The two Buckingham Palace staffers who accused Meghan Markle of bullying reportedly rescinded their claims.
Royal reporters Omid Scobie and Carolyn Duran claimed in the epilogue of their newly updated biography ‘Finding Freedom’ that ‘upon discovery’ of a formal complaint by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s former communications secretary Jason Knauf, ‘two of the individuals mentioned in the email asked for any allegations made to HR about their experiences with Meghan to be rescinded’ (via ‘Entertainment Tonight’).
Knauf originally reported Markle’s alleged bullying in October ‘in an effort to protect staffers’, according to a Times report published in March – just days before Harry and Markle’s bombshell tell – all interview with Oprah Winfrey.
‘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’, read the HR complaint, which redacted the employees’ names.
‘The Duchess seems intent on always having someone in her sights’, Knauft reportedly added. ‘She is bullying Y and seeking to undermine her confidence. We have had report after report from people who have witnessed unacceptable behavior towards Y.’
However, the Times apparently failed to report at the time that the staffers backtracked on their accusations upon hearing that Knauf had reported the alleged incidents without their permission.
‘When it became known to [the two individuals], they each asked for the matter to be rescinded and for it to not become an official complaint’, a source alleged to Scobie at Harper’s Bazaar in March.
While rep for Harry, 36, and Markle, 40, previously said the duo had no involvement in ‘Finding Freedom’, the former ‘Suits’ star reportedly copped to giving personal information to the authors.
Page Six reported in April that ‘Finding Freedom’ would be reissued in August with the addition of chapters about the couple’s Winfrey interview, Prince Philip’s death and the bullying allegations against Markle.
A spokesperson for Markle did not immediately respond to our request for comment.