Royal advisors branded ‘divas’ instead of Meghan Markle in resurfaced clip


Emma Mackenzie

·Yahoo UK royal reporter

Fri, 30 September 2022 at 2:15 pm

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex delivers a speech as she launches the Smart Works capsule collection on September 12, 2019 in London, England. Created in September 2013 Smart Works exists to help unemployed women regain the confidence they need to succeed at job interviews and return to employment. (Photo by Mark Large - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
A woman working at Meghan’s Smart Works capsule collection in 2019 says the duchess was ‘lovely’ but her royal advisors ‘snooty’. (Getty Images)

In a resurfaced clip from a 2021 podcast, Meghan Markle’s former royal advisors have been branded “diva-ish” and “rude.”

The accusations of bad behaviour from royal aides originate from a clip taken from the ‘Gal Code’ podcast, hosted by Bibi Bagnall and Rob Gartland. In the clip, Bagnall explains that “In one of my previous jobs, we did an event for [Meghan] for the launch of one of her charity collections.”

The collection in question was for Smart Works, one of Meghan’s patronages, which launched in 2019.

Bibi Bagnall who worked the door of the launch event claims that “the diva-ish ones were the royal advisors.”

Bagnall adds that when asked to comply with the strict security policies required for entry to the event an advisor “scoffed” in response, leading Bagnall to believe the aide “was snooty.”

On the other hand, Meghan, she said “was lovely”.

“She wasn’t a diva about the event or anything,” said Bagnall, explaining that it was the royal advisors “who were the rude people.”

At the time Bagnall claims it was reported that Meghan had left the event early. “She didn’t leave the event early, she overstayed,” Bagnall clarifies.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex poses for a photograph with women dressed in clothes from the Smart Works capsule collection during the collection's launch on September 12, 2019 in London, England. Created in September 2013 Smart Works exists to help unemployed women regain the confidence they need to succeed at job interviews and return to employment. (Photo by Mark Large - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Meghan Markle poses with women dressed in some of the clothes from her Smart Works capsule collection at its launch. London, 2019. (Getty Images)

“It was all rubbish,” added Bagnall about the negative coverage she had seen about Meghan after the event.

Bagnall also explained that Meghan was highly involved in the planning of the event she worked on, explaining: “with these things, you do think, do the royals just put their names to it?”

However, instead Meghan “was on every conference call.”

“It was the most amazing work day I’ve ever done.” Bagnall said, adding that Meghan “has this glowy aura around her that is magical.”

Despite the strict timetable in place, Meghan “extended her day [because] she wanted to actually meet every single person who was involved and thank them personally.” Bagnall explained this was unusual because it would “normally only be the top dogs that” got the recognition.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 12: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex launches the Smart Works capsule collection on September 12, 2019 in London, England. Created in September 2013 Smart Works exists to help unemployed women regain the confidence they need to succeed at job interviews and return to employment. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Meghan greeting an attendee at the launch for her Smart Works capsule collection in London, 2019. (Getty Images)

Smart Works was one of the first charities of which Meghan became patron when joining the Royal Family. Their work is described on their website as providing women referred from Job Centres and other partners with outfits for job interviews that allow “our clients to be the best version of themselves at a crucial moment in their lives.”

Bagnall’s comments and perception of working with Meghan stand in stark contrast to recent revelations from Valentine Low. An extract of Low’s new book ‘Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown’ appeared The Times.

In the extract Low claims that there were “difficulties caused by [Harry and Meghan’s] treatment of staff,” to which he claims that Meghan replied: “it’s not my job to coddle people.”

Low’s sources also claim that Meghan “would take it as an insult” if she had to “talk to someone a bit further down the pecking order.”

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Britain's Prince William, Prince of Wales and Britain's Catherine, Princess of Wales leave after a service for the reception of Queen Elizabeth II's coffin at Westminster Hall, in the Palace of Westminster in London on September 14, 2022, where the coffin will Lie in State. - Queen Elizabeth II will lie in state in Westminster Hall inside the Palace of Westminster, from Wednesday until a few hours before her funeral on Monday, with huge queues expected to file past her coffin to pay their respects. (Photo by Emilio Morenatti / POOL / AFP) (Photo by EMILIO MORENATTI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Meghan and Harry leaving Westminster Hall behind the Prince and Princess of Wales, after the service marking the beginning of Queen Elizabeth’s lying-in-state, September 2022. (Getty Images)

Another anonymous source who Low reports used to work for the Sussexes is quoted as saying that on their night off “every ten minutes I had to go outside to be screamed at by her and Harry.” Other claims made in the extract include staff members in tears in response to the treatment they received from the couple.

Bagnall however takes the opposite view: “I love Meghan Markle […] and I have a reason for this,” after their work interaction was so positive for the podcast host.

The clip has resurfaced not long after a video of Prince Harry from a 2021 documentary in which he condemned the treatment his wife has received from the media went viral.

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