Speaking at a press conference on the annual financial report of the Royal Court, Michael Stevens – the official in charge of the finances of the crown – said that the private company hired to investigate the allegations had completed its work.
Stevens said that several recommendations were made, but he did not disclose any significant details, neither the conclusions drawn nor the recommendations put forward. Because the review was privately funded, there was less pressure on the Crown to publish its findings.
“However, I can confirm that this was a charge handling review aimed at allowing the Royal Houses to consider potential improvements to HR policies and procedures,” Stephens said. “The review has been completed and recommendations on our policies and procedures have been accepted, but we will not comment further.”
A senior royal source said the palace was keeping quiet about the investigation to protect the anonymity of those who cooperated.
“We acknowledge that those people who participated in the review did so on the understanding that these discussions with the independent law firm will be kept confidential, and therefore we have an obligation to maintain that confidentiality,” the source said.
The source said the Palace made several policy changes after the review, but declined to reveal them in detail.
“Whenever you do an independent review or review of this kind, there are always lessons to be learned, there are always ways to improve processes and procedures,” the source said. “Normally, we don’t disclose every change to our policies and procedures.”
The interview was the first time the couple have come out publicly since they announced plans to step down from senior positions within the British royal family in 2020.
Meghan told Winfrey that the life of the British royal family was so isolated and lonely that at some point she “did not want to live anymore.” She described herself as the victim of an image-obsessed Buckingham Palace weighing everything from how dark her son Archie’s skin color would be to how often she goes out to dinner with friends.