While the findings of “the highly sensitive investigation by an independent law firm were to be announced in the annual Sovereign Grant report to be released this week,” they will not be, according to The Times of London. Royal sources confirmed to the newspaper that the investigation is “ongoing” and may not be published until next year.
The investigation was launched in March after Markle was accused of intimidating at least two palace assistants during his short tenure as a senior UK royal official – sometimes reducing staff to tears and “humiliating ” another.
At the time, Buckingham Palace said it “would not tolerate bullying and harassment” and was “very concerned about allegations” that Markle forced two personal assistants and undermined the trust of a third. Markle denies these allegations.
The initial complaint was lodged by Meghan and Harry’s communications secretary Jason Knauf in October 2018, but only came to light before Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Knauf’s official complaint was: “I am very concerned that the Duchess may have intimidated two house assistants over the past year”, describing her behavior as “totally unacceptable … The Duchess seems to still want to have someone in their sights. [and] I remain worried that nothing is done ”. Knauf also asked “whether the household policy on bullying and harassment applies to principals”.
After the allegations came to light, Meghan’s representative said: ‘The Duchess is saddened by this latest attack on her character, particularly as someone who has been the target of intimidation and is deeply committed to supporting those who suffered pain and trauma. She is determined to continue her work of developing compassion around the world and will continue to strive to lead by example by doing what is right and doing what is right.
By not including the findings of the investigation in the Sovereign Grant report, writes the London Times, “it means the palace may seek to delay the findings until next year’s report, or explore another way. ” address suggested changes in its human resources policies and procedures. resulting from the investigation, which is paid privately.
It will also help avoid further tensions between William and Harry who have been at odds since the Megxit during the unveiling of a statue of their mother, Princess Diana in July.
A new book, “Battle of Brothers: William, Harry and the Inside Story of a Family in Tumult” by author Robert Lacey, also claims Prince William is the one who decided that he and Prince Harry should “separate.” households in March 2019 after the complaint – and not the other way around.
The book quotes a Kensington Palace courtier: “Meghan introduced herself as the victim, but she was the bully. People felt overwhelmed by her. They thought she was a narcissist and a complete sociopath – fundamentally unbalanced. ”