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Meghan Markle ‘saddened’ by allegations of Kensington Palace bullying

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 3/3/2021 Theresa Braine

Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle said she was “saddened” by allegations of bullying dating back to 2018 and linked them to an unvarnished interview with Oprah Winfrey set to air in a few days.

“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,” a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said in a statement obtained by People.

a close up of Meghan Markle: Meghan Markle attends a reception with delegates from the Commonwealth Youth Forum in central London on April 18, 2018. © YUI MOK Meghan Markle attends a reception with delegates from the Commonwealth Youth Forum in central London on April 18, 2018.

Meghan Markle attends a reception with delegates from the Commonwealth Youth Forum in central London on April 18, 2018. (YUI MOK/)

The charges surfaced in The Times of London late Tuesday as the British newspaper published accounts ahead of the former royal couple’s much-touted interview with Winfrey, airing Sunday on CBS. According to the account given to the British newspaper, she allegedly drove two personal assistants out of the household during her time at Kensington Palace, reducing them to tears, and undermining a third staffer’s confidence.

The former aides went to 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 newspaper said.

One of the aides, according to People, told a colleague, “I can’t stop shaking.”

Meghan and her husband, Prince Harry, famously announced in January 2020 that they would step back from their royal duties permanently and are most likely set to finish the break by the end of this month. A large part of their decision lay in what they deemed corrosive coverage by the British tabloids.

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry smiling for the camera: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a Creative Industries and Business Reception on October 2, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. © Provided by New York Daily News Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a Creative Industries and Business Reception on October 2, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a Creative Industries and Business Reception on October 2, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Chris Jackson/)

Meghan’s spokesperson said that regardless of public opinion, her goal and that of her husband is a life of service.

“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,” her office said.

The couple left royal life not long after the birth of their son, Archie. They recently announced they are expecting a second child.

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