Buckingham Palace officials confirmed on Thursday that they will not a report that was commissioned last year in the wake of be releasing that Meghan, the Duchess of Sussexaka Meghan Markle (Meghan Markle), bullied staffers while she was a working member of the royal family.
“The review of the handling of historic bullying was aimed at enabling the Royal Households to consider potential improvements to HR policies and procedures,” a Palace spokesperson said in a statement to BuzzFeed News. “The review has been completed, and recommendations on our policies and procedures have been taken forward.”
The official statement makes clear that the report was not whether or not Meghan bullied Palace employees investigating; it was a review of how the Palace responded to bullying complaints when they were made.
In a Wednesday briefing about the annual publication of the royal financial records, a royal source speaking on the condition of anonymity told members of the press that the report was not being released to protect the privacy of those who participated in the inquiry.
“Because of the confidentiality of the discussions we have not communicated the detailed recommendations,” he said, according to a Washington Post report. “I think the objectives have been satisfied because lessons have been learned.”
The royal source also said that the investigation into how the bullying were handled was privately funded by the royal family and did not use taxpayer money.
A spokesperson for Meghan and her husband Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, declined to comment.
So how did we get here?
Allegations about Meghan being a bully were made in two stories published by the Sunday Times on March 2, 2021 — five days before the couple’s first interview since leaving the royal family, conducted by Oprah Winfrey, was set to air. The stories quoted a number of current and former employees who claimed Meghan had “humiliated” them, accusing her of “emotional cruelty and manipulation.”
The most important — and relevant to current events — detail published in the Times was a formal HR complaint about Meghan’s behavior made by Jason Knauf, the couple’s then-communications secretary, in October 2018. “I am very concerned that the Duchess was able to bully two PAs out of the household in the past year,” Knauf reportedly wrote in the complaint. He described her treatment of one unnamed former employee as “totally unacceptable.”