmed the affordable dress will be back in stock on 15 March.

    Sharing a photo of the dress, they wrote: "The sleeve have been changed and no longer have ties. While the model wore the dress off shoulder, it can be worn up just like how Meghan Markle wore it!"

  • Lydia Hawken

    AMERICANS MISTAKE PRINCE HARRY FOR NEWS ANCHOR AND COUNTRY SINGER

    Dozens of people in small communities across the US were shown a recent photo of the Duke of Sussex and asked who he was, leaving some scratching their heads.

    The poll, created by the Mail on Sunday, discovered that the town of Taft, California, which has a community of around 10,000, had no idea who he was.

    Just 100 miles north of the Prince's new home in Montecito, Annalise Wills, 23, boldly asked: "Who is that?"

    For some it was a silly question, Glenda Bonds, 56 declared confidently that he was an actor.

    After studying the picture, Phillip Johnson, 82 said: "He looks familiar – is he a TV anchor? I watch Fox News all the time, I think he's one of them."

    Paige Gammell, 21, was slightly closer to the mark and asked if he was the King. She asked if it was "Prince Charles" or "Henry".

  • Lydia Hawken

    MEGHAN AND HARRY INTERVIEW COULD 'MAKE OPRAH MILLIONS'

    TV bosses are set to make “many millions” from reselling Oprah Winfrey’s explosive Meghan and Harry interview – after resisting growing calls to pull it over Prince Philip’s ill health.

    The talk show megastar and network CBS are not thought to be willing to change the timing of Sunday night’s show, despite the royal’s grave condition.

    Hollywood PR guru Howard Bragman, who has known the chat show queen for 40 years, told The Sun: “Somebody is set to make a lot of money from this – the total value is many millions.

    “It is very valuable footage and people around the world will want to see it – both the interviewer and interviewees are international figures. It’s truly international.

    “There are ‘fair use’ laws in the US, where the networks can show a certain amount of footage, so I’m not sure how much they will spend. But this will have appeal around the world.”

  • Lydia Hawken

    MEGHAN'S 'LOSS OF PRIVACY IS PRICE OF MARRYING ROYALTY', EXPERT CLAIMS

    Writing for The Express, royal historian Alison Weir claimed Meghan Markle had "exaggerated her problems".

    She wrote: "She has married into a life of huge privilege – you have to give up something for that. How much higher could she have aspired?

    "There's a price to be paid – that's the loss of your privacy and certain constraints are placed upon you that there's nothing you can do about it.

    "But that's the way it is."

  • Lydia Hawken

    MEGHAN AND HARRY SCRAMBLE FOR NEW UK MAIL ADDRESS AS PRINCE CHARLES CUTS TIES

    After Meghan Markle and Prince Harry confirmed they were not returning as senior members of the Royal Family last week, Prince Charles has reportedly withdrawn his financial support for the Sussexes' mail service.

    According to The Sunday Telegraph, the couple's mail service has been included within Clarence House since they quit the Royal Family last March.

    However, the publication reports that Prince Charles has "severed ties" – leaving Harry and Meghan to scramble to find a UK mail address to avoid fans having to send cards to the US.

  • Lydia Hawken

    MEGHAN AND HARRY 'WANT TO REWRITE HISTORY WITH FAVOURABLE PRESS COVERAGE'

    Writing for The Telegraph, Camilla Tominey accused Harry and Meghan of trying to "rewrite history" of Megxit "through the medium of philanthropy and self-promotion".

    Commenting on Prince Harry's recent appearance on The Late Late Late Show, the newspaper's royal commentator said the interview had been "carefully choreographed".

    She wrote: "By conveniently making no mention of their desire to 'work to become financially independent', as stated in their original 'Megxit' bombshell of Jan 8 last year, Harry made the blame-the-British-press strategy plain as he complained of the 'toxic' environment.

    "It may well prove to be a winning formula in America, where the rich and famous can control a media that largely worships at the altar of celebrity.

    "By only seeking favourable coverage, while their royal relatives take the rough with the smooth, the Sussexes risk accusations of having ideas above their station, exemplified by the rather negative reaction to their recent suggestion that 'service is universal'."

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