‘Lessons Learned’ But No Details Of Royal Review Of Meghan Bullying Claims

LONDON, June 30 (Reuters) – Buckingham Palace says lessons have been learned from an investigation into allegations of bullying by the royal staff against Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, although it declined to provide details on the report’s conclusions.

The HR review was announced by the palace last March after the Times newspaper reported allegations made against Meghan, the American wife of Prince Harry, Queen Elizabeth’s grandson, including that she had brought some of her aides to tears and others. had been treated so badly that she had quit.

The couple released a statement in response denying that they had bullied anyone, and in an interview with Oprah Winfrey shortly after, accused the palace of “perpetuating falsehoods”.

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Michael Stevens, the Queen’s treasurer known as Keeper of the Privy Purse, said the privately funded review, which was conducted by an independent law firm, was set up to investigate the handling of the allegations and review practices in all countries. improve. the royal houses.

“The review has been completed and recommendations have been made regarding our policies and procedures,” Stevens told reporters. “But we won’t comment further.”

According to the Times report, a senior aide to Harry and Meghan filed a complaint in October 2018 alleging that the Duchess had bullied some of her aides and that the Prince had urged the aide to drop the matter, which subsequently never happened.

The palace has ordered a review, saying it was “deeply concerned”, and all participants, including current and former staff, have been informed of the outcome. Royal sources would not say whether the Duchess herself had been involved.

“I think the objectives have been met because lessons have been learned,” said a leading royal source.

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Stevens spoke while detailing the Queen’s annual report on the Queen’s taxpayer-funded expenses and income, known as the Sovereign Grant, published Thursday.

This showed that official expenditure for 2021-22 was some 102 million pounds ($124 million), above the 86 million allocated for the royal family’s official travel, property maintenance and household operating expenses. 96 year old queen.

Since 2017, the Queen has received additional government funding to pay for a £369 million 10-year refurbishment of Buckingham Palace to replace outdated and dangerous electrical wiring and boilers. cover the additional costs.

Another blow to royal finances – which, according to the palace, costs every Briton £1.29 a year – was the reduction in the extra money earned mainly from ticket sales to visit royal palaces, down from 50% to £10 million. compared to before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Travel costs totaled just under £2.5 million, with the largest single cost being Prince William and his wife Kate’s Caribbean tour, which cost £226,383.

“We are realistic that there will always be a tension between the journey of fulfilling the roles of head of state and head of country and meeting our environmental aspirations,” Stevens said. ($1 = 0.8231 pounds)

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Reporting by Michael Holden; Editing by Alex Richardson

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