In the wake of claims that Duchess Meghan A close advisor “bullied” at Kensington Palace in 2018, a new clip from the upcoming two-hour special entitled “Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special” has been released.
Meghan speaks for the first time.
Winfrey asks, “How do you feel about the palace when you tell your truth today?”
“I don’t know how you can expect that after all this time, if the company played an active role in perpetuating falsehoods about us, we would still be silent. And if that involves the risk of losing things – I mean, a lot has already been lost, “says Meghan pointedly.
Earlier on Wednesday, Meghan said she was “sad” about the bullying allegations that royal officials said they were investigating.
ON report The report, published Tuesday in The Times UK, said Jason Knauf, then communications secretary to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, filed a complaint in October 2018 that Meghan “evicted two personal assistants from the household and the trust of a third Employee undermined. “”
In a statement to the US TODAY, a spokeswoman for Meghan and Prince Harry said the Duchess was “saddened by this recent attack on her character, especially as someone who was.” the goal of bullying yourself and is deeply committed to those who have experienced pain and trauma. “
The statement went on, “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.”
The Times article, which did not highlight any of Meghan’s alleged specific actions, notes that the concern was shared with Knauf’s supervisor but “nothing was done to investigate the situation at the time.”
Buckingham Palace later issued a “worrying” statement on Wednesday promising to investigate the allegations and stressing that royal employers do not tolerate bullying.
“We are clearly very concerned about the allegations in the Times following allegations made by former employees of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex,” the palace said in a statement. “Accordingly, our (staff) team will investigate the circumstances described in the article. The staff involved at this point, 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.”
On Tuesday, Meghan won a preliminary payment of about $ 625,000 for her $ 2 million legal expenses from the loss of Associated Newspapers in her privacy infringement lawsuit, a UK judge ruled.
At a virtual hearing in London, Judge Mark Warby also denied the tabloid publisher’s request for permission to appeal, saying there was no real prospect of any other court reaching a different conclusion.
But he said the editor of Mail am Sonntag and MailOnline still have the right to renew the motion to a judge on the appeals court.
Associated Newspapers said it would when a spokesman for the editor told The Daily Mail that he was disappointed with the judge’s decision.
In a written submission to the court, Associated Newspapers attorney Antony White said his clients believe an offer to overturn Warby’s decision last month in Meghan’s favor has “a real chance of success.”
Tuesday’s hearing was scheduled after Warby Meghan gave a summary judgment in her controversial lawsuit against the tabloid and its owners for invasion of privacy in February 2019, when she posted five stories with parts of a private letter she sent to her estranged father Thomas Markle wrote. after her wedding to Prince Harry in 2018.
The hearing covered several issues after Meghan’s victory in the case, including damages, legal fees and an open question as to whether Meghan was the “only” author of her letter to her father.
The Times claims come days before Harry and Meghan are said to appear in a comprehensive interview with Winfrey for her first American television interview, which will air on CBS Sunday at 8 p.m. EST / PST.
In the first two promos that aired on Sunday, Meghan didn’t speak, but Winfrey seems to quote her, calling the couple’s frustrations “almost insurmountable”. She asks: “Did you keep silent or were you silenced?”
Queen Elizabeth II and a group of other royals will also be on the air in the UK on Sunday to watch their first Commonwealth Day service on TV only on the BBC.
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