By: Dalila Hashish, News Editor, The Pawprint
The relationship between Prince Harry and Meghan Marke and the Royal Palace has been palpable since the couple resigned from their royal duties this time last year. When they originally stepped back from their official responsibilities, part of the agreement was that the decision would be revisited in a year’s time and the couple would decide if they wanted to relinquish their responsibilities for life, which they did. While it was expected, this action has considerably increased tensions between the couple and the royal palace.
However, life has since not been all rainbows and unicorns for the couple, with bullying allegations coming out of Kensington Palace against Meghan Markle. Buckingham Palace is due to investigate claims that Meghan bullied several members of staff, who have remained anonymous, in 2018.
A sopkesperson for the couple, who is expecting their second child after a miscarriage in July, said that the allegations are part of a “calculated smear campaign” and that “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 couple has taken legal action against The Times in the UK, which was the first source that published the allegations and a story regarding them.
Harry and Meghan have also officially spoken out about the situation in an interview with famous talk show host Oprah Winfrey, which aired Sunday March 7 at 8pm Eastern time. Some snippets of the two hour interview were released early on and it is clear that the couple has been candidly openly about their situation and their feelings on it.
Harry himself also opened up about his feelings in an interview last month with the “Late Late Show” host, James Corden, saying that “‘It was a really difficult environment, … We all know how the British press can be … and it was destroying my mental health. I was like, “This is toxic,” so I did what any husband and any father would do: I need to get my family out of here’”.
The prince has also opened up about his worries of the similarities between Meghan and his mother, Princess Diana, who died in a car crash at only 36 due to a paparazzi chase in France. Harry has also said that “[his] biggest concern was history repeating itself”, with many people making the connection between the two women, saying Meghan is very similar to Diana, being a controversial character and not afraid to speak her mind about what she thinks matters.