Ex-royal aide who branded Meghan Markle a bully honoured by Prince William

A former royal aide who made a bullying claim against Meghan Markle with a formal complaint has been honoured by Prince William.

Jason Knauf has been made a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (RVO) after working for seven years for the Sussexes and later the then Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

He ended his career with the royal household as chief executive of William and Kate’s Royal Foundation, stepping down at the end of 2021.

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The Mirror reported that honours within the RVO are the King's gift and are bestowed independently of Downing Street to people who have served the monarch or the Royal Family in a personal way.

Yesterday (May 10), he was presented with the honour at an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle, which was given to him by William.

When working for Harry and Meghan as their communications secretary in October 2018, he emailed his concerns about Meghan to William's then-private secretary, in an apparent attempt to force Buckingham Palace to protect staff.

The Duchess's legal team have in the past strenuously denied the allegation.

In the Sussexes' controversial Netflix documentary series, Meghan's lawyer claimed the former aide could not have given evidence in the Duchess's copyright lawsuit against a newspaper publisher "without the authority of his bosses".

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During the final episode of the six-part documentary, Harry claimed there were attempts to try to "cover" the aide's association with William, with Mr Knauf being described as a "former aide of Meghan and Harry" as opposed to, at the time, working as chief executive of William and Kate's Royal Foundation.

A written statement from Mr Knauf's legal team broadcast during the Netflix episode said: "These claims are entirely false. Mr Knauf was asked to provide evidence by both the Duchess of Sussex and Associated Newspapers.

"He was advised by counsel that evidence in his possession could be relevant and he then provided this directly to the court, staying neutral in the process."

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