Meghan Markle’s lawyer says damaging bullying allegations used ‘very casually’

Meghan Markle’s lawyer, Jenny Afia, has said that claims of bullying have been used “very casually” as she discussed allegations that the Duchess mistreated palace staff, when speaking with the BBC’s Amol Rajan

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit the One World Observatory as NY Governor Hochul and NYC Mayor Blasio along with them in New York City, United States on September 23, 2021. (Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit the One World Observatory in New York

Meghan Markle’s lawyer has said damaging bullying allegations have been thrown about “very casually” in response to claims she mistreated palace staff.

Speaking to the BBC ’s Amol Rajan, solicitor Jenny Afia, of Schillings law firm, spoke out about reports Meghan’s behaviour had led to an internal review.

Miss Afia said that the word “bullying” was a “very very damaging term … particularly for career woman.”

She added the Duchess “absolutely denies” any such accusations.

Miss Afia told the podcast, called Harry, Meghan and the Media: “I think the first thing is to be really clear about what bullying is because the term gets used very, very casually.

Meghan Markle’s lawyer Jenny Afia

“My daughter called me a bully last week when I asked her to brush her teeth – she’s seven years old.

“So the term is used very freely and it’s a very, very damaging term as we know, particularly I think for career women.”

She was speaking on a new podcast series based off of Mr Rajan’s BBC documentary which examined the relationship between the royal family and media.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex



Mr Rajan’s podcast was thought to have been delayed after the documentary emerged in November.

This was because of tensions of how the royals would react to the show.

A two-minute trailer emerged for the podcast on BBC Sounds in November, with the first episode originally due later that month.

However, the corporation decided to delay its release.

Ms Afia added: “What bullying actually means is improperly using power repeatedly and deliberately to hurt someone, physically or emotionally. The Duchess of Sussex absolutely denies ever doing that.

“Knowing her as I do I can’t believe she would ever do that. I wasn’t there at the time but it doesn’t match my experience of her at all and I’ve seen her at very, very stressful times.

“That story is absolutely untrue that she is a bully. That said, she wouldn’t want to negate anyone’s personal experiences.”

Palace aides announced in March last year that they had decided to launch an internal inquiry into claims that Meghan’s behaviour drove two of her personal assistants to quit and “undermined the confidence” of a third.

Amol Rajan hosted the BBC podcast and corresponding documentary where Jenny Afia spoke

This comes as the Mail on Sunday will pay only £1 in damages to Meghan after it published a private letter she had sent to her father.

The nominal sum confirmed that the paper, as well as its associated website MailOnline, accepted defeat in the long running case and will not be taking it to the Court of Appeal.

The paper will also pay an unspecified amount of money for the separate case of infringing Meghan’s copyright by publishing significant parts of the letter.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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