Shunned from the royal family for good? The palace is "considering stripping Meghan Markle and Prince Harry of all royal titles," a source exclusively tells The Royal Observer — just days before their interview with Oprah Winfrey will air on CBS.
In February, Buckingham Palace revealed the couple would "not be returning as working members of the royal family."
"The Queen has written confirming that in stepping away from the work of The Royal Family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service," the announcement continued.
However, the pair fought back with a statement of their own, writing, "As evidenced by their work over the past year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex remain committed to their duty and service to the U.K. and around the world, and have offered their continued support to the organisations they have represented regardless of official role. We can all live a life of service. Service is universal."
Now that the duo are set to speak about their time in the U.K., a few former aides accused the actress of bullying them when she lived at Kensington Palace.
“The complaint claimed that she drove two personal assistants out of the household and was undermining the confidence of a third staff member,” The Times reported earlier this week.
Two senior members of staff claimed they were bullied by the 39-year-old, while a former employee said they were “humiliated” by her.
Jason Knauf, the couple's former communications secretary, submitted the accusations to HR in 2018.
“I am very concerned that the Duchess was able to bully two PAs out of the household in the past year. The treatment of X* was totally unacceptable,” Knauf supposedly wrote in an email.
He added: “The Duchess seems intent on always having someone in her sights. She is bullying Y and seeking to undermine her confidence. We have had report after report from people who have witnessed unacceptable behaviour towards Y.”
However, Meghan's team hit back and defended her. “Let’s just call this what it is — a calculated smear campaign based on misleading and harmful misinformation. 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," a spokesperson for the Duchess said.
With the interview due to air in just a few short days, Meghan is not surprised some people turned on her.
“Harry and Meghan knew that it would get ugly in the run up [to the Oprah special], but seeing such an obvious attempt at destroying her character was distressing and upsetting,” a friend of the couple told BAZAAR.com.