Palace Secrecy Over Meghan Bullying Report: 'Serious Royal Bull****'

Buckingham Palace's announcement that it would not release the findings of a review regarding bullying allegations made against Meghan Markle has been called "serious royal bull****" by a prominent race and diversity commentator on a new episode of Newsweek's The Royal Report podcast.

Speaking to chief royal correspondent Jack Royston and royal commentator Kristen Meinzer, Dr. Shola Mos-Shogbamimu expressed her belief that the palace's desire to keep the review's findings out of the public domain is proof that they didn't find what they were looking for.

Meghan Markle Bullying Report Kept Secret
Buckingham Palace has revealed that the findings of a review of its handling of bullying claims made against Meghan Markle would be kept secret. Chris Jackson/Pool/Getty Images

The discussion comes after it was revealed during the annual Sovereign Grant Report release that the palace had decided not to publish any details of the bullying review last week.

"I know many of you will want to know if our report contains any information into the review of the historic allegations of bullying that we announced in March 2021," Sir Michael Stevens, the Keeper of the Privy Purse, told the press conference.

"There is nothing on this in the report. As we said last year, this work was undertaken privately and had no Sovereign Grant [public] money spent on it," he continued. "I can confirm though that it was a review of the handling of the allegations aimed at enabling the royal households to consider potential improvements to HR policies and procedures. The review has been completed and recommendations on our policies and procedures have been taken forward but we will not be commenting further."

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Royston proposed to Mos-Shogbamimu that "palace officials say that they have a duty of confidentiality to the staff who took part in the review which is so far-reaching that they can't even release the changes that they've made to their HR policy."

"That's some serious royal bull**** if ever I heard it," Mos-Shogbamimu responded. "Some next-level BS. The reason why the results of the investigation of the review is being buried is because it most likely incriminates the royal family and it proves that Meghan Markle did not bully anyone."

"If you remember when all these bullying claims came out, which was a couple of weeks or so before the interview between Harry, Meghan and Oprah Winfrey," she continued, "they made so much noise about it. It was the only thing the British media could talk about."

"You come and now say a year or so down the line and say 'we've completed our review and we cannot share the results because of confidentiality, please tell me where was the concern for confidentiality when they told the entire world that Meghan bullied certain members of staff? They didn't care about the staff's confidentiality then."

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An email containing accusations of bullying against Meghan Markle was leaked to a British newspaper shortly before the broadcast of Prince Harry and Meghan interview with Oprah Winfrey in March 2021. Harpo Productions

Mos-Shogbamimu then suggested that the palace could have published its findings in a way that did not identify staff members and questioned the motive behind not doing so.

"There's no legal reason not to share the findings," she said. "They don't need to share the names of the potential victims, they just need to tell us 'yay' or 'nay', did she bully? 'Yes' or 'no'?"

"I suspect being the fair-minded reasonable person that I am, that the reason they are not sharing anything is because it incriminates them," she concluded, "that it doesn't poison the well enough against Meghan Markle and that is why they don't want to share it with us."

Despite Mos-Shogbamimu's view on the reasoning behind the decision not to make the review's findings public, some have proposed other reasons why the palace would keep the report confidential.

On a previous episode of The Royal Report, Royston stated his belief that if the findings were published it would be "a complete bloodbath on all sides and nobody would come out of it looking any good at all."

"I think Buckingham Palace will have taken one look at this and thought 'we're just going to look awful—this is going to make us look absolutely appalling'," he said, adding that, "if every single fact and allegation came out I just think it would be a complete mud fight and there would be mud over everybody."

"I think the reason why it's not been published is that the whole situation was a bin fire," he concluded.

Jason Knauf Raised Concerns About Meghan's Staff
Former Kensington Palace press secretary Jason Knauf expressed concern over Meghan Markle's treatment of royal staff in a 2018 email which was later leaked to the press. Photographed November 28, 2018. Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

The allegations of bullying which were the subject of the palace's review stemmed from a leaked email exchange between a former-Kensington Palace press secretary Jason Knauf and Prince William's private secretary.

Sent in 2018 and published by The Times shortly before the broadcast of Harry and Meghan's March 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Knauf wrote in the email:

"I am very concerned that the duchess was able to bully two PAs out of the household in the past year," the email read. "The treatment of X [name removed] was totally unacceptable."

"The Duchess seems intent on always having someone in her sights. She is bullying Y [name removed] and seeking to undermine her confidence," the email continued. "We have had report after report from people who have witnessed unacceptable behavior towards Y [name removed]."

Meghan's team responded by calling the leaking of the email a "calculated smear campaign" while Buckingham Palace announced they were "very concerned" about the allegations and that they would "look into" the circumstances outlined in The Times' article.

The announcement that the report would not be made public by the Keeper of the Privy Purse last week means it is likely that the palace now considers the issue a closed matter.