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Buckingham Palace opted not to make the results of its probe into Meghan Markle’s bullying claims—which it announced days before the Duchess of Sussex’s interview with Oprah aired in March 2021—public. But a source gave Us Weekly a very clear sense of what was allegedly found when detailing how Meghan privately reacted to its completion.
“Meghan is a fair boss and never bullied anyone who worked for her at the palace in the first place,” that source said. “She’s happy that her name has been cleared from the defamatory claims. She and Harry are looking forward to putting the incident behind them and are happily moving on with their lives in Montecito.”
A second source added, “The couple is disappointed that the results of the review of the investigation will not be shared.”
That source’s statement echoes what a source close to the couple told E! last week: that the duke and duchess are “disappointed” that the results of the review are being kept secret.
For context, the palace launched the probe following a March 2021 report in The Times stating that during her time as a working royal, Meghan “faced a bullying complaint made by one of her closest advisers during her time at Kensington Palace” and that multiple royal aides had come forward with concerns about her.
Meghan’s spokesperson vehemently denied the aides’ claim to The Times then, calling it another “attack” on Meghan’s character and part of a bigger “smear campaign.”
“Let’s just call this what it is—a calculated smear campaign based on misleading and harmful misinformation,” the spokesperson said. “We are disappointed to see this defamatory portrayal of the Duchess of Sussex given credibility by a media outlet. It’s no coincidence that distorted several-year-old accusations aimed at undermining the duchess are being briefed to the British media shortly before she and the duke are due to speak openly and honestly about their experience of recent years.”
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