In a promo for an upcoming interview for Oprah Winfrey’s exclusive interview with ex-working royals Megan Markle and Prince Harry, the Duchess of Sussex claims “The Firm” has been “perpetuating falsehoods” about the couple.
When asked how she felt about the Buckingham Palace hearing her speak her truth in the interview, Markle replied, “I don’t know how they could expect that after all of this time, we would still just be silent if there is an active role that The Firm is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us.”
Prince Philip reportedly coined the term “The Firm,” to describe the businesslike nature of the royal family. Though they are thought to use the term internally, none of the other members have ever referred to the royal family using the stark label.
“If that comes with the risk of losing things … there’s a lot that’s been lost already,” she concluded. The solemn words come in the wake of recent accusations from the British press that Markle bullied palace aides when she and Prince Harry were active members of the royal family.
The Firm didn’t stand by Markle after the allegations surfaced. “We are clearly very concerned about allegations in The Times following claims made by former staff of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex,” Buckingham Palace wrote in a statement. “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.”
A spokesperson for the couple had a very direct retort. “Let’s just call this what it is – a calculated smear campaign based on misleading and harmful misinformation,” they said of the allegations.
“It’s no coincidence that distorted several-year-old accusations aimed at undermining The Duchess are being briefed to the British media shortly before she and The Duke are due to speak openly and honestly about their experience of recent years.”
“Oprah With Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special,” has been promoted as a “no subject that’s off limits” interview, which will be the first the couple has given since resigning from royal service in February.