Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were frustrated that William and Kate got all the best official roles and felt ‘cut adrift’ from the Royal Family and ‘viper’ courtiers’, the sensational new Finding Freedom biography has claimed.
Extracts of the hotly anticipated book are being serialised this weekend in The Times and Sunday Times, and will lift the lid on the Sussexes exit from The Firm – but palace sources fear its account of Harry and Meghan’s grievances will make their rift with the Royals worse.
In the first release last night, it was revealed that Harry and Meghan were upset they had to take a ‘backseat’ to other family members such as Prince William and Prince Charles who were given priority for their own projects.
The biography is written by journalists Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, who are fans of the couple and have set out to ‘correct the record’ and shift the spotlight on to their charitable ventures.
The Sussexes say they did not contribute to the book, but Scobie and Durand’s account is based on extensive insight from friends of the couple.
Their account claims that Meghan and Harry battled against courtiers who feared they would become more popular than the Royal family itself and singles out William and Kate for criticism over their alleged freezing out of the couple.
Scobie has also hinted at racism within the Royal ranks, saying ‘there are individuals who may like to take a look at how they view the world’. – and the book claims the couple were ‘propelling the monarchy to new heights around the world’.
In a tearful remark to a friend, the Duchess of Sussex claimed she gave up her ‘entire life for this family’ and then had no choice but to quit – but adds she ‘couldn’t imagine wanting to set foot in anything royal again’ after Megxit.
It also describes how Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, attempted to go straight to the Queen, 94, to settle Megxit after flying in from Christmas in Canada .
It claims the infighting and suspicion over the couple’s royal role and desire to break free from the ‘straitjacket’ of royal life, became so bad that Harry believed he was been blocked from seeing his grandmother, the Queen
In other explosive revelations revealed in the excerpts last night:
- Harry felt ‘unprotected’ by his family and disparaged within palace walls for being ‘too sensitive and outspoken’;
- He believed that some of the old guard ‘simply didn’t like Meghan and would stop at nothing to make her life difficult’;
- Senior courtiers in other households felt that the global popularity of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex ‘needed to be reined in’;
- The royal ‘establishment’ feared the popularity of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex ‘might eclipse that of the Royal Family itself’;
- Meghan’s relationship with the Duchess of Cambridge was so frosty that at their final engagement in March Kate refused to even make eye contact with her sister-in-law;
- Harry felt let down by his brother, Prince William, who is said to have barely acknowledged his existence at the Westminster Abbey event for the Commonwealth;
- While negotiating their split from the Royal Family the biggest argument was about money. One aide joked that Meghan should launch a range of beauty products