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Buckingham Palace finishes report on handling of Meghan bullying allegations – but won’t say what’s in it

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Buckingham Palace has revealed that it has completed an investigation into the handling of allegations that Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, bullied royal staff, but has refused to share the findings.

Michael Stevens, the official in charge of the Crown’s finances, said at a news conference to discuss the Royal Household’s annual financial statement that the private company hired to investigate the allegations had completed its work.

Stevens stated that several recommendations were made, but he did not reveal any substantive details about the conclusions or recommendations that were made. Because the review was privately funded, the Crown was under less pressure to publish its findings.

“I can confirm though that it was a review of the handling of the allegations aimed at enabling the royal households to consider potential improvements to HR policies and procedures,” said Stevens. “The review has been completed and recommendations on our policies and procedures have been taken forward, but we will not be commenting further.”

According to a senior royal source, the palace is keeping quiet about the investigation in order to protect the anonymity of those who assisted.

“We recognize that those who participated in the review did so with the understanding that there would be confidentiality in those discussions with the independent legal firm, and we have a responsibility to respect that confidentiality,” the source said.

According to the source, the Palace made several policy changes in the aftermath of the review but declined to elaborate.

“Whenever you would undertake an independent review or there’s an examination of this nature, there would always be lessons to be learned, there’s always ways in which you can improve processes and procedures,” said the source. “We wouldn’t normally reveal every change to our policies and procedures.”

The allegations first surfaced last year, when The Times in the United Kingdom published an article citing unnamed sources who claimed the Duchess fired two personal assistants from her Kensington Palace household and undermined the confidence of a third.

Buckingham Palace initially stated that it would look into the allegations, but later hired an outside law firm to do so.
A spokesperson for the Sussexes dismissed the Times report as a “calculated smear campaign” at the time, citing its publication just days before Oprah Winfrey’s explosive interview with Meghan and Prince Harry.

The interview marked the couple’s first public appearance since announcing plans to retire from senior roles in the British royal family in 2020.

Meghan told Winfrey that life as a British royal was so isolating and lonely that she “didn’t want to be alive anymore” at one point. She described herself as a victim of an image-obsessed Buckingham Palace, which had a say in everything from how dark her son Archie’s skin would be to how frequently she went out to lunch with friends.

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