On Wednesday, The Times newspaper claimed that Meghan Markle, wife of Prince Harry, has allegedly bullied members of the royal household staff back in 2018, during her time living at Britain’s Kensington Palace before she stepped back from royal duties.
According to the Times, “Two senior members of staff have claimed that they were bullied by the duchess,” and a third told the publication that “it felt ‘more like emotional cruelty and manipulation, which I guess could also be called bullying.’”
Markle’s spokesperson said that Markle is upset over these accusations, specially since they involve her closed ones. “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”, her spokesperson said. “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.”, they added.
The Times also reported that “the duchess wore earrings to a formal dinner in Fiji in 2018 that were a wedding gift from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, who is said by US intelligence agencies to have approved the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi.”
These claims were made just a few days before the broadcast of an interview that Prince Harry and the Meghan Markle gave to US chat show host Oprah Winfrey about their decision last year to leave frontline royal duties.
The couple said The Times was peddling “a wholly false narrative” during the television interview.
The highly anticipated and in-depth interview of the couple will be aired on Sunday. In the few previews of the interview that have been aired so far, Prince Harry also spoke at length about his mother Princess Diana and how wary he is about “history repeating itself”.
“You know, for me, I’m just really relieved and happy to be sitting here, talking to you with my wife by my side because I can’t begin to imagine what it must’ve been like for her going through this process by herself all those years ago,” Prince Harry told Winfrey about how severely his mother fell victim to public scrutiny.
There has been no comment from the Buckingham Palace as of now, where the couple lived till 2019.