The Queen’s decision to hide the report of bullying Meghan Markle came as a big blow to the Duchess.

A year after a law firm was appointed to investigate claims over the Duchess of Sussex’s treatment of palace staff, Her Majesty has taken a surprising decision.

Is it in a mahogany desk drawer? Stuffed in the back of a 70s metal filing cabinet in an assistant’s office? Hiding on the Z-drive of the Buckingham Palace intranet?

Somewhere in the royal household right now is one of the most controversial documents ever created for a queen, and a report that will now never see the light of day.

This week once broke the news that anything a third-party law firm might uncover during its investigation into allegations that Meghan, Duchess of Sussex bullied employees will remain hidden from the public. The Duchess has always vehemently denied the allegations.

But what at first glance might seem like the Windsor team is cleverly extinguishing a spark that could rekindle a feud with the rebellious duo is actually a more loaded and potentially explosive move.

Flash back to March 2021 and the world was only talking about one royal story: Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex and Meghan detonated a bomb under the palace during their interview with Oprah Winfrey.

For two hours, they made highly devastating allegations of racism and total disregard for their mental health by an institution that essentially threw them to the media wolves.

However, less than a week before it aired (although it was filmed), it was Meghan who was in the line of fire after the incident. Time published a scandalous story alleging that Meghan bullied royal staff.

According to onceValentine Lowein October 2018, their then public affairs secretary, Jason Knauf, filed a bullying complaint alleging that the Duchess kicked “two personal assistants out of the house and damaged the trust of a third employee”.

Lowe wrote that “the staff sometimes came to tears; one aide, anticipating a confrontation with Meghan, told a colleague, “I can’t stop shaking.”

Elsewhere, the report stated that “another former employee told The Times that they were personally ‘humiliated’ by her and claimed that two employees were bullied.

“Another assistant stated that it was more like emotional abuse and manipulation, which I think could also be called bullying.”

A spokesman for the Sussexes claimed the allegations were part of a “deliberate smear campaign” according to the Times, and that Meghan is “saddened by this latest attack on her character, especially as someone who has been the target of self-mutilation and is deeply committed to supporting those who have experienced pain and injury.”

The day after the report was released, Buckingham Palace announced that it had launched an investigation into the claims. Later that month, it was revealed that the Palace had hired an outside law firm to handle the investigation.

Then came Oprah, and amid the ensuing global media scrum, those allegations of bullying all but faded from view. For the most part, things have stayed that way for the past year. There were few stories about the investigation, and there was little information. This situation has largely cooled down.

That is, until this week, when The Times Roya Nikkha showed that the report “was buried”.

“The results of an extremely important investigation, which was privately paid for by the Queen and conducted by an independent law firm, will never be published,” Nikkha wrote.

While no details have surfaced about what the unnamed law firm may or may not have found, “the investigation … has led Buckingham Palace to ‘improve policies and procedures’ in its human resources department, according to royal sources.”

However, while it was thought that changes in personnel policy would be included in the next Sovereign Grant report, this month the Palace “no longer plans to make any public statements on the investigation or even publicly acknowledge subsequent changes to its personnel management.” politicians”.

Nikkha wrote that one of the factors in the Palace’s decision to hide the report was to “limit tensions between the Sussexes and the Palace”.

Outwardly, it looks like a mature game on the part of the queen. Why start a fire and draw attention to this particular business again? It’s better to remove it to preserve what’s left of the frayed ties between London and Montecito.

But intentionally or not, by keeping gossip about the lawyers’ conclusions, Her Majesty actually did her granddaughter a disservice and cursed Meghan.

The Duchess of Sussex vehemently denied the allegations from the outset, and it’s easy to see how a strong woman, armed with nothing less than her zeal, her Royal Highness and an AirBook, could take out a few taffy British noses. .

It’s easy to see how the qualities that propelled Meghan somewhere up the Hollywood food chain can ring in the rarefied palace walls.

However, reports of her alleged treatment of the palace staff have been circulating for many years and have been a constant running theme in the Sussex narrative.

In November 2018, The Sun reported that “the Queen has warned Prince Harry about Meghan Markle’s behavior and attitude” and that “the message from the Queen was very important for Meghan to think about how she talks to staff.”

Next month, Mirror it was reported that the “personal assistant” of the Duchess [had] to leave after the demands of the royal family reduced him to tears.”

In 2021 Robert Lacy Brothers battle claimed that Prince William “was horrified” when he was “told of Meghan’s alleged behavior” and that he was “furious when he heard the ‘disaster dossier’ that Knauf had put together.”

Later that year, Megan’s lawyer Jenny Aifa was featured in a BBC documentary. Princes and the press and countered by stating that the claims of intimidation were untrue and contained “huge, huge inaccuracies”.

So where is the truth here? We will never know.

What is clear, however, is that the Palace’s decision this week means they have permanently denied Meghan the opportunity to exonerate herself.

Instead, the shadows of those claims will now follow her forever.

You also have to ask yourself here, how did the news that Buckingham Palace covered up this report get into the news? It’s one thing for the royals to call for it to be kept secret. And it is quite another matter if this decision is on the front page of the Sunday Times.

The palace, trying to handle this very delicate situation, made the situation worse?

By “burying” the report and then letting the world know about this secret move, the Palace only added to the miasma of rumors and speculation circulating here. All this is only made worse by the fact that this cloak of secrecy is reportedly driven in part by a desire not to annoy the Sussexes. What could he say that would make them so angry?

Was it just spoiled by the royal aides, or did someone at the Firm catch up with their Machiavelli reading list?

Sigh.

Whether you think we ended up with clumsiness or cold-blooded calculation, the bottom line is that both The Palace and Meghan are now forever trapped in this never ending story.

Daniela Elser is a royal expert and writer with over 15 years of experience working with a range of leading Australian media outlets.

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