The outcomes of Buckingham Palace’s human assets investigation into claims that the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle bullied royal workers might be delayed till subsequent yr, a brand new report claims.
Whereas the findings of the “extremely delicate inquiry which is being carried out by an unbiased legislation agency, have been anticipated to be introduced within the annual Sovereign Grant report back to be revealed this week,” they won’t be, in accordance with the Instances of London. Royal sources confirmed to the paper that the investigation is “ongoing” and is probably not launched till subsequent yr.
The investigation was launched in March after Markle was accused of bullying not less than two palace aides throughout her brief tenure as a senior British royal – often decreasing staffers to tears and “humiliating” one other.
On the time, Buckingham Palace mentioned it might “not tolerate bullying and harassment” and was “very involved by the allegations” that Markle compelled out two private assistants and undermined the boldness of a 3rd. Markle denies these claims.
The unique criticism was filed by Meghan and Harry’s communications secretary, Jason Knauf, in October 2018, however solely got here to gentle earlier than Markle’s Oprah Winfrey interview.
Knauf’s formal criticism learn: “I’m very involved that the duchess was in a position to bully two PAs out of the family previously yr,” describing her conduct as “completely unacceptable… The duchess appears intent on at all times having somebody in her sights [and] I stay involved that nothing can be performed”. Knauf additionally questioned “if the family coverage on bullying and harassment applies to principals”.
After the allegations got here to gentle, Meghan’s rep mentioned: “The duchess is saddened by this newest assault on her character, notably as somebody who has been the goal of bullying herself and is deeply dedicated to supporting those that have skilled ache and trauma. She is decided to proceed her work constructing compassion all over the world and can hold striving to set an instance for doing what is true and doing what is nice.”
By not together with the findings of the inquiry within the Sovereign Grant report, the London Instances writes, “it means the palace might search to delay the findings till subsequent yr’s report, or discover one other method of addressing advised modifications to its human assets insurance policies and procedures ensuing from the inquiry, which is being paid for privately.”
It’ll additionally assist keep away from additional rigidity between William and Harry who’ve been at odds since Megxit in the course of the unveiling of a statue of their mom, Princess Diana in July.
A brand new e-book, “Battle of Brothers: William, Harry and the Inside Story of a Household in Tumult” by creator Robert Lacey, additionally claims that Prince William was the one who determined he and Prince Harry wanted to “cut up” households in March 2019 after the criticism – not the opposite method round.
The e-book quotes a Kensington Palace courtier as saying: “Meghan portrayed herself because the sufferer, however she was the bully. Folks felt run over by her. They thought she was an entire narcissist and sociopath — mainly unhinged.”