‘Royal staffers thought bully Meghan Markle was complete narcissist and sociopath,’ new book claims
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A new book has claimed that Kensington Palace employees "couldn't wait to escape service" with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
The new book by author Robert Lacey claims Meghan, 39, bullied staff and those who stayed coined themselves the "Sussex Survivors Club" as a result.
Robert claims in his book, Battle of Brothers, published by The Times, that one staffer said the Kensington Palace staff believed Meghan to be a "complete narcissist and sociopath."
Communications secretary for Kensington Palace, Jason Knauf, "became concerned by the numerous stories of mistreatment being brought to him by colleagues whom he knew well and trusted."
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Knauf is reported to have emailed Prince William's private secretary Simon Case in 2018, saying that the duchess "was able to bully two PAs out of the household in the past year."
Knauf described Meghan's treatment of one aide as "totally unacceptable," and wrote in his email: "The duchess seems intent on always have someone in her sights."
Robert also writes that Knauf received "report after report" from people who had witnessed "unacceptable behaviour" by Meghan towards members of staff.
OK! has contacted Meghan Markle's representatives for comment.
One courtier claimed: "Meghan governed by fear. So many people said it. Nothing was ever good enough for her. [She] humiliated staff in meetings, [would] shout at them, [would] cut them off email chains – and then demand to know why they hadn't done anything."
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry appeared in a bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview in March, during which Meghan denied allegations she "bullied" Kensington Palace staff.
Meghan hasn't discussed the Battle of Brothers book, and the couple vehemently denied previous claims made by the Times earlier this year, stating at the time that Meghan was “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.”
Prince Harry said he woke in the middle of the night to find Meghan crying into her pillow, following the claims earlier this year.
In his book, Robert added that Meghan was once said to have replied "it's not my job to coddle people," when a senior aide had spoken to the couple about the difficulties caused by their treatment of staff.
Knauf was one of Meghan's most senior advisers, and he helped Harry to word a fierce anti-media statement that he had framed to protect Meghan from press harassment, Robert writes in his book.
Robert continued to say that Knauf had "started off on Meghan's side, but as the months went by the American's feelings become more ambiguous, as numerous colleagues – women whom he greatly respected – continued to bring him stories of what they said they had suffered at Meghan's hands."
One aide told a colleague that they "couldn't stop shaking" before an encounter with Meghan, while another said the prospect of confrontation with Meghan made them "feel sick."
Robert writes that a staffer said: "People felt run over by her. They didn't know how to handle this woman."
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