Buckingham Palace instructs 'outside lawyers to probe Meghan Markle bullying claims', royal source says

The palace is said to be looking into the Duchess of Sussexes bullying claims

Buckingham Palace instructs lawyers, In this handout image provided by Harpo Productions and released on March 5, 2021, Oprah Winfrey interviews Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on A CBS Primetime Special premiering on CBS on March 7, 2021
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  • Meghan Markle's bullying claims are being looked into after the palace instructs 'outside lawyers' to probe claims.
  • The Duchess of Sussex made some shock claims of her own during her Oprah Winfrey interview.
  • In other royal news, the Queen is ‘extending an olive branch’ to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle following bombshell Oprah interview

The Palace is said to have instructed an outside law firm 'to probe Meghan Markle bullying claims', according to a royal source.

An independent inquiry is expected to be launched after the Duchess of Sussex revealed in a tell-all interview with talk show host Oprah Winfrey that during her time as a working royal, she felt silenced, as both a woman and an outsider. 

Last week Palace sources were quoted as saying that the Palace was "prepared to retaliate with fresh disclosures about the couple’s behavior if the monarchy is attacked”. And in a surprise move, the Palace is said to be bringing in a third-party law firm to investigate the bullying claims.

A royal source told The Sunday Times, “The actual worst incidences haven’t come out. There are some harrowing stories to tell.” Another Palace source added, “There’s a lot that could come out in the wash that hasn’t been told.”

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Almost two weeks ago, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex responded to claims that she faced a “bullying complaint” whilst at Kensington Palace.

At the time she revealed she was “saddened” at this “attack on her character”. 

The Times recently reported that royal sources approached the publication, alleging that Meghan had faced a complaint in October 2018 from Jason Knauf. At the time, Mr. Knauf was the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s communications secretary. 

The complaint alleged that Duchess Meghan drove two personal assistants out of the household and undermined the confidence of a third member of staff, the publication reported. The Times also reported that a source claimed Prince Harry pleaded with Mr. Knauf not to pursue it. 

According to The Independent, Meghan’s spokesperson addressed the allegations, stating, “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.

“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.”

Selina Maycock
Selina Maycock

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for GoodtoKnow, Woman&Home and My Imperfect Life.

Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. Having spent the start of her career working on local newspapers and online, Selina spent six years as Acting News Editor and Entertainment Reporter at the Scunthorpe Telegraph where she dug into hard news stories, conducted interviews, covered court reporting, features, and entertainment, whilst going to gigs in her spare time.

Whilst at the paper she was awarded an O2 Media Judges' Special Award for helping a terminally ill cancer sufferer realise his dying wish and marry his childhood sweetheart through a successful newspaper campaign. Things like this are close to her heart when it comes to using journalism to make a positive difference in people's lives.

Selina later branched further into all things celebrity to became a Showbiz Writer at Heat magazine, covering red carpet events, showbiz parties, and various launches before going freelance for two years. One of her biggest celebrity achievements - aside from generating celebrity exclusives - was interviewing Take That (including Robbie Williams) and bumping into Simon Cowell so much at events she told him 'I'm calling you my showbiz dad!'

In 2017 she joined TI Media as a senior reporter on Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, Woman's Weekly celebrity desk before branching online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first.

When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.