- Meghan Markle denied claims published in The Times of London that she bullied palace aides.
- There is a long history of Black women being disproportionately accused of workplace bullying.
- The “angry Black woman” is a racial stereotype that reduces powerful women to aggressor status.
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Meghan Markle has found herself at the center of the newest allegation from British tabloids, only this time the finger-pointing brings forth an accusation that too many women of color in senior positions are familiar with — bullying.
Markle said that she was “deeply saddened” by the allegation that she “humiliated” palace aides and denied the story that emerged after two senior palace members spoke confidently to Valentine Low, a reporter at The Times of London.
“Staff would on occasion be reduced to tears; one aide, anticipating a confrontation with Meghan, told a colleague: ‘I can’t stop shaking,'” wrote Low in the article now being dubbed “a calculated smear campaign” by Markle’s team.
A close friend of Markle suggested that these stories were not only false, but that their fabrication had an underlying racial motivation, telling Harper’s Bazaar: “I hate to say it, but find me a woman of color in a senior position who has not been…