It was 2018 when several employees of Kensington Palace, where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex then resided (who later moved to Frogmore Cottage, in Windsor), officially complained that they were suffering from alleged workplace harassment by Meghan Markle.
Those accusations, revealed last March by
and that Buckingham has promised to study in depth, are behind the definitive separation of princes William and Henry, as Robert Lacey, author of the book
The Battle of the Brothers
, now explains in the same British newspaper
Meghan Markle defends herself against Buckingham Palace workplace harassment allegations
In his book Lacey (known for his biographies of businessman Henry Ford and Queen Elizabeth II) he assures that the tension between the brothers reached a point of no return when Guillermo telephoned Enrique to ask for explanations about the allegations of alleged workplace harassment against Meghan Markle who had received. Enrique exploded in defense of his wife, and when Guillermo insisted, he hung up the phone, the author maintains. Lacey also collects a testimony from one of those employees who protested about Markle's attitude: “Meghan presented herself as the victim, but she was the abuser. People felt overwhelmed by her, they thought she was a sociopathic narcissist ”.
The writer also explains that sources close to Guillermo told him that the heir felt that his sister-in-law "was stealing from his beloved brother" and did not understand how British royalty works. The person who filed the complaint against Markle internally in 2018 was Jason Knauf, then the Dukes' communication secretary and today a collaborator of Prince William. Knauf contacted Guillermo's secretary, Simon Case, and the palace's Human Resources manager, Samantha Carruthers, to report that two of Markle's personal assistants were suffering workplace harassment and that another member of his team felt “humiliated " for her. The dukes' lawyers were quick to deny these allegations, saying that Buckingham Palace is using the media "to
sell a completely false narrative ”. They, for their part, spoke in an interview with popular American presenter Oprah Winfrey last March about the strained relationship with the British royal family, which led them to move to the United States.