The second part of a two-part BBC documentary about Prince William and Prince Harry’s relationships with the media called The Princes and The Press has been broadcast tonight
Meghan Markle’s lawyer has hit back at bullying claims against the Duchess of Sussex in a new BBC documentary.
Jenny Afia told the BBC documentary The Princes and The Press there were “massive inaccuracies” in the story that Meghan had “bullied” some of her staff.
The allegations surfaced publicly in March this year and have been branded a “calculated smear campaign” by the Sussexes, who fiercely deny any wrongdoing.
An investigation is currently ongoing by Buckingham Palace into the claims but in the BBC show, Ms Afia was asked by presenter Amol Rajan if the story, which first appeared in The Times, was accurate.
She told the programme: “The overall allegation was that the Duchess of Sussex is guilty of bullying.
“The first thing is to be really clear about what bullying is. What bullying actually means is improperly using power deliberately and repeatedly to hurt someone physically or emotionally.
“The Duchess of Sussex has absolutely denied ever doing that. That said, she wouldn’t want to negate anyone’s personal experience.”
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When asked if she provided any evidence to refute the claims, the lawyer added: “It is really hard to prove a negative. So if you haven’t bullied someone how do you prove you haven’t.
“Just denying the allegation doesn’t address the underlying problem that the allegation has been made.”
The screening of the second part of the documentary tonight comes after reports that the Royal Famlily has not ruled out taking legal action against the BBC over claims that negative stories about Meghan were leaked by courtiers and there was competitiveness between William and Harry’s respective households.
The Mail on Sunday reported that if they decide the corporation has breached rules on accuracy and impartiality in addition to not giving them a fair right of reply they may take action.
In a joint statement that shown at the end of the first documentary, Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace and Clarence House said: “A free, responsible and open Press is of vital importance to healthy democracy.
“However, too often overblown and unfounded claims from unknown sources are presented as facts and it is disappointing when anyone, including the BBC, gives them credibility.”