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Sussex heartbreak: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s book ‘won’t gain them much sympathy’

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The authors of Meghan and Prince Harry’s biography Finding Freedom have stated their goal to set the record straight and tell the Duke and Duchess’ story through the eyes of sources close to them. However, the endeavour of Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand has been branded “ill-timed” by royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams. 

Referring to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the royal expert argued the release of the biography titled Finding Freedom comes at a difficult time for the UK, the US and the whole world.

Mr Fitzwilliams told “The highlighting of what Harry and Meghan perceive as slights by courtiers, or even by William and Kate, are not likely to gain them much sympathy with the public at this desperately difficult time.

“The Queen knows that the arrangement with them will be reassessed before the end of next March.

“I suspect the Queen will see this as whingeing and be disappointed that her grandson has involved himself in such a selfish and ill-timed endeavour.”  

Mr Fitzwilliams also said some of the claims made at the moment by the authors may not sway the public’s opinion towards the Sussexes.

Referring to sources revealing Prince William left his younger brother upset after a conversation on his blossoming relationship with Meghan, Mr Fitzwilliams added: “William’s perceived ‘snobbery’ in asking if Harry was sure about Meghan for example, is trivial.”

This episode contained in an extract published by The Times is believed to have set the foundation for the rift between Prince Harry and Prince William.

Mr Scobie and Ms Durand wrote: “In the months after William talked to Harry about the relationship, the two hardly spoke.

“The brothers went from always making time for each other to spending barely any time together.

“Harry had always loved popping across the grounds of the palace to see George and Charlotte, bringing them gifts that included an electric SUV for his nephew and a tricycle for his niece.

“But those visits had come to a virtual halt by the summer of 2017.

“In fact, Harry had spent less time with Prince Louis than the others because of the growing tension between him and his brother after Louis’s birth on April 23, 2018.

“The distance came from both directions. Harry spent less time going over to see the children, but the invitations from William and Kate were the first to dry up.”

In the book, the authors also claim the Royal Household is riddled with competitiveness and jealousies between Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace.

Moreover, Finding Freedom speaks of a difficult relationship between the Sussexes and palace aides – who were one of the key reasons why Meghan and Harry decided to move out of the Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace.

A source told the book’s authors: “He wanted to get away from the goldfish bowl that was Kensington Palace.

“Everywhere you turn, you’re surrounded by staff and family.

“He was at a point in his life where he was working with his brother, doing the foundation with his brother and living by his brother. It was too much.” 

Meghan and Harry have officially stated they didn’t collaborate in any way to this book.

A spokesperson for the Sussexes said: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not interviewed and did not contribute to Finding Freedom.

“This book is based on the authors’ own experiences as members of the royal press corps and their own independent reporting.”     

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