The Duchess of Sussex is “saddened” by a report that she faced a harassment complaint while at Kensington Palace, her spokesperson said.

The Times reported that a complaint was filed in October 2018 by Jason Knauf, then Sussex communications secretary, who alleged Meghan had kicked two personal assistants out of the house and was undermining the trust of a third staff member.

Her spokesperson said: “The Duchess is saddened by this latest attack on her character, especially as someone who has been bullied herself and is deeply committed to supporting those who have suffered suffering and trauma.

“She is determined to continue her work of promoting compassion around the world and will continue to strive to lead by example by doing what is right and doing what is right.”

Buckingham Palace did not comment and no one from Kensington Palace was available for comment on Tuesday evening.

The report comes just days before Meghan and Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey airs. The two-hour CBS special will premiere in the US on Sunday and is scheduled to air in the UK on March 8.

The royal household will be groomed for revelations from the conversation, which is seen as “intimate” and “broad,” as the couple discuss their life in the royal family and their exit from high-level positions in the monarchy .

The bulk of the program will be a conversation between Winfrey and Meghan; Harry is expected to join only for a forward-looking concluding segment.

The interview comes as Harry’s grandfather, The Duke of Edinburgh, is ill in hospital in London. Philip, 99, spent nearly two weeks at King Edward VII’s private hospital before being transferred to Saint-Barthélemy Hospital on Monday for tests for pre-existing heart disease.