The allegation of bullying against Duchess Meghan made by former members of her palace staff will be investigated by an outside law firm with “independent external investigators,” according to a new report.
The Sunday Times, a U.K. newspaper, reports that the review will also “begin imminently, with no set time frame.”
The decision by Buckingham Palace to use an outside law firm to oversee an independent investigation of the allegation is a move described by the Times’ royal correspondent Roya Nikkhah as raising the stakes just days after Meghan and her husband, Prince Harry, spoke out in a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey about their decision to step away from their royal roles.
“It raises the stakes in the standoff,” Nikkhah told “Good Morning America.” “There’s no doubt it’s going to have an impact on the relationship between the palace and the Sussexes.”
“My understanding is that Harry and Meghan won’t be taking part,” Nikkhah added.
When asked about the investigation, a spokesperson for Buckingham Palace told ABC News, “Our commitment to look into the circumstances around allegations from former staff of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex is being taken forward but we will not be providing a public commentary.”
A spokesperson for Harry and Meghan declined to comment on the report of an outside law firm being brought on to…