Meghan Markle's lawyer has compared staff at Buckingham Palace to "children" in a royal podcast.
Responding to accusations the Duchess of Sussex mistreated royal aides, Jenny Afia said the term "bullying" is used "very casually" and can be "damaging" for "career women".
Ms Afia has represented the Duchess of Sussex in her legal battles against the press.
In BBC podcast series 'Harry, Meghan and the Media', she said: "I think the first thing is to be really clear about what bullying is because the term gets used very, very casually.
"My daughter called me a bully last week when I asked her to brush her teeth – she's seven years old. So, the term is used very freely and it's a very, very damaging term as we know; particularly, I think, for career women.
"What bullying actually means is improperly using power repeatedly and deliberately to hurt someone physically or emotionally.
"The Duchess of Sussex absolutely denies ever doing that. Knowing her as I do, I can't believe she would ever do that – it just doesn't match my experience of her at all."
Buckingham Palace has declined to comment on the allegations which are now the subject of an internal review.
There are no plans for the review to be made public.
The news comes as a royal expert claims Meghan and Prince Harry were driven out of the Royal Family by Prince William's "bullying" attitude.
Andrew Morton, author of Meghan: A Hollywood Princess, says for his part the eldest brother was "perplexed" by the couple's rebuttal of royal protocol and "enraged" by their last-minute Megxit announcement.
In a six chapter- long update to the book first published in 2018, Andrew claims the Palace "bent over backwards" to help Meghan adjust to becoming a Royal – but she was "impatient to move on".
"Meghan found life inside the institution slow, repetitive and, quite frankly, unimaginative," Morton writes.
"There were other, more personal grievances. She and the Duchess of Cambridge had never had any real rapport, and Meghan resented playing second fiddle to her. If Kate was cool, her husband was a bully; not physically, but verbally.
"The Sussexes felt that they had been driven out by the 'bullying' attitude of William."
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