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Meghan Markle's friends have rushed to her defence amid the Palace bullying row.
Omid Scobie, the author of Finding Freedom, the biography of the Sussexes, quoted a series of Meghan's friends who were standing up for her.
One friend said Meghan was another example of a "woman of colour in a senior position…accused of being too angry, too scary, too whatever in the workplace".
Mr Scobie also said that Meghan and her husband Prince Harry found the furore "distressing and upsetting".
Buckingham Palace has said it will investigate claims that the Duchess of Sussex bullied royal aides during her time living at Kensington Palace.
A report in The Times said she faced a bullying complaint when she was a working royal.
Meghan's spokesman said she was "saddened" by the "latest attack on her character".
Mr Scobie claims that the couple told friends that they "knew it would get ugly" ahead of their tell-all interview with chat show legend Oprah Winfrey.
The interview airs in the US on Sunday night, while it will be screened on ITV the following night after the broadcaster bought the rights.
One pal is reported to have said: "Harry and Meghan knew that it would get ugly in the run-up but seeing such an obvious attempt at destroying her character was distressing and upsetting."
Meanwhile, one of Meghan's best friends Lindsay Roth hit back at the allegations, saying the Duchess's "M.O has always been kindness".
In a statement, Buckingham Palace – which is responsible for the hiring of royal staff – said: "We are clearly very concerned about allegations in the Times following claims made by former staff of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
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"Accordingly, our HR team will look into the circumstances outlined in the article. Members of staff involved at the time, including those who have left the Household, will be invited to participate to see if lessons can be learned.
"The Royal Household has had a Dignity at Work policy in place for a number of years and does not and will not tolerate bullying or harassment in the workplace."
It was alleged Meghan drove out two personal assistants and that staff were "humiliated" on several occasions.
The Times has reported that the duchess 'destroyed' one member of staff and another was left in tears before she departed. Meghan’s lawyers have vehemently denied she is a bully.
- Meghan Markle
- Prince Harry
- Royal Family
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