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Meghan Markle’s Lawyer Has Something New To Say About Those Bullying Claims

Speaking on a BBC podcast, Meghan Markle’s lawyer and known celebrity defender Jenny Afia opened up about the bullying allegations lodged against her client and swiftly put them to rest. Noting that the term “bullying” is “used very, very casually,” Afia defined the term as “improperly using power repeatedly and deliberately to hurt someone, physically or emotionally” (via Daily Mail). “The Duchess of Sussex absolutely denies ever doing that.”

Elaborating on its casual use, Afia recalled that her “daughter called me a bully last week when I asked her to brush her teeth — she’s seven years old.” She added that “the term is used very freely and it’s a very, very damaging term as we know, particularly I think for career women.” In knowing the Duchess of Sussex, however, “I can’t believe she would ever do that. I wasn’t there at the time but it doesn’t match my experience of her at all and I’ve seen her at very, very stressful times.”

In December, royal biographer Christopher Andersen opened up about Meghan’s bullying allegations and pinned it on “a culture clash” with her American upbringing. “Particularly within the royal household they’re very indirect in the way they do things,” the biographer told Insider. “The kind of plain-spoken, upfront personality, distinctly American approach that Meghan has to getting things done just rubs them the wrong way.”

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