Meghan Markle 'saddened' by bullying claims & calls it a 'calculated smear campaign'.

MEGHAN Markle claims Royal aides have launched a "calculated smear campaign" against her ahead of her interview with Oprah Winfrey.

This comes after sources told The Times that the Duchess allegedly bullied two palace staff members forcing them to quit their jobs - claims she denies.

The Duchess of Sussex, 39, is said to have undermined the confidence of a third staff member, the report says.

Jason Knauf, Harry and Meghan's former communications assistant, reportedly submitted a complaint in 2018 to protect palace aides who were allegedly coming under pressure from the American former actress.

The shocking claims come ahead of the couple's high profile interview with Oprah Winfrey in which they are set to dish the dirt on their split from the royal family.

A spokesman for the Sussexes has today issued a statement branding the bullying claims "distorted several-year-old accusations.

He said: "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.

"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.

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'CALCULATED' Meghan Markle says Royal aides trying to ‘smear her’ with bullying claims before Oprah Winfrey interview

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