'Hope you're ok': Prince William praised for comforting royal aide allegedly bullied by Meghan Markle
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Prince William was praised for comforting a young female royal aide after she was allegedly bullied by Meghan Markle. The bullying allegations were revealed in a book, 'Courtiers: the Hidden Power Behind the Crown,' by reporter Valentine Low.
British-Jamaican author and socialite Lady Colin Campbell said "Good for Prince William" as he "stood up" for Buckingham Palace staff who were allegedly "bullied" by both Prince Harry and Meghan. While speaking on GB News, Lady Campbell said, "My understanding is he has been the one who was backing up the disadvantaged, bullied staff from the word go."
One of the alleged incidents occurred during the couple's 2018 marriage, with Meghan purportedly lashing out at a female member of staff in front of co-workers, alleged Low in the book. According to Low, Meghan told the staffer, "Don't worry, if there was literally anyone else I could ask to do this, I would be asking them instead of you." The aide was reportedly left "mortified" by this exchange with Meghan.
The Prince of Wales stepped in after being informed of the incident and tracked down the staffer to check on her and even offered a shoulder to cry on. Low claimed the royal consoled the staff member and told her she was doing "a really good job."
After the bullying allegations came to light, Buckingham Palace launched an inquiry into the claims and later changed HR policies to support staff in a more effective manner. The Palace confirmed the changes in June but the details of the new policies were not made public as all staff and members of the royal family "will be aware of what the policies and procedures are."
Meanwhile, the Duchess of Sussex addressed the allegations, saying it was as an "attack on her character." The spokesman said "the Duchess is 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." The spokesman added, "She is determined to continue her work building compassion around the world and will keep striving to set an example for doing what is right and doing what is good."