Meghan Markle's Lawyer Says 'This Narrative That No One Could Work For The Duchess Of Sussex Is Just Not True'
Meghan Markle's lawyer, Jenny Afia — she is representing the former actress in her ongoing privacy and copyright infringement case against Associated Newspapers Limited — clapped back at the allegations that she previously bullied staff when living in the U.K.
"This narrative that no one could work for the Duchess of Sussex, that she was too difficult or demanding a boss, and that everyone had to leave, is just not true," Afia told host Amol Rajan in the new BBC documentary The Princes and the Press.
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In a trailer for the second part of the film, which will air on November 29, Afia said the Duchess is "absolutely not" guilty of bullying staff.
Earlier this year, several close advisors claimed that the California native, 40, was not easy to work for; they "claimed that she drove two personal assistants out of the household and was undermining the confidence of a third staff member,” the report read.
Following the allegations, Meghan released a statement about the ordeal.
"Let’s just call this what it is — a calculated smear campaign based on misleading and harmful misinformation," the message stated. "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," the note continued.
"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 concluded. "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."
While speaking in the AppleTV+ series, The Me You Can't See, Prince Harry revealed what Meghan was going through when the allegations came to light. "I was woken up in the middle of the night to her crying in her pillow because she doesn’t want to wake me up, because I’m already carrying too much," he shared. "That’s heartbreaking. I held her, we talked, she cried, and she cried, and she cried."