Meghan Markle the Duchess of Sussex was forced to send her lawyer Jenny Afia to defend her against claims she was ‘a difficult or demanding’ boss after the allegations were put forward in a new BBC documentary.
The Royal Family has already come out and slammed documentary The Princes and The Press for airing ‘false’ claims about Meghan and the family as a whole.
In the two-part programme Ms Afia, of Schillings, appears on camera defending Meghan.
The documentary looks to explore the relationship of Princes Harry and William with the press, but has been criticised for airing unsubstantiated rumours.
No other member of the Royal family cooperated with the programme, and expressed their frustration that staff didn’t have a proper chance to respond to claims made, sending out a statement instead.
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Meghan though told Ms Afia, who represented her in her case against the Mail on Sunday, to appear in the programme defending her against claims in the press dating back to 2018 that she had been a ‘difficult’ boss, resulting in staff leaving her household.
Presenter of the documentary Amol Rajan says in it: “The Duchess’ lawyer spoke to me with Meghan’s permission.”
Asked about the reports of Meghan’s ‘difficult’ behaviour Ms Afia said: “Those stories were false.
“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 adds in a trailer for the second part of the documentary: “The overall allegation is that the Duchess of Sussex is guilty of bullying.”
To which Amol asks “and is she?” To which Ms. Afia says: “Absolutely not.”
As well as claims against Meghan the documentary airs allegations about the entire Royal Family, suggesting members briefing press against each other to cause discord.
Frustrated by these claims the different Royal households released a joint statement.
The statement from Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace said: “A free, responsible and open press is of vital importance to a healthy democracy.
“However, too often overblown and unfounded claims from unnamed sources are presented as facts and it is disappointing when anyone, including the BBC, gives them credibility.”
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