Writing in his column for Yahoo! News, the royal author said: “The coverage was no coincidence.
“Never complain, never explain may slowly be becoming a thing of the past at the palace (well, according to Prince William at least), but a different order of the day has quickly risen within the institution of the monarchy: deflect and distract.”
Mr Scobie claimed the update on the probe into bullying allegations was “suspiciously timed”.
Omid Scobie claimed the update on the probe into bullying allegations was ‘suspiciously timed’
He said: “In an era where transparency is vital for any public officials to survive, the days of the royal family being able to hide transgressions or mistakes are long gone.
“A free and fearless press makes sure of that. Which is why the institution has instead resorted to activating distractions in times of crisis.
“I’m just not sure who it is they think they are fooling? The public aren’t stupid.
“And a brief look at social media shows that a large majority of individuals can see straight through the smoke and mirrors.”
The Duchess of Sussex denies the bullying allegations
Mr Eden tweeted: “Does any royal correspondent appear to hate the #Royal Family more than #PrinceHarry and #Meghan’s cheerleader Omid Scobie?”
It comes after it emerged last week that the findings of an investigation into the handling of allegations of bullying made against Meghan has seen HR policies improved for royal staff but will remain private.
The issue was raised during a media briefing about the Sovereign Grant which showed the monarchy cost the taxpayer £102.4 million during 2021/22 – an increase of £14.9 million, or 17 percent, on the previous financial year.
Buckingham Palace launched the inquiry into bullying claims against Prince Harry’s wife in March 2021.
Past and present employees were invited to speak in confidence about their experiences of working for Meghan after it was alleged she drove out two personal assistants and “humiliated” another member of staff.
A senior palace source cited the confidentiality of those who took part in the independent review as the reason why details were not released.
Members of the Royal Family have been made aware of the changes to HR policies and procedures as have staff, the insider added.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK