According to the newspaper, Knauf sent an email to Simon Case, William’s then-private secretary, after a conversation with the head of HR Samantha Carruthers. This email, which E! News has not seen or verified, was then reportedly sent to Carruthers. Per the publication, Knauf, who was also serving as Meghan and Prince Harry‘s communications secretary at the time, alleged in the email that “the Duchess was able to bully two PAs out of the household in the past year” and was “seeking to undermine” the confidence of a third employee.
The report spread just days before Oprah Winfrey‘s interview with Meghan and Harry, who have stepped back as “working members of the royal family,” aired. In a statement to The Times, a spokesperson for the Sussexes denied the allegations and called them “a calculated smear campaign based on misleading and harmful misinformation.”
“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,” a spokesperson also said in a statement to E! News. “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 doing what is good.”