Meghan Markle‘s lawyer has claimed that allegations of bullying are used ‘very casually’ in response to claims that the duchess mistreated palace staff.

Solicitor Jenny Afia, of libel law firm Schillings, said that the word bullying was a ‘very, very damaging term… particularly for career women’.

She spoke out in a podcast with BBC journalist Amol Rajan based on his controversial documentary examining the relationship between the royal households and the media.

Palace aides announced in March last year that they were launching an internal inquiry into claims Meghan’s behaviour drove two personal assistants out of the household and ‘undermined the confidence’ of a third.

Meghan Markle's lawyer claimed that allegations of bullying are used 'very casually' in response to claims that the duchess mistreated palace staff

Meghan Markle's lawyer claimed that allegations of bullying are used 'very casually' in response to claims that the duchess mistreated palace staff

Meghan Markle’s lawyer claimed that allegations of bullying are used ‘very casually’ in response to claims that the duchess mistreated palace staff

Meghan Markle's lawyer Solicitor Jenny Afia, of libel law firm Schillings, speaks to BBC journalist Amol Rajan in The Princes and the Press documentary last November

Meghan Markle's lawyer Solicitor Jenny Afia, of libel law firm Schillings, speaks to BBC journalist Amol Rajan in The Princes and the Press documentary last November

Meghan Markle’s lawyer Solicitor Jenny Afia, of libel law firm Schillings, speaks to BBC journalist Amol Rajan in The Princes and the Press documentary last November

Staff were said to have been left in tears and feeling ‘traumatised’.

Speaking with the Duchess of Sussex’s express permission, Miss Afia denied that the duchess was a bully.

She told the podcast, called Harry, Meghan and the Media: ‘I think the first thing is to be really clear about what bullying is because the term gets used very, very casually. My daughter called me a bully last week when I asked her to brush her teeth – she’s seven years old.

‘So the term is used very freely and it’s a very, very damaging term as we know, particularly I think for career women.’

She added: ‘What bullying actually means is improperly using power repeatedly and deliberately to hurt someone, physically or emotionally. The Duchess of Sussex absolutely denies ever doing that.

Palace aides announced in March last year that they were launching an internal inquiry into claims Meghan's behaviour drove two personal assistants out of the household

Palace aides announced in March last year that they were launching an internal inquiry into claims Meghan's behaviour drove two personal assistants out of the household

Palace aides announced in March last year that they were launching an internal inquiry into claims Meghan’s behaviour drove two personal assistants out of the household

‘Knowing her as I do I can’t believe she would ever do that. I wasn’t there at the time but it doesn’t match my experience of her at all and I’ve seen her at very, very stressful times. That story is absolutely untrue that she is a bully. 

‘That said, she wouldn’t want to negate anyone’s personal experiences.’

The Daily Mail revealed last month that the palace inquiry into the bullying allegations has so far only interviewed ‘a tiny handful’ of people who worked for her.

The revelation prompted fears that the investigation, set up nine months ago, is being ‘kicked into the long grass’.

The allegations, first reported by The Times, are strongly denied by the duchess, whose lawyers described them at the time as a ‘calculated smear campaign’.

Source: Daily Mail

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