Princes William and Harry cut communication for two months after Megxit and still have barely any communication, while their relationship ‘will take time to heal’, the author of a new biography about Harry and Meghan has today claimed.
Writer Omid Scobie has revealed the extent of the their rift in a new TV interview today in which he claims Prince William was furious at his younger brother over he and wife Meghan Markle’s decision to go public with their plans to take a step back from royal life.
Scobie, who has recently released a biography about the Harry and Meghan’s split from the royals, named ‘Finding Freedom’, also said tension between Meghan and Kate over the actresses’ struggles during pregnancy also soured their relationship.
The author’s claims are set to be aired today on The Royal Beat on royal-related TV subscription service, True Royalty TV, according to the Sun.
During the interview, Scobie tells the show’s presenter Kate Thornton, formerly of This Morning and Loose Women, that the brothers stopped speaking around the time of the so-called Sandringham Summit in January.
Writer Omid Scobie has revealed the extent of the their rift in a new TV interview today in which he claims Prince William was furious at his younger brother over he and wife Meghan Markle’s decision to go public with their plans to take a step back from royal life
Scobie has recently released a biography about the Harry and Meghan’s split from the royals, named ‘Finding Freedom’
The meeting, dubbed ‘unprecedented’ by royal watchers, saw the royal family come together to discuss Harry and Meghan’s plans to step down as full-time members.
The couple later released details of the plans online, which Scobie has claimed was one of the catalysts of the rift between the brothers.
On the communication, he said: ‘They hadn’t seen each other. That’s really going to take some time to heal.
‘I think the distance between the brothers grew wider and wider.
On Harry and Meghan’s road-map plans, he said: ‘I think really where it went wrong for Harry and Meghan and the Cambridges was that decision to go public with the road map to their new working model.’
Scobie claims William, a future king, was upset by the decision as he believed it had damaged the royal family’s reputation.
Scobie claims tension between Meghan and Kate over the actresses’ struggles during pregnancy also soured the relationship between William and Harry
Scobie also claims that Kate and Meghan don’t communicate personally and the relationship between them ‘never really progressed’.
Other claims Scobie makes include that William and Kate ‘could not support’ Harry and Meghan’s legal battle with the Mail on Sunday and that royal institution would ‘stop at nothing’ to make Meghan’s life difficult – including over so-called ‘Tiaragate’.
The book Finding Freedom by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand
The claim was made in Finding Freedom that the Queen did slap down Meghan over her choice of wedding day tiara, but the Duchess of Sussex blamed Her Majesty’s personal dresser, Angela Kelly, for the bust up ahead of her wedding to Prince Harry in 2018.
At the time it was reported that Meghan wanted to wear an emerald tiara, but the Queen had instead selected a diamond tiara worn by her grandmother, Queen Mary, in 1932.
However the authors of Finding Freedom, Scobie and Carolyn Durand, claim Harry felt the Queen’s dresser Angela Kelly had deliberately dragged her feet while trying to help decide on what tiara to wear.
Now Scobie claims in his latest interview that Harry intervened and said to the Queen: ‘I don’t know what the hell is going on. This woman needs to make this work for my future wife.’
Harry and Meghan were also furious about the coverage of the departure of their personal assistant, who was described as a ‘much loved asset’ by royal sources, despite being ‘very unpopular’ with the couple, Scobie claims.
The claims come after it was revealed the couple had bought an £11million mansion in California, 90 miles from their current Beverly Hills home and near to stars including Oprah Winfrey and George Lucas.
But yesterday the estranged wife of the ‘Scarface’ Russian oligarch who sold his £11million mansion to Harry and Meghan slammed the Duchess for alleged double-standards.
Anna Fedoseeva and billionaire ex-bank boss Sergey Grishin are involved in a bitter court battle
Harry and Meghan have moved into the star-studded neighborhood in California
The Duke of Sussex, 35, recently moved into the sprawling nine-bedroom and 16-bathroom home in upscale Montecito, Santa Barbara (pictured), with his wife Meghan Markle and their son Archie, now one
Meghan says she was ‘devastated’ by America’s decline
Meghan Markle has spoken of how ‘devastating’ her return to the US was in her most politically charged comments yet.
Speaking to Emily Ramshaw, co-founder of The 19th online news site, she said it was ‘so sad’ to see the decline in the US during the ten years she lived in Canada and the UK.
The former Suits actress said: ‘To come back and to just see this state of affairs, I think at the onset, if I’m being honest, it was just devastating. It was so sad to see where our country was.
‘If there’s any silver lining in that, I would say that in the weeks after the murder of George Floyd, in the peaceful protests that you were seeing, in the voices that were coming out, in the way that people were actually owning their role… it shifted from sadness to a feeling of absolute inspiration, because I can see that the tide is turning.’
She encouraged women to vote in the upcoming US elections, adding that Prince Harry had never been able to vote because of his previous status as a senior Royal.
‘I think it’s often challenging for men and women alike and certainly for people to remember just how hard it was to get the right to vote. And to be really aware and not taking that for granted.
‘My husband, for example, he’s never been able to vote.’ Meanwhile, in another video posted from the couple’s new £11 million Californian mansion yesterday, Harry urged Invictus Games competitors to ‘check in’ on others to protect their mental health.
The Prince founded the Invictus Games for wounded servicemen and women in 2014 and made his first official appearance with Meghan at the Toronto Games in 2017.
Anna Fedoseeva, who is involved in a bitter court battle with the billionaire ex-bank boss Sergey Grishin, claims he is a ‘dangerous man’ who destroyed her life.
Court documents show he allegedly held a gun to her head and knocked her teeth out during their relationship.
Speaking from Russia to the Sun on Sunday, Ms Fedoseeva said: ‘Meghan struggles for women’s rights. But in my case, that means just to be alive. It isn’t wise for them to surround themselves with him or anyone affiliated with him.’
Ms Fedoseeva, 38, married Mr Grishin in March 2017 – in the beginning her life was a ‘fairy tale of Bentleys, furs, expensive hotels and resorts’ – but 11 months later they split up.
She claims her husband was demanding the return of an alleged loan to Ms Fedoseeva and her business partner Jennifer Sulkess.
They started legal action accusing him of death threats and false imprisonment. Mr Grishin denies the allegations.
Ms Fedoseeva slammed Meghan and Harry and their staff for showing a ‘lack of due diligence’ before making their purchase.
Grishin is also fighting a legal battle against his ex-fiancée Catherine Loginova who he lived with briefly after separating from Ms Fedoseeva.
A spokesman for Mr Grishin said: ‘He is the unfortunate victim of a fraud perpetrated by his former wife. He has been obliged to file legal proceedings against her.
‘When that fraudulent scheme failed, Ms Fedoseeva made a series of false and highly defamatory allegations.’
It comes as it was revealed the man who built the Suessex’s £11million Californian mansion paid such close attention to detail he emptied two bottles of ‘cheap red’ on the wine cellar floor to add an ‘authentic aroma’.
Meghan, whose own delicate sense of smell led to the use of £130 French air diffusers in the ‘musty’ St George’s Chapel on her wedding day, has also inherited a house so technologically advanced that it can ‘sense’ fog rolling in from the Pacific.
Speaking to the Mail on Sunday last night, multi-millionaire businessman Terry Cunningham, 61, told how he and his wife Randi bought 5.4 acres of ‘spectacular’ land in exclusive Montecito in 1999, and spent four years building the house of their dreams – a 14,463 sq ft property called The Chateau of Riven Rock.
Mr Cunningham, chief executive of software company Descartes Labs, said the estate was modelled after French houses that the couple so admired.
Finding Freedom author Omid Scobie says Meghan was the victim of ‘racist and sexist tropes’ in Britain and blames the monarchy for Megxit row because Royals refused to accept the Sussexes’ demands
The Duchess of Sussex was the victim of ‘racist and sexist tropes’ in Britain from commentators and royal courtiers who were resistant to change, the author of the controversial new biography Finding Freedom claimed today.
Omid Scobie’s book was finally released today after weeks of revelations from its pages telling Harry and Meghan’s side of the Megxit story.
It offers highly personal insights – although Scobie and co-author Carolyn Durand claim they did not interview Harry and Meghan, and the couple did not co-operate.
They do say, however, that ‘many’ friends gave them details for the book and that every revelation is confirmed by at least two sources.
Scobie said the authors ‘had a lens to the couple through their friends and their circle of aides’ as well as covering the couple’s private and public engagements.
Scobie and Durand have also blamed the monarchy for the bitterness of the Megxit row, saying it was the institution’s resistance to change and refusal to accept Harry and Meghan’s demands that led to the row over their departure from royal duties.
Scobie told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme how he felt Harry and Meghan had ‘clearly tried to do their best to make it work’ before Megxit took place in March.
He added: ‘They even went as far as presenting a potential roadmap for how they would navigate their roles moving forward, and ultimately it was the institution that turned back on them and told them what they had presented just wasn’t an option.
‘And so this is a couple that really wanted to make it work, but ultimately I think the setup of the royal institution just isn’t built for change on that dramatic a level.’
Scobie also claimed that Meghan was the subject of a narrative calling her ‘Duchess Difficult’ amid reports of her disagreements with palace staff.
Among the aides who left the palace in the months after the royal wedding were communications expert Samantha ‘the Panther’ Cohen and assistant Melissa Toubati.
The book claimed the couple had ‘grown dissatisfied’ with Toubati and were ‘not disappointed when she left’, despite a royal aide praising her as ‘hugely talented’.
And it claims the couple were ‘forced to let go’ of their son Archie’s night nurse during her second shift ‘for being unprofessional’, without going into further details.
Senior aides were also said to have been unimpressed by Meghan’s lavish baby shower in New York in February 2019 with ‘what looked like carefully stage-managed paparazzi walks of the duchess in big black sunglasses from her hotel to her car and a laundry list of insider party details’.
Scobie also told ITV’s Lorraine that commentary about Meghan ‘used every kind of sexist and racist trope that we attach to successful women and women of colour’.