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Why Meghan Markle's Childhood Boyfriend Isn't Convinced by Bullying Claims

Not buying it. Meghan Markle was forced to adapt to the strict structures of life in the British royal family after marrying Prince Harry in 2018 — but she wouldn’t have resorted to bullying. A Timeline of Meghan Markle’s Ups and Downs With the Royal Family Read article The 39-year-old duchess’ former childhood boyfriend Joshua Silverstein told Us Weekly exclusively that he doesn’t “personally see her” mistreating royal staffers as alleged in a March 2 report by The Times. “I see her doing whatever it is she feels like she should do in order to be happy and coexist within a system that has probably not been very welcoming to who she is and where she comes from,” Silverstein added. The Braid Theater performance artist continued, “When you find women of color — particularly Black women — standing up for themselves and speaking out and speaking against what they feel [is] disrespect or oppression, often times whiteness tends to classify that in negative ways because they don’t want that to happen. It’s almost like people are expected to know their place and whenever they don’t fall in line with that, then people say it’s a problem.” Shortly after it was confirmed that the Suits alum and her 36-year-old husband were not returning as working royals, aides claimed that they had been bullied while the couple were living at Kensington Palace. The Times was told that staffers were reduced to tears and couldn’t “stop shaking” following a confrontation with the Los Angeles native. A rep for Meghan fired back at the allegations in a statement to Us, noting, “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.” The spokesperson added that the Archewell cofounder “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.” Biggest Royal Family Scandals Through the Years Read article Buckingham Palace announced on March 3 that they would be launching an investigation into the claims, asserting in a statement that the royal household “does not and will not tolerate bullying or harassment in the workplace.” Meghan’s friends and former colleagues, including Suits alum Patrick J. Adams, stepped up to defend the philanthropist after the accusations made headlines. To some in the Sussexes’ inner circle, the timing of the report appeared …

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