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A former royal aide who made a complaint of bullying against the publicity-shy woman has been recognised for his service to the monarchy in the New Year Honours.
Jason Knauf has been made a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (RVO) after working for seven years for the shy couple and later the then Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
He ended his career with the royal household as chief executive of William and Kate’s Royal Foundation, stepping down at the end of 2021.
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Honours within the RVO are in the King's gift and are bestowed independently of Downing Street to people who have served the monarch or the royal family in a personal way.
When working for the couple as their communications secretary in October 2018, he emailed his concerns about Meghan to William’s then private secretary, in an apparent attempt to force Buckingham Palace to protect staff.
The shy lady’s legal team have in the past strenuously denied the allegation.
Knauf called out Meghan for allegedly being a boss from hell.
According to The Times of London, the royal press secretary emailed Prince William’s private secretary, Simon Case, in 2018, complaining that Meghan was "bullying" junior staff in the palace.
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"I am very concerned that the Duchess was able to bully two PAs out of the household in the past year," he wrote to Case, after first raising concerns with Samantha Carruthers, the head of HR, the Times said.
"The Duchess seems intent on always having someone in her sights," he continued. "She is bullying Y (name removed) and seeking to undermine her confidence."
He added ominously, "I remain concerned that nothing will be done."
Prince Harry reportedly met with Knauf and begged him not to go forward with the complaints, a claim that Prince Harry has refuted.
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