Days before Oprah’s interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and its potential bombshells, bullying allegations have been made against the Duchess. In fact, Markle is alleged to have bullied royal aides at Kensington Palace. Meghan denies the allegations and a number of people have come to her defense. This includes her former Suits co-star, Patrick J. Adams.
Meghan Markle accused of bullying royal aides
Tuesday of this week, The Times reported that Markle was facing complaints of bullying. This came from one of her close advisors, press secretary Jason Knauf. He alleged to the newspaper that two personal assistants had been driven from the household by Markle’s treatment. The report said she had humiliated royal aides, subjecting them to “emotional cruelty and manipulation.”
The Daily Mirror reported that at least 10 royal aides, who worked for Meghan and Harry, are planning to co-operate with an investigation into the claims. This was reportedly ordered by Queen Elizabeth.
Buckingham Palace made a statement. They wrote: “The Royal Household has had a Dignity at Work policy in place for a number of years.” The palace added that it “does not, and will not, tolerate bullying or harassment in the workplace.” Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Meghan said she is “saddened by this latest attack on her character, particularly as someone who has been the target of bullying herself.”
Oprah with Meghan and Harry
There is no doubt that the royal family is not looking forward to the no-holds-barred interview between Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Two trailers were recently posted for the interview, giving ample proof of huge bombshells in the making.
However, since the trailers were released, the British media has reported on a number of alleged bullying accusations made by royal aides. The allegations refer to the time Meghan spent with Prince Harry at Kensington Palace. Following the news of the alleged allegations, people close to Markle have spoken up in her defense.
Meghan Markle’s Suits co-star Patrick J. Adams denounces royals
Patrick J. Adams played Mike Ross, while Markle played his love interest, Rachel Zane on the popular Suits. Meghan left after Season 7 when she became involved with Prince Harry.
On Friday this week, Adams sent a series of tweets in her defense. He made a pointed reference to the royal family as an institution “that has outlived its relevance, is way overdrawn on credibility and apparently bankrupt of decency.” Meanwhile, Adams described the Duchess as “a powerful woman with a deep sense of morality and a fierce work ethic.”
Recalling their time on Suits together, Patrick described Markle as an “enthusiastic, kind, cooperative, giving, joyful and supportive member” of the Suits cast. He added that she “remained that person” even after hitting the headlines over her relationship with Harry.
Adams wrote he was “sickened” by the British media’s “endless racist, slanderous, clickbaiting [sic]” treatment of her. He added that “it’s OBSCENE that the royal family, [whose] newest member is currently GROWING INSIDE OF HER, is promoting and amplifying accusations of ‘bullying’ against a woman who herself was basically forced to flea [sic] the UK in order [to] protect her family and her own mental health.”
“Find someone else to admonish, berate and torment,” Adams concluded. “My friend Meghan is way out of your league.”
Suits creator stands up for Meghan Markle
As noted by TV Line, Suits creator, Aaron Korsh also headed to Twitter on Friday to stand up for Markle. His tweet read, “Meghan Markle is not a monster. She’s a strong woman with a kind heart who’s trying to make her way in an unimaginable situation.” Korsh continued by writing that he doesn’t know the specifics of some incident from years ago. However, he wrote, “if late-night emails makes [sic] you a horrible person, then I’m going to hell 50 times over.”
Meghan Markle is not a monster. She’s a strong woman with a kind heart who’s trying to make her way in an unimaginable situation. I don’t know the specifics of some incident from years ago but if late night emails makes you a horrible person, then I’m going to hell 50 times over.
— Aaron Korsh (@akorsh9) March 5, 2021
As noted, the bullying allegations against Markle came less than a week before the controversial CBS primetime interview. Oprah with Meghan and Harry airs on Sunday, March 7 at 8/7c.