Prince Andrew could face allegations of bullying after a probe into Meghan Markle's behaviour "opened a can of worms", it is claimed.

Royal aides reportedly believe that staff left "crying in the corridors" by the Duke of York could mount pressure for an investigation into Andrew's conduct.

The Duke - who was forced to step back from frontline royal duties because of his friendship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein - was described as a "very difficult person".

A source told the Mail on Sunday: “People were shouted at regularly by the Duke of York and there would be crying in the corridors.

“These staff members are not pushovers either, and they put up with an awful lot so it had to be very bad to have affected them in this way."

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Buckingham Palace this week said it was launching a probe into Meghan's conduct

The insider continued: “Perhaps they didn’t feel brave enough to go into it at the time, but they may do so now.”

This week the Mirror reported that Buckingham Palace has launched an investigation over 'concerning' Meghan Markle bullying allegations.

The Duchess of Sussex has been accused of “emotional cruelty” as it was claimed she faced a bullying complaint from one of her closest advisers at Kensington Palace.

The complaint reportedly alleged Meghan “drove two personal assistants out of the household and was ­undermining the confidence of a third staff member”,  The Times  reported.

Prince Andrew left staff crying in the corridors, it is alleged

Meghan Markle's spokesman hit out at the claims and said the royal couple were victims of a 'smear campaign'.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman 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."

It is understood the Palace hopes to start its investigation soon.

Any changes in policies or procedures will be shared in the Palace's annual Sovereign Grant report.

Responding to the allegations in the Times, a spokesman for the Sussexes said they were the victims of a “calculated smear campaign based on misleading and harmful misinformation”.