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Buckingham Palace Says “Lessons Have Been Learned” Following Meghan Markle Bullying Accusations

According to new reports, Buckingham Palace says lessons have been learned following a review into bullying allegations made by royal staff against Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, although it declined to give any details about the report’s conclusions. Here’s what you need to know.

The HR review was announced by the palace last March after the Times newspaper reported allegations had been made against Meghan, the American wife of Queen Elizabeth‘s grandson Prince Harry, including that she had reduced some of her assistants to tears and treated others so badly that they had quit.

Buckingham Palace Says “Lessons Have Been Learned” Following Meghan Markle Bullying Accusations

The couple issued a statement in response denying she had bullied anyone, and in an interview with Oprah Winfrey shortly afterwards, she accused the palace of “perpetuating falsehoods.”

Michael Stevens, the queen’s treasurer who is known as ‘Keeper of the Privy Purse’, said the privately-funded review, which was carried out by an independent law firm, had been set up to examine the handling of the allegations and to improve practices across all the royal households. “The review has been completed and recommendations on our policies and procedures have been taken forward,” Stevens told reporters. “But we will not be commenting further.”

The Times report said a senior aide to Harry and Meghan had raised a complaint in October 2018 alleging that the duchess had bullied some of her assistants, and that the prince had urged the aide to drop the issue which then never progressed. The palace ordered a review, saying it was “very concerned”, and all those who participated, including current and former staff members, have been informed of its outcome. Royal sources declined to say whether the duchess herself had been involved.

“I think the objectives have been satisfied because lessons have been learned,” a senior royal source said.

Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth was supposedly relieved that Meghan Markle did not attend Prince Philip’s funeral last year. According to royal author Tom Bower, who is releasing a new book called “Revenge,” Queen Elizabeth made it pretty clear that she was happy the Duchess of Sussex, who was pregnant at the time, stayed at home. The queen allegedly said, “thank goodness Meghan is not coming.”

Bower also described the difficult relationship between Prince Harry and the rest of the royal family in his book. He wrote, “The only uncertainty was the relationship between Harry and his family. How would he cope with his father and brother? Meghan had cited her seven months’ pregnancy as the reason for not traveling.

In Windsor Castle the Queen was preparing to face the public on one of the saddest days of her life. Philip had been her rock for the previous 70 years. To comply with Covid restrictions she would grieve alone inside the chapel. ‘Thank goodness Meghan is not coming’, the monarch said in a clear voice to her trusted aides.”

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