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Meghan ‘had to be told not to accept designer freebies in row with Palace aides’

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Meghan Markle allegedly clashed with aides after freebie designer clothes were sent to Kensington Palace and she was told accepting the items was "not the done thing" in the Royal Family, a source claims.

Boxes of designer garments were sent to Kensington Palace after she was revealed to the world as Prince Harry's girlfriend and soon-to-be wife.

The Duchess of Sussex was reportedly told that it may have been "acceptable" to take freebies from fashion chains and designer labels as an actress, but she could no longer do so as part of the Firm.

A source told The Sun Meghan "had to be told" it was "not the done thing" as a Royal Family member, a comment she was reportedly not happy with.

The source said: "As an actress it was perfectly acceptable to take freebies sent by fashion chains and designer labels.

"But Meghan had to be told it was not the done thing when you are a member of the royal family."

During her time as a senior Royal by Harry's side, Meghan was pictured wearing designer labels including Stella McCartney, Givenchy, Prada and Chanel.

News of Meghan's reported clash with Palace aides comes after it was revealed she'd been accused of bullying by her former PR chief Jason Knauf in an October 2018 email to Palace HR.

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The Times reported the allegations, which include claims Meghan's behaviour "completely destroyed" aides, an accusation the Duchess and her team have vehemently denied.

A spokesman for Meghan said: "She is saddened by this latest attack on her character, particularly as someone who has been the target of bullying herself and is deeply committed to supporting those who have experienced pain and trauma."

They added: "Let's just call this what it is – a calculated smear campaign based on misleading and harmful misinformation. We are disappointed to see this defamatory portrayal of The Duchess of Sussex given credibility by a media outlet.

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"It's no coincidence that distorted several-year-old accusations aimed at undermining The Duchess are being briefed to the British media shortly before she and The Duke are due to speak openly and honestly about their experience of recent years."

Buckingham Palace, which is responsible for hiring Royal staff, has since responded to the allegations and announced it would be launching an investigation.

The Palace said: "We are clearly very concerned about allegations in the Times following claims made by former staff.

"Accordingly our HR team will look into the circumstances outlined in the article.

"Staff involved at the time, including those who have left the Household, will be invited to participate to see if lessons can be learned.

"The Royal Household has had a Dignity at Work policy in place for a number of years and does not and will not tolerate bullying or harassment in the workplace."

A senior Royal source also reportedly denied allegations the Palace was behind a “smear campaign” to disrupt their Oprah Winfrey interview to be screened in the US on Sunday.

Meghan has been approached for comment.

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