Fears over Buckingham Palace inquiry into allegations Meghan Markle bullied staff

Has Meghan’s ‘bullying’ investigation been kicked in the tall grass? Buckingham Palace investigation into allegations that the Duchess of Sussex scared staff only to interview ‘small handful’ of people who worked with her

  • The revelation sparked fears the investigation could be ‘kicked into the tall grass’
  • Palace aides announced in March that they were conducting an internal investigation
  • Staff were said to have left in tears and felt ‘shocked’










A Buckingham Palace investigation into allegations that the Duchess of Sussex has bullied staff has so far given interviews to a “small handful” of people who have worked with her.

The revelation raised fears that the investigation, which was conducted nine months ago, is being “kicked in the tall grass”.

Palace aides announced in March that they had launched an internal investigation into allegations that Meghan’s behavior had pushed two personal assistants out of the home and a third “confidence undermining”.

The staff were said to be left in tears and “shocked”.

The royal family later hired a third-party law firm to investigate the claims, which were paid privately by the family, in a move some speculated could increase tensions between Harry, Meghan and the “establishment”.

The Duchess vehemently denied the allegations, and her lawyers at the time called it a “calculated smear campaign”.

The Buckingham Palace investigation into allegations that the Duchess of Sussex has bullied staff has so far conducted interviews with “a small handful” of people who have worked with her.

But the Daily Mail has now established that only a handful of royal staff have actually been spoken to – past and present.

These would likely include the two enclaves, another employee and possibly Cabinet Secretary Simon Case, who was then serving as Prince William’s private secretary.

Jason Knauf, Communications Secretary at Kensington Palace, sent Mr Case an email in October 2018, raising concern about Meghan’s behavior and trying to provide protection to staff he believed were being targeted.

The Sussex family had, on average, about 15 employees working for them at any one time – with up to 25 employees over Meghan’s short tenure in the royal family between 2017 and 2020.

But there is a wall of silence around the entire investigation, on the orders of the Queen’s very cautious private secretary Sir Edward Young, as no one within the family has been told whether the investigation is still going on.

Part of the problem is that the palace has never before had to deal with a formal complaint against a member of the royal family – a de facto employer – and thus has no precedent on which to act.

The Daily Mail has now established that only a handful of royal staff have actually been spoken to - past and present.  These two would likely include the mobiles, another employee and possibly Secretary of the Cabinet Simon Case, who was then serving as Prince William's private secretary.

The Daily Mail has now established that only a handful of royal staff have actually been spoken to – past and present. These two would likely include the mobiles, another employee and possibly Cabinet Secretary Simon Case, who was then serving as Prince William’s private secretary.

This revelation raised concerns that the investigation, which was conducted nine months ago,

The revelation raised fears that the investigation, which was conducted nine months ago, is being “kicked into the tall grass.”

With such a narrow scope of the investigation, sources wonder what the investigation will actually achieve.

One told The Mail: ‘I think they are [the Palace] We’re a little stuck between a hammer and an anvil in this…

“There are clearly serious questions to be asked about how to deal with the original complaints of bullying made against the Duchess internally.”

They added: ‘From what anyone hears, I’ve only been interviewing a handful of people. It was far from comprehensive.

Duchess' lawyer Jenny Afia of Schillings, who appeared in a BBC documentary last week, said she believed there were 'fatal errors' in the allegations.

Duchess’ lawyer Jenny Afia of Schillings, who appeared in a BBC documentary last week, said she believed there were ‘fatal errors’ in the allegations.

Buckingham Palace declined to comment on any aspect of the investigation this week. She had previously said the investigation should not be “publicly conducted” and “will take what it takes”.

The Sussex family was not expected to be invited to take part in the investigation – although they have written to the palace about it.

The Duchess’ lawyer Jenny Afia of Schillings, who appeared in a BBC documentary last week, said she believed there were ‘fatal errors’ in the allegations.

Ms. Afia did not respond to a request for comment this week.

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