Meghan’s pal brushes off Duchess’ staff bullying claims as a ‘panic’ response

Bruising allegations that Meghan Markle bullied her staff have been brushed off as merely a “panic” response to the bombshell royal revelations she dropped alongside Prince Harry during their interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Claims from former staff that the Duchess of Sussex threw fits of rage and left her aides in floods of tears led to a Buckingham Palace inquiry after they surfaced in The Times in 2021.

But the explosive six-part Netflix series dropped by the controversial royal couple has brushed off the damaging reports as a “calculated smear campaign” designed to distract from the pair’s widely watched chat with Oprah.

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James Holt, executive director of Harry and Meghan's Archewell Foundation, told Netflix: “The timing of the bullying story has even been admitted by the journalist that wrote it that it was done explicitly because of the Oprah interview.”

Whilst Meghan’s pal Abigail Spencer declared: “Someone's panicking over there.”

It emerged that the findings from the report into the bullying allegations will not be made public, with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex deciding not to sue the newspaper for publishing the claims.

The Netflix documentary has made several claims about briefings from inside Buckingham Palace, with Prince Harry saying he was left "heartbroken" after his brother's aides traded out stories at his expense despite vowing it was something they would "never do".

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According to the Duke of Sussex, a briefing battle broke out between different camps within Buckingham Palace.

He fumed: "To see my brother's office copy the very same thing that we promised the two of us would never ever do, that was heartbreaking."

Whilst in the final episode, a frustrated Meghan says: "I am not going to say anything about your brother, because he is your brother, but it is so obvious" with her husband adding: "All comms teams try to outdo each other."

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