How did the Meghan Markle bullying review evolve over the four painful years?

Meghan Markle was hit with a review of allegations that she bullied her staff just days before her Oprah Winfrey interview aired – but reports now suggest the findings will remain a secret.

The Duchess of Sussex was accused of escorting two personal assistants out of Kensington Palace in an email leaked to a UK newspaper in October 2018. many times in March 2021. At the time the story was published, the world was waiting to find out whether Meghan’s CBS Everything would be as explosive as Princess Diana’s famous sit-down with the BBC. newsnight in 1995.

The story focused on an email sent by former employee Jason Knauf in October 2018, when he resigned as Kensington Palace communications secretary. Publication of the message last year led Buckingham Palace to launch a review of the allegations with preliminary suggestions the findings would be published in the annual financial document Sovereign Grant Report.

However, according to The Sunday Times, now has no plans to publish any findings when the Sovereign Grant report arrives later this month. If the newspaper’s account is accurate, it would mean that the public has no end to the big debate that has dominated the Duchess’s discussions for four years.

Meghan Markle is seen above in Fraser Island, Australia on October 22, 2018. The bullying allegations against Meghan were first leveled upon her return to the UK.
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‘Duchess Difficult’ and 2018 Bullying Emails

Knauf’s email came shortly after Meghan and Harry’s tour of Australia and the South Pacific in October 2019 was a PR victory.

While away, the couple announces that Meghan is pregnant and Sun In early November she branded her the “queen of success,” saying she “passed her first major royal test with flying colors.”

However, Knauf’s email painted a very different picture of Meghan’s relationship with her staff. It read: “I am deeply concerned that the Duchess was able to bully two PAs out of the house over the past year. X’s treatment [name removed] was completely unacceptable.”

He continued: “The Duchess always intends to have someone in her sight. She’s bullying you [name removed] And trying to undermine her confidence. We have Y. There has been report after report of people seeing unacceptable behavior towards [name removed],

The email initially remained private but a vulnerable version of the allegation was leaked The Sunday Times Two months later in December 2018. The story was titled: “Meghan loses another close ally, Samantha Cohen, as rumors swirled as to ‘Duchess Difficult’.”

The nickname stuck and for months to come, the British press stunned its workforce, who had quit. However, the public allegation of bullying was yet to come.

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Meghan’s characterization in British media became more negative and she would later reveal adolescent medicine Podcast: “I’ve been told that in 2019, I was the most trolled person in the whole world, man or woman.”

In October of that year, the couple launched three lawsuits against three UK newspaper groups, with Prince Harry accusing the media of “running a campaign against people without thinking about the consequences”.

one of those lawsuits was against mail on sunday And related to a personal letter Meghan sent to her father, Thomas Markle. However, the case was later expanded to include Broadside against Kensington Palace before that.

A court filing by Meghan’s lawyers accused Kensington Palace of preventing her friends from speaking up to defend against attacks in the media when she was “pregnant, vulnerable by the institution, and restricted from defending herself.”

It added: “It was mandated by the KP Communications team that all friends and family [Meghan] Contacted by any media outlet should say ‘no comment’, despite misinformation being provided to UK tabloids [Meghan],

The stage was set for an all-out conflict between the Duchess and her former staff, with Meghan taking the record at Kensington Palace.

Bullying allegations against Meghan and Oprah interview

Against whom did Meghan win the court case? mail on sunday In February 2021, and shortly after, it was revealed that she and Prince Harry would be giving their first sit-down interview with Oprah.

If there was ever any controversy over whether or not Kensington Palace would be at the firing line, it was soon put beyond doubt by the first preview footage released by CBS. A clip strongly echoed Meghan’s court filing about the KP communications team as Oprah asked: “Were you silent or were you silent?”

In another segment, Prince Harry said: “I am really relieved and sitting here talking to my wife by my side.”

By the time the full interview aired, it became clear it was a reference to Meghan’s suicidal feelings while a working royal, which she said she expressed to palace staff.

She also said that a senior palace employee told her that she “couldn’t go anywhere” to seek professional help because it would make the institution look bad.

The first story about the allegations of bullying was published many times On March 3, before the broadcast of the interview on March 7.

Meghan’s team came out swinging, telling the newspaper: “Let’s call it what it is – a calculated smear campaign based on misleading and harmful misinformation. We believe this defamatory portrayal of The Duchess of Sussex by a media outlet is credible. Disappointed to be given.”

As of the morning after publication, some news organizations, including newsweekwas given a short quote that did not include the phrase “smear campaign”.

A spokesman for Harry and Meghan said: “The Duchess is saddened by this latest attack on her character, especially as someone who herself has been the target of bullying and is deeply committed to supporting those who have suffered pain.” and has experienced trauma. He is determined to continue his work while building compassion around the world and strive to do the right thing and set an example for doing good.”

Prince Harry said later in mental health documentary you can’t see me: “Before the Oprah interview aired, because [the media’s] The headlines, and that combined effort of the firm and the media to discredit, I woke up in the middle of the night crying into her pillow because she doesn’t want to wake me up because I’m already carrying too much.

“It’s heartbreaking. I held her, we talked, she cried, and she cried, and she cried.”

Meghan And Harry Tour Australia
Meghan Markle’s allegations of bullying came ahead of her and Prince Harry’s explosive sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey. Above, Harry and Meghan attend a reception hosted by the Prime Minister of Australia in Sydney on October 21, 2018.
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Buckingham Palace Bullying Review

Mahal began a review of the allegations but was careful not to use the word “investigation”.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman at the time said: “We are obviously very concerned about the allegations”. many times Following claims made by former employees of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Accordingly our HR team will look into the circumstances mentioned in the article. Staff members involved at the time, including those who have left home, will be invited to participate to see if lessons can be learned.

“Royal Household has had a Dignity at Work policy for many years and will not and will not tolerate bullying or harassment in the workplace.”

newsweek It was initially said Meghan and Harry would not be invited to attend as the royals are not considered staff members.

Meghan’s friend Janina Gavankar went on ITV today morningSaying Meghan had the blessing to speak.

She said: “I can also say that I am personally happy that people are doing their due diligence because I also know why someone had to leave and it was for gross misconduct. The truth will come out.” There’s a lot of emails and texts about it. That.”

Historian Robert Lacey later suggested that Meghan and Harry had prepared a 30-page dossier explaining why some personnel left the palace.

Meghan’s UK lawyer, Jenny Afia, later denied she was a bully, but also put forward a softer assessment than the initial allegations of a smear campaign.

BBC documentary in November 2021 princes and pressAfia said: “The overall allegation was that the Duchess of Sussex was guilty of bullying. Absolutely not.”

She added: “That said, she wouldn’t want to deny anyone’s personal experiences.”

It could leave the media and fans on both sides of the fence disappointed if the latest reports are true and the review findings will be buried.

While there may be many people in the palace who would be delighted to see the issue in its entirety, Queen Elizabeth II focused on celebrating her Platinum Jubilee year. Prince Charles is also slowly taking on more and more of his mother’s duties as his health problems persist and does not want the Trans-Atlantic War to flare up again, eventually moving on to become king.

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