36-year-old Knauf was the communications secretary to both the Sussexes and the Cambridges at the time the allegations were made, thus he is at the very heart of the story. He is said to be the person who submitted the bullying allegations to the HR department in October 2018. It is claimed that Knauf emailed Prince William’s private secretary Simon Case (more below) after raising bullying concerns with Samantha Carruthers, the head of HR. Knauf took on the role of communications secretary to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2015 before taking on the same role for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after they married in 2018. One month after reporting the allegation, Mr Knauf handed in his notice, the Times reports.
Mr Knauf, who is today chief executive of the Royal Foundation, also verbally advised Meghan on the letter she wrote to her father that was at the centre of her privacy action against Associated Newspapers, publisher of the Mail on Sunday. Mr Knauf previously worked at HM Treasury as a senior press officer and at the government of New Zealand, where he worked as press secretary and speechwriter, according to his LinkedIn.