Meghan Markle is responding to a new report accusing the formal royal of “bullying” her staff during her time at Kensington Palace.
Buckingham Palace has launched an investigation after the Duchess of Sussex was said to have created a toxic and manipulative atmosphere for her royal aides and close advisors, according to a story posted in The Times in the U.K on Tuesday.
"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 according to People Magazine.
"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 complaint, which was reportedly made in October of 2018, was submitted by the couple’s former communications secretary Jason Knauf, who claimed that Markle caused two personal assistants to leave her household, and undermined the confidence of a third, according to the news source. The Times also claim that Meghan reduced her staff to tears.
"Let's just call this what it is — a calculated smear campaign based on misleading and harmful misinformation," a spokesperson for the Sussexes told The Times. "We are disappointed to see this defamatory portrayal of The Duchess of Sussex given credibility by a media outlet. It's no coincidence that distorted several-year-old accusations aimed at undermining The Duchess are being briefed to the British media shortly before she and The Duke are due to speak openly and honestly about their experience of recent years."
The new allegations come as Markle and Prince Harry are scheduled to sit down with Oprah Winfrey for a much-anticipated interview on Sunday. The couple are expected to talk about their marriage, parenthood, philanthropic work, and intense public pressure.