• Buckingham Palace will not release to the public the findings of an investigation into claims that Meghan Markle "bullied" palace staff
  • The probe resulted in changes to the "policies and procedures" of the monarchy’s HR department, a report says
  • Markle's fans slammed the palace over accusations that the findings of the investigation were "buried"

Buckingham Palace is facing backlash from supporters of Meghan Markle after a new report claimed that the palace investigated accusations that the duchess "bullied" royal staffers but will not release its findings.

The investigation into Markle's alleged bullying of two senior staff members when she was a working royal has resulted in changes to the "policies and procedures" of the monarchy’s HR department, unnamed sources told The Sunday Times.

But a report on the probe, conducted by an independent law firm that was reportedly instituted and funded by Queen Elizabeth, will be kept under wraps permanently to protect the privacy of those involved in the investigation and to "limit tensions between the Sussexes and the palace," the sources claimed.

Courtiers insisted that the inquiry, which was launched in March last year, should "not be played out in public" to ensure that the staffers who took part would remain comfortable, according to the report.

Some participants are disappointed and feel that the investigation's findings have been "buried," the outlet reported.

But Markle’s supporters think that something isn’t adding up, noting that the palace was quick to leak the news of the investigation, right before Markle and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey last year, but was now shying away from sharing the results after the probe wrapped up.

"So Buckingham Palace leaked the existence of a bullying investigation (4 days before the Oprah interview) but not the results? Excuse me, but this is BULLS--T. Meghan has been bullied by the royal family and didn't say half what she went through in the interview," one Twitter user wrote.

"Accusing Meghan of bullying staff and publicly announcing you are opening up an investigation, two days before she was going to expose you for neglect and mental abuse… Now, you don’t want to release the findings 'cause you KNOW you lied… That’s interesting," another person tweeted.

But some royal fans defended the palace, noting that it has always been its practice to never discuss personal matters with the public. Others said the royals were not the ones who leaked the report.

"I think some people in these replies need to stop rewriting history. The royal family didn't accuse Meghan of anything. The Times and Valentine Low issued the bullying story. And they weren't sued for it by a highly litigious couple. That says it all right there," one person commented.

"The palace always goes by, 'Don't dump your rubbish outside your own door.' Meghan will get shafted somehow soon, but it won't be the palace that does it," another claimed.

A spokesperson for Markle previously denied all bullying claims, calling it a "calculated smear campaign."

The former actress was "saddened by this latest attack on her character, particularly as someone who has been the target of bullying herself," her rep said at the time.

Several of Markle's friends and former co-stars also defended her when the bullying allegations first made headlines last year.

Her former "Suits" co-star Patrick J. Adams tweeted: "It's OBSCENE that the royal family, whose newest member is currently GROWING INSIDE OF HER, is promoting and amplifying accusations of 'bullying' against a woman who herself was basically forced to flee the U.K. in order protect her family and her own mental health."

Series writer Jon Cowan and actress Janina Gavankar also came to the duchess' defense.

Cowan described her as a "warm, kind, caring person," while Gavankar, who has known Markle for 17 years, said the duchess is a "kind, strong, open" person and "not a bully."

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive for a service of thanksgiving for the reign of Queen Elizabeth II at St Paul's Cathedral in London, Friday, June 3, 2022 on the second of four days of celebrations to mark the Platinum Jubilee. The events over a long holiday weekend in the U.K. are meant to celebrate the monarch's 70 years of service. Matt Dunham - WPA Pool/Getty Images