Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are reclaiming their story after the Times published a lively report on a bullying complaint allegedly filed at Kensington Palace.
According to the Times, a former communications secretary for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex allegedly claimed during their stay in Kensington in 2018 that Meghan’s toxic behavior forced two personal assistants to leave their positions and adversely affected another palace employee.
“The Duchess is saddened by this recent attack on her character, especially as someone who has bullied himself and is deeply committed to supporting those who have experienced pain and trauma,” a spokesman for Meghan and Prince Harry wrote in one Statement made available to the Los Angeles Times Wednesday morning.
“She is determined to continue her work to build compassion around the world and will continue to strive to set an example of what is right and what is good.”
According to People magazine, the complaint allegedly filed by Jason Knauf alleged that Meghan’s alleged behavior moved one of her employees to tears and physically shook a royal aide at the prospect of interacting with the Duchess.
The UK newspaper report comes days before the Sussexes’ intimate conversation with TV mogul Oprah Winfrey is due to air on CBS on Sunday, and the timing of the leaked allegations was not lost for the Duke and Duchess.
“Let’s just call it what it is – a calculated smear campaign based on misleading and harmful misinformation,” the royal couple said in a statement to The Times, according to People.
“We are disappointed that this defamatory portrayal of the Duchess of Sussex was made credible by a media company. It is no accident that distorted, multi-year-old allegations intended to undermine the Duchess are brought to the UK media just before she and the Duke are supposed to speak openly and honestly about their experiences over the past few years. “
During her much-anticipated interview with Winfrey, which CBS teased earlier this week, Harry told the OWN founder that he was “relieved and happy to sit here and speak to you with my wife by my side”.
“I can’t imagine what it must have been like [my mother] I went through this process on my own all those years ago, ”Harry said as a photo of his younger self and the late Princess Diana appeared on the screen. “Because it was incredibly difficult for both of us.”
When the Duke appeared on The Late Late Show last month, he also commented on Netflix’s hit historic drama The Crown, which portrayed the debilitating royal life that Diana (played by Golden Globe winner Emma Corrin) had the most to offer last season.
When asked for his opinion on the series during his cruise to his new LA home, Harry told TV presenter James Corden that his dramatizations are “loosely based on the truth” and “give viewers a rough idea of what the lifestyle is is what the pressure is to put duty and service above all that can arise from it. “
“I’m much more comfortable with ‘The Crown’ than with the stories that are being written about my family, my wife or myself,” he told Corden.