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If babbling Harry and Meghan won’t reign it in, why must the ex-staff they’re said to have bullied?

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OH to be a fly on the wall at Sandringham this Christmas.
Publicly, King Charles may be adopting the age-old “never complain, never explain” mantra, but behind antique doors one must surely be spitting organic, triple-cooked chips.
If Meghan is so interested in the truth, shouldn't we be able to hear the truth from the staff they've reportedly driven to tears?5If Meghan is so interested in the truth, shouldn’t we be able to hear the truth from the staff they’ve reportedly driven to tears?Credit: NetflixIt could be that Charles and William have an ace up their sleeve that could give much-needed perspective to this one-sided debate5It could be that Charles and William have an ace up their sleeve that could give much-needed perspective to this one-sided debateCredit: GettyFor that pesky fountain pen he lost patience with has got nothing on his temperamental youngest son spilling his guts on Netflix knowing full well that the chances of his duty bound father and brother stooping to his level and retaliating are very slim indeed.
So their hands are tied in the face of this globally streamed verbal onslaught.
Or are they? For Charles and William have an ace up their sleeve that could give some much-needed perspective to this currently one-sided debate in which Harry and Meghan are painting themselves as paragons of virtue amid a viper’s nest of institutional bias.
And that is to remove the legal muzzles on the former and current palace staff who claim to have been bullied by them.
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As Meghan says in the first Netflix drop of three episodes peddling “their truth”, “doesn’t it make sense to hear our story from us?”
Ditto, doesn’t it also make sense to hear the stories of the staff reportedly driven to tears of upset and frustration by their treatment at the hands of the Sussexes before they decamped to their brave new world?
A former Palace employee who signed a non-disclosure agreement says: “The only way to end it once for good is for us to be allowed to speak, and for the palace to firmly reject their lies.
“I certainly have chosen to remain silent out of respect for the crown, but if they keep attacking us and our characters, reputation etc we need to feel we are equally supported by the Royal Family.”

Quite. And as she’s such an activist for the vulnerable and silenced, you’d think Meghan would be publicly demanding it.
They say that sunlight is the best disinfectant but, instead, the alleged bullying of public servants appears to have to been brushed under the “secrecy” carpet.
Which, at best, seems untoward, at worst, downright shady. The claims were investigated by a law firm funded privately by “a senior royal” and the relevant staff told their side of the story, but the Palace then refused to publish the findings — meaning Harry and Meghan’s denial of alleged poor behaviour is the only game in town.
Remarkably, even those who took part in the inquiry haven’t been told the outcome.
They, as well as we, know only that recommendations have been made going forward, but again, no one outside a chosen few knows what they are.
Non disclosure agreements — commonly known as NDAs — are commonplace in the US but less prevalent here, and are used by companies who don’t want their trade secrets given away or celebrities who don’t want a disgruntled nanny or cleaner dishing the dirt on them.
Tough call
But they should never be used to hush up alleged bullying in the workplace or, in more extreme cases, acts of criminality like, say, Harvey Weinstein.
If it was just “they said, we said” hearsay, then you could argue that it’s hard to prove, but if there are emails — a common form of communication between senior royals and staff — then they shouldn’t be suppressed to spare any potential embarrassment for the Sussexes.
Yes, it would be a tough call for King Charles to lift the NDAs and unleash other people’s truth on his own son.
But let’s face it, his son has shown little restraint when it comes to criticising his father and the Palace staff as a whole who feel aggrieved at his skewed vision of their role in his life.
So if someone high up at the Palace has decided to prioritise Harry and Meghan over the wellbeing of the institution’s employees in some misguided bid to keep them sweet, then it clearly hasn’t worked.
Time to lift those NDAs. The royals have nothing to lose.
WHEN US author Chelsea Banning did a plaintive tweet that only two people turned up to her book signing, she was inundated with support from famous writers who felt her pain.
The Handmaid’s Tale author Margaret Atwood responded that “nobody” came to one of hers, and One Day writer David Nicholls said staff had to pretend to be his customers.
Bestselling author Margaret Atwood has revealed how nobody came to one of her book signings5Bestselling author Margaret Atwood has revealed how nobody came to one of her book signingsCredit: EPAI have written six novels and always refused to do a signing for this very reason.
The trick is to sign copies beforehand then send them to the book store – not least because they can’t send them back if unsold.
The trick, as the author’s old joke goes, is to track down a rare, unsigned copy.
A SCHOOL in Stoke-on-Trent has been criticised by a mother after it handed out chocolate advent calendars in assembly only to children with at least a 96 per cent attendance record.
The mum said a lot of the kids came out “sobbing” and added: “My two have calendars at home but were upset their friends had something and they didn’t.”
God help them when they grow up and have to deal with the real world.

FRENCH cafes are starting to ban “digital nomads” – AKA people using laptops – because they kill the atmosphere.
Indeed they do. Because when gossiping with a friend while flanked by lone diners you feel they’re earwigging your conversation.
And, as they frequently sit there all day with just a croissant and a glass of tap water, they kill profits, too.

POLICE in Cambridgeshire have advised families not to leave their gifts under the tree until Christmas morning, so thieves don’t see them and break in.
Ye Gods. Is this now what classifies as proactive policing?
How about actually catching some of these career criminals that make our lives a misery?

Snow mane had me tricked
Turns out this gorilla hadn't built a snowman - it was just nicking the broccoli off its head5Turns out this gorilla hadn’t built a snowman – it was just nicking the broccoli off its headCredit: PAYOU know you’re suffering from sleep deprivation (see hospital piece below) when, as I did, you look at this photo and think: “Blimey, that gorilla’s snowman is genius.”
Turns out that Mjukuu, a resident at London Zoo, was just nicking the broccoli off its head.
The loss of Jack Johnson and two other boys is unimaginably tragic5The loss of Jack Johnson and two other boys is unimaginably tragicMY heart goes out to the parents of brave ten-year-old Jack Johnson, who died while trying to save three other boys from the icy depths of a frozen lake in Solihull, West Mids.
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Also to the parents of the other lads – two who died and one who is fighting for his life – who are possibly all from the same family. Unimaginable.
And for Jack’s family, that terrible contradiction of feeling immensely proud of their boy’s courage at jumping in with no thought for his own safety while, given the tragic outcome, perhaps also wishing that he hadn’t.
I AM writing this while sitting in the A&E department of King’s hospital, London, after my mother had a fall.
She was brought here by two paramedics called Alesha and Kitty who, despite their long hours and workload, were utterly delightful with her.
Once they’d booked her in at the ambulance entrance at 12.45am, I started to say my thank yous and goodbyes, but they said they were required to stay with us until she was moved from an ante room and officially processed by the hospital.
So they ended up standing around with us for another two hours before being released to get on with the far more important job of tending to other 999 calls. It was 3am by the time they left.
I cannot praise them enough, along with all the other frontline staff working in A&E whose mood was far sunnier than mine would be while working under patently stretched conditions.
But I couldn’t help thinking that the system would be far more efficient if there was a clipboard-wielding “project manager” acting as a conduit between the ambulance crew and the hospital.
Someone with the seniority to process, and take responsibility for, the incoming patient the second they arrived, thereby immediately releasing the paramedics to get on with their job.
Senior managers at overstretched hospitals across the country might tell you there’s no funding for such a role, but if we got rid of a few of them to pay for it, those ambulance waits would plummet in no time.

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