Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, visit One World Trade Center in Manhattan, New York City


  • Valentine Low discussed the palace's decision not to release the findings of its investigation into bullying allegations
  • Markle was accused of bullying palace staffers during her time as a working royal
  • The palace knew the report would have "garnered some criticism," according to the royal expert

The royal family doesn't want to fuel its drama with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, according to a royal expert.

Royal author Valentine Low, a royal correspondent for U.K.'s The Times, made the claim while weighing in on Buckingham Palace's decision to not release the results of its investigation into allegations of bullying against Markle.

"In terms of why the decision was taken, [my sources] felt that it has been swept under the carpet because Buckingham Palace did not want to pick another fight with the Sussexes," he told Fox News Digital, without naming his sources. "They knew that if they released the report, I think it would have at least garnered some criticism."

The author of "Courtiers: Intrigue, Ambition and the Power Players Behind the House of Windsor" said he does not know what the investigation found, but he speculated that there may be something there that bodes ill for the Duchess of Sussex.

"I don't know what conclusions the report filed, but I bet there was some notion there that [Meghan] had not treated staff very well," he continued. "And they thought if they put that out there, the Sussexes would be furious and would come back with something. So they'd rather take a bit of criticism from the media for not being very open with us than have yet another fight with Harry [and] Meghan."

Reps for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital's request for comment.

Low broke the story that Markle had been accused of bullying by palace staffers in March 2021, just days before her and Prince Harry's interview with Oprah Winfrey aired.

At the time, a spokesperson for the Duchess of Sussex denied the allegations and described the report as "a calculated smear campaign based on misleading and harmful misinformation."

Buckingham Palace then hired an outside law firm to investigate the bullying accusations.

The palace confirmed in June 2022 that the independent investigation had concluded but that the details of the review were not being released to protect the confidentiality of those who took part.

Low called the Sussexes' response to the bullying allegations a "typical feisty reaction."

"The important thing is we all know they're quite litigious," Low told Fox News Digital. "They like suing newspapers... But despite getting several strongly worded letters from their lawyers before we published - after we published we didn't hear a word from them. So that speaks volumes, too."

Low claimed to Page Six earlier this month that the palace aides who accused Markle of bullying were sticking to their account.

"The people I spoke to are absolutely still sticking to their story, claiming that Meghan bullied them," the journalist said, without naming the palace staffers.

"I can't speak to the truth of that, of course, because I wasn't in the room and I haven't heard Meghan's side," he continued. "But my sources still very much stick to their story."

International Business Times could not independently verify Low's claims.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan, attend the 2022 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award Gala in New York City