Meghan is ready for ‘brutal showdown’ with Buckingham Palace in bullying probe: Duchess demands ‘point by point’ breakdown of claims and will ‘dispute them ALL’, source claims
- Meghan Markle demanded a point-by-point breakdown of the allegations
- She’s ‘adamant staff were not up to their job’, a source close to review claimed
- Senior Palace aide accused the Duchess of Sussex of ‘unacceptable behaviour’
- Involves two personal assistants and allegedly undermining a third’s confidence
- Palace launched inquiry into claims, conducted by independent legal firm
Meghan Markle is heading for a ‘brutal showdown’ with Buckingham Palace as she denies all claims of bullying against her.
The Duchess of Sussex has demanded a point-by-point breakdown of the allegations and is ‘adamant the staff were not up to their job’, a source close to the independent inquiry claimed.
A senior Palace aide accused the Duchess of Sussex of ‘unacceptable behaviour’ towards two personal assistants and undermining the confidence of a third.
The Palace has launched an inquiry into the claims, conducted by an external independent legal firm.
But in a clear indication that the Duchess is preparing to fight back against what she has termed ‘a smear campaign’, a senior Palace source in March confirmed that her office had ‘written to request’ all documents, emails or text messages.
And now, sources fear the inquiry will turn into a ‘brutal showdown’ between the Sussex camp in California and the Palace.
Meghan Markle (left) is heading for a ‘brutal showdown’ with Buckingham Palace (the Queen, right) as she denies all claims of bullying against her
A source close to the inquiry reportedly told The Mirror: ‘The feeling is this is heading for a brutal showdown between the Duchess of Sussex who is understood to be disputing all allegations labelled against her.
‘The Palace is taking each and every allegation very seriously and wants to get to the truth of the matter and ensure those speaking up deserve to be heard.
‘But Meghan is adamant the staff were not up to their job and could not deal with the pressure of working for her and understanding how she wanted things to run ‘
Last week, a royal author claimed Prince William split his household from Prince Harry’s following an angry phone conversation over 2018 bullying claims
Last week, a royal author claimed Prince William split his household from Prince Harry’s (pictured, with Meghan) following an angry phone conversation over 2018 bullying claims
The accusation of Meghan’s alleged bullying behaviour first came to light earlier this month when an email sent by Jason Knauf, the couple’s then press secretary, was leaked to The Times newspaper.
William allegedly heard allegations from Simon Case, his private secretary
Written in October 2018 when the Sussexes were still living at Kensington Palace, Mr Knauf wrote: ‘I am very concerned that the Duchess was able to bully two PAs out of the household in the past year. The treatment of X [Name redacted] was totally unacceptable.
‘The Duchess seems intent on always having someone in her sights. She is bullying Y and seeking to undermine her confidence. We have had report after report from people who have witnessed unacceptable behaviour towards Y.’
The email was sent to Simon Case, then the Duke of Cambridge’s private secretary and now the Cabinet Secretary, reportedly after Mr Knauf’s conversations with Samantha Carruthers, the head of HR at the Palace.
In his email, Mr Knauf said Ms Carruthers had ‘agreed with me on all counts that the situation was very serious’.
He added: ‘I remain concerned that nothing will be done.’
Buckingham Palace has said it is ‘clearly very concerned’ about the allegations, adding: ‘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.’
But the Duchess’s spokesman hit back saying she ‘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’.
A friend of the Sussexes said ‘William threw Harry out’, according to Robert Lacey’s book Battle of the Brothers which is featured in the Times
Last week, a royal author claimed Prince William split his household from Prince Harry’s following an angry phone conversation over 2018 bullying claims.
A friend of the Sussexes said ‘William threw Harry out’, according to Robert Lacey’s book Battle of the Brothers which is featured in the Times.
It reportedly followed a furious phone call which allegedly ended with the Duke of Sussex hanging up on his brother.
The book claims that William suspected Meghan was ‘hostile’ to the royal system and possibly planned on leaving the monarchy from the very start and returning to America.
Harry and Meghan at the Sydney Opera House in 2018
Staff are said in the book to have claimed that Meghan ‘played the victim, but was a bully’ and treated courtiers poorly in line with her experiences in Hollywood, a modus operandi allegedly passed on to Harry who was reportedly heard ‘screaming’ at his staff.
Meghan and Harry have always denied the bullying allegations.
William is alleged to have told a friend he thought she had an ‘agenda’ and felt ‘hurt’ and ‘betrayed’ by the rift, with the heir to the throne telling a friend his wife Kate ‘had been wary of Meghan from the start’.
He said he felt Meghan was ‘stealing his beloved brother away from him’, according to extracts from the book, and believed that she did not understand how the Royal system worked.
Lacey quotes a Kensington Palace courtier as allegedly saying: ‘Meghan portrayed herself as the victim, but she was the bully. People felt run over by her. They thought she was a complete narcissist and sociopath — basically unhinged.’
The author also writes that he believes that William thought that Meghan had an ‘agenda’ and had voiced his reservations to Harry before their engagement, but that the row after Meghan and Harry’s trip to Australia in 2018 sealed his decision to split their households.
Prince William and Kate with Prince Harry and Meghan during the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in March 2019
In their infamous Oprah interview, Harry cited the Australia 2018 tour as the moment ‘the family got to see how incredible she is at the job’ while comparing her and the alleged treatment she received by the royal family to his mother Princess Diana.
A spokesman for the Sussexes has since said the couple are the target of a smear campaign, and denied allegations of bullying.
William allegedly heard the allegations from Simon Case, his private secretary, who was sent the email. He reportedly immediately picked up the phone to call his brother, but the conversation ended with Harry slamming down the phone, the book claims.
Lacey also dwelled on the Sussex’ interview with Oprah Winfrey, where the author wrote Prince Harry claimed the brothers’ falling out began because the Firm was jealous his wife Meghan was so good with people, something he said echoed his mother Princess Diana’s treatment.
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