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  • A new book by The Times' royal correspondent Valentine Low discussed Meghan Markle's relationship with royal staffers
  • Markle allegedly once spoke "particularly harshly to a young female" aide, the book claims
  • The aide reportedly burst into tears after Prince William reassured the woman she was doing a great job, according to the book

Prince William reportedly comforted a royal staffer who allegedly received harsh words from his sister-in-law Meghan Markle, a new book on the royal family has claimed.

The Times of London royal correspondent Valentine Low's new book, which is set to be released in the U.K. next week, made several allegations about Meghan Markle's relationship with the staff of Kensington Palace, where the duchess and Prince Harry lived after tying the knot in May 2018.

Low, who spoke to members of the royal household for his book "Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown," claimed that one told him Markle "spoke particularly harshly at a meeting to a young female member of the team in front of her colleagues," according to an excerpt published by The Times. International Business Times could not independently verify the book's claims.

After the former "Suits" star "pulled to shreds" a plan that the aide had drawn up, the staffer told Markle that it would be hard to implement a new one, Low wrote.

'Don't worry,' Meghan reportedly told her. 'If there was literally anyone else I could ask to do this, I would be asking them instead of you,'" Low's book claimed.

The incident reportedly prompted Prince William to intervene, according to the royal correspondent, who has more than two decades of experience reporting on the royal family.

"Later, Prince William, who had heard of some of the treatment that she had been subjected to, came to find the woman. 'I hope you're OK,' he told her. 'You're doing a really good job.' She promptly burst into tears," the excerpt of the book read.

On another occasion, Markle reportedly felt that she had been let down by another staffer over an issue that left her worried and called the aide repeatedly during a Friday night dinner, according to the book.

"Every ten minutes, I had to go outside to be screamed at by her and Harry. It was, 'I can't believe you've done this. You've let me down. What were you thinking?' It went on for a couple of hours," the staffer, who was not named, alleged to Low, according to the excerpt.

The unnamed aide claimed that Markle called again the next morning and continued doing so "for days."

"You could not escape them. There were no lines or boundaries – it was last thing at night, first thing in the morning," the staffer claimed.

Markle has not publicly commented on the book's claims. But she previously denied the allegations that she bullied palace staff while she was a working royal, with lawyers for her and Prince Harry calling it all a "calculated smear campaign."

The allegations first surfaced last year before the duchess and Prince Harry's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey aired.

At the time, Buckingham Palace launched an investigation into the allegations. After the probe concluded earlier this year, however, the palace announced that it would not publicize the findings.

The Sussex biography "Finding Freedom" by royal correspondents and authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand claimed that two of the staffers concerned "rescinded" their bullying accusations against Markle.

The authors also quoted one of Markle's friends, who chose to remain anonymous, as saying that it seemed tabloids wanted to criticize the Duchess of Sussex for "anything and everything."

"She's the easiest person in the world to work with," the source claimed. "Certain people just don't like the fact she stands out."

In "The Princes and the Press," a BBC documentary on Prince William and Prince Harry, Markle's lawyer Jenny Afia said, "This narrative that no one could work for the Duchess of Sussex, that she was too difficult or demanding a boss, and that everyone had to leave, is just not true."

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WINDSOR, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on the long Walk at Windsor Castle arrive to view flowers and tributes to HM Queen Elizabeth on September 10, 2022 in Windsor, England. Crowds have gathered and tributes left at the gates of Windsor Castle to Queen Elizabeth II, who died at Balmoral Castle on 8 September, 2022. Chris Jackson/Getty Images/IBTimes