EXCLUSIVE: Older palace sources said tonight the mirror aides were “incandescent” after being accused of “smear campaign” by Meghan Markle’s allegations of’ emotional cruelty and manipulation ‘by the Duchess

The Queen tonight ordered an investigation into explosive allegations that the Duchess of Sussex bullied her staff while serving as the working queen

Buckingham Palace will be investigating allegations by former aides who accuse Meghan of “emotional cruelty and manipulation”

Launched while the Duke of Edinburgh battles disease and infection at the hospital, the probe will re-examine a complaint from one of its closest advisers about Meghan in 2018

According to The Times, Jason Knauf, then the Sussexes communications secretary, claimed Meghan “removed two personal assistants from the household and undermined the trust of a third employee”

Meghan’s attorneys hit back, suggesting that the newspaper “was being used by Buckingham Palace to sell a totally false narrative” before the Sussexes interview with US chat show Queen Oprah Winfrey aired on Sunday

Older palace sources said aides were “incandescent” after being accused of a “smear campaign” against the Duchess

A senior palace source said, “We didn’t catch up on the Oprah Winfrey program or anything with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

“It is utterly insincere, frankly ridiculous and utterly false to claim that someone in the palace sold disinformation and informed about these matters

“At the moment there are far more important things going on than the circus surrounding a media appearance

The Queen is believed to have called for urgent action at a meeting with her most trusted advisors today as the scandal threatens to engulf the company

A statement from Buckingham Palace said: “We are clearly very concerned about the allegations in the Times based on allegations made by former staff members of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

“Staff involved at this point, including those who have left the household, will be invited to attend to see if lessons can be learned

“The royal household has implemented a dignity at work policy for a number of years and does not and will not tolerate bullying or harassment in the workplace”

The guideline describes “the principle of maintaining a healthy, safe and pleasant workplace free from bullying, harassment and victimization”

Der Spiegel assumes that at least six former members of the royal staff will be asked to testify in “strictly confidential” manner

Palace sources said Harry and Meghan would not be asked to provide their reports during the early stages of the investigation until the allegations were considered

Older royals are considered “dismayed” by reports that employees have been moved to tears An aide reportedly expecting a confrontation with Meghan and telling a colleague, “I can’t stop shaking””

According to sources, the family’s “sole focus” was on Prince Philip, 99, who has been in the hospital for two weeks and is doing tests for heart disease and continued treatment for an infection

Speaking of her father-in-law today during a visit to a vaccination center in Croydon, south London, the Duchess of Cornwall said, “We heard today that he is improving slightly so this is very good news”

The Times report on Meghan allegations found “because they felt like only a partial version of Meghan’s two years as a working member of the royal family had come about and they wanted to share their side”

Sources told the newspaper they thought Meghan was trying to be a “victim” so that her “unbearable experience” would convince Harry they had to leave the UK, which her lawyers have denied

Jason Knauf – pictured – filed the complaint in October 2018 to compel Buckingham Palace to protect staff

Mr Knauf allegedly sent an email to Simon Case, Prince William’s then private secretary, after talking to HR manager Samantha Carruthers, setting out the Duchess’s alleged actions

Mr Knauf reportedly wrote in his email: “The Duchess seems intent on always having someone in her sights”

According to the Times report, Samantha Cohen, who worked for the Queen for nearly 20 years, has also been targeted as the private secretary for the Sussexes A source said: “Nothing was ever good enough”

The Duchess said, “It is not my job to pamper people,” the Times reported when her alleged treatment of staff was brought up by a senior aide at a meeting Harry attended

Meghan’s spokesperson said: “The Duchess is saddened by this recent attack on her character, particularly as someone who has been targeted to bully himself and is deeply committed to supporting those who have experienced pain and trauma

“She is determined to continue her work to build compassion around the world and will continue to strive to set an example of what is right and what is good”

Other claims in The Times relate to how Samantha Cohen, who worked for the Queen for nearly two decades and is described by former colleagues as an “inspirational team leader” for whom “people love to work,” was also targeted

She worked as a private secretary for the Sussexes after they got married and was reportedly bullied as well A source told the newspaper: “Nothing was ever good enough”

Trailers promoting the two-hour Oprah interview, which will air on Sunday in the US and Monday night on ITV, ask the host, “Have you been silent or have you been silenced?”

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Another topic raised by the newspaper was controversial jewelry Meghan wore to a formal dinner while visiting the Sussexes in Fiji in 2018

It was reported that the earrings were on loan at the time, but were a wedding gift from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia – likely approved the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to a released US intelligence report

The newspaper told the Duchess’s lawyers that it was unaware of any rumors about the Crown Prince’s involvement in the murder a few weeks before dinner

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Source: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/royal-aides-incandescent-over-meghan-23602697