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Meghan Markle has vehemently denied allegations she "bullied" Kensington Palace staff ahead of her and husband Prince Harry's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The 39 year old and her 36 year old husband have sat down for a no holds barred interview with the chat show legend, which will air in the UK next Monday.
ITV have won the rights to air the chat just 24 after it hit screens in the US after winning a bidding war and securing the deal for a reported £1,000,000.
The Duchess of Sussex, who is expecting her and Harry's second child, is now facing allegations she "drove two personal assistants out of the household" during her time at Kensington Palace.
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The Times claims the couple's former communications secretary Jason Knauf – who now works for Prince William and Kate Middleton – submitted allegations of "bullying" in October 2018, though it is understood these were not pursued.
A source alleged to The Times that Prince Harry had "pleaded" with Jason not to pursue the bullying allegations before he raised the claims to Buckingham Palace HR in a bid to "protect the staff" that were "coming under pressure" from Meghan.
The newspaper says that Jason wrote in his email: "I am very concerned that the Duchess was able to bully two PAs out of the household in the past year. The treatment of X was totally unacceptable.
"The Duchess seems intent on always having someone in her sights. She is bullying Y and seeking to undermine her confidence.
"We have had report after report from people who have witnessed unacceptable behaviour towards Y."
OK! understands that in fact the employees who were the subject of Jason's emails were not aware that a complaint was raised and that was done without their agreement.
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When they found out a complaint had been made they are believed to have asked for the complaint to have been withdrawn.
According to the Times, a source alleged: "I think the problem is, not much happened with it. It was, 'How can we make this go away?', rather than addressing it."
Whilst a second alleged: "Senior people in the household, Buckingham Palace and Clarence House, knew that they had a situation where members of staff, particularly young women, were being bullied to the point of tears.
"The institution just protected Meghan constantly. All the men in grey suits who she hates have a lot to answer for, because they did absolutely nothing to protect people."
However, a spokesperson for Harry and Meghan forcefully denied the allegations made by the Times stating that Meghan 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.
"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."
Meghan's legal team added to The Times: "Let's just call this what it is – a calculated smear campaign based on misleading and harmful misinformation.
"We are disappointed to see this defamatory portrayal of The Duchess of Sussex given credibility by a media outlet.
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"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.
"In a detailed legal letter of rebuttal to The Times, we have addressed these defamatory claims in full, including spurious allegations regarding the use of gifts loaned to The Duchess by The Crown."
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