The timing is not ideal … In a few days, CBS will broadcast the interview that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry gave to Oprah Winfrey. A long interview during which the Sussexes will review their departure from the ranks of the royal family and confide in their new life in the United States, on their projects and the imminent birth of their second child. But today, the Duchess is making headlines for a whole different story: she is accused of harassment by former employees. According to several sources, Meghan Markle wrongfully dismissed two personal assistants, before harassing a third member of the staff of Buckingham Palace. A bullying complaint was even filed against him in 2018 by Jason Knauf, the couple’s communications secretary. In an email sent to human resources, he describes a daily life under pressure.
“I am very concerned that the Duchess may have intimidated two personal assistants over the past year. X’s treatment was totally unacceptable, he wrote at the time, as The Times revealed. The Duchess seems to always want to have someone in her sights. She intimidates Y and seeks to undermine her confidence. We have received numerous reports from people who have witnessed unacceptable behavior towards Y. ” Shortly after the publication of this investigation, the Sussexes denied the accusations outright through a spokesperson. According to him, this is only “misleading and harmful information” for the couple: “The Duchess is saddened by this latest attack on her, especially as someone who has previously been the target of intimidation and which is deeply committed to the support of those who experience pain and trauma “.
Buckingham Palace denies en bloc
“She is determined to continue her work to champion compassion around the world and will continue to strive to lead by example to do the right thing”, the couple continued before accusing the British daily “of being used. by Buckingham Palace “. According to them, this investigation is “a calculated smear campaign based on misleading and hurtful disinformation” and was released on purpose within days of the broadcast of their truth interview. Attacks to which Buckingham Palace quickly responded. Asked by the Daily Mail, a representative assured that the publication was in no way orchestrated by the palace or by members of the Crown, who are currently focusing on the health of Prince Philip, hospitalized for a few days. Tensions between the Sussexes and The Firm are not over.
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