Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is ‘saddened’ by Kensington Palace ‘bullying’ claims

A spokesperson has said Meghan is 'deeply committed' to supporting those who have 'experienced pain and trauma'

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has responded to claims that she faced a “bullying complaint” whilst at Kensington Palace, revealing she is “saddened” at this “attack on her character”. 

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has spoken out after claims were made that she faced a “bullying complaint" made by one of her closest advisors whilst at Kensington Palace. 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. 

Now Duchess Meghan has responded to the claims, revealing her sadness at this “latest attack on her character”. 

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.”

The reports come at a difficult time for the Royal Family, with Prince Philip having been transferred to St Bartholomew’s Hospital on Monday. It has been confirmed by Buckingham Palace that the Duke of Edinburgh will receive further treatment for an “infection” and will undergo “testing and observation for a pre-existing heart condition”.

Whilst Prince Harry and Meghan’s “tell-all” interview with Oprah Winfrey is set to air this Sunday. In a teaser clip for the highly-anticipated interview, Prince Harry opened up about Princess Diana's pain, revealing his “biggest concern was history repeating itself”.

“I’m just really relieved and happy to be sitting here talking to you with my wife by my side because I can’t imagine what it must have been like for her, going through this process by herself all those years ago,” Harry went on to explain.

"It's been unbelievably tough for the two of us, but at least we had each other."

Emma Shacklock
Emma Shacklock

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