Thursday, 13 Jun 2024

Harry and Meghan ‘distance themselves from Omid Scobie book’

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have had no involvement with Omid Scobie’s biography Endgame, according to Sussex insiders.

The new book by the Royal reporter favoured by Harry and Meghan is said to be threatening a potential reconciliation between King Charles and his youngest son.

Sources told MailOnline that Meghan and Harry firmly deny any association with the book or that Mr Scobie, who is known to be who co-authored their biography Finding Freedom, is part of the “Sussex Camp”.

This denial comes after Harry and Meghan extended an olive branch to the King on his 75th birthday.

It’s believed Harry called his father on Tuesday, and they’ve reportedly agreed to talk again next week.

The Duchess of Sussex also reportedly spoke to her father-in-law from their California home, while their children Archie, four, and Lilibet, two, recorded a video singing happy birthday to their grandad.

A day later, excerpts from Mr Scobie’s book were shared with People in the US, which included claims that Harry was kept “in the dark” about the Queen’s health in her final moments.

It also alleges that Meghan encouraged Harry to answer his phone when Charles called him on an “unknown number” to inform him that the Queen was near death, before also suggesting that Meghan should stay away from Balmoral.

Scobie writes: “Charles had cited ‘protocol,’ but the reality was that Kate chose to stay back to pick up the children from their first day at a new school. ‘They just didn’t want Meghan there,’ said a former Palace aide. Meghan, a friend added, ‘could sense she wasn’t wanted’.”

The book also claims that Prince William ignored Harry’s texts, prompting the Duke of Sussex to charter his own plane, and that “William clearly didn’t want to see his brother”.

Scobie’s decision to release his new book on King Charles’s 75th birthday and around the final series of The Crown has been labelled “deplorable”.

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Royal journalist Phil Dampier told the MailOnline: “We all know that Scobie is their mouthpiece and he gets his information directly or indirectly from the Sussexes, so anything which is hurtful to Charles, Camilla or William and Kate, will just make things much worse.

“Let’s put it this way – I can’t see Harry and Meghan coming over for a family Christmas’.

“The King has always left the door open for his son and will continue to do so. But in reality if there are more serious allegations in Scobie’s book it will set back any chance of a reconciliation”, he added.

Royal courtiers are reportedly livid over the allegations that Prince William ignored calls from his younger brother as he hurried to be with the Queen in Scotland last September.

It has been claimed Scobie could be dropped by Harry and Meghan’s circle over the optics of the book’s imminent release.

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said: “The timing of this is utterly deplorable. I think the Sussexes will have to think hard about whether or not Scobie is their spokesman or their friend.

“It will be interesting to see if Harry and Meghan will still want to be associated with Scobie after this”.

He added: “Of course, the fact that it’s been leaked to People magazine makes one wonder what’s been going on behind the scenes”.

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