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Meghan Markle latest – Duchess plunges royal family into crisis after calling The Firm ‘liars’

MEGHAN accused the Royal Family of lying in an astonishing escalation of her war of words — and no sign of backing down over her TV interview.

The allegation emerged as another trailer for her bombshell Oprah Winfrey chat was released indicating it will still be shown this weekend.

In the latest trailer, the Duchess of Sussex accuses Buckingham ­Palace of “perpetuating falsehoods”.

Meghan, 39, even seems to issue a challenge to the Queen to strip her and husband Prince Harry, 36, of their HRH titles.

Presenter Oprah is shown asking Meghan: “How do you feel about the Palace hearing you speak your truth today?” 

A clearly angry Meghan says: “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."

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  • MEGHAN 'HAD FURIOUS ROWS WITH PALACE OVER FREEBIE DESIGNER CLOTHES'

    Meghan clashed with aides after furious rows over freebie designer clothes sent to Kensington Palace, The Sun can reveal.

    The palace has launched an investigation into allegations the duchess "bullied" staff when she was a working member of the royal family.

    The alleged claims are believed to include rows sparked when the former actress was told by aides that keeping clothes sent by fashion labels was against royal protocol.

    Sources say boxes of designer garments were sent to Kensington Palace for Meghan after she was unveiled as Harry's girlfriend.

    One said: "As an actress it was perfectly acceptable to take freebies sent by fashion chains and designer labels.

    "But Meghan had to be told it was not the done thing when you are a member of the royal family.”

  • MEGHAN'S PAL BRANDS HER BATTLE WITH PALACE AS 'NASTY'

    Meghan's pal said her battle with Buckingham Palace had turned "nasty" after the Duchess was accused of bullying former members of staff.

    CBS presenter Gayle King declared on air that tensions had been raised “to another level” following claims that the Duchess of Sussex was a "Mean Girl".

    Referencing the Hollywood movie starring Lindsay Lohan, Gayle said things had got “nasty” between Harry, Meghan and the Palace. 

    The CBS This Morning presenter, who went to Meghan's baby shower and is best friends with Oprah, said: “I am curious about this apparent attack on Meghan.

    “How is it playing in the UK?

    “Because in the United States, a lot of people are saying it seems very suspicious that they would now talk about Meghan being a bully or a ‘Mean Girl’ right before the Oprah interview.”

  • MEGHAN’S SNACKING HABITS REVEALED

    Meghan has spoken a fair bit about her diet in the past, and confirmed that one of her go-to healthy snacks is watermelon.

    In a past interview, she said: “On set and at home, I try to always have a container of watermelon sprinkled with cinnamon because it elevates the flavour just a notch, and makes it feel special."

    The mum-of-one also prefers a healthy drink to gorging on takeaways.

    Speaking of her fast food choices, she told The Chalkboard in a past chat: "A green juice. That’s fast. And it’s food. It’s been many moons since I went through a drive thru."

  • MEGHAN PLUNGES ROYAL FAMILY INTO WORST CRISIS IN DECADES AFTER ACCUSING THE FIRM OF BEING 'LIARS'

    Meghan accused the Royal Family of lying in an astonishing escalation of her war of words — and no sign of backing down over her TV interview.

    The allegation emerged as another trailer for her bombshell Oprah Winfrey chat was released indicating it will still be shown this weekend.

    In the latest trailer, the Duchess of Sussex accuses Buckingham ­Palace of “perpetuating falsehoods”.

    Presenter Oprah is shown asking Meghan: “How do you feel about the Palace hearing you speak your truth today?” 

    A clearly angry Meghan says: “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."

  • MEGHAN'S SWEET ANNIVERSARY GIFT

    It’s been nearly three years since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tied the knot in a fairytale wedding in Windsor - and the Duchess really outdid herself with her first anniversary present to her husband.

    According to People, Meghan hand wrote out their wedding speech and had it framed for Harry to tie in with the 'paper' tradition of the first wedding anniversary.

    While it is not known what was exactly said by the bride on her wedding day, she did declare "I have found my prince."

    She also spoke about her "special bond" with Prince Charles and thanked the royal family for "welcoming" her.

    The Duchess of Sussex has been known for her beautiful handwriting over the years and even taught calligraphy lessons when she worked at the US stationery shop, Paper Source.

  • MEGHAN AND HARRY'S RIFT WITH WILLIAM IS 'LAST THING DIANA WOULD WANT'

    Meghan and Harry have "lost control" and their rift with William is "the last thing" Princess Diana would have wanted, according to a top royal expert.

    Former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond spoke out just days before Oprah Winfrey's much-heralded chat with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex is due to air.

    She told Sky News: "It's a really unedifying spectacle and I feel sorry for the Queen that as the husband, Prince Philip, lies in hospital she has to watch her family disintegrate. 

    "The two brothers, a huge rift between them... all these accusations flying around... it must be really depressing for the Queen.

    "I knew Diana and she talked to me about her boys and this is just the last thing on earth she would have wanted to see, this rift between her boys."

  • PIERS MORGAN BLASTS MEGHAN 'WHO THINKS SHE'S IN A MOVIE'

    Piers Morgan has blasted Meghan Markle for 'thinking she's in a movie' and 'calling the Queen a liar' as the latest trailer for the bombshell Oprah interview was released.

    The TV firebrand, a long-standing critic of Meghan and Prince Harry, isn't hosting Good Morning Britain - but it hasn't stopped him airing his views in a blistering tweet.

    After blasting the royal couple's "endless victimhood tour", he said: "Ms Markle thinks she’s in a movie.

    "This interview is going to be Oscar-winning deluded self-serving bilge."

  • MEGHAN ACCUSES ROYALS OF SPREADING 'FALSEHOODS' IN TEASER

    Meghan accuses the Royal family of "perpetuating falsehoods" in a new clip ahead of her bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview.

    The Duchess of Sussex tells how "there's a lot has been lost" in the 30-second teaser released on Wednesday night - just hours after Buckingham Palace announced an investigation into bullying claims made against her.

    In the preview, Winfrey asked how Meghan felt about “the Palace hearing you speak your truth.”

    Meghan replied: “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.”

    Prince Harry’s wife added, “And, if that comes with risk of losing things, there is a lot that has been lost already.”

  • QUEEN ORDERS INVESTIGATION INTO MEGHAN BULLYING CLAIMS

    The Queen launched a probe into allegations of bullying by Meghan Markle in the latest explosive twist in the Megxit saga.

    In an unprecedented move the Palace released a statement saying they were "very concerned" at claims the Duchess bullied staff.  

    The bombshell statement said: "We are clearly very concerned about allegations in The Times following claims made by former staff of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

    "Accordingly our HR team will look into the circumstances outlined in the article.

    "Members of staff involved at the time, including those who have left the Household, will be invited to participate to see if lessons can be learned.

    "The Royal Household has had a Dignity at Work policy in place for a number of years and does not and will not tolerate bullying or harassment in the workplace."

  • MEGHAN’S £110,000 WEDDING DRESS

    Meghan’s marriage to Prince Harry took place in Windsor on May 19, 2018 and there was a lot of speculation about her wedding dress beforehand.

    Meghan stunned onlookers as she arrived at St George’s Chapel in Windsor in a stunning bespoke gown by Givenchy, created by British designer Clare Waight Keller, which is estimated to cost around £110,000. 

    Meghan and Clare worked closely together on the design, which featured a graphic open bateau neckline that gracefully framed the shoulders and emphasised Meghan’s slender waist.

    It had a 16ft train and veil which was adorned with the flowers of the 53 commonwealth countries, and it took an incredible 3,900 hours over the course of four months to create. It was confirmed she wore Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau, made in 1932.

  • MEGHAN AND HARRY CHAT WILL STILL AIR DESPITE PHILIP HEART OP

    Harry and Meghan Markle's explosive Oprah interview WILL still air despite Prince Philip's heart operation.

    The bombshell tell-all interview will be shown by CBS in the US on Sunday night - and the broadcaster has "no intentions" of changing the date, a source said.

    A source close to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex revealed the screening of the couple's Oprah Winfrey interview was still expected to go ahead despite Philip being unwell.

    They said: "There are a lot of people who are going to talk about this until the programme airs, but the programming and all the rest of it is ultimately up to CBS, we're not involved in that side of things.

    "As it stands, I don't think there is any intention from the programme maker to change its air date."

  • WHEN IS MEGHAN AND HARRY’S BABY DUE?

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting a new addition to their family of three as they announced in a statement on February 14.

    The couple said: “We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to be expecting their second child.”

    It is unclear when or where Meghan will give birth or what the sex of the baby is. 

    The duchess kept her pregnancy under wraps as her, Harry, and baby Archie have been social distancing in their Santa Barbara, California home.

  • MEGHAN ‘HISSED AT STAFF’

    MEGHAN Markle reportedly “turned and hissed” at a staff member in a row during a Fiji market tour, leaving the employee in “tears”.

    Security swept the then-pregnant duchess away from the market after she whispered to a bodyguard during a visit in October 2018.

    At the time, the reason given for the abrupt end to her walkabout was that the crowds grew too big to control.

    However, Meghan, 39, was actually concerned about the presence of UN Women, a group which promotes women’s empowerment, The Times reported.

    The Daily Mail’s Richard Kay was on that trip and claims he saw Meghan “turn and ‘hiss’ at a member of her entourage, clearly incandescent with rage about something, and demand to leave”.

  • HARRY ‘SPOKE TO MEGHAN ABOUT STAFF TREATMENT’

    PRINCE Harry spoke to Meghan Markle about how she treated staff, royal sources have reportedly claimed.

    The Daily Mail reports Harry “tried to keep the peace” and on one occasion spoke to his wife about her treatment of staff.

    The paper’s royal correspondent Rebecca English, writes: “At first, my sources tell me, Harry tried to keep the peace, gently placating his wife and quietly apologising to staff.”

    She adds: “On one occasion described to me by several sources, he even gently admonished Meghan about the way she behaved with palace staff – many of whom work long hours for relatively little money out of pride for the institution – after a particularly explosive encounter.

    “The details are subject to conjecture (and have become something of a palace legend) but resulted in Harry speaking to one of his close protection officers, who confirmed his fiancee’s behaviour.”

  • SIMON CASE

    Simon Case had worked as the private secretary to Prime Ministers Theresa May and David Cameron.

    He was the youngest head of the civil service for more than a century when he became Cabinet Secretary aged 41.

    Mr Case was reportedly told about bullying allegations against the Duchess of Sussex in 2018.

    Downing Street said Boris Johnson continued to have full confidence in Mr Case.

    A Cambridge graduate, Mr Case also worked as the director of strategy for Government Communications Headquarters.

    Mr Case was private secretary to Prince William, and received an email from Jason Knauf about alleged bullying.

  • JASON KNAUF

    Jason Knauf, 36, first began working for the Royals in 2014.

    The American had previously been a “crisis management expert” at the Royal Bank of Scotland, and has a master’s degree from the London School of Economics.

    He was communications secretary for Harry, Meghan, William and Kate until the couples created separate offices two years ago.

    He works now as the boss of William and Kate’s charity foundation.

  • SAMANTHA CARRUTHERS

    Samantha Carruthers was the head of HR for Prince Charles and Prince William until 2019.

    She worked for De Beers and Lazard before working for the Royal Family.

    Ms Carruthers is now deputy chair of the board of trustees for Winston’s Wish, a children’s charity.

  • SAMANTHA COHEN

    Samantha Cohen, from Australia, was the assistant private secretary for the Queen.

    She had reportedly wanted to quit Buckingham Palace in 2018, but stayed on to help Meghan as she joined the Royals.

    She became Harry and Meghan’s private secretary.

    Ms Cohen left the post in 2019, and began working for environmental charity Cool Earth.

  • MELISSA TOUBATI

    Melissa Toubati, 41, worked as Meghan’s personal assistant, and has worked for Robbie Williams and Madonna in the past.

    She helped prepare the Sussexes’ wedding in 2018.

    Ms Toubati, who is originally from France, quit working for the couple after just six months and began working for the super-rich Livingstone family.

  • 'SUSSEX SURVIVOR'S CLUB'

    THEY’VE been described as the ‘Sussex Survivor’s Club’ after a turbulent time working for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

    Amid claims of difficult demands, tears and upset they have, for one reason or another, dramatically parted ways with the Duke and Duchess.

    Now, as the Queen investigates bullying allegations against Meghan, 39, we take a look at the ex-aides allegedly “driven out” amid Megxit.

    Harry and Meghan have denied all claims of impropriety, describing a “smear campaign” against them. But here’s those caught up in the storm.

  • CBS PLUGS OPRAH WINFREY SPECIAL

    CBS in the US has been promoting the Oprah Winfrey interview on Twitter, saying that its Sunday show is a ‘Primetime Special’.

    The broadcaster’s tweet has had hundreds of responses, with one fan replying: “So ready for Meghan Markle to speak her truth! We will not let the British press and royal family shut her up!”

    Jeanie Demmie tweeted back: “Neither of them have any idea what ‘a really rough time’ is.”

    Plenty of Meghan and Prince Harry supporters are keen to hear about their life in the UK before they farewelled family for a fresh start in America.

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