MEGHAN Markle's latest interview with Ellen DeGeneres has everyone saying the same thing – that they've both been accused of bullying.
The US talk show host and the Duchess of Sussex have both faced numerous bullying accusations by former members of their staff.
The Duchess of Sussex, 40, is still facing allegations of bullying staff made by one of her closest advisers during her time at Kensington Palace – which she vehemently denies.
Meghan allegedly snapped "it’s not my job to coddle people" after aides were said to be left in tears and humiliated by her "difficult demands".
And Ellen DeGeneres was also at the centre of bullying accusations last year – despite her "be kind" mantras on her talk show.
DeGeneres and several senior staffers were accused by current and former employees of fostering a "toxic work environment."
One current and ten former employees on The Ellen DeGeneres Show — all of whom asked to remain anonymous — continued to complain of her behaviour on the programme.
A black woman who used to work there said when she was hired, a senior producer told her and another black employee: “Oh wow, you both have box braids. I hope we don’t get you confused.”
And now eagle-eyed viewers have spotted the similarities between Meghan and Ellen as the former royal sat down with the daytime host.
The Duchess of Sussex was a barrel of laughs as she joked candidly about life before joining the Royal Family in a sneak-preview clip of her appearance on the Ellen Show – set to air tomorrow.
Following the preview, one person wrote on Twitter: "Old enough to remember the time Ellen was accused of bullying her staff.
"Out of all the talks shows, I don’t know why Meghan would sit down for this one."
Another person said: "Since Harry and Meghan now have 100% control over their brand/publicity, this interview is a CHOICE.
"No matter what you think of the validity of the claims, Meghan, like Ellen, has been accused of bullying and leading a toxic workplace."
Earlier this year Jason Kauf, who worked in comms for both the Cambridges and the Sussexes, claimed Meghan's alleged treatment of staff was "totally unacceptable", adding that she "seems intent on always having someone in her sights".
One courtier claimed that the Duchess "governed by fear" while it was also reported there was a "febrile" atmosphere.
And another ex-employee alleged they had been personally “humiliated” by Meghan, whose behaviour felt “more like emotional cruelty and manipulation, which I guess could also be called bullying”.
ELL OF A CHAT
The former actress fiercely denies the claims – and her spokesperson said she's the victim of a "calculated smear campaign".
They said: "We are disappointed to see this defamatory portrayal of The Duchess of Sussex given credibility by a media outlet.
"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.
"In a detailed legal letter of rebuttal to The Times, we have addressed these defamatory claims in full, including spurious allegations regarding the use of gifts loaned to The Duchess by The Crown.
"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.
"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."
The Palace said at the time that it was "very concerned by the allegations" and it would "not tolerate bullying and harassment".
At the end of each episode of Ellen DeGeneres' chat show, which has been running since 2003, she asks the audience and those at home to “be kind” to one another.
The mantra has spawned a line of Be Kind products which fans can buy, including a subscription box, hat and wine tote.
Most blamed exec producers and senior managers but argued Ellen needed to “take more responsibility” for the workplace environment.
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