The Buckingham Palace announced on Wednesday that it would investigate the allegations of Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, bullying several staff members in the United Kingdom. According to the British media, some unnamed royal aides had made a complaint against the American actress in 2018.

On Tuesday, The Times had cited sources in an article claiming that two personal assistants complained that the Duchess drove them out of her Kensington Palace household while she allegedly undermined the confidence of a third staff member.

According to the media report, the sources wanted the public “should have insight into their side of the story”.

A highly anticipated interview of the couple with Oprah Winfrey will air on Sunday. This will be the first sit-down appearance of them after leaving London.

The Buckingham Palace expressed concern about the allegations made against the Duchess.

“Accordingly our HR team will look into the circumstances outlined in the article. Members of staff involved at the time, including those who have left the Household, will be invited to participate to see if lessons can be learned,” the Buckingham Palace said in its 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,” the statement read further.

Dismissing all the allegations, a spokesperson for the Sussexes called the Times report “a calculated smear campaign”.

“Let’s just call this what it is — a calculated smear campaign based on misleading and harmful misinformation. We are disappointed to see this defamatory portrayal of The Duchess of Sussex given credibility by a media outlet,” the spokesperson said.

“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. 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,” the spokesperson added.