Meghan bullying claims: Royal aide’s exit ‘rings alarm bells’ for Palace investigation

Meghan Markle: Expert discusses statement on Palace aides claim

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The resignation of a senior Kensington Palace official has sparked questions regarding allegations that Meghan Markle bullied royal aides during her time in the monarchy. The Duchess of Sussex, who has vehemently denied the accusations, had claims brought against her in March this year that she drove two personal assistants out of the royal household. However, the stepping down of Jason Knauf, who was the Communications Secretary to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and a key figure in the row, has “[rung] alarm bells”, a royal commentator has claimed.

Royally Us podcast host Molly Mulshine claimed: “It definitely makes me think Meghan may not be as guilty as they made out in this situation.

“If he really felt confident about the allegations that he made then why would you leave the job two months later?

“If you really felt like you had this important investigation to carry out, I just don’t see why you would leave.

“I think there’s a lot of intrigue here, something fishy is going on.”

Co-host Christina Garibaldi said: “Who knows if we’re ever going to find out?

“We really haven’t heard much about all these bullying claims since it happened.

“But him stepping down is definitely an interesting angle to this story.”

Ms Mulshine added: “It for sure rings alarm bells.”

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After The Times reported the allegations, the Sussexes’ spokesperson released a statement: “Let’s just call this what it is — a calculated smear campaign based on misleading and harmful misinformation.

“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.”

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A spokesperson through their production company Archewell had also added that Meghan was “saddened by this latest attack on her character”.

In response, Buckingham Palace announced that an investigation would be launched.

Their statement read: “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.”

A statement was published on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Royal Foundation website announcing Knauf’s departure.

Jason Knauf, understood to be moving abroad, said: “Working with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has been the privilege of my career.

“I will always be grateful for the opportunity I have had to support their leadership in the UK and internationally.

“The months ahead will be the busiest time in the Foundation’s history with the first awards for The Earthshot Prize and more progress on our early childhood work. We have a lot to do with our amazing team and all of our partners.”

The Cambridges said: “Jason has been an integral part of our team since 2015. We are immensely grateful for his hard work and commitment, both at The Royal Foundation and previously as our communications secretary.

“Since taking over as chief executive, Jason has driven positive change, making our vision for our charitable work and the causes that matter most to us a reality. We are sad to see him go but wish him all the very best in his future career.”

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