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Harry and Meghan’s 25-page rebuttal to harassment claims: Prince opposes ‘lies’ by royal staff

Harry and Meghan’s 25-page rebuttal to harassment claims: Prince opposes ‘lies’ by royal staff

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle produced a 25-page report to refute claims she had harassed members of staff in the royal family.

The Sussexes have hit back at allegations that Meghan drove two assistants out of their jobs with her behaviour, with staff accusing the Duchess of shouting at them and contacting them on their nights off.

The claims, which were initially reported to HR by Prince Harry and Prince Williams’ joint press secretary, prompted a review by Buckingham Palace.

Harry has now used his new memoir, Spare, to hit back at the claims, calling them a “lie” and saying he and Meghan had provided a report “full of evidence” to prove it.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive for the long walk at Windsor Castle following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Harry has hit back at claims his wife bullied members of the royal family

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive with Prince William at a service to mark the RAF's centenary at Westminster Abbey.  Prince Harry says he and wife have produced 25-page report refuting allegations of harassment

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive with Prince William at a service to mark the RAF’s centenary at Westminster Abbey. Prince Harry says he and wife have produced 25-page report refuting allegations of harassment

The final report from the Palace is being kept secret to protect those involved, but Harry mentions it is part of a media agenda against him and his wife.

The Telegraph reports he writes in a section of the book: “It was so outrageous that even though Meg and I demonstrated their lie with a 25-page report to HR full of evidence, it would have been very difficult for me to ignore it. ‘

The claims were made in 2018 when press secretary Jason Knauf sent an email to his boss Simon Case claiming Meghan’s treatment of a staff member was “totally unacceptable”.

The times told Case, who was Prince Williams’ private secretary and is now cabinet secretary: “I am very concerned that the Duchess has managed to deceive two household aides over the last year. The treatment of X* was completely unacceptable.’

He added: “The Duchess seems intent on always having someone in her sights. She bullies Y and seeks to undermine her confidence. We have report after report from people who have witnessed unacceptable behavior towards Y.’

Mr Knauf spent seven years working for the royal family, including as press secretary to the princes, special adviser to William and Kate and chief executive of the Royal Foundation.

He was made a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order in the New Year Honourssomething that was unlikely to sit well with Sussex.

In his book, which was released in Spain almost a week before the official publication date, Harry claims his wife has been unfairly described as a “tyrant”.

The claims that Meghan Markle harassed members of staff were made by Jason Knauf, a former press officer for both Prince Harry and Prince William (pictured)

The claims that Meghan Markle harassed members of staff were made by Jason Knauf, a former press officer for both Prince Harry and Prince William (pictured)

Prince Harry's long-awaited memoir is due for release on January 10, but copies have already leaked

The Duke of Sussex’s memoir, Spare, is out in the UK on January 10

The Duke claimed that the princes’ private offices made it easier for the press to attack them and that when he tried to explain his point of view to William, the conversation turned to an argument about his interview with Oprah.

In their Netflix documentary released in December, the Sussexes said Meghan sometimes made royal staff cry were part of a “calculated smear campaign” in response to the interview.

James Holt, executive director of Harry and Meghan’s Archewell Foundation, told Netflix: “The timing of the bullying story was even acknowledged by the journalist who wrote it as being done specifically because of the Oprah interview.”

Valentine Lowe, who broke the story about timessaid victims of the alleged harassment “wanted to tell their story before the Oprah interview” otherwise “their complaints would have been lost in the noise.”

In an interview to promote his memoir, Harry told CBS’s Anderson Cooper he believed that people from the palace had “betrayed” him. and his wife by “planting stories” about them in the press.

In a teaser for the interview, which will air tonight in the United States, the Duke of Sussex defended himself against public criticism for their decision to publicly blast the royal family.

He insisted that he had “tried to do this in private” but that “every time I’ve tried to do it in private, there have been briefings and leaks and planting stories against me and my wife.”

In the memoir, Harry claims while discussing the interview with Oprah his brother “rushed” at him and grabbed him by the shirt, before recalling the memory of their mother Diana.

The Duke said William became hot during a walk after the funeral of their grandfather, Prince Philip, in April 2021.

Harry claims he tried to address the bullying allegations against Meghan, but his father and brother “didn’t listen”.

Harry claims his brother referenced their mum's memory during an argument about his interview with Oprah (pictured)

The row erupted when Harry, William and Charles discussed the interview he and Meghan Markle gave to Oprah a month earlier. Sussex is pictured during the interview

In an exclusive extract from his forthcoming autobiography Spare, Harry recalls what he describes as a physical assault by his sibling, now the Prince of Wales, which he says left him with visible injuries

The California-based royal went on to claim that William was “really fuming” and grabbed him as he tried to leave.

I waved in disgust, but he lunged and grabbed my shirt. “Listen to me, Harold,” Harry wrote in his book, according to The Sun.

— I pulled back, refusing to meet his gaze. He forced me to look into his eyes. “Hear me, Harold, hear me!” I love you Harold! I want you to be happy.”

Harry allegedly replied: “I love you too… but your stubbornness is extraordinary!”

The Duke reportedly tried to pull away, but William grabbed him again and spun him around so they could make eye contact.

William then called his brother’s so-called “secret code” and swore on Princess Diana’s life that his intentions were genuine, Harry wrote.

He writes that William said, “Harold, you must listen to me! I just want you to be happy, Harold. I swear, I swear on mom’s life.

Harry continued, “He stopped. I stopped. Dad stopped. He had been there.

“He had used the secret code, the universal password.” Ever since we were boys, these three words were to be used only in times of extreme crisis.

The Duke claimed his brother was “not quite ready to accept defeat” and claimed he was “right sick” over the tension between the pair.

William is said to have repeated: “I swear to you now on mum’s life I just want you to be happy.”

Harry claimed his “voice broke” and he “softly” told William: “I really don’t think you do.”

The older brother is then said to have hugged Harry and said: “I love you.”

MailOnline has approached representatives for William and Harry for comment.


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