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Meghan Markle Releases a Statement Amid Bullying Allegations

Meghan Markle Is "Saddened" by the Tabloids' Latest "Attack on Her Character"

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 01: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex joins a conversation to discuss the nature of violence against women and girls while she visits ActionAid during the royal tour of South Africa on October 01, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

The tabloids just can't seem to leave Meghan Markle alone, can they? After winning her privacy lawsuit against Associated Newspapers and just days before her highly anticipated sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey, a new report from the The Times has surfaced claiming that the Duchess of Sussex is facing a bullying complaint from one of her former advisors during her time at Kensington Palace. Frankly, I'm tired of these baseless attacks against Meghan, and I can't even begin to imagine how tired she is.

"Let's just call this what it is — a calculated smear campaign based on misleading and harmful misinformation."

On Wednesday, Meghan and Prince Harry's spokesperson released a statement to People addressing the bullying allegations, which reportedly took place in 2018. "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 statement read. "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."

According to the claims, Meghan "drove two personal assistants out of the household and undermined the confidence of a third staff member." Meghan has denied the claims, and her spokesperson also gave a statement to the The Times, saying, "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. 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."

During their interview with Oprah — which airs on ITV in the UK 8 March, a day after it's shown in the US — Meghan and Harry will discuss a variety of topics, including their marriage, their royal exit, and what's next for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The interview will mark the couple's first since officially stepping down as senior British royals.

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