‘Lesson discovered’, however no particulars of royal overview of Meghan’s bullying claims

LONDON, June 30 (Reuters) – Buckingham Palace says lessons have been learned after reviewing allegations of bullying by royal staffers against Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, despite it declined to give any details about the report’s conclusions.

The personnel review was announced by the palace last March after the Times reported charges had been made against Meghan, the American wife of Queen Elizabeth’s grandson Prince Harry, including that she brought some of her assistants to tears and mistreated others. has retired.

The couple released a statement to deny she bullied anyone, and in an interview with Oprah Winfrey shortly after, she accused the palace of “conducting fraud”.

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Michael Stevens, the queen’s treasurer who is known as the Keeper of the Privy Purse, said the privately funded review, conducted by an independent law firm, was set up to audit investigate the handling of allegations and improve practices across all royal households.

Stevens told reporters: “The review has been completed and recommendations on our policies and procedures have been implemented. “But we will not comment further.”

The Times reports that a senior aide to Harry and Meghan filed a complaint in October 2018 alleging that the duchess bullied some of her aides and that the prince urged the aide to remove quit the problem that then never progressed.

The palace ordered a review, saying it was “deeply concerned”, and all participants, including current and former staff, were informed of its results. Royal sources declined to say whether the duchess herself was involved.

“I think the goals have been met as lessons have been learned,” a senior royal source said.

GENERAL

Stevens is speaking as he delivers details of the queen’s annual report on spending and taxpayer-funded income, known as the Sovereign Allowance, released on Thursday.

This suggests that official spending for 2021-22 is around £102 million ($124 million), well above the 86 million allocated for official royal tours, property maintenance and operating expenses of the 96-year-old queen’s family.

Since 2017, the queen has received additional publicity to pay £369 million over 10 years to refurbish Buckingham Palace to replace old and dangerous boiler and electrical wiring, and Stevens said the royal family The country will make reserves in previous years to cover additional expenses.

Another effect on royal finances – which the palace says costs every Briton £1.29 a year – is a reduction in the additional money mainly earned from ticket sales to the royal palaces. , down 50% at £10m from pre-COVID-19 levels.

Overall, travel costs were just under £2.5 million, with the biggest expense being Prince William and his wife Kate’s Caribbean trip at £226,383.

“We have a reality that there will always be tension between commuting and fulfilling the roles of head of state and head of state, and meeting our environmental aspirations,” says Stevens. (1 dollar = 0.8231 pounds)

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Reporting by Michael Holden; Edited by Alex Richardson

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