MEGHAN Markle's pal today 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".
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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.”
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Another CBS reporter Elizabeth Palmer, in London, said the allegations could end up “besmirching Meghan’s reputation”.
She replied: “There’s a lot of comment on the timing, which looks more than coincidental.
“The palace is in a rough position because on the one hand it emerged that when the original allegations surfaced in 2018, they didn’t investigate.
“Now they are saying: ‘We are going to look into it’.
“But just by doing that, they are sort of lending weight to the allegations themselves which could end up besmirching Meghan’s reputation."
Meghan and Harry have opened up to Oprah Winfrey about their experience as royals, with the interview set to air in the US this weekend.
Of the CBS interview, Gayle added: “I’ll be sitting there with a bowl of popcorn. It’ll be very interesting to see what the two of them have to say.”
Sources alleged to The Times this week that Meghan drove two personal assistants out of the royal household and undermined the confidence of a third.
The paper further reported claims Meghan "humiliated" at least one ex-staffer while another source claimed the Duchess' behaviour felt “more like emotional cruelty and manipulation…"
Meghan's team has denied the allegations, while the Duchess suggested the Royal Firm was actively "perpetuating falsehoods" in a teaser released ahead of her and Harry's bombshell interview with Oprah.
In a preview of Meghan's upcoming interview with Oprah, the talk show host asked how she 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.”
“Right now, behind the polished smiles, the gloves are off. It’s also a new low point in Harry’s relationship with the palace and also with the British media.
“This whole unseemly fight has erupted at a bad time for the Royal Family – they are very worried about Prince Philip, the Queen’s husband.”
Prince Philip has undergone a "successful" heart operation amid the drama and is expected to remain in St Bartholomew's in London until at least the end of the week.
At the same time, the Queen has addressed the bullying allegations made against Meghan, with a statement from the Palace stating: "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."
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Meghan and Harry are expected to reveal all in a bombshell interview with Oprah this weekend - Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A Primetime Special - set to air on CBS in the US at 8pm EST - meaning it will be 1am in the UK at the time.
The interview is largely seen as an opportunity for the couple to air their side of the story after sensationally quitting the Royal Family last year.
In previews for the interview, Oprah is heard telling the couple that they faced struggles that were "almost unsurvivable" and they must have faced a "breaking point".