Lessons have been learned following a review of bullying allegations made by royal staff against the Duchess of Sussex, Buckingham Palace says, although it has declined to give any details about the report's conclusions.
The palace announced the HR review in March 2021 after the Times newspaper reported allegations had been made against Meghan, the American wife of Prince Harry, including that she had reduced some of her assistants to tears and treated others so badly that they quit.
The couple denied she had bullied anyone, and in an interview with Oprah Winfrey shortly afterwards, she accused the palace of "perpetuating falsehoods".
Michael Stevens, the Queen's treasurer who is known as Keeper of the Privy Purse, said the privately funded review, which was carried out by an independent law firm, had been set up to examine the handling of the allegations and to improve practices across the royal households.
"The review has been completed and recommendations on our policies and procedures have been taken forward," Stevens told reporters. "But we will not be commenting further."
The Times report said a senior aide to Harry and Meghan had raised a complaint in October 2018 alleging the duchess had bullied some of her assistants, and the prince had urged the aide to drop the issue, which then never progressed.
The palace ordered a review, and all those who took part, including current and former staff members, have been informed of its outcome.
Royal sources declined to say whether the duchess herself had been involved.
"I think the objectives have been satisfied because lessons have been learned," a senior royal source said.
Stevens was speaking as he gave details of the annual report on the Queen's taxpayer-funded spending and income, known as the Sovereign Grant, which was published on Thursday.
The monarchy cost the taxpayer Stg102 million ($A180 million) during 2021/22, an increase of stg15 million on the previous financial year.
Royal activity, curtailed by the pandemic, was beginning to pick up during the period and a number of expenditure areas had increased, with travel rising by more than to Stg4.5 million, and property maintenance soaring to almost Stg64 million as the 10-year project to renovate Buckingham Palace continued.
Reuters with PA
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