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Meghan Markle’s Lawyer Refutes Claims That She’s a “Difficult Boss” in New BBC Documentary

It’s “just not true.”

Meghan Markle’s lawyer has spoken out about claims that she was a “difficult boss” while working as a senior member of the royal family. Speaking in the BBC’s new two-part documentary, The Princes and the Press, the Duchess of Sussex’s lawyer Jenny Afia refuted the allegations, saying, per People, “This narrative that no one could work for the Duchess of Sussex, that she was too difficult or demanding a boss, and that everyone had to leave is just not true.”

She reportedly spoke further in a trailer for Part 2 of the documentary (airing on November 29), saying, “The overall allegation is that the Duchess of Sussex is guilty of bullying” and clarifying that she is “absolutely not.”

Bullying allegations against Meghan were published by The Times in March 2021, just days before her and Prince Harry’s sit-down interview with Oprah. The Sussexes’ rep denied the allegations in a statement to The Times, saying, “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." They added, “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.”

Duchess Meghan’s spokesperson also issued a statement in response, via royal reporter Omid Scobie:

“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. She is determined to continue her work building compassion around the world and will keep striving to set an example for doing what is right and doing what is good.”

In response to allegations of bullying made by palace aides to The Times, a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex says:

The BBC’s new documentary hasn’t been well received by Buckingham Palace, who—along with Clarence House and Kensington Place—issued a rare statement which ran at the end of Part 1 of the doc:

“A free, responsible and open press is of vital importance to a healthy democracy,” the statement read. “However, too often it is overblown and unfounded claims from unnamed sources that are presented as facts and it is disappointing when anyone, including the BBC, gives them credibility.”

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