Buckingham Palace refuses to launch investigation into Meghan’s bullying claims

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LONDON – Buckingham Palace said it would not release findings from an investigation into allegations that Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, bullied her staff at the palace, but said “the lesson has been learned.” learned” and its personnel policies have changed.

During a press conference on Wednesday about the annual royal finances, a palace official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told reporters that details of an investigation into bullying would be kept secret. to protect the privacy of those who have testified about their experiences working for Meghan while she and Harry were living at Kensington Palace.

“Because of the confidentiality of the discussions, we did not disclose detailed recommendations,” the official said. “Recommendations have been incorporated into policies and procedures as appropriate, and policies and procedures have changed.”

The official added: “I think the goals have been met because the lessons have been learned.” The Palace did not specify what those lessons were or how its personnel policy had changed.

Buckingham Palace to investigate whether Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, bullied her staff

In March 2021, Buckingham Palace launched an investigation into claims of bullying after an article in the Times of London suggested that two of Meghan’s staff members had been fired from their jobs and a third had been fired. Sabotaged.

At the time, Meghan’s lawyers denied the reports, calling it a “calculated smear campaign” and saying Times of London was “used by Buckingham Palace to sell a completely untrue story” about the duchess. The reports appeared in the newspaper shortly before Meghan and Prince Harry’s remarkable interview with Oprah Winfrey.

The palace, which never backed the claims but said they were serious enough to be investigated, in a statement on Thursday said the investigation was closed and that “recommendations regarding policies and procedures Our custom has been carried out.” The palace said it would not release the results of the review, but rather look at how it handled the complaints – not the specifics of the allegations themselves.

Royal watchers had expected that review could be covered in the Sovereign Funding Report, the annual financial accounts of the monarchy’s spending and income that were released today. Thursday.

According to palace officials, the investigation into the allegations of bullying was privately funded, not with taxpayer money, meaning it did not have to be taken into account.

The annual report shows that the King’s official spending for the period 2021-2022 is around $124 million, up 17% from the previous financial year.

This amount exceeds $105 million in the Sovereign Grant – public money provided by the British government to cover expenses in the queen’s household and upkeep of royal residences. The palace says the royal family’s financial costs are $1.57 per person in the UK and most of its spending goes to major renovations at Buckingham Palace. Additional costs will be met by reserves drawn up from previous years, the palace said.

The accounts show that the most expensive royal trip of the past year was a trip to the Caribbean in March by Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge – billed as a public relations disaster – worth the price. $274,000.

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Some people think this cost seems too high, especially in the current economic climate with the cost of living crisis beginning to intensify. Inflation in the UK is more than 9 per cent – the highest rate in 40 years. “100 million pounds for the royal family? Log it in,” Daily Mirror roars above first page.

Michael Stevens, the queen’s treasurer who is also known as the Keeper of the Privy Wallet, said in a statement that royal finances are likely to be tight in the coming years as well.

“With State Grants likely to remain flat over the next few years, inflationary pressures on our operating costs and ability to increase our additional income may be limited in the short term, we I will continue to follow through on my plan and manage these impacts through our own efforts and performance,” he said.

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