A British billionaire’s son has sparked outrage after claiming that Meghan Markle is a ‘manipulative bully’ on Twitter.
Ben Goldsmith, the youngest son of the late billionaire Sir James Goldsmith, made the allegation in a tweet responding to claims the Duchess of Sussex was a victim of racism.
One of the three controversial tweets was quickly deleted but the claim Markle had been unkind remains on the site, MailOnline reports.
The Duchess of Sussex, 41, has always vehemently denied any accusation of bullying.
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The millionaire financier wrote: “We are far from perfect, but poll after poll shows British people to be among the most welcoming and the least racist anywhere.
“At the start Meghan was adored. Crowds thronged the streets at the wedding. Meghan is disliked because she is a manipulative bully who got found out.”
Goldsmith, 41, continued: “Meghan has come to personify the arrival of America’s deranged culture wars in Britain.”
His accusations immediately caused backlash and people were quick to defend Prince Harry’s wife.
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Responding to his tweet, one user wrote: “You are the one who is a bully. You should be ashamed of yourself.”
“I don’t know anything about Meghan’s character and neither do you Ben,” another user replied.
Another wrote: “Ben Goldsmith is actually bullying Meghan Markle by calling her a bully without a shred of evidence. When is this going to stop?”
Another fan, who was commenting on the ongoing criticism of Markle, said: “Quite simply, there is nothing wrong with Meghan Markle.
“Equally simply, anyone who singles her out for public criticism, hatred, and vilification does have something wrong with them.”
Bullying claims against Markle first came to light a few days before the broadcasting of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s controversial interview with Oprah Winfrey in March 2021.
The Times published an extensive report alleging that Markle had faced a bullying complaint from staff in 2018.
The Duchess of Sussex’s lawyers said the allegations were part of a ‘calculated smear campaign’ engineered by Buckingham Palace.
A statement issued by Markle’s spokesman said: “Let’s just call this what it is — a calculated smear campaign based on misleading and harmful misinformation.
“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.”
They added: “The Duchess 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.
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“She is determined to continue her work building compassion around the world and will keep striving to set an example for doing what is right and doing what is good.”
In June 2022, The Times reported that the results of the inquiry into bullying made Buckingham Palace modify some of its HR policies and procedures, but the report remained private.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their decision to ‘step back as ‘senior’ members’ of the British royal family in January 2020.
The couple said they planned to split their time between the UK and the US and become financially independent.
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