As a press secretary in New Zealand’s fifth Labour Government, Jason Knauf started his career managing news and media relations. This week, on the other side of the world, he’s become part of one of the biggest stories in the world.
The graduate of Wellington’s Victoria University is at the centre of allegations against one of his former bosses, Meghan Markle.
He was the communications secretary to the Dukes and Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex, when the couples were part of the same royal household. That’s when, in emails revealed in The Times of London, Knauf alleged Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, was bullying staff.
Those emails were made public this week, ahead of a highly anticipated interview with Meghan, Prince Harry and Oprah.
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Knauf was working for the Sussexes at the time of the complaint, which he reportedly made to the Duke of Cambridge’s former private secretary, Simon Case. He was concerned aides were facing undue pressure from Meghan. The Times reported that two personal assistants left the household because of Meghan’s behaviour, while at least one other…