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Meghan Markle ‘bullying’ row escalates as Palace launches probe into allegations

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Buckingham Palace has said it will investigate allegations of bullying made against Meghan Markle.

The Palace said its HR team will launch a probe into the "circumstances outlined in the article" where the allegations were made.

A statement from Buckingham Palace said: "We are clearly very concerned about allegations in The Times following claims made by former staff of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

"Accordingly our HR team will look into the circumstances outlined in the article.

"Members of staff involved at the time, including those who have left the Household, will be invited to participate to see if lessons can be learned.

"The Royal Household has had a Dignity at Work policy in place for a number of years and does not and will not tolerate bullying or harassment in the workplace."

Reports in The Times suggest the Duchess of Sussex faced a bullying complaint from her time in Kensington Palace.

Meghan denies the allegations, with a spokesman saying she was "saddened" by the reports.

The allegations claim Meghan drove two personal assistants out of the household and undermined the confidence of a third member of staff.

The royal lived with Prince Harry at the Palace for nearly a year after their wedding in May 2018.

Meghan's spokesman said it was the "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".

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The news comes days before Harry and Meghan's highly-anticipated interview with chat show legend Oprah Winfrey, which is due to be released in the US on Sunday, March 7.

The Times reported the claim was made in October 2018 by Jason Knauf, who worked as communications secretary to the couple at the time.

It is alleged Harry personally intervened and “pleaded with Knauf not to pursue it”, a source told the Times.

A spokesman for the couple said Harry would not interfere in staff matters.

One aide reportedly claimed “more like emotional cruelty and ­manipulation, which I guess could also be called bullying”.

The interview with Oprah will be aired on ITV on Monday after it offered £1million for the rights.

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