The Royal Household has been accused of getting “double requirements” over its investigation into bullying claims towards the Duchess of Sussex.
In an interview with Sky Information, the co-author of Harry and Meghan biography Discovering Freedom questioned why the palace had ordered an investigation into the duchess however had not completed so with Prince Andrew.
The Queen’s son was mates with convicted intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein and has himself been accused by one girl of sexual abuse. The duke has categorically denied the claims and mentioned he was unaware of Epstein’s prison actions on the time.
Buckingham Palace revealed on Wednesday it might be investigating allegations of bullying towards the duchess throughout her time as a working royal, after The Instances newspaper revealed claims she had “destroyed” one member of employees and one other was left in tears.
Writer Carolyn Durant mentioned: “There’s been numerous double requirements that we’re speaking about.
“Why is there an investigation into this bullying however there’s not been an investigation into Prince Andrew and the allegations surrounding Jeffrey Epstein and the ladies who’ve made allegations?
“Why hasn’t he been urged to cooperate with US authorities? Why have been Prince Harry’s navy honours stripped [after he stepped down as a working royal] however Prince Andrew’s have not been?”
She added the “double requirements” have been one thing Meghan had “actually struggled with” and “her mates have been involved about her”.
Harry and Meghan have mentioned they’re the victims of a calculated smear marketing campaign, whereas their lawyer mentioned the claims towards Meghan are primarily based on “deceptive and dangerous misinformation”.
Tensions have risen between the couple and the Royal Household after it was revealed Harry and Meghan could be giving a wide-ranging interview to Oprah Winfrey – going towards the Windsors’ long-held mantra of “by no means complain, by no means clarify”.
Brief clips launched from the interview present the duchess saying she couldn’t be anticipated to “simply be silent” if the Royal Household is enjoying an “lively function” in “perpetuating falsehoods” about her.
Prince Harry additionally talks about his fears of “historical past repeating itself”, apparently in reference to how his mom Princess Diana was handled by the press and the Royal Household.
Describing Meghan’s expertise with the UK media, Ms Durant mentioned: “It was devastating to her to be attacked in lots of respects, and in addition along with her mom being attacked.”
She additionally referenced a Day by day Mail headline which had described Meghan as “(nearly) Straight Outta Compton”, commenting: “We will not overstate how a lot that will need to have been hurtful to her.”
Ms Durant additionally mentioned there have been “real issues” over details about the couple being leaked to the media from inside the establishment, together with the information they’d be stepping again from their roles.
Harry and Meghan stepped down as senior royals to pursue a brand new life within the US final yr.
Their interview with Oprah Winfrey is ready to air this Sunday.