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Ex-Eton teacher gives response

Former Eton College art teacher Sarah Forsyth has won her claim of unfair dismissal from the school where she taught Prince Harry.

Her solicitor issued a statement in response to the employment tribunal ruling.

The employment tribunal found that Eton College "did not act reasonably towards the claimant", and that her line manager Ian Burke "did undermine and bully her".

Ms Forsyth remains saddened by the fact that she was forced into a position of conflict with the school, which eventually resulted in her having to issue proceedings.

She has been clear throughout that she did not wish to fight this case in any place other than the tribunal and its findings have vindicated her decision to take this approach as its judgment demonstrates, in over 40 pages, the unfairness and bullying to which she was subjected.

Much of the media's attention has focused on the fact that Sarah tape-recorded a conversation Prince Harry.

Sarah made it clear in giving her evidence, as she had done in her witness statement, that she regretted having been forced to these lengths.

She did this because she did not think she would otherwise be believed in relation to her complaints about Mr Burke or treated properly by the school.

She is glad that she had previously recorded Mr Burke.

It was through that recording she was able to expose him as a bully and demonstrate to the tribunal that Mr Burke and Eton had falsely denied that he had said "he would get her" and that "the gloves were off".

Ms Forsyth is delighted that the tribunal found in the clearest terms that she was the primary victim in this saga.

She has found the whole experience of bringing this claim very stressful and unpleasant and will be making no further statement.



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