Meghan Markle’s lawyer blasts bullying claims in controversial doccie

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Meghan Markle's reputation as a bully while living as a royal was defended by her lawyer in the new BBC doccie The Princes and the Press. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle's reputation as a bully while living as a royal was defended by her lawyer in the new BBC doccie The Princes and the Press. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

A bully? My client? No way!

That's the message from Meghan Markle's lawyer who leapt to the duchess' defence in part 2 of the BBC’s controversial The Princes and the Press documentary.

Jenny Afia blasted the widely circulated stories that Meghan during her years as a royal bullied her staff and inflicted “emotional cruelty” on them to the point it “drove” many away.

Speaking to host Amol Rajan, she said there were “massive, massive inaccuracies in those stories”.

“I think the first thing is, is to be really clear about what bullying is,” the head of legal for Schillings in the UK stated.

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Meghan's lawyer Jenny Afia rejected the notion that the duchess was "difficult to work with". (PHOTO: YouTube/Royal News Channel)

“What bullying actually means is improperly using power, repeatedly and deliberately to hurt someone physically or emotionally.

“The Duchess of Sussex has absolutely denied doing that,” before bizarrely adding, “That said she wouldn’t want to negate anyone’s personal experiences.”

She also rejected the “narrative” that the former Suits actress was “difficult to work with”.

During her years in the UK, Meghan was reportedly dubbed “diva duchess” due to her bossy Hollywood ways by some of her staff.

Asked if she could provide evidence to back up her claims, she retorted, “It’s really hard to prove a negative. If you haven’t bullied someone how do you show that you haven’t. Just denying an allegation ‘I didn’t beat my wife’ doesn’t address the underlying problem that the allegation has been made.”

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The doccie looks at estranged brothers Prince Harry and Prince William’s relationship with the press and addresses the speculation there were “warring factions” between the two brothers’ royal camps.

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Meghan and Prince Harry's controversial exit from the royal family comes under the spotlight in the doccie. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

It has been criticised for being “very biased” against Prince William and Prince Charles, while being favourable towards Harry and Meghan.

In fact shortly after the first episode was shown, William and Charles hit back at the BBC in a sternly worded statement, blasting them for airing “overblown and unfounded claims” about the speculation that surrounded Megxit.  

They also called out the corporation for not letting them view the doccie ahead of its broadcast and thus afford them an opportunity to comment on it.

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William addresses Earthshot Prize winners and finalists at the Glasgow Science Centre earlier this month. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The royals also threatened to boycott the organisation on future projects, which it appears William has already done. He’s said to have banned the BBC from showing a charity Christmas carol concert hosted by his wife, Kate, offering it instead to rival ITV.

Insiders now reckon the Christmas concert could be the tip of the iceberg. 

One source said it was clear that William, who worked with the BBC on his Earthshot Prize, would have to “seriously consider” any further projects.


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