Former aides of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are said to be 'queueing up' to assist an investigation which suggests Meghan bullied her staff.
'At least 10' former staff of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will assist the probe which was ordered by the Queen, reports The Mirror.
Claims say that Meghan “humiliated” aides, subjecting them to “emotional cruelty and manipulation” and drove two personal assistants to quit.
Shortly after it was announced that the Palace had opened an investigation into the claims on Wednesday, a trailer for Prince Harry and Meghan’s multi million dollar Oprah Winfrey interview was released.
In the clip pregnant Meghan was seen accusing the Queen and senior royals of “perpetuating” lies about the couple.
In the footage, US chat queen Oprah, 67, asks Meghan: “How do you feel about the Palace hearing you speak your truth today?”
Violins play in the background as actress Meghan, 39, replies: “I don’t know how they could expect that after all of this time, we would still just be silent if there is an active role that The Firm is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us.
She adds: “And if that comes with risk of losing things, there’s a lot that’s been lost already.”
The swipe was dismissed by Palace sources as a “circus”.
Courtiers said the Royal Family’s “sole focus” continues to be on Prince Philip, 99, as it was revealed he is recovering after “successful” heart surgery earlier this week.
Philip had the procedure for his pre-existing heart condition at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, home to Barts Heart Centre, Europe’s largest specialised cardiovascular service.
The Palace did not reveal details of the surgery but said Philip, who had a stent fitted in 2011, would remain in hospital for “treatment, rest and recuperation” for a number of days.
He may be blissfully unaware of the storm surrounding his family as former royal aides prepare to offer their help in the investigation into Meghan after being given assurances of confidentiality by the Palace.
Sources connected to the group told how those involved were all considered to be “hugely professional and proud of their efforts” while working at Kensington Palace.
One said: “A group of people are queuing up to be involved. They have been silent for too long and there is much to talk about.”
Senior royals are understood to be “dismayed” at reports that young female staff had been reduced to tears, with one aide, reportedly anticipating a confrontation with Meghan, telling a colleague: “I can’t stop shaking.”
Buckingham Palace has said it is “very concerned” by the bullying accusations, first reported in The Times.
Palace sources said the Queen was “completely right” to order the probe “in the face of new allegations”.
The aides set to become involved worked for the couple in October 2018, when a complaint against Meghan was lodged by the Sussexes’ communications secretary Jason Knauf.
Palace sources told how the issue “was investigated” at the time but the aides named in an email by Knauf “chose not to proceed with the complaint” against their boss.
One source said: “The complaint was considered and those members of staff were spoken to and given the option of taking it further.
“For whatever reason, they decided not to, possibly because they were still in their job and they were worried about the implications.”
Past and present employees are to be invited to speak in confidence about their experiences of working for the duchess.
To fully examine the allegations, Meghan would have to be part of proceedings but it is not clear what role, if any, she will play in the process.
A source close to the Sussexes said of the Palace’s announcement of the probe on Wednesday night: “The first we heard about this was via the press – this is a whole tit-for-tat scenario.
"It’s not a complaint we haven’t heard anything but it’s very hard to know what the process is.
If this was a private company, we’ve effectively already been fired and I’m not entirely sure what any process could be.”
There has long been speculation about the atmosphere in the Sussex household, after a number of staff left.
The two-hour Oprah interview will be shown in the US on Sunday night – 1am on Monday in our time.
It will be on ITV at 9pm on Monday.
It is claimed Meghan only met Oprah once before inviting her to her wedding in May 2018.
The interview is expected to focus on her time as a working royal, before she and Harry quit last March and moved to the US.