The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are ‘making very little progress’ in reconciling with the royal family, the author of Finding Freedom has claimed.
Omid Scobie – who penned the biography with Carolyn Durand and is releasing an updated version today, the 24th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death – said Prince Harry, 37, and Meghan Markle, 40, were ‘desperate to get their story out there’ when they gave their explosive Oprah Winfrey interview earlier this year.
Appearing on Good Morning America today, Omid claimed the couple, who are currently living in their $14 million mansion in California, and the royal family both want all involved to take ‘accountability and ownership’ for their role in the rift.
He explained: ‘When we speak to sources close to the couple and also sources close to the royal family, there is this feeling that very little progress is being made.’
Meanwhile Scobie also suggested allegations of Meghan’s bullying behaviour made by a senior Palace aide before the Oprah Winfrey interview were ‘revenge’ from The Firm for the Duke and Duchess’ behaviour.
The Sussexes were accused of leaving behind a ‘lot of broken people’ with ‘young women broken by their behaviour’ and a source describing one member of their staff as ‘completely destroyed’ by the ordeal.
Scobie said: ‘For me, it’s impossible to come to any other conclusion that this is some sort of revenge from the institution that we saw pulled into action just before the Oprah interview came out.’
He added: ‘One of the sources that we spoke to in the book said it was the classic “Oppo dump” which you see before a presidential election.
The Duke, 37, and Duchess of Sussex, 40, are ‘making very little progress’ in reconciling with the royal family, the author of Finding Freedom has claimed
Omid said there had been ‘little progress’ in mending the rift between the Sussexes and the royal family, but added: ‘However, some feelings have subsided because time has done its things, so the door is very much open for those conversations to happen at some point.’
Meanwhile he said the couple had no intention of leaving the public eye in search of privacy, revealing: ‘It’s not that they want to disappear or not be seen. It’s simply that they want to choose what they keep private and what they share with the world.’
The Finding Freedom author said since stepping back from royal duty, the couple are now ‘thriving’, adding: ‘Fast forward to a life in the US where they are very much in control.
‘The Archewell legacy they’re building – this is the couple showing the world exactly what is important to them.’
Appearing on Good Morning America today, Omid Scobie claimed the couple, who are currently living in their $14 million mansion in California, ‘want everyone to take accountability’ for their role in the rift (pictured, the Queen, Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince William and Kate Middleton at the Commonwealth Service in March 2020)
Meanwhile he also suggested the couple could go on to reveal more details about their relationship with members of the royal family like Prince Charles and William.
He said: ‘Now I think that when and if we hear more of their journey towards healing these family relations and the issues that they’ve faced, it’s going to be from them themselves.’
The Queen launched an unprecedented inquiry into allegations that Meghan and Harry bullied their staff earlier this year – leaving royal employees ‘shaken’ by ‘unhappy memories’ being brought up about a ‘toxic period’ before the couple emigrated.
Devastating claims that the Duchess of Sussex inflicted ’emotional cruelty’ on underlings and ‘drove them out’ were ‘very’ concerning, Buckingham Palace said.
The whistleblower told The Times: ‘We will finally be able to tell the truth. It’s not going to be easy, but this is very welcome and long overdue. We don’t have to be silent any more’. Lawyers for the Sussexes have vehemently denied they have bullied or mistreated staff.
Weeks ago, a source claimed the Duchess of Cornwall is unlikely to ever forgive her stepson Prince Harry and Meghan for hurting Prince Charles after Megxit.
Prince Harry has addressed his relationship with his father in several interviews throughout the year – after first opening up about it in a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in March where he claimed he has been ‘let down’ by Prince Charles.
Scobie penned the biography Finding Freedom with Carolyn Durand and is releasing an updated version today, the 24th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death (pictured, on GMA today)
During the TV interview, Scobie suggested the couple could go on to reveal more details about their relationship with members of the royal family like Prince Charles and William
Speaking to The Telegraph, royal expert Camilla Tominey reported that a source close to Camilla has said that even though Buckingham Palace is conveying the message that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are still loved by the family, the Duchess of Cornwall will struggle to move on.
Another source claimed that Prince Charles was deeply affected by the reported fall out with Prince Harry and that it had been ‘really hard for him.’
Meanwhile Prince William and Harry are said to have barely spoken and have an ‘incredibly strained’ relationship after two years of rows over Harry’s wife and her alleged treatment of staff, the couple’s decision to emigrate to America and the tonnes of ‘truth bombs’ the Sussexes have dropped in TV interviews watched by tens of millions of people around the world.
Harry and Meghan believe they were abandoned by the Royals, even accusing them of racism towards Archie and ignoring their cries for help when the Duchess of Sussex felt lonely and suicidal while pregnant in London.
An updated edition of Harry and Meghan biography Finding Freedom also made a string of other fresh claims that are likely to trigger debate about the state of their relationship with the Royal Family.
Meanwhile Prince William and Harry are said to have barely spoken and have an ‘incredibly strained’ relationship after two years of rows (pictured together in July)
A leaked version of the epilogue claimed the couple had considered naming the royal they alleged had made a racist comment about their son, Archie; that some royals were ‘quietly pleased’ the Duchess of Sussex missed Prince Philip’s funeral and that Prince William was ‘furious’ about their interview with Oprah.
The new edition also said the Sussexes had ‘no regrets’ about quitting their royal roles and that Meghan found her explosive Oprah interview ‘cathartic’ and ‘liberating’.
Meghan plunged the monarchy into crisis after telling Oprah Winfrey that an unnamed royal had expressed ‘concern’ about Archie’s skin before he was born.
The epilogue reveals that a source told authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand that the Sussexes had considered naming the family member – but had ultimately decided not to.
It also claimed that ‘sources close to the Sussexes’ had said that the Royal Family’s reaction to the allegations made by the couple ‘was not positive’.
The source told the authors that there had to be ‘some acknowledgment’ about what the Sussexes went through for there to be ‘progress’.
The criticism came after a carefully-worded statement from the Queen following the controversial Oprah interview, which expressed concern for the couple but insisted that ‘some recollections may vary’.