LONDON (UK) – Prince Harry’s wife Meghan has said that the royal couple would not be silent in telling their story and has accused Buckingham Palace of “perpetuating falsehoods” about her and her spouse.
The comments were made to American talk show host Oprah Winfrey in an interview that is due to be broadcast on US television on Sunday.
Megan, the Duchess of Sussex and her husband Prince Harry will divulge details about why they quit their royal roles, in the interview.
An early excerpt of the interview was released on Wednesday, “How do you feel about the Palace hearing you speak your truth today?” Winfrey asks Meghan in the excerpt.
Meghan responded: “I don’t know how they could expect that after all of this time we would still just be silent, if there is an active role that The Firm is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us.” The Firm is the name that the British royal family sometimes uses to describe itself.
“And if that comes with risk of losing things, I mean, there’s a lot that’s been lost already,” Meghan added.
Before the excerpt was released Buckingham Palace said it was “very concerned” about reports in the Times newspaper that assistants working for Meghan two years ago had been bullied by her. Harry and Meghan issued a statement denying that she had bullied anyone.
The interview was recorded before The Times newspaper ran a report citing unnamed sources as saying an aide to Harry and Meghan had raised a complaint in October 2018 alleging that Meghan had reduced some of her assistants to tears and treated others so badly that they had quit.
The paper said Harry had urged the aide, who has now left their staff, to drop the complaint, and it never progressed.
The Times said it had been contacted by former staff members who wanted the public to gain insight before the Winfrey interview aired – and that lawyers for the couple had labelled the allegations a smear orchestrated by the Palace.
“We are clearly very concerned about allegations in The Times following claims made by former staff of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement.
The Royal Household “does not and will not tolerate bullying or harassment in the workplace”, it added.
The palace said its HR team would look into the allegations, and that members of staff involved at the time would be invited to participate.
A spokeswoman for Meghan said earlier that she was “saddened by this latest attack on her character, particularly as someone who has been the target of bullying herself and is deeply committed to supporting those who have experienced pain and trauma”.