Meghan Markle has once again found herself at the center of a storm of allegations. This isn’t the first time she has faced public scrutiny. Yet, this time, a fresh account has been added to the mix of rumors and reports.

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Meghan Markle at the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle at the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

Accusations of bullying by Meghan Markle within the royal household have resurfaced. These allegations have cast a shadow on the former actress’s image. These claims have stirred up more than just the royal insiders; they’ve gripped the attention of people worldwide.

Meghan Markle and Samantha Cohen attend a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in Widnes, England | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle and Samantha Cohen attend a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in Widnes, England | Source: Getty Images

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At the core of the issue are several claims that became public just as Meghan and her husband, Prince Harry, were about to share their royal journey with the world. Meanwhile, the palace’s investigation into these allegations remains under wraps. Now, the former royal aide, Samantha Cohen, has broken the silence.

Samantha Cohen the wedding of Prince Harry to Ms Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England | Source: Getty Images

Samantha Cohen the wedding of Prince Harry to Ms Meghan Markle at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England | Source: Getty Images

Meghan, celebrated for her acting career and now a member of the royal family by marriage, is alleged to have treated staff members poorly. Some allegations stated behavior that supposedly left some in tears. These allegations surfaced through leaked emails from Jason Knauf. Knauf was the couple’s communications assistant at the time.

Jason Knauf on a visit to Leicester City Football Club's King Power Stadium on November 28, 2018 in Leicester, England | Source: Getty Images

Jason Knauf on a visit to Leicester City Football Club’s King Power Stadium on November 28, 2018 in Leicester, England | Source: Getty Images

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Knauf’s emails reportedly detailed incidents where two personal assistants felt compelled to leave their jobs due to the Duchess’s behavior. Additional claims suggest Meghan consistently targeted individuals, potentially undermining their confidence.

Meghan Markle and her assistant Amy Pickerill during an official visit to Sussex on October 3, 2018 in Chichester, United Kingdom | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle and her assistant Amy Pickerill during an official visit to Sussex on October 3, 2018 in Chichester, United Kingdom | Source: Getty Images

These allegations came to light at a pivotal time. They surfaced just days before the couple’s highly anticipated interview with Oprah Winfrey was due to be broadcasted globally. It was an interview where Harry and Meghan were expected to be candid about their experience as senior royals.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry onstage at The Archewell Foundation Parents’ Summit: Mental Wellness in the Digital Age during Project Healthy Minds' World Mental Health Day Festival 2023 at Hudson Yards on October 10, 2023 in New York City | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry onstage at The Archewell Foundation Parents’ Summit: Mental Wellness in the Digital Age during Project Healthy Minds’ World Mental Health Day Festival 2023 at Hudson Yards on October 10, 2023 in New York City | Source: Getty Images

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In response to the swirling allegations, Buckingham Palace initiated an internal investigation. The institution, typically private and discreet, found itself in the unusual position of having to scrutinize one of its own. Yet, the outcomes of this investigation remain undisclosed to the public.

A front view of Buckingham Palace on July 17, 2006 | Source: Getty Images

A front view of Buckingham Palace on July 17, 2006 | Source: Getty Images

The palace’s silence hasn’t stopped the flood of speculation and commentary from royal observers and the media. Some view the lack of information release as a protective measure. Others see it as a missed chance for transparency that could build trust in the monarchy.

The royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch a fly-past of aircraft by the Royal Air Force during Trooping The Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, on June 08, 2019 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

The royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch a fly-past of aircraft by the Royal Air Force during Trooping The Colour, the Queen’s annual birthday parade, on June 08, 2019 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

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Amid this complex backdrop, Cohen’s voice has risen to shed light on the circumstances. A trusted royal aide with nearly two decades of service, Cohen, served the Queen before assisting the Sussexes. She has now confirmed her participation in the palace’s inquiry.

Samantha Cohen and Queen Elizabeth II arrive to unveil a statue depicting the Queen alongside a mare and it's foal in 1977 on November 3, 2016 in Newmarket, England | Source: Getty Images

Samantha Cohen and Queen Elizabeth II arrive to unveil a statue depicting the Queen alongside a mare and it’s foal in 1977 on November 3, 2016 in Newmarket, England | Source: Getty Images

Cohen, known for her loyalty and professionalism, offers valuable insight. Nevertheless, she has remained reserved about the specific details discussed during the investigation. She hinted at the challenges brought about by a high staff turnover while working with Harry and Meghan.

Samantha Cohen at St Peter and Paul Church in West Newton, Norfolk, for a Sunday morning service | Source: Getty Images

Samantha Cohen at St Peter and Paul Church in West Newton, Norfolk, for a Sunday morning service | Source: Getty Images

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“Now, finally, that dam has been breached—and I have no doubt that more will now emerge,” Tom Bower, a royal author, commented. Sharing her experience, Cohen remarked, “I was only supposed to stay for six months, but stayed for 18—we couldn’t find a replacement for me, and when we did, we took them on tour to Africa with Harry and Meghan to show them the ropes, but they left [quit] as well while in Africa.”

Samantha Cohen during a visit of the Nyanga Township on September 23, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa | Source: Getty Images

Samantha Cohen during a visit of the Nyanga Township on September 23, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa | Source: Getty Images

In the face of these allegations, Meghan and Harry have presented a united front, firmly denying the claims. They have conveyed their frustration and sense of injustice over the narrative that has been shaped.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry visit a local farming family, the Woodleys, on October 17, 2018 in Dubbo, Australia | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry visit a local farming family, the Woodleys, on October 17, 2018 in Dubbo, Australia | Source: Getty Images

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Prince Harry, in his memoir “Spare,” offers a contrasting portrayal of his wife. He portrayed her as an empathetic leader who cared deeply for her staff. He recounts how she would check up on those who were ill and host small gatherings to lift spirits. He painted her as a compassionate boss committed to fostering a caring work environment.

Prince Harry's book "Spare," displayed at a Barnes & Noble bookstore on January 10, 2023 in New York City | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry’s book “Spare,” displayed at a Barnes & Noble bookstore on January 10, 2023 in New York City | Source: Getty Images

The couple’s stance is a dismissal of what they perceive as a pattern of unfair treatment by some media outlets. They have labeled the allegations as a “calculated smear campaign.” This sentiment is supported by statements from their legal representatives, who have questioned the motives behind the accusations.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry arrive on the long Walk at Windsor Castle arrive to view flowers and tributes to HM Queen Elizabeth on September 10, 2022 in Windsor, England | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry arrive on the long Walk at Windsor Castle arrive to view flowers and tributes to HM Queen Elizabeth on September 10, 2022 in Windsor, England | Source: Getty Images

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Valentine Low, a royal author, has added to the conversation with claims in his book, “Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown.” The claims depict a difficult working situation with Meghan and Harry. He writes of staff members being “screamed at,” and trying to limit their time with Meghan as much as possible.

“I am very concerned that the Duchess was able to bully two PAs out of the household in the past year. The treatment of X* was totally unacceptable,” one of the leaked emails from The Times reveals. “The Duchess seems intent on always having someone in her sights. She is bullying Y and seeking to undermine her confidence. We have had report after report from people who have witnessed unacceptable behavior towards Y.”

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Meghan Markle an official visit to Sussex with her assistant Amy Pickerill and another woman on October 3, 2018 in Chichester, United Kingdom | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle an official visit to Sussex with her assistant Amy Pickerill and another woman on October 3, 2018 in Chichester, United Kingdom | Source: Getty Images

Amidst the allegations, a spokesperson for the Sussexes responded to the bullying claims. As noted by royal correspondent Omid Scobie: “The Duchess is saddened by this latest attack on her character, particularly as someone who has been the target of bullying herself and is deeply committed to supporting those who have experienced pain and trauma. She is determined to continue her work building compassion around the world and will keep striving to set an example for doing what is right and what is good.”

Omid Scobie on December 30, 2023 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

Omid Scobie on December 30, 2023 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

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As direct accounts from staff are scarce, the available narratives resonate with a sense of tension and strain. As more information surfaces, and the Sussexes continue to assert their version of events, the public’s view of the royal family—and of Meghan’s place within it—remains in a state of flux.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at Westminster Hall on September 14, 2022 in London, United Kingdom | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at Westminster Hall on September 14, 2022 in London, United Kingdom | Source: Getty Images

While royal experts are currently discussing the bullying allegations, there have been other conversations about Meghan’s state of mind and who she compares herself to. We previously reported that some think Meghan considers herself to be her late mother-in-law’s double.

Meghan Markle during her visit to ActionAid during the royal tour of South Africa on October 01, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle during her visit to ActionAid during the royal tour of South Africa on October 01, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa | Source: Getty Images

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Since the beginning of her relationship with Prince Harry, Meghan Markle has been heavily scrutinized by the public. Some have compared her to Princess Diana and others have said she could never measure up to her late-mother-in-law.

Princess Diana during a trip to Canada in May 1986 | Source: Getty Images

Princess Diana during a trip to Canada in May 1986 | Source: Getty Images

Princess Diana, a beacon of compassion and a disruptor of the traditional royal protocol, left a legacy of humanitarian work and personal vulnerability that reshaped the British monarchy.

Princess Diana visiting patients suffering from AIDS at the Hospital Universidade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 25th April 1991 | Source: Getty Images

Princess Diana visiting patients suffering from AIDS at the Hospital Universidade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 25th April 1991 | Source: Getty Images

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Markle, an American actress turned Duchess of Sussex, has carved her own path, challenging norms and facing intense scrutiny while navigating her role within the same institution.

Meghan Markle at the SXSW 2024 Conference and Festivals at the Austin Convention Center on March 8, 2024, in Austin, Texas | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle at the SXSW 2024 Conference and Festivals at the Austin Convention Center on March 8, 2024, in Austin, Texas | Source: Getty Images

Recently, Markle, at the age of 42, embarked on a new venture, launching her lifestyle brand, American Riviera Orchard. This move, rich in ambition and personal expression, has reignited conversations about her connection to Diana’s legacy, stirring insights from royal experts and evoking varied reactions from the public.

American Riviera Orchard's logo as seen in a March 14, 2024 YouTube post | Source: Youtube.com/@pagesix

American Riviera Orchard’s logo as seen in a March 14, 2024 YouTube post | Source: Youtube.com/@pagesix

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American Riviera Orchard represents Markle’s latest step in crafting a life that merges public influence with private entrepreneurial ambition.

Meghan Markle as seen in a March 14, 2024 YouTube post | Source: Youtube.com/@pagesix

Meghan Markle as seen in a March 14, 2024 YouTube post | Source: Youtube.com/@pagesix

The brand, which will offer an array of homewares products, signifies her commitment to creating a legacy that transcends her royal title.

Meghan Markle as seen in a March 14, 2024 YouTube post | Source: Youtube.com/@pagesix

Meghan Markle as seen in a March 14, 2024 YouTube post | Source: Youtube.com/@pagesix

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Notably, the brand’s launch coincided with The Diana Award ceremony, a decision that royal expert Tom Quinn suggests is no mere coincidence.

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According to Quinn, Markle sees herself as “Diana’s heir,” a woman who, like her late mother-in-law, faces the media’s glare but strives to leverage her platform for personal and broader societal gain.

Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games One Year To Go Winter Training Camp at Hillcrest Community Centre on February 16, 2024 in Vancouver, Canada | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games One Year To Go Winter Training Camp at Hillcrest Community Centre on February 16, 2024 in Vancouver, Canada | Source: Getty Images

However, this alignment with Diana’s legacy has sparked debate, with some viewing it as a respectful nod to the past, while others criticize it as capitalizing on royal connections.

Princess Diana at her home, Highgrove House, in Doughton, Gloucestershire, 18th July 1986 | Source: Getty Images

Princess Diana at her home, Highgrove House, in Doughton, Gloucestershire, 18th July 1986 | Source: Getty Images

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The parallels drawn between Markle and Princess Diana are not new. Prince Harry himself has often highlighted the similarities between the two most influential women in his life.

Prince Harry and Princess Diana in Majorca, Spain on August 10, 1987 | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry and Princess Diana in Majorca, Spain on August 10, 1987 | Source: Getty Images

In their Netflix documentary series, “Harry & Meghan,” Harry emphasized Markle’s compassion, empathy, and warmth, traits he deeply associates with his mother.

Meghan Markle and her son, Archie, at the Tutu Legacy Foundation in Cape Town on September 25, 2019 | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle and her son, Archie, at the Tutu Legacy Foundation in Cape Town on September 25, 2019 | Source: Getty Images

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This comparison extends beyond personality traits, touching on their shared experiences with media scrutiny and their desire to use their public platforms for advocacy and change.

Meghan Markle at the 2023 Variety Power Of Women event at Mother Wolf on November 16, 2023 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle at the 2023 Variety Power Of Women event at Mother Wolf on November 16, 2023 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

In an excerpt from the documentary, Prince Harry recalled a night when he and Meghan were staying in a room at Buckingham Palace following a royal engagement.

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Although most royal family members were there, including his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, the person the media chose to portray on the front page was Markle.

Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry at Buckingham Palace as the Royal family attend events to mark the Centenary of the RAF on July 10, 2018 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry at Buckingham Palace as the Royal family attend events to mark the Centenary of the RAF on July 10, 2018 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

Many royal fans accused Markle of trying to steal the spotlight from other royals, but Prince Harry clarified that the media chose who they put on the front page, not the royals.

Various newspaper front pages showing news about Meghan Markle on March 8, 2021 | Source: Getty Images

Various newspaper front pages showing news about Meghan Markle on March 8, 2021 | Source: Getty Images

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Yet, this connection to Diana’s legacy is a double-edged sword, offering both a source of inspiration and a potential point of contention within and outside the royal family.

Princess Diana Serpentine Gallery, London, in June 1994 | Source: Getty Images

Princess Diana Serpentine Gallery, London, in June 1994 | Source: Getty Images

Critics argue that Markle’s business endeavors, particularly the timing of her brand’s launch, reflect a calculated move to align her image with Diana’s enduring influence.

Princess Diana in Chicago on June 6, 1996 | Source: Getty Images

Princess Diana in Chicago on June 6, 1996 | Source: Getty Images

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This perspective suggests a complex navigation of personal ambition and public perception, where every decision is scrutinized for its authenticity and respect for royal traditions.

Meghan Markle during a visit to The Justice Desk on September 30, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle during a visit to The Justice Desk on September 30, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa | Source: Getty Images

Yet, supporters see Markle’s actions as a continuation of Diana’s legacy, a way of honoring her memory by embodying the same spirit of independence and social consciousness.

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The launch of American Riviera Orchard, therefore, is more than just the introduction of a new brand. It’s a statement of identity and purpose from Markle, a declaration of how she wishes to be seen and remembered.

By aligning her entrepreneurial ventures with Diana’s legacy, Markle is carving a space where her work can be both personally fulfilling and beneficial to others.

Meghan Markle greets Yuliia 'Taira' Paievska during the Swimming Medals Ceremony during day seven of the Invictus Games Düsseldorf 2023 on September 16, 2023 in Duesseldorf, Germany | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle greets Yuliia ‘Taira’ Paievska during the Swimming Medals Ceremony during day seven of the Invictus Games Düsseldorf 2023 on September 16, 2023 in Duesseldorf, Germany | Source: Getty Images

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However, the path she navigates is fraught with comparisons and expectations, where her every move is seen through the lens of her late mother-in-law’s shadow.

Princess Diana with children injured by mines at Neves Bendinha Orthopaedic Workshop in Luanda, Angola on January 14, 1997 | Source: Getty Images

Princess Diana with children injured by mines at Neves Bendinha Orthopaedic Workshop in Luanda, Angola on January 14, 1997 | Source: Getty Images

As Markle continues to build her brand and define her public persona, the conversation around her connection to Princess Diana’s legacy is unlikely to wane.

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The move to start a business comes at the same time as Markle carving out her identity on hers and her husband’s new website. We previously reported that the pair launched a new website in which Markle altered her publicly-used name.

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As Prince Harry and Markle launched the new website, they transitioned from the Sussex Royal URL handle to simply Sussex. Despite stepping back from official royal duties, they continue to use their titles. The website includes a section designed to offer the public more insight into their lives and work.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the cycling medal ceremony at the Cycling Track during day six of the Invictus Games Düsseldorf 2023 on September 15, 2023 in Dusseldorf, Germany | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the cycling medal ceremony at the Cycling Track during day six of the Invictus Games Düsseldorf 2023 on September 15, 2023 in Dusseldorf, Germany | Source: Getty Images

Notably, Meghan’s page introduces her using only her first name, omitting her family name. This decision reflects a common practice among British Royals, who are frequently referred to by their first names and titles.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017 | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017 | Source: Getty Images

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Meghan’s narrative on the site includes her upbringing, painting a picture of her journey from a young South California girl to the influential figure she is today. The page also featured her advocacies for women, mental health, gender equality, and family care.

Meghan Markle at the Variety Power of Women event in Los Angeles, California on November 16, 2023 | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle at the Variety Power of Women event in Los Angeles, California on November 16, 2023 | Source: Getty Images

Meghan’s impact and recognition are also highlighted through her inclusion in various world rankings, marking her as a notable figure on the global stage.

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Now residing in California as a mother of two, Meghan and Harry have embarked on a new chapter away from their roles as senior members of the British Royal Family.

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Their children, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet, whose names are emblematic of their continued connection to Harry’s heritage, are a significant part of their lives in America.

Meghan Markle at The Fashion Awards in London, England on December 10, 2018 | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle at The Fashion Awards in London, England on December 10, 2018 | Source: Getty Images

Following their move, the couple launched the Archewell Foundation and introduced the podcast “Archetypes,” initiatives that underline their ongoing commitment to public service and discourse.

Meghan Markle at the College Women of The Year event in New York City on April 27, 2016 | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle at the College Women of The Year event in New York City on April 27, 2016 | Source: Getty Images

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Meghan’s details are available on the Royal Family’s official website, though it offers limited information about her advocacies and activities.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry as seen in a March 7, 2020 Instagram post | Source: Instagram.com/sussexroyal

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry as seen in a March 7, 2020 Instagram post | Source: Instagram.com/sussexroyal

It mentions that she and her husband have stepped back as senior members, stating, “The Duchess will continue to support various charitable causes and organizations that align with her longstanding interests, including the arts, education access, women’s support, and animal welfare.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the Ms. Foundation Women of Vision Awards | Source: Getty images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the Ms. Foundation Women of Vision Awards | Source: Getty images

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Recently, in light of King Charles’ recent cancer diagnosis, Prince Harry returned to London to be by his father’s side. However, Meghan Markle decided to stay in America during this period.

Prince Harry and King Charles III at the "Our Planet" global premiere at Natural History Museum on April 04, 2019 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry and King Charles III at the “Our Planet” global premiere at Natural History Museum on April 04, 2019 in London, England | Source: Getty Images

The reasons behind Meghan’s choice to remain in America, while not confirmed were revealed by the King’s former butler, Grant Harrold.

“Meghan made the decision that it was best to stay home with the children, and maybe she feels that this is something Harry has got to do alone,” he said. “It’s his father. She’s aware of the close relationship and probably encouraged him to come over.”

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