Meghan Markle ‘Disheartened’ by ‘Assault on Her Character’ in the midst of Bullying Allegations from Palace Staffers

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 01: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits Action Aid to join discussions during the royal tour of South Africa on October 01, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Mark Large - Pool/Getty Images)

A representative for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex says Meghan “will continue to endeavor to set a model for making the wisest decision and doing what is acceptable”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are set to plunk down with Oprah Winfrey for an eagerly awaited meeting on Sunday — and five days before it is booked to air, another report is leveling claims of “tormenting” by the Duchess of Sussex.

On Tuesday, The Times in the U.K. asserted that the Duchess of Sussex confronted a harassing objection made by one of her nearby counsels during her time as a working regal at Kensington Palace — something her office has emphatically invalidated.

“The Duchess is disheartened by this most recent assault on her character, especially as somebody who has been simply the objective of harassing and is profoundly dedicated to supporting the individuals who have encountered torment and injury,” a representative for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said in a proclamation acquired by PEOPLE. “She is resolved to proceed with her work building sympathy around the planet and will continue to endeavor to set a model for making the wisest decision and doing what is acceptable.”

Says one onlooker of the circumstance of the new report given the approaching Oprah Winfrey meet: “The entire thing helps me to remember an old rugby saying: ‘Get your reprisal in first.’ ”

The protest, which The Times reports was made in October 2018 by the couple’s previous interchanges secretary Jason Knauf, asserted that Meghan drove two individual colleagues out of the family unit and sabotaged the certainty of a third staff part.

The Times says Knauf presented the grumbling with an end goal to ensure royal residence staff members who were purportedly harassed by the Duchess of Sussex, now and again diminished to tears. One regal helper, who expected an encounter with Meghan, is claimed to have told a partner: “I can’t quit shaking.”

In February 2019, a few of Meghan’s companions revealed to PEOPLE that the Duchess herself had been the survivor of “worldwide harassing” by the newspaper press, with a companion taking note of, “Meg has quietly paused for a moment and persevered through the falsehoods and lies.” One report in November 2018 in the Mail on Sunday marked the Duchess — who is the primary lady of shading in the illustrious family in current history — “Typhoon Meghan” and asserted that she “assaulted assistants” with 5 a.m. messages and messages.

In the story distributed in The Times on Tuesday, a source says that Harry begged Knauf not to seek after the HR protest. As indicated by The Times, attorneys for Meghan, 39, and Harry, 36, reject that any gathering occurred or that the Duke of Sussex would have meddled with any staff matter.

Knauf supposedly sent an email to Simon Case, Prince William’s private secretary at that point and now the bureau secretary, after discussions with Samantha Carruthers, the head of HR. Case at that point sent it to Carruthers.

In his email, Knauf said Carruthers “concurred with me all in all that the circumstance was intense.” He added: “I stay worried that nothing will be finished.”

A representative for the Sussexes disclosed to The Times in an articulation: “We should simply call this what it is — a determined slanderous attack dependent on misdirecting and unsafe deception. We are disillusioned to see this abusive depiction of The Duchess of Sussex given believability by a news source. It’s no happenstance that mutilated a few year-old allegations pointed toward sabotaging The Duchess are being informed to the British media in a matter of seconds before she and The Duke are expected to talk straightforwardly and really about their experience of late years.”

The report comes five days before Meghan and Harry’s meeting with Oprah Winfrey is because of air on CBS. The meeting is required to cover Meghan’s excursion from venturing into life as a regal to marriage, parenthood, magnanimous work and confronting extraordinary public pressing factor. Harry will at that point join his significant other to discuss their transition to the United States and their growing family.

In a review of the meeting, Winfrey says, “I simply need to make it clear to everyone there is no subject that is untouchable,” adding, “Were you quiet or were you hushed?” and “‘Almost unsurvivable’ seems like there was a limit.”