Finding Freedom author Omid Scobie claims Duchess of Cambridge ‘snubbed’ Meghan Markle and hints at racist attitudes among courtiers as he says some ‘may like to take a look at how they view the world’
- The author of an explosive book claimed Meghan faced racism while in the UK
- Omid Scobie claimed Meghan was snubbed by Kate during her last royal role
- Meghan’s mixed race background was difficult for some royal courtiers
- Mr Scobie spend two years writing his book with US journalist Carolyn Durand
The Duchess of Cambridge snubbed Meghan during the Sussex’s final royal engagement on Commonwealth Day, according to the authors of an explosive new book has claimed.
Omid Scobie, who wrote the book, Finding Freedom, claims Meghan faced racism from royal courtiers.
He told The Times during the Commonwealth Day engagement: ‘Meghan tried to make eye contact with Kate, the duchess barely acknowledged her.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s final royal engagement was the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey, in March before Harry and Meghan quit royal life
Harry and Meghan, pictured, were unhappy with royal life according to an explosive new book
It is claimed the Duchess of Cambridge, pictured, snubbed Meghan during the engagement
The Royal editor of Harper’s Bazaar, who has accompanied Prince Harry , 35, and Meghan Markle, 38, on a variety of royal tours, announced the release of Finding Freedom last month, which he co-wrote with Carolyn Durand
‘To purposefully snub your sister-in-law . . . I don’t think it left a great taste in the couple’s mouths.’
He argued Megan’s mixed race background would prove problematic for some within the royal household.
He added: ‘That was going to ruffle feathers. I would say that there are certainly individuals there who may like to take a look at how they view the world.’
Scobie said those working for royals ‘might throw a nugget’ to stop negative media attention.
‘You’ve got Clarence House, Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace, and the different offices within Buckingham Palace. They’re very loyal to their principals but that often means throwing others under the bus,’ he told The Times.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were smiling as they left the ceremony on March 9
‘Let’s say, for example, hypothetically, a negative story about Prince Charles is about to run. Perhaps someone working for Charles might throw a nugget about the Cambridges or another member of the royal family, to keep that story out of the press.’ He added: ‘There’s a lot of bargaining on behind the scenes. Harry and Meghan have been victims of that.’
Mr Scobie, 33, stressed the book had ‘no interviews with Harry and Meghan’, although he hopes it will ‘correct the record’ about the pair.
‘It’s not all from Harry and Meghan’s perspective, but I do think that for the first time we do actually get to hear what’s been going on in their minds,’ he told The Times.
Mr Scobie spent two years writing the book with American journalist Carolyn Durand, beginning shortly after the Sussexes’ wedding.
‘The book doesn’t claim to have any interviews with Harry and Meghan. And nor do we,’ Scobie told The Times. He also said there were no off-the-record talks, saying ‘my time around the couple is enough for me to know my subjects’.
The Sussexes made a last-ditch attempt last night to distance themselves from the book
The Sussexes made a last-ditch attempt last night to distance themselves from the book.
The authors have boasted of it being written ‘with the participation of those closest to the couple’ and of having spoken to members of Harry and Meghan’s ‘inner circle’.
The pair are believed to have instructed members of their staff to find out what the writers were planning to include and a number of meetings and dinners were held.
But a spokesman for the couple said last night: ‘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.’
Scobie, the royal editor of US magazine Harper’s Bazaar, met Durand while she was working for US news network ABC. They hope the book puts the focus back on the couple’s charity work and social activism, such as Harry’s Invictus Games involvement.