Buckingham Palace hires outside law firm to investigate bullying claims
© Screenshot of Oprah interview with Meghan Markle on CBS. (Youtube)

Buckingham Palace has reportedly hired an external law firm to investigate the bullying claims against the former Meghan MarkleMeghan MarkleMeghan joins push for paid family leave in rare political statement Prince Harry and Meghan announce partnership with asset management fund Ethic Harry and Meghan join celeb-filled vaccine equity event MORE, now the Duchess of SussexMeghan MarkleMeghan joins push for paid family leave in rare political statement Prince Harry and Meghan announce partnership with asset management fund Ethic Harry and Meghan join celeb-filled vaccine equity event MORE.

CNN reports an unnamed law firm was chosen to look into the allegations that Meghan bullied former Palace communications secretary Jason Knauf, who claimed that the duchess "drove two personal assistants out of the household and was undermining the confidence of a third staff member."

The palace shortly after the allegations came out announced that it would be opening an investigation into the matter.

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"Our commitment to look into the circumstances around allegations from former staff of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex is being taken forward but we will not be providing a public commentary on it," a spokesperson said on Monday in a statement obtained by CNN.

Representatives for Meghan and Prince HarryPrince HarryGOP lawmaker calls for Meghan, Harry to lose royal titles over paid leave push Meghan joins push for paid family leave in rare political statement Prince Harry and Meghan announce partnership with asset management fund Ethic MORE characterized the claims as a "calculated smear campaign."

"We are disappointed to see this defamatory portrayal of The Duchess of Sussex given credibility by a media outlet," representatives for the couple said.

"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," the representative said.

The claims came out shortly before the couple's tell-all interview with Oprah WinfreyOprah Gail WinfreyCourt rules Prince Philip's will to remain sealed for 90 years Piers Morgan joining News Corp., will host new show on Fox Nation Royal family supports BLM movement, senior representative says MORE, during which they detailed the mistreatment they said they experienced while they were working members of the British royal family.

Meghan during the interview referred to the royal family as "the Firm," and said they had refused to protect her from claims circulating in the media even as it did provide such protection and defense to other members of the family.

She also shared that an unnamed member of the royal family had expressed "concerns" about the skin tone of the children she would have with Harry.