The UK monarchy have hired an external law firm to investigate claims that Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, bullied royal staff.
The Buckingham Palace initially said it would investigate after a British media report earlier this month citing unnamed royal aides as saying a complaint had been made against Meghan in 2018 for driving two personal assistants out of Kensington Palace and undermined the confidence of a third.
“Our commitment to look into the circumstances around allegations from former staff of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex is being taken forward but we will not be providing a public commentary on it,” the Buckingham Palace spokesperson was quoted by The Times.
A spokesperson for the couple previously dismissed the accusations as “defamatory.”
“Let’s just call this what it is a calculated smear campaign based on misleading and harmful misinformation,” the Sussexes’ spokesperson said. “We are disappointed to see this defamatory portrayal of The Duchess of Sussex given credibility by a media outlet.”
The move comes as the Palace faces a crisis over the allegations made by Prince Harry and Meghan in their explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Meghan in the interview said that there were “concerns and conversations” about the skin colour of their baby, Archie, and “what that would mean.”
The Palace’s plan to probe the report contrasts starkly with its approach towards Meghan’s allegation of racism against a senior royal, which the family said it would keep in-house.