Weathering the storm? Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been ready for potential backlash from Buckingham Palace forward of their tell-all interview.
“Harry and Meghan knew that it would get ugly in the run up [to the special],” a good friend of the couple advised Harper’s Bazaar, in a narrative written by royal correspondent Omid Scobie, on Wednesday, March 3. “But seeing such an obvious attempt at destroying her character was distressing and upsetting.”
Meghan, 39, has confronted probably the most ridicule within the weeks main up the pair’s CBS sit-down on Sunday, March 7, having been accused of bullying former palace advisers earlier this week.
“I hate to say it but find me a woman of color in a senior position who has not been accused of being too angry, too scary, too whatever in the workplace,” the previous Suits actress’ good friend advised the outlet. “It’s sad that it’s happening, but I’m not surprised. These claims are so far from the woman I know.”
A second good friend near the California native mentioned that in their 10-year friendship, they’ve “never known [Meghan] to be anything but kind and considerate to her friends and colleagues.”
The pal added: “I know that Meg would feel awful if she knew that someone felt that way about working with her, but I also know that no one ever approached her about anything like this at all during that time.”
Despite all the drama surrounding the previous senior royals, a 3rd good friend famous that the pair is not going to be silenced. “They have had everything and the kitchen sink thrown at them this week, but ultimately nothing will stop them from sharing their truth,” the pal defined.
Meghan got here underneath hearth on Tuesday, March 2, when The Times printed a narrative outlining allegations that the previous actress mistreated her palace aides and workers forward of her and Harry’s step again from their senior duties in January 2020.
According to the publication, workers claimed that they have been pushed to tears after confrontations with the Duchess of Sussex. The couple’s communications workforce denied the claims in an announcement to the publication on Tuesday.
“Let’s just call this what it is — a calculated smear campaign based on misleading and harmful misinformation,” the rebuttal learn. “We are disappointed to see this defamatory portrayal of The Duchess of Sussex given credibility by a media outlet.”
The workforce additionally pointed to the suspicious timing of the allegations, which got here the identical week Meghan and Harry, 36, are set to debate their royal departure, household relationships and extra in an explosive interview.
A rep for Meghan launched an announcement to Us Weekly the identical day concerning the claims, saying, “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 following day, the palace commented on the story, saying, “We are clearly very concerned about allegations in The Times following claims made by former staff of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Accordingly our HR team will look into the circumstances outlined in the article.”
The assertion to Us emphasised that the palace “does not and will not tolerate bullying or harassment” of any type.
A supply advised Us on Wednesday that associates near the pair assume that the palace’s assertion was issued to “strike back at Harry and Meghan for doing the interview. The palace knows that they will not be cast in the best light by Harry and Meghan on Sunday and doesn’t want Harry and Meghan coming off as victims.”
The duo, who moved to California in early 2020 with their 21-month-old son, Archie, confirmed final month that they might not be returning to their senior roles one year after leaving the U.Okay. Their everlasting exit seemingly sparked extra drama between the palace and the couple, who introduced in early February that they’re anticipating their second little one.