The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have yet to be approached by Buckingham Palace on allegations of intimidation during their tenure as royals, it has been reported.
The palace is set to launch an investigation, following allegations published in The temperature that Meghan had left staff members ‘humiliated’ on several occasions, while chasing two personal assistants.
A spokesperson for the Duchess, who left her life as a working royal alongside her husband, Prince Harry, has denied the allegations – calling them a “smear campaign” ahead of a bombshell TV interview that is expected to be airs Sunday in the United States.
However, several reports have claimed the Sussexes have yet to be approached by the Royal Family over the allegations, although the review is likely to attract senior officials, including the Prime Minister’s Office Secretary Simon Case.
Mr Case, the Duke of Cambridge’s former private secretary, was reportedly made aware of allegations of intimidation against Meghan in 2018 when the couple’s communications secretary Jason Knauf filed a complaint against him and Sam Carruthers, the head of Human Resources at Kensington Palace.
Meanwhile, the royal sources cited by The Daily Telegraph suggested the Sussexes might not be offered the opportunity to contribute to their version of the palace at all – with a palace aide telling the newspaper the couple would not be briefed on the process.
This precedes a potentially explosive interview with the couple by Oprah Winfrey, who is expected to lift the veil on their lives as royals before resigning and moving to California.
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The Royal Family – or The Firm as it was once coined by the Duke of Edinburgh – has a long history of internal conflict.
In Diana, Princess of Wales, interview with Martin Bashir after her relationship broke with Prince Charles, she created one of the biggest television moments of the 1990s by hinting at her relationship with Camilla Parker-Bowles – saying: three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded ”.
Most recently, an interview with the BBC’s Emily Maitlis turned out to be the final blow against Prince Andrew who would see him stepping away from public life because of his relationship with pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein.
In an excerpt from the interview with Ms Winfrey which was filmed in February – before the bullying allegations came to light – the Duchess accused the royal family of ‘perpetuating lies’ about her and Prince Harry.
In the 30-second clip, Ms. Winfrey asks the Duchess, “How do you feel about the palace hearing you speak your truth today?”
She replies, “I don’t know how they could expect that after all this time we would just stay silent if there is an active role The Firm is playing in perpetuating the lies about us.
“And, if that carries a risk of losing things, I mean, I … there’s already a lot that has been lost.”
A palace source said: “We are not getting involved in the drama surrounding the interview.”