Jason Knauf has officially left his position as the CEO of The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. In a message on his LinkedIn profile, Knauf sings the praises of Prince William and Catherine, but fails to mention his other temporary royal employers Prince Harry or Meghan Markle, who he played a key role in exposing as a bully.
On his post, Knauf said, “As a new year begins, a chapter closes for me. After seven years working for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace and The Royal Foundation I am moving to India to join my husband on a diplomatic posting.
“Serving as Communications Secretary and then Foundation CEO has been the privilege of my career. We’ve built powerful platforms like Heads Together, The Earthshot Prize, and the Centre for Early Childhood. I’ve travelled to 36 countries and to every corner of the U.K. And I’ve made amazing new friends along the way.
“I’ve been so proud to support the unique, optimistic leadership of The Duke and Duchess during a period where we’ve confronted a pandemic, the climate crisis, a seismic shift in our attitudes to mental health, and so much more. I’m grateful to all of our partners and supporters who have believed in our ability to achieve extraordinary things by working together.
“Wishing everyone a happy and successful 2022.”
Clearly, Knauf is close with his former employers and there is a relationship of deep mutual trust.
But the accomplished young royal staffer failed to mention his one-time other royal employers: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
The California-based royals, who have been marred in controversy for the last two years, failed to impress Knauf, who played a key role in exposing Meghan’s abusive and bullying behavior as a royal.
When a group of former and current royal staffers went to The Times of London reporter Valentine Low about Meghan’s time in the royal household, Knauf was a key player and catalyst.
Knauf first became concerned about Meghan early in her time at Kensington Palace. He was so concerned about how her actions caused two personal assistants to leave and was undermining the confidence of another that he wrote to Prince William’s personal secretary about the situation to try and get vulnerable staff members away from Meghan.
In his email, he wrote, “I am very concerned that the Duchess was able to bully two PAs out of the household in the past year. The treatment of X* was totally unacceptable.”
He added: “The Duchess seems intent on always having someone in her sights. She is bullying Y and seeking to undermine her confidence. We have had report after report from people who have witnessed unacceptable behaviour towards Y.”
He went on to question whether the palace’s policy on “bullying and harassment applies to principals,” i.e. how do they protect staffers in the unlikely event that it’s a royal who is an abuser.
The palace continues to investigate the allegations against Meghan, though it’s questionable if they’ll come down hard against the former actress as they would be called out as well for failing to control an errant royal member.
In the court case between Meghan and The Mail on Sunday, Knauf also made a splash, calling out the lies given by the Duchess of Sussex in the case. He shared personal communications between the royal and Knauf, refuting nearly every aspect of her testimony.
It’s clear that while there is a strong relationship between him and Prince William and Catherine, Meghan clearly left a very negative impression and has done nearly everything that he can to expose her lies and behavior to the public.
He will probably continue to do this—especially has he’s left the royal household.