Bullying, according to Meghan Markle’s lawyer, is “very, very damaging for career women.”
MEGHAN MARKLE’S lawyer responded to allegations that the Duchess of Sussex bullied palace staff, saying the term “bullying” can be used “very, very casually.”
In the BBC podcast series Harry, Meghan, and the Media, Meghan’s lawyer Jenny Afia, a partner at the law firm Schillings who has represented the Duchess in her legal battles against the press, talked about the term “bullying.”
With the Duchess’ permission, the lawyer spoke with the broadcaster’s media editor Amol Rajan, arguing that accusations of bullying can be made “very casually” and can be “very, very damaging” in particular for career women.
She also slammed claims of bullying made against Meghan by people who have worked with her at Kensington Palace, saying the portrayal of Meghan as a bully “doesn’t match my experience with her at all.”
“I think the first thing is to be really clear about what bullying is,” Ms Afia said in the podcast.
“When I asked my seven-year-old daughter to brush her teeth last week, she called me a bully,” says the mother.
“So the term is thrown around a lot, and we all know how damaging it is, especially for career women.”
“What bullying entails is the repeated and deliberate abuse of power to cause physical or emotional harm to another person.”
“The Duchess of Sussex vehemently denies ever having done anything like that.”
“Knowing her, I can’t believe she’d do such a thing.”
“I wasn’t there at the time, but it doesn’t match my experience of her, and I’ve seen her in a lot of stressful situations.”
“That story about her being a bully is completely false.”
“However, she does not wish to dismiss anyone’s personal experiences.”
Ms. Afia’s comments come as Buckingham Palace conducts an internal investigation into the allegations of bullying.
The investigation began in early March of last year, shortly after The Times reported that the Duchess had faced a bullying complaint from one of her closest advisers, Jason Knauf, in October of last year, while her communications team was based at Kensington Palace.
According to the complaint, the Duchess fired two personal assistants and undermined the trust of a third employee.
At the time, a spokesman for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex strongly denied the bullying allegations, describing them as “a calculated smear campaign based on misleading and false information.”
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