There are so many non sequiturs in the Times of London articles, which are part of the New Smear Campaign™ against the Duchess of Sussex. The first article was practically spastic, with random, vague complaints and oddly worded accusations interspersed throughout what was a four-page story. I’m trying to find some of the other stuff which is worth mentioning, but just an FYI: the point of these articles is not to give concrete stories about why Meghan said something specific, or to describe an incident in detail. We’re supposed to let the slimeing wash over us and come away with the impression that Meghan is, as always, terrible. And that she has never done anything correctly, because she’s mean, angry, Black and American. Here are some extra pieces of info:
Prince William “accelerated” the office split: Although Simon Case had no managerial responsibility for the staff mentioned in Knauf’s complaint, he is understood to have taken it seriously. He made sure it was sent to HR, and took a close interest in the welfare of the staff member still employed there.The issue of staff — their treatment, and the fact that they were shared between William and Harry — became so pressing that William and Case accelerated the process of splitting the two households. “What was a long-term plan became an immediate plan,” a source said
Meghan “drove out” two personal assistants? Staff were bullied, according to sources, and some reduced to tears. One said they were humiliated by her on a number of occasions. According to the complaint revealed by The Times today, two PAs were driven from the household. The first sign that anything might be amiss came when a story appeared in a diary column in a national newspaper saying that Meghan’s personal assistant had left six months after the royal wedding. A week later the assistant was named in another paper as Melissa Touabti. “Meghan put a lot of demands on her and it ended up with her in tears,” a source was reported as saying. Touabti was not the first member of staff to leave. Before her there was another PA, a young woman already employed by the palace. She did not stay long after Meghan arrived.
Meghan doesn’t coddle people: In late 2017, after Harry and Meghan’s engagement was announced, a senior aide spoke to the couple about the difficulties caused by their treatment of staff. People needed to be treated well and with some understanding, even when they were not performing to their standards, they were told. Meghan is said to have replied: “It’s not my job to coddle people.”
Meghan was “sharp”: However, The Times has spoken to insiders who have argued that it was about more than just American straight-talking. The duchess could be sharp with those she felt were letting her down, sources claim. One former staff member said: “I had unpleasant experiences with her. I would definitely say humiliated.” After Jason Knauf, the couple’s communications secretary, made his bullying complaint, another member of staff was worried about spending time with her the next day because she feared that Meghan was about to find out. “This is why I feel sick,” they said. Another time there was a row about whether Meghan had been told that the media would be present at an event. When she rang the aide, they rang back but she did not pick up. “I feel terrified,” the source said. “I can’t stop shaking.”
The Sussexes bullied their private secretary? The harsh treatment was not confined to junior staff. One source claimed that Samantha Cohen, the couple’s private secretary, had been bullied. Another said: “They treated her terribly. Nothing was ever good enough. It was, ‘She doesn’t understand, she’s failing.’” In fact, the source said, Cohen was “a saint” and the best organiser of royal tours they had known. Lawyers for the duke and duchess said they remained close to Cohen and grateful for her support and dedication, acknowledging that she had come out of retirement to work closely with them at a busy time. They deny bullying her.
[From The Times of London]
This passage is so g–ddamn telling: “People needed to be treated well and with some understanding, even when they were not performing to their standards, they were told. Meghan is said to have replied: ‘It’s not my job to coddle people.’” As we’ve seen time and time again, it’s amateur hour over there at Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace. These people are not prepared to work. It’s that simple. When Meghan actually expected full-time aides to, you know, perform their jobs, we get a mass exodus of lazy dumbasses complaining about being “bullied.” My God.
As for William wanting credit for being in the loop about Meghan “bullying” people and Jason Knauf’s HR complaint… that’s what so much of this is about, and that’s the sourcing for these Times stories. It’s really something that Kensington Palace authorized Jason Knauf to give internal palace HR complaints and internal communications information FROM 2018 this week in a desperate, craven attempt to slime Meghan ahead of the Oprah interview. And all while poor Prince Philip is in the hospital too.
— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) March 2, 2021
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