Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 'face PERMANENT exile from the Royal Family'

‘No way back’: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ‘will NEVER resume official roles with the Royal Family’ after ‘hurtful’ bombshell book laid bare couple’s bitter rift with The Firm ‘seemingly with their blessing’

  • Bombshell biography has ‘torpedoed’ the chances of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle resuming official roles
  • The book has laid bare the relationship between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and monarchy in detail 
  • The revelations will also harm efforts to repair their rift with Harry’s brother William, palace sources claim
  • The way the couple have conducted themselves in LA is said to have fallen foul of the palace, it is claimed 

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Harry and Meghan will never resume official roles following the bombshell biography laying bare their rift with the Royal Family and their extraordinary secret courtship where the couple became ‘obsessed’ with each other and knew they would marry after the second date. 

The couple have ‘torpedoed’ any chance of creating a new position with the help of the Queen and senior royals when their ‘trial period’ in the US ends, sources believe.

The book, which reveals their soured relationship with the monarchy in excruciating detail, is likely to scupper any hopes of renegotiating their royal duties when ‘Megxit’ is reviewed.

The revelations will also harm efforts to repair their rift with Harry’s brother William and sister-in-law Kate, it is feared. 

A royal household source said: ‘The door will always be open to them as much-loved members of the family.  But it’s hard to see how they can now salvage the new role they wanted as “hybrid” royals, running commercial careers alongside royal duties from the US.’ 

Another source told the Mail: ‘The review period has not yet been discussed but it doesn’t seem if there is any way of going back now. Some very private family matters have now been aired in public, seemingly with their blessing. That will be hurtful.’

The biography also claims: 

  • Harry was so entranced by Meghan he convinced himself she was the woman who he would marry after only their second date.
  • Meghan used to tip off the paparazzi when working as an actress in Canada, despite her later going on to claim she didn’t understand the ‘tabloid culture’.
  • Meghan’s friends claimed she endured prejudice from the royal household, with a senior staff member overheard telling a colleague: ‘There’s just something about her I just don’t trust.’ 
  • Meghan was ‘disappointed’ that Kate did not welcome her into the family and found her frosty.
  • One senior royal referred to the ex-actress as ‘Harry’s showgirl’.
  • Harry felt ‘unprotected’ by his family and disparaged within palace walls for being ‘too sensitive and outspoken’.
  • Senior courtiers in other households felt that the global popularity of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex ‘needed to be reined in’,
  • A tearful Meghan told friends about their decision to quit royal duties: ‘I gave up my entire life for this family.’

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have ‘torpedoed’ any chance of creating a new position with the help of the Queen and senior royals when their ‘trial period’ in the US ends

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 'face PERMANENT exile from the Royal Family'

The revelations will also harm efforts to repair their rift with Harry’s brother William and sister-in-law Kate, it is feared

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 'face PERMANENT exile from the Royal Family'

The one-year ‘probationary’ period was designed to give all members of the family breathing space, with the Queen and other senior royals involved in deciding the couple’s future

Princess Diana’s butler Paul Burrell defends Prince William after claims Prince Harry branded him a ‘snob’ – and says he was only ‘showing concern’ for his younger brother 

Paul Burrell has defended Prince William following claims Prince Harry branded him a ‘snob’ after cautioned him not to rush into marrying Meghan Markle.  

The 62-year-old, who was butler to the late Princess Diana, has insisted that the Duke of Cambridge, 38, is categorically ‘not a snob’ and that he would have simply been ‘showing concern’ for his brother, because marrying into the monarchy is ‘not easy for anyone’. 

Appearing on Good Morning Britain today via video link from his Cheshire home, Paul said that William is ‘rational and calm’ where Harry, 35, is ‘fiery and hot’ and argued that William was only trying to ‘educate’ his brother before marrying Meghan, 38.

The claims, made in the book Finding Freedom, alledge that William told his brother to ‘take as much time as he needed’ to get to know ‘this girl’ Meghan ahead of marrying her. 

‘William is not a snob,’ said Paul, ‘That is not true.

He would only show concern for  his brother marrying someone and bringing them into the royal family.  

‘Trying to educate him, saying. ‘It’s not easy for anyone marrying into this family and I’m concerned about you’. And showing his concern. We’re talking about two very different personalities. William is rational and calm and Harry is fiery and hot.’ 

The bombshell biography, which Harry and Meghan insist they haven’t contributed is being serialised in the Times and Sunday Times, describes in detail their first date in Soho, London, which went so well that Meghan later confided in a friend: ‘Do I sound crazy when I say this could have legs?’.

Before arriving in the capital she had also told a confidant that she’d be happy for ‘a nice English gentleman to flirt with’ while promoting Suits in Britain.

During that first date at London’s Dean Street Townhouse the couple spent three hours in conversation, Harry drinking beer and Meghan sipping martinis.

Harry was said to be ‘in a trance’ and had told himself: ‘I’ve got to up my game here’ when trying to impress the LA-born actress. 

The book says: ‘Meghan had enough dating experience to know a charmer when she saw one, and Harry was obviously not at all that’ – adding the couple were ‘immediately obsessed’ with each other and bonded over their joint ‘passions for wanting to make change for good’.

According to one friend quoted in the book, Harry and Meghan ‘chatted a lot’ but the evening, like the night before, ended chastely, with Harry returning to Kensington Palace despite their ‘electric chemistry’.

Describing how they flirted throughout, the authors said: ‘A touch of an arm here, direct eye contact there.’

The pair had now met just twice but Harry already knew ‘they would be together at that point’, a friend said, adding of Meghan: ‘She was ticking every box fast.’ Meghan, who was in London visiting, documented much of her trip on social media.

The night out was so successful the second date the following night at the same venue where they are said to have sneaked in via a side door, hidden from view by a delivery truck bringing in produce and fresh fish from Billingsgate Market. 

One trusted waiter was asked to serve them the entire evening to keep it private. 

According to one friend quoted in the book, Harry and Meghan ‘chatted a lot’ but the evening, like the night before, ended chastely, with Harry returning to Kensington Palace despite their ‘electric chemistry’.

Describing how they flirted throughout, the authors said: ‘A touch of an arm here, direct eye contact there.’

The pair had now met just twice but Harry already knew ‘they would be together at that point’, a friend said, adding of Meghan: ‘She was ticking every box fast.’ Meghan, who was in London visiting, documented much of her trip on social media.

The Queen will be ‘person most upset’ by bombshell biography Finding Freedom because it will ‘open old wounds’, source tells Vanity Fair

The Queen will be the person ‘most upset’ by the new bombshell book on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, a source has claimed. 

Finding Freedom is a biography written by journalists Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, who are supporters of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and have set out to ‘correct the record’ and shift the spotlight on to their charitable ventures. 

It makes new claims about tensions between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Royal Family – but a source has claimed it will ‘open old wounds at a time when everyone wanted to move on.’

‘It’s going to open old wounds at a time when everyone wanted to move on,’ the family source claimed, speaking to Vanity Fair. ‘I think the person who will be most upset about it all is the Queen.’ 

The explosive biography has claimed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ‘hurt’ the Queen by unilaterally mapping out their future royal roles without her approval.

Her Majesty is said to have been ‘blindsided’ by the launch of the SussexRoyal website which accompanied their Megxit announcement in January.

Around the time of their first encounter, Meghan started following Prince Harry’s private Instagram account which used the handle @SpikeyMau5.

The pseudonym is a nod to one of his favourite DJs, Deadmau5, while Spikey is said to have come from a Facebook alias Harry used – ‘Spike’ was a nickname sometimes used for the prince, particularly by Scotland Yard officers.

With just an image of a mouse-shaped helmet visible to the public, there was no clue to the account holder. On the night of their first date, Meghan also posted a photo of a Love Hearts candy with the inscription ‘Kiss Me’ and the caption ‘Lovehearts in #London’ on her public Instagram account.

As their romance spiralled, Meghan was then invited to meet Harry at his Kensington Palace flat in the same week. 

She was taken there by black cab via back streets and met by members of the prince’s royal protection squad who accompanied her to the door, where the royal was waiting but ‘never mentioned anything about being a royal or a prince’ that evening. 

The authors wrote: ‘Meghan was then met by a protection officer. She was ushered down a cobbled path of small mews cottages, which she later commented looked so tiny and perfectly appointed with manicured flower boxes and pots that they hardly looked real.

‘When Harry opened the door, the prince towered in the small hallway with lots of coats hung on hooks and his boots by the door, just like any regular home.’

Within three months the couple had declared ‘I love you’ – Harry was first to say it, the biography claims.

Meghan was also introduced to his brother William and his wife Kate. 

But the book claims that Harry accused his older sibling of being a ‘snob’ for urging him not to rush into his relationship with Meghan, worrying his brother was being ‘blindsided by lust’. 

The brothers are said to have barely spoken since. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 'face PERMANENT exile from the Royal Family'

Courtiers point out that other royals, including William and Kate, had refrained from making their own opinions regarding recent events public in order to ‘let the dust settle’

Prince Harry’s secretive Instagram account with a pseudonym inspired by one of his favourite DJs and his nickname at Scotland Yard that Meghan Markle followed after their first date 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 'face PERMANENT exile from the Royal Family'

Harry’s love of Canadian DJ Deadmau5 (pictured) inspired the name and profile picture of his secret Instagram account followed by Meghan Markle after their first date

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle followed each other on Instagram after their first secretive date with the royal using a pseudonym inspired by his love of house music and the nickname given to him by his Met Police bodyguards, it was revealed today.

Harry used the username SpikeyMau5, inspired by Canadian DJ Deadmau5, before freezing the account after his relationship with the former Suits star emerged in October 2016.

The private Instagram profile had a mouse-shaped helmet for a picture – but piqued attention from Meghan’s legions of fans when she became just one of two people following it four years ago just after the couple had a blind date at Dean Street Townhouse in Soho.

The ‘Spikey’ element of its name came from the code word used by Scotland Yard officers guarding the Duke of Sussex 24/7, according to the new Finding Freedom book.

Harry’s Facebook page was under the alias Spike Wells and said he was from Maun, Botswana, a part of the world loved by the prince. Harry used a profile picture of of King Julien, the lemur from the animated movie Madagascar.

The revelation came in the couple’s new biography Finding Freedom, written by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, which says: ‘The clues were there. Around the time of their first encounter, she began to follow a mysterious-looking Instagram account by the name of @SpikeyMau5’.

Harry and Meghan’s love affair emerged in late October 2016 – but in fact many of the clues were there for all to see on Ms Markle’s hugely popular social media accounts.

Their romance appears to have began around six months earlier – around the time Harry went to Toronto to promote his Invictus Games for wounded servicemen and met the divorcee actress, who had a home in the city while filming hit TV show Suits there.  Meghan enjoyed near-monthly visits to London after that and had even posted a picture of Buckingham Palace on Instagram in the July. 

The same month she posted several pictures of recent trips to London, including a view that appears to be of Kensington, where Harry lived until they emigrated in January.

In the August she was back in London sightseeing near Tower Bridge and in September she also posted a picture of herself at the luxury Soho Farmhouse in Oxfordshire with friend Millie Mackintosh.

By then she was wearing a distinctive beaded friendship bracelet with blue, white and black beads – Harry had been wearing an identical one. And just a week before their romance became global news, the actress posted a photograph of herself in a Sainsbury’s supermarket, again with the bracelet on show, close to Kensington Palace. 

Six weeks later, Harry took Meghan to Botswana where the pair stayed in GBP1,500-a-night tents.

A friend is quoted as saying: ‘She came back smiling and just completely spellbound.’ Meghan’s phone was also said to be full of photos, including selfies of her and Harry.

‘I’ve never felt that safe that close to someone in such a short amount of time,’ she reportedly told a friend.

They continued their relationship in secret with Harry flying out to Canada to spend time with her.

But the authors said that ever since the couple’s trip to Africa, ‘their romance had been on a fast track’.

‘Technically the getaway was just their third date but by then, they were each already dancing around the idea that this just may be a for ever thing,’ a friend said.

But Meghan was said to be ‘all in’ despite warnings from friends about the dangers of getting involved with somebody with his profile.

In October 2016 their relationship was revealed by a British tabloid and palace officials began calling the prince urging him to come ‘quietly’ back to London. The book says: ‘He wasn’t budging’.

In the aftermath the Duke of Sussex ditched an old friend for gossiping about her, the bombshell new biography claims.

Harry was shocked at the reception given to his new girlfriend by his social circle and the wider public, according to the Finding Freedom book. 

If anyone criticised the new relationship and whether she was suitable for a prince, ‘Harry’s instinct was to wonder, ‘Is this about race? Is it snobbery?’, the biography says. 

The new biography has caused waves with Buckingham Palace because it is disparaging about many senior royals.

It claims that Prince Harry felt Prince Charles valued his own public image above their father-son relationship in the aftermath of his son quitting as a senior royal. 

The book also says that Harry also accused his brother of William of snobbery and alleges that Harry and Meghan were dismayed when no photograph of them and their son Archie was displayed during the Queen’s speech last Christmas.

Harry agreed the terms of his exit from royal duties with his wife in Canada with the son at Sandringham with his grandmother, father and brother in January. 

During the summit at Her Majesty’s Norfolk home, the Windsors agreed a one-year ‘probationary’ period for the couple since was designed to give all members of the family breathing space.

It was designed to allow Harry and Meghan to establish their independent new lives abroad, while offering them the chance to return to the royal fold if they changed their minds.

But multiple sources believe the way the couple have conducted themselves in Los Angeles – such as borrowing a glitzy GBP14.5million Beverly Hills mansion – and now the bombshell book have put an end to any hope of their returning, in a working role at least.

One senior figure added: ‘Given the state of the world this just seems so ill-timed. The Sussexes need to move on.’

Harry and Meghan have publicly denied giving an interview to the authors of Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family, or of ‘contributing’ to the book.

But their statement failed to address whether they had given permission for their closest friends, staff and associates from collaborating with it.

Prince Harry ‘ditched an old friend for criticising Meghan Markle’, book claims 

The Duke of Sussex ditched an old friend for gossiping about her, the bombshell new biography claims.

Harry was shocked at the reception given to his new girlfriend by his social circle and the wider public, according to the Finding Freedom book. He was especially concerned about ‘the ugliness of racism…both unconscious and intentional’.

However, his fiery statement condemning the remarks led to tensions with his own father. 

Its release coincided with Prince Charles’ tour in the Middle East, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall having arrived in Bahrain to meet the country’s King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa.   

Matters came to a head with an old male friend of the prince who ‘spent an afternoon gossiping about Meghan’.

The writers say: ‘Word got back to Harry and the prince immediately cut him off.’ The book offers no clue to the identity of the friend.

Social media became a hell for Meghan shortly after their relationship went public, with trolls posting racist messages branding her a ‘n*****’ or a ‘mutt’. 

Dealing with that left him willing to cut off old friends if he believed they were showing signs of prejudice against Meghan. 

It has previously been reported that the duke’s friendship with several members of his former inner circle cooled or ended altogether after he met Meghan.

Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand say they have written the book with the ‘participation of those closest to the couple’ and boasted of having access to Harry and Meghan’s personal and professional ‘inner circle’. Insiders firmly believe that would only have happened with the couple’s permission, tacit or otherwise.

Several specific incidents, including details of the sacking of Archie’s night nurse and a private lunch Harry had with the Queen, which have featured in publicity for the book, would also have largely been known only to Harry and Meghan.  

While the biography is short on new detail, it offers a fascinating take on events over the last two years that have rocked the Royal Family from Harry and Meghan’s perspective. 

And their resentment is all too clear for the world to see.

Royal insiders believe the ‘bitterness’ and ‘score settling’ that characterise the book make a mockery of the Queen’s warm words when she gave them her blessing to seek a new life in North America, but deliberately ‘left the door ajar’ by saying they would review arrangements in January next year. 

The couple have, of course, insisted on keeping on their Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage, as a UK base when their spend time here with their son, Archie, who hasn’t returned since last November.

Two further sources said the biography – dubbed the ‘gospel according to Harry and Meghan’ – had made the couple look ‘irrelevant’, particularly coming out at the height of the global Covid crisis.

‘The world has moved on as a result of the pandemic and the Royal Family have had to as well,’ said one.

‘This book has nothing new, frankly, friends have just presented events through a certain lens.

People normally realise that actually it’s a lot more nuanced and finely balanced than that.

‘There are far more important things going on in the world, is the general view at the palace.’

The other source added: ‘No one is angry. It was all to be expected. But it is hoped they have got whatever they want to get off their chests now, move on and be happy with their lives.

‘People are just all too familiar with this and nobody wins.

They seem to be fighting invisible enemies here, there and everywhere.’

Courtiers point out that other royals, including William and Kate, had refrained from making their own opinions regarding recent events public in order to ‘let the dust settle’, but the new biography has just ‘blown a hole in that’.

How Prince Harry was FIRST to say ‘I love you’: Royal and Meghan Markle knew after first two dates that they ‘would be together’, bombshell biography reveals

Prince Harry was the first to say ‘I love you’ in his relationship with Meghan Markle, with friends revealing the couple were ‘immediately obsessed’ with each other, according to the latest extract of a bombshell biography.  

The couple felt a ‘palpable attraction’ after their first date at Dean Street Townhouse in Soho, London, with Harry reportedly left in a ‘trance’ and Meghan telling friends ‘this could have legs’.

Harry had a beer, while Meghan drank a martini as they discussed their work, so engrossed with each other that their nibbles lay neglected. 

On that first date, which lasted three hours, Harry talked about his charity work and many trips to Africa, finding a joint passion for wanting to ‘make change for good’ with Meghan, helping to form a bond between them. It came after Meghan’s divorce and the break-up of her first serious relationship after that. She told a friend before her trip to London she’d be happy for ‘a nice English gentleman to flirt with’.

They didn’t kiss on that first night, though sources said they were ‘in their own little world’ and made plans to meet again soon.  

That meeting was the very next night, at the same venue, according to the biography Finding Freedom, written by authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 'face PERMANENT exile from the Royal Family'

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are seen at the Closing Ceremony on day 8 of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 at the Air Canada Centre on September 30

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 'face PERMANENT exile from the Royal Family'

Dean Street Townhouse in Soho, London, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle met for the first time and went on their first two dates

Kate Middleton ‘attempted to rectify relationship’ with Meghan Markle by sending flowers as a ‘peace offering’ but the Duchess of Sussex told her ‘in no uncertain terms’ it ‘wasn’t enough’, Vanity Fair reports 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 'face PERMANENT exile from the Royal Family'

Royal editor Katie Nicholl explained how Kate tried to ‘rectify’ her relationship with Meghan with the olive branch, but said the Duchess of Sussex told her ‘in no uncertain terms’ that it ‘wasn’t enough’ (pictured, together in July 2019 at Wimbledon) 

Kate Middleton sent flowers to Meghan Markle as a ‘peace offering’ but the Duchess of Sussex told her ‘in no uncertain terms that it was not enough’, Vanity Fair has reported.

Authors of a new explosive new biography claimed over the weekend that the Duchess of Cambridge and Duchess of Sussex, both 38, never became friends – with Meghan ‘disappointed’ Kate never reached out to her or visited. 

According to the Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durant, who penned Finding Freedom, the Duchesses ‘struggled to move past distance politeness’ and had ‘nothing in common other than the fact that they lived at Kensington Palace’.

But now Vanity Fair‘s Katie Nicholl has revealed how Kate did send flowers ‘at one point’ to ‘rectify the situation’, but the Duchess of Sussex was nonplussed, with the royal author writing: ‘Meghan told Kate in no uncertain terms that flowers were not enough.’

The news comes as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge  hit back at the claims that they actively spurned Meghan.

The authors of Finding Freedom claim relations between the Sussexes and Cambridges became so bitter that Kate humiliatingly snubbed her sister-in-law at Meghan’s farewell appearance as a senior Royal.

The book provides an intimately detailed and personalised version of the events leading up to the Sussexes’ dramatic departure from royal life, with co-authors Omid and Carolyn insisting ‘all information in this book has at least two sources’.

Harry and Meghan deny giving interviews. 

Close friends of William and Kate issued a fierce defence, insisting the couple had ‘rolled out the red carpet’ for Meghan and ‘done all they possibly could’ to welcome the US actress into the Royal Family.

New biography Finding Freedom details how Harry and Meghan invited the Cambridges to their Cotswold country home, near Soho Farmhouse, but they never went, and while how Kate sent Meghan flowers for her birthday, but Meghan was upset that she didn’t ‘check in on her’.

Finding Freedom, of which extracts were published over the weekend, details that when she was first dating Harry, Meghan had expected Kate to ‘give her the lie of the land on everything an outsider to The Firm needed to know. But that was not how things turned out’.  

The lack of any friendship between the pair was confirmed in 2018 when the Sussexes announced they wanted to base their family at Windsor.

Despite this frostiness, Meghan felt hurt at newspaper stories of the ‘duelling duchesses’ and was angry at the failure of the palace press office to correct them.

According to authors Omid and Carolyn, Meghan expected Kate to reach out to her and give her a helping hand as she became a member of the Firm.

Instead, the pair had nothing in common ‘other than the fact that they lived at Kensington Palace’. By the time Meghan had become a senior royal, the pair were still no closer than before the 2018. 

According to one source, Meghan was disappointed that they hadn’t bonded, but was not losing sleep over it.

The book also details one awkward moment at Kensington Palace in 2017 when Kate went alone in her Range Rover while shopping – despite the fact Meghan was also going to the same street.

Though some aides claimed the sisters-in-law ‘talked and texted regularly’, they had barely spent any time together by the time of Meghan and Harry’s wedding. 

 

The writers say they have spoken to more than 100 sources including ‘close friends of Harry and Meghan’s, royal aides and palace staff (past and present)’, with all the information in the book having ‘at least two sources.’

In the latest extract, they delved deep into the story of how Harry and Meghan became a couple, their first dates, her first visit to Kensington Palace and how Harry said ‘I love you’ just three months into their relationship, to which Meghan quickly responded with ‘I love you, too’. 

The couple connected almost instantly, friends said, with their second date, also at Dean Street Townhouse in Soho, taking place the day after their first.  

They enjoyed a romantic dinner, with staff taking great pains to ensure their privacy, whisking them in through a staff entrance usually used to bring in fish discreetly. 

They chatted throughout the night, with Harry returning to Kensington Palace alone, though he admitted to friends afterwards that Meghan was ‘ticking every box’. 

They tried to hide their romance, though Meghan took to Instagram to share a post containing a photo of a Love Hearts candy with the inscription ‘Kiss Me’ and the caption ‘Lovehearts in #London’.

She also followed Prince Harry’s private account. 

Just one night after date number two, Meghan was taken to Kensington Palace in a shroud of secrecy, where Harry tried to impress her with tales about his work and life, which he admitted was a ‘little mad’. 

Just six weeks later, Harry told her that he wanted to take her on a trip, asking Meghan to fly to London. 

She flew in from Toronto, spent a night with Harry at Kensington Palace, before the couple flew to Johannesburg the next morning.  

From there, they flew on a private airplane to Maun International Airport before heading to Okavango Delta — a stunning 5,800 square mile wetland in Botswana’s safari country. 

They stayed for most of the trip in one of the GBP1,529-a-night deluxe tents. 

A friend said: ‘She came back smiling and just completely spellbound.’

They enjoyed the trip so much that they would have ‘happily spent the entire summer there together’, if not for there obligations back home. 

Meghan also opened up about the closeness she felt with Harry. 

‘I’ve never felt that safe,’ Meghan told her friend, ‘that close to someone in such a short amount of time.’

After that, they regularly enjoyed clandestine meet-ups, Harry taking commercial flights to Toronto to see her. 

The Botswana trip, technically only their third date, served as a ‘speed-up’ for their relationship, friends claimed. 

‘By then,’ a friend said, ‘they were each already dancing around the idea that this just may be a for ever thing.’

Meghan was all in, heedless of warnings from confidants about the scrutiny that comes with being a royal spouse.  

It took just three months for Harry to say ‘I love you’, though Meghan was swift to reply.   

The couple kept a low profile in the early months, striving to keep their relationship out of the press. 

However, Harry was soon noticed in Meghan’s neighbourhood, the biography claims, his visits becoming an open secret with royal minders sitting in black SUVs eating burritos.    

In October, while enjoying a trip to Toronto, Harry was informed by one of his aides that a tabloid was set to reveal his relationship with Meghan. 

The aide, and several others from the palace, urged Harry to come home, citing his minimal security and the fact that he would soon be besieged by photographers. 

But Harry refused to budge.     

The news came out the following day, with Meghan disappointed, according to the biography, though she was relieved not to have to keep lying to friends about her trips to London.  

Harry had warned Meghan that their relationship coming out was ‘inevitable’ and said he wanted to ‘make the most of the time they had’, though Meghan still admitted to being surprised by the instant attention.  

Within 24 hours, Meghan received 100 messages from people she hadn’t spoken to in months or even years, all asking about the news.  

A short time later, a photographer from an LA-based photo agency waited for Meghan by her car, hoping to get a picture before she headed out to run errands. 

Meghan called the police. ‘This is how it’s always going to be, isn’t it?’ she said to a friend. 

Some people took to social media, some posting racist messages branding her a ‘n*****’ or a ‘mutt’.  The messages were said to have angered Harry. 

In fact, friends believe Meghan’s experience with race and the biases Harry realised she had to deal with, led him to fallouts with his own circle of friends.  

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 'face PERMANENT exile from the Royal Family'

In an extract published yesterday, Scobie and Durand described how Meghan, sitting on FaceTime to her friend in a bathtub, confessed she sent her father one last text on the night before her wedding in May 2018

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 'face PERMANENT exile from the Royal Family'

Finding Freedom: Harry, Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family, has been written by royal watchers Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, described as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s ‘cheerleaders’

When questioned his new relationship, and whether she was ‘suitable’, it left him wondering if race or class played a part. 

He immediately cut ties with an old friend who disparaged Meghan and her Hollywood background.  

This pushed Harry into protecting her and he decided to make an official statement. 

However, the statement clashed with his father Prince Charles’ tour in the Middle East, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall having just arrived in Bahrain to meet the country’s King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa. 

It was a critical moment that had been in the works for months and a statement from Kensington Palace condemning the press while confirming Harry’s new girlfriend would all but eliminate coverage of Prince Charles’s tour.

Despite this, the palace decided to go ahead with the statement, much of it drafted by Harry himself. 

His father only learnt of the statement 20 minutes before it was released and, unsurprisingly, it soon dominated the news cycle. 

Prince Charles and his team were left crushed and disappointed, though Charles also understood the intervention was a necessary one. 

However, the episode only served to prove that Harry felt the need to prioritise the woman he loved over duty to the royal family. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 'face PERMANENT exile from the Royal Family'

Details of voicemails Meghan (pictured with Prince Harry) sent to her father and tense conversations between Harry and William have been unveiled in Finding Freedom, extracts of which were serialised by the Times and the Sunday Times this weekend

The latest revelations from the bombshell biography come amid questions as to whether the Duke and  Duchess of Sussex may have had more involvement than has been admitted – despite the couple insisting they ‘did not contribute’. 

Particulars of voicemails Meghan sent to her father and tense conversations between Harry and William have been published in Finding Freedom, extracts of which were serialised by the Times and the Sunday Times this weekend.

The Duke and Duchess deny giving any interviews or contributing to the book directly, but the intimate nature of some details raises questions over who the sources were – and whether Harry and Megan gave them their blessing before they revealed such closely guarded insights to the couple’s private lives.    

Extraordinary personal details littered throughout Finding Freedom include particulars of the moment the Meghan confessed she wrote her estranged father Thomas Markle one final message while on FaceTime in a bathtub. 

The biography provides an intimately detailed and personalised version of the events leading up to the Sussexes’ dramatic departure from royal life earlier this year. 

A spokesman for Harry and Meghan insisted the couple did not contribute to the book, but the royals did not deny the content of The Times’s explosive extracts. 

‘The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not interviewed and did not contribute to Finding Freedom,’ a statement said. ‘This book is based on the authors’ own experiences as members of the royal press corps and their own independent reporting.’

In an interview with The Times, author Scobie appeared to choose his words carefully when he was quizzed about the level of access, if any, that was granted to him and Durand. ‘The book doesn’t claim to have any interviews with Harry and Meghan. And nor do we,’ he said.

Asked whether there had been an ‘off-the-record’ discussion, he said: ‘You’ve read the book. There’s no on-the-record interviews with the couple.’ Pressed again on the same question, he replied: ‘No, and I think that you can tell from the reporting, my time around the couple is enough for me to know my subjects.’

In an extract published today, Scobie and Durand describe how Meghan, sitting on FaceTime to her friend in a bathtub, confessed she sent her father one last text on the night before her wedding in May 2018.

‘I can’t sit up all night just pressing send,’ she said.

Other intensely personal moments include a tense conversation between Prince William and Harry, in which the elder royal told his brother: ‘Don’t feel you need to rush this.

Take as much time as you need to get to know this girl.’

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Other intensely personal moments include a tense conversation between Prince William and Harry, in which the elder royal told his brother: ‘Don’t feel you need to rush this. Take as much time as you need to get to know this girl’

The authors went on to explain in an except published this weekend how Harry told a source he was ‘p****d off’ by the comments: ‘P****d off that his brother would ask such a thing.’

Harry’s reaction to reading internet comments dubbing himself and Meghan ‘a disgrace to the royal family’ were also detailed by Scobie and Durand, who wrote on Saturday how he told a friend: ‘It’s a sick part of the society we live in today, and no one is doing anything about it.

‘Where’s the positivity? Why is everyone so miserable and angry?’

There are also conversations between Meghan and a friend, in which she lamented how her father was not answering a ‘barrage of voicemails’ she left him.

According to the authors, she said: ‘Dad, I still love you. Nothing has changed. We’re going to get you safely to London.

I’m sending a car to come and get you.’

‘My God, my phone,’ she then told a friend. ‘I’m assuming he’s getting my messages.’

According to the Times, the biography also includes details of the yoga pose Meghan took after discussing marriage with her husband-to-be in Africa, and the expression the couple’s son Archie made after being born. 

Despite both the authors and Meghan and Harry denying their involvement in the biography, Scobie, 39, has not previously been shy to discuss the access to the couple that he has enjoyed as a royal reporter.

Writing in American magazine Harper’s Bazaar in March, he described covering the Sussexes ‘farewell tour’ in February and March before they left the UK for their new life in North America. He detailed how he ‘joined the Duke of Sussex in Edinburgh’ on February 26 for a summit on sustainable and ethical tourism.

‘Chatting with him one-on-one recently I was struck by how knowledgeable he has become in this field,’ Mr Scobie said. ‘As one of the attendees at the Edinburgh work summit whispered to me after his speech, ‘He’s about to change the game for good.’

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Despite both the authors and Meghan and Harry denying their involvement in the biography, Scobie, 39, has not previously been shy to discuss the access to the couple that he has enjoyed as a royal reporter

Mr Scobie was also one of three journalists invited to cover Meghan’s penultimate Royal engagement on March 9 when she met 22 students who had received scholarships from the Association of Commonwealth Universities at Buckingham Palace. 

The meeting, held in the 1844 Room, took place shortly before Harry and Meghan attended the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey where the frosty atmosphere between the couple and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was clearly evident.

Mr Scobie described hugging Meghan during emotional scenes at Buckingham Palace before the couple left for the Abbey.

‘Back at Buckingham Palace, the ACU students now en-route to Westminster Abbey and Harry quietly slipping through the door to say hello, the reality – and the emotions – finally set in as I give Meghan a goodbye hug,’ he said.

‘She’s flying back to Canada on the last commercial flight of the day, eager to be back in Vancouver Island by the morning before Archie wakes up.’

It is unclear if any private conversations that Scobie may have shared with the couple are included in Finding Freedom. However, some passages do include quotations from comments that the couple have told ‘friends’.

For example, one section has Harry telling a friend: ‘I don’t need to have that movie moment where we get out of a car and wave to a hundred photographers before going into a building.’ 

In another passage, Meghan is reported as ‘tearfully’ telling a ‘friend’ in March: ‘I gave up my entire life for this family.

I was willing to do whatever it takes. But here we are. It’s very sad.’        

It comes as The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge last night hit back at claims in the biography that they actively spurned Meghan.

The authors of Finding Freedom claim relations between the Sussexes and Cambridges became so bitter that Kate humiliatingly snubbed her sister-in-law at Meghan’s farewell appearance as a senior Royal. 

But close friends of William and Kate issued a fierce defence, insisting the couple had ‘rolled out the red carpet’ for Meghan and ‘done all they possibly could’ to welcome the US actress into the Royal Family. 

According to the friends, the Cambridges ‘welcomed Meghan with open arms’ by inviting her to Anmer Hall, their family home in Norfolk, where Kate personally cooked vegan meals for her brother-in-law’s then fiance. 

William and Kate also invited Meghan’s friends, bridesmaids and page boys to a party before her wedding to Harry in May 2018, and keen tennis fan Kate asked Meghan to join her in the Royal Box at Wimbledon for two successive years. 

‘It’s just completely wrong to suggest they didn’t talk and plain wrong to say the Cambridges weren’t welcoming,’ a friend told The Mail on Sunday. 

‘How can you say they weren’t warm or welcoming when they hosted Meghan for Christmas, invited her into their totally private inner sanctum at Anmer Hall and did everything they could to make her feel at home?

They personally cooked her favourite vegan food, they couldn’t have been more welcoming.’   

As revelations in the book threatened to plunge the Royal family back into the darkest days of the bitter ‘Megxit’ saga earlier this year, it was claimed last night that Harry was upset when his older brother referred to his then girlfriend Meghan as ‘that girl’ and was warned ‘not to rush this’. 

According to the book, one senior Royal referred to Meghan as ‘Harry’s showgirl’ and another observed that she ‘comes with a lot of baggage’. 

Scobie and Durand also allege that a high-ranking courtier was overheard telling a colleague: ‘There’s just something about her I don’t trust.’ 

In other revelations, the book claims that William and Harry barely spoke for several months after the alleged ‘that girl’ comment, and that Kate did little to bridge the gap with Meghan because they were ‘not the best of friends’. 

It also suggests that Meghan felt her treatment by some Palace staff was ‘sexist and prejudiced’ and that as a ‘successful woman of colour’ she was labelled ‘demanding’. 

According to the book, Meghan was ‘disappointed that she and Kate hadn’t bonded over the unique position they shared’ and was infuriated by persistent media reports – confirmed by Palace aides – that a bust-up during a bridesmaid dress fitting for Princess Charlotte had left Kate in tears. 

In an indication of the mistrust that developed between the two women, a friend of the Cambridges acknowledged that Kate had ‘snubbed’ Meghan at the Commonwealth Service in March which marked her last appearance as a working Royal. 

The friend said her actions were born ‘out of sheer frustration’ at Harry and Meghan’s behaviour over their withdrawal from Royal life, announced on Instagram, and the launch of the Sussex Royal website. 

The source acknowledged that Kate snubbed Meghan at the West Door of Westminster Abbey, but added: ‘That was after the Sussexes had issued that incendiary statement and website.’ 

But friends of the Cambridges dismissed claims in Finding Freedom that Kate and Meghan ‘barely exchanged a word’ at the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day last year. 

In what was intended as a public show of solidarity, Harry was cheered on the polo field by Meghan and baby Archie, and William by Kate and their three children, George, seven, Charlotte, five and Louis, two. 

‘Everyone saw Kate and Meghan chatting. She [Meghan] had the baby and it was really sweet,’ one pal insisted. ‘George went up to Archie and gently stroked his head. Louis was larking around and making Meghan laugh – it was really positive and happy.’ 

However, allies of the Cambridges accept that the once close relationship between the brothers is now ‘strained’ and best described as ‘on and off’. 

They said William had been left ‘sad’ and ‘disappointed’ by the claims in Finding Freedom. 

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The Cambridges and the Sussexes at Westminster Abbey in London on Commonwealth Day in March 2019

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 'face PERMANENT exile from the Royal Family'

Kate and Meghan chatting in the Royal Box on Centre Court to watch the women’s singles final at Wimbledon in 2019

One of the Royal book authors thinks he’s Meghan’s soulmate, but royal couple say they didn’t give any interviews… so where DID all their information come from? 

They all insist that there were no interviews and that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex did not contribute to Finding Freedom – but questions remained last night about how the authors managed to secure such access and detail about the couple and their lives.

Intriguingly, co-author Omid Scobie recently described how he ‘hugged’ Meghan during an emotional farewell in March just hours before she quit Britain and has also boasted of enjoying a ‘one-on-one’ discussion with Harry.

The Sussexes, who now live in California, attempted to distance themselves from the book.

A spokesman said that the couple ‘were not interviewed and did not contribute to Finding Freedom’, adding: ‘The book is based on the authors’ own experiences as members of the royal press corps and their own independent reporting.’ 

In an interview with The Times, Mr Scobie appeared to choose his words carefully when he was quizzed about the level of access, if any, that was granted to him and Ms Durand. ‘The book doesn’t claim to have any interviews with Harry and Meghan.

And nor do we,’ he said.

Asked whether there had been an ‘off-the-record’ discussion, he said: ‘You’ve read the book. There’s no on-the-record interviews with the couple.’ Pressed again on the same question, he replied: ‘No, and I think that you can tell from the reporting, my time around the couple is enough for me to know my subjects.’ 

‘William had hoped that everyone had moved on, but clearly that’s not the case,’ said a friend. ‘He’s a little sad and disappointed that it’s being raked up all over again. 

‘He was extremely upset and hurt at the time [in January when Harry stood down from his duties] and his relationship with his brother is still quite distant. 

‘It’s best described as on-off and more off at the moment. He has no plans to see his brother this year, but of course Covid makes that much more difficult [anyway].’ 

While the Sussexes and the authors of Finding Freedom insist that the couple gave no interviews for the book, it paints an extremely flattering portrayal of them. 

In extracts that emerged yesterday, it was claimed that Harry and Meghan became so frustrated at what they perceived as an unwillingness to discuss their future that they considered arriving unannounced to confront the Queen.

They eventually decided against what would have been an extraordinary breach of royal protocol. 

The book also suggests that the couple were upset when the Queen did not include a photograph of them and Archie on her desk when she filmed her Christmas speech last year. 

Meghan is said by the authors to have considered the decision to strip Harry of his military patronages as part of the so-called Megxit deal, painfully thrashed out after a summit at Sandringham on 13 January as ‘unnecessary’.

By then, the couple felt deeply suspicious of rival royal camps and, according to the authors, described some senior officials as ‘the vipers’. 

The book suggests the three royal households of Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace and Clarence House are in competition, each trying to outdo – and even occasionally sabotage – the other. 

The couple, according to Finding Freedom, became increasingly frustrated at the palace communications operation. However, one former staff member told The Mail on Sunday: ‘It was a very challenging working environment. It was high pressure and extremely stressful…

Nothing was ever good enough, they always saw the negative in everything. 

‘Nothing is ever their fault, always someone else’s. They are professional victims.’  

A spokesman said that the couple ‘were not interviewed and did not contribute to Finding Freedom’, adding: ‘The book is based on the authors’ own experiences as members of the royal press corps and their own independent reporting.’

In an interview with The Times, Mr Scobie appeared to choose his words carefully when he was quizzed about the level of access, if any, that was granted to him and Ms Durand. ‘The book doesn’t claim to have any interviews with Harry and Meghan. And nor do we,’ he said.

Asked whether there had been an ‘off-the-record’ discussion, he said: ‘You’ve read the book.

There’s no on-the-record interviews with the couple.’ Pressed again on the same question, he replied: ‘No, and I think that you can tell from the reporting, my time around the couple is enough for me to know my subjects.’ 

A spokesperson for Meghan and Harry 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.’ 

A bond that lies in ruins: Branding William a ‘snob’ for daring to urge caution over Meghan is cruelly unjust – but shows how deep the chasm now is between the brothers, says RICHARD KAY

Just what was going through Prince William’s mind when he sat down with his brother to discuss Harry’s fast-moving romance with actress Meghan Markle?

Deep bonds of interdependence that go beyond the normal ties of kinship have framed their relationship ever since that heart-stopping moment when they lost their mother almost 23 years ago.

Theirs was the most affectionate story of brotherly love, one in which each looked out for the wellbeing of the other, from their schooldays at Eton, through the military and into their launch as full-time working royals. Navigating the pitfalls of romantic encounters while living in the spotlight was always the most challenging of all.

In the summer of 2016, William had been married for five years and was the proud father of two young children. In that same five-year period, Harry had broken up with two long-term girlfriends, Chelsy Davey and Cressida Bonas.

He envied his brother for having had the good fortune to meet and marry such a wonderful girl as Kate Middleton.

Then he met California-born Meghan, and in the space of just a few weeks, he had already whisked her to the Arctic Circle to see the Northern Lights and flown her to Botswana — a part of the world to which he feels a deep connection — to camp out under the stars.

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Deep bonds of interdependence that go beyond the normal ties of kinship have framed Prince William and Harry’s relationship ever since that heart-stopping moment when they lost their mother almost 23 years ago 

According to the new book, Finding Freedom, when Harry met Meghan, William, instinctively cautious compared with his impulsive younger brother, urged him to take things easy.

‘Don’t feel you need to rush this,’ he is quoted as saying. ‘Take as much time as you need to get to know this girl.’

To any observer, this would seem eminently sensible advice from someone who had not yet met his brother’s new love interest. Harry, we are now told, did not see it that way.

He heard no tone of generosity from an older brother who had always been there for him; but instead, in those last two words — ‘this girl’ — he detected an icy snobbishness. And authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand describe this as ‘anathema’ to Harry’s approach to the world.

‘During his ten-year career in the military, outside the royal bubble,’ they write, ‘he had learnt not to make snap judgements about people based on their accent, education, ethnicity, class or profession.’

Lofty ideals, but according to the book, the conversation between the two brothers was as much about the tired dynamic — as Harry saw it — between him and William.

There was ‘a thin line between caring and condescending’ and that line appeared to have been crossed. Harry no longer felt he needed looking after.

How long he had harboured these prejudices is unclear, but they triggered an outpouring of princely rage. Harry was offended, ‘p****d off’, as the writers elegantly put it. ‘P****d off that his brother would ask such a thing.’

A friend is quoted as telling the authors: ‘Harry could see through William’s words.

He was being a snob.’ It’s an extraordinary slur to make about anyone. About a brother, it is brutal.

Leaving aside the coarseness of the language, these are hard and unforgiving sentiments, the words fizzing with resentment. This ill-judged book may do considerable damage to Harry’s relationship with the rest of the Royal Family — but the breach between the brothers is vast, and may even be irreconcilable.

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According to the new book, Finding Freedom, when Harry met Meghan, William, instinctively cautious compared with his impulsive younger brother, urged him to take things easy

Perhaps it was too much to expect two very different boys with two very different wives to forge a lifelong alliance.

And perhaps it is too easy to blame American Meghan for heading off with Harry away from palace life into the sunset.

But, as children, William and Harry were whisper-close. When the baby of the family had a problem, he knew his big brother was always there.

This was the way Diana wanted it: two boys born into the Royal Family with uniquely different but complementing roles. After her death in 1997, the importance of their fraternal bond grew in their sorrow and loss, and also in their need to protect one another.

The image they projected was one of them against the world. And the stability they provided one another was crucial.

And on that day that William sat down with Harry, his intention, according to the book, was ‘to make sure Harry wasn’t blindsided by lust’. All William thought he was doing was looking out for his kid brother, just as he had done at school and in the difficult days after Diana’s death.

Friends say he would never make such a gratuitously offensive observation.

He had followed his mother’s advice — almost to the letter — to not marry in haste.

He and Kate had known each other for eight years before their engagement, Harry and Meghan a mere 13 months, if as the book claims, they were secretly engaged long before they made it public.

How long ago it now seems when Harry was as close to Kate as he was to William, a warm-hearted trio delighting the world. The two Princes are, of course, hardly the first brothers whose close friendship has been split by marriage.

The tragedy is that before Meghan came along, Harry was the very essence of a popular 21st-century prince. He was what every romantic expected a dutiful young royal to be — not only a brave soldier, but someone who could laugh easily at himself.

Indeed, laughter accompanied him everywhere he went.

Meghan’s arrival in his life changed everything.

But was this her fault, or was it down to Harry’s uncertainty in how to bring a fragrant Hollywood figure into the restrictive and highly controlled world of royal life?

Meghan, remember, had become accustomed to floating her views in public, on everything from climate change and human rights to clean water and gender equality. This became clear on one occasion when the ‘fab four’ of William, Kate, Meghan and Harry were on stage promoting their Heads Together mental welfare charity, and the Duchess of Sussex naturally dominated the microphone. 

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As children, William and Harry were whisper-close.

When the baby of the family had a problem, he knew his big brother was always there. This was the way Diana wanted it: two boys born into the Royal Family with uniquely different but complementing roles

There was an air of discomfort about William and Kate as they listened. Here was a young woman making it plain that her new royal status was something to be used so that her voice could be heard — an unknown philosophy in royal life.

At that moment, the silent Kate beside her looked almost dull. In truth, all Kate was doing was following a protocol that has kept the Royal Family in business for generations.

But by then the relationship between the brothers was barely above the cordial. Ever since that heart-to-heart about Meghan, the two had scarcely spoken.

The day of ‘Uncle’ Harry popping across the courtyard from Nottingham Cottage to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s neighbouring home at Kensington Palace bearing gifts for his nephew George and niece Charlotte were over.

And yet when it came to their engagement interview with the BBC, Harry went out of his way to lavish praise on his brother for the way he had welcomed Meghan.

William, he said, had been ‘longing to meet her’, and had been ‘wonderful . . . amazing . . . fantastic’ over the course of the romance. Hardly the actions of a chilly and indifferent snob.

This was in November 2017 and, according to the book, the brothers were by now ‘spending barely any time together’.

Why? Scobie and Durand lay the blame at William and Kate’s feet. ‘The invitations (from them) were the first to dry up.’

Once the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were married, the gap between the brothers only widened.

The newlyweds had rented a farmhouse, close to Great Tew in Oxfordshire, where, says the book, the Cambridges failed to visit, even though ‘the invite was there’.

Their rift was confirmed publicly last October when the Sussexes gave an interview to Tom Bradby of ITN in which Harry acknowledged that he and his brother were ‘certainly on different paths at the moment’.

Even if this one-sided account is only partly accurate, it makes for desperately sad reading. For William there is profound sadness that he knows his mother would have shared.

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Perhaps it was too much to expect two very different boys with two very different wives to forge a lifelong alliance. And perhaps it is too easy to blame Meghan for heading off with Harry away from palace life

In Harry, he had what he saw as a lifelong ally: a younger brother whose good nature and joviality provided elements of fun at times when he, as heir to the throne, had to be dignified.

Harry also provided the kind of unflinching advice on which a future monarch relies. It seems extraordinary that this mutual support has now gone.

Both brothers have always needed each other because both are single-minded and stubborn.

At one stage, let’s not forget, it was William’s intransigence and grumpiness that was more of a worry in the family than Harry’s youthful immaturity.

Beyond their shared past, the truth is the two are very different characters. William has transformed from the reluctant public performer of only a few short years ago and has, if you like, come to terms with his fate.

Kate and their children have contributed to that. It has made him more appreciative of the hierarchical nature of monarchy.

Harry’s tragedy is the sense of resentment he now appears to have — along with misplaced notions of grandeur.

‘He and Meghan seem to believe that they were responsible for all the goodwill that cascaded down on the Royal Family following their wedding,’ says a courtier.

It was typified by their reaction to an invitation for Meghan to join Prince Charles as his guest at an exhibition at Buckingham Palace.

Insiders say that when the Duchess learned television cameras would be recording the event, she pulled out.

‘She and Harry allowed the idea to take root that Charles wanted to ride on the coat tails of their popularity,’ says a figure. ‘Quite apart from the staggering discourtesy of not going, it demonstrated their ludicrous sense of entitlement.’

For William the temptation must be to wish that he never had that conversation with Harry in the first place. Or, if he is feeling charitable, he might wonder if he ever really knew Harry at all.

Snubs… or just smears? After Prince Harry and Meghan Markle biography’s explosive claims, royal insiders give THEIR side of the story  

The biography of Harry and Meghan contains a string of incendiary claims about how they were shunned by the Firm.

Dubbed the ‘gospel according to the Sussexes’, Finding Freedom was said to have been written with the couple’s blessing and its authors had access to their inner circle.

Spanning 24 chapters, the book contains page after page of score-settling and vicious swipes at the Royal Family, courtiers and the media.

Indignation and rancour are particularly directed towards William and Kate for supposedly cold-shouldering the Sussexes from the start of their relationship.

Even the Queen, who did much behind the scenes to ease their journey away from royal life, is rebuked for apparent slights towards the couple.

The astonishing book has sparked fresh recriminations over who was to blame over the bitter fallout from Megxit.

Others in the Royal Household have hit back, attacking the biography as a partial account designed to put a gloss on Harry and Meghan’s behaviour.

Courtiers who have read extracts from the book have been quick to insist that the version of events peddled by friends of the Sussexes is false.

Here, the Mail outlines some of the most astonishing allegations – and examines whether they stand up to scrutiny.

‘Viper’ courtiers blamed for stifling their schemes 

Senior courtiers who Princess Diana used to refer to as ‘men in grey suits’ are described as ‘vipers’.

The book claims the so-called ‘old guard’ tried to undermine the couple and ‘were concerned that the global interest in and popularity of the Sussexes needed to be reined in’.

Harry and Meghan believed ‘few inside the palace were looking out for their interests’ and felt that most courtiers could not be trusted with their sensitive information.

They believed that these ‘men in grey suits’ were stifling their attempts to launch their initiatives, and when they tried to air these frustrations ‘the conversations didn’t lead anywhere’.

One source said Harry felt that some of the old guard at the palace ‘simply didn’t like Meghan and would stop at nothing to make her life difficult’.

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Senior courtiers who Princess Diana used to refer to as ‘men in grey suits’ are described as ‘vipers’.

Pictured: Meghan’s first function with the Queen – plus the men in grey suits

The book concludes that Meghan was ‘totally foreign’ to this group of advisers, who ‘could sometimes be even more conservative than the institution they guarded’.

The description of senior palace courtiers as ‘vipers’ has sparked some amusement in royal circles, conjuring up the image of a group of bikers in leather jackets.

‘Maybe thirty years ago there would have been an issue, but that’s just laughable to suggest now,’ said one insider.

The source said it was obvious ‘why it would suit the narrative of the book’, but insisted the description is ‘just not true’.

Another insider said: ‘The fact is that Meghan was welcomed with open arms and everyone did their best to offer their help about how to navigate such a tricky public role – advice she would often choose to ignore.

‘They did the best they could in often trying circumstances.’

The ‘A-team’ of staff who dwindled away  

In an interview yesterday, one of the book’s authors dismissed the notion that Meghan was pushy towards her staff – despite numerous departures.

Omid Scobie said Meghan’s high-profile career as an actress and the fact that she was a divorcee left her ‘ripe for exploitation’.

But insiders have often hinted at the couple’s high-handedness. The duchess was surrounded by an ‘A-team’ of high-achieving women all wanting to promote their boss’ world vision. But one by one, they all departed.

First, the couple’s assistant Melissa Toubati ‘quit’ in November 2018, six months into the job, after allegedly being reduced to tears by her boss.

‘That’s so not what happened,’ Mr Scobie said.

He then cited legal reasons for refusing to elaborate.

A few weeks later, the couple’s private secretary, Samantha Cohen, left after 17 years with the Royal Family. Last January, Meghan’s female bodyguard departed after just six months.

Archie’s first nurse did not survive her second night before being ‘let go’ for ‘unprofessional and irresponsible’ conduct, according to Mr Scobie.

Royal biographer Robert Jobson claimed in his book, Charles At Seventy, that Meghan’s wedding preparations were so stressful that Harry became ‘petulant and short-tempered’ with members of staff.

Charlotte’s dress ‘tears’ 

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The authors insist there were no tears from Kate over Meghan’s ‘strict demands’ surrounding her wedding (pictured)

The authors insist there were no tears from Kate over Meghan’s ‘strict demands’ surrounding her wedding.

It was claimed in November 2018 that Meghan had reduced her sister-in-law to tears over Princess Charlotte’s bridesmaid’s dress. The Daily Telegraph reported that two sources said the Duchess of Cambridge was crying after a dress fitting with Charlotte, pictured below at the wedding with her mother.

The Mail has also spoken to sources who support the claim that Kate was deeply upset.

Dismissing the story yesterday, the book described the claims as ‘puzzling’ and questioned whether someone from the palace could have been behind the tale.

It said aides should have ‘set the record straight’ because it was a ‘ridiculous story’ that was ‘so false’.

‘Some of the children weren’t cooperating, and there was a lot going on,’ the source said. ‘Everyone tried to help where they could, but it’s never easy with kids at fittings. There were no tears from anyone. And in the end, the fitting was fine.

‘Kate and Meghan were both a little stressed but professionals in the room, and there were other people there.’

Kicking up a stink at the chapel?  

According to royal sources, Meghan disliked the musty odour of St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle and asked for air fresheners to be deployed before her wedding guests arrived.

This was said to have horrified Buckingham Palace officials who pointed out that the chapel was a regular place of worship for the Queen – and successive monarchs since 1475 – and if it was good enough for them, it would be good enough for her.

But a passage in Finding Freedom dismisses this notion.

The truth, it says, was that discreet Baies scented air diffusers (pictured) for the chapel provided by Diptyque had been approved by all parties involved.

The fuss over the odour was first revealed by the Daily Mail several months after the wedding. Insiders at both Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace confirmed that the request had been made by the duchess’s office for the scented diffusers and that it hadn’t gone down well. Those sources stood by their account last night. 

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According to royal sources, Meghan disliked the musty odour of St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle (her wedding day, pictured) and asked for air fresheners to be deployed before her wedding guests arrived

‘Ignored’ by Wills and Kate at the Abbey 

During one of their final engagements as senior royals, Meghan was ‘purposefully snubbed’ by Kate in front of a global TV audience, the authors claim.

Shortly after arriving at Westminster Abbey in March to mark the 70th anniversary of the Commonwealth, Harry and Meghan ‘both greeted William and Kate with smiles’ but got ‘little response’.

William nodded at Harry and allegedly ‘ignored’ his sister-in-law.

‘For the minutes before the Queen’s arrival, William and Kate sat with their backs to the couple, only turning around to chat with Prince Edward and Sophie, next to the Sussexes,’ the authors wrote.

‘Meghan tried to make eye contact with Kate – the duchess barely acknow- ledged her.’

In an interview with The Times, Mr Scobie said: ‘To purposefully snub your sister-in-law…

I don’t think it left a great taste in the couple’s mouths.’

Royal watchers point out the ‘icy encounter’ was the first time they had all seen each other since the ‘Sandringham Summit’ showdown over the Sussexes’ role two months earlier, and a formal event was not the moment to rebuild bridges. 

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During one of their final engagements as senior royals, Meghan was ‘purposefully snubbed’ by Kate in front of a global TV audience, the authors claim.

Pictured: The family leave Westminster Abbey after attending the annual Commonwealth Service in March

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 'face PERMANENT exile from the Royal Family'

The book claims Meghan and Kate’s ‘cordial but distant rapport’ was apparent when the pair appeared alongside each other at the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day last summer (pictured)

Staying solo at the polo 

The book claims Meghan and Kate’s ‘cordial but distant rapport’ was apparent when the pair appeared alongside each other at the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day last summer.

Although the duchesses were pictured with their children, the ‘two appeared to barely exchange a word’, it was claimed.

The authors wrote: ‘The state of affairs between the two women was just an offshoot of the real issue at hand: The conflict between Harry and the institution.’ 

The picture of disillusion 

The couple were dismayed when no photograph of them and their son Archie was displayed during the Queen’s Christmas speech last year.

According to Finding Freedom, they considered it a snub that their photo was absent from the desk in the Green Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace, pictured above, from where the Monarch gives her traditional annual address.

Already feeling they ‘had long been sidelined by the institution and were not a fundamental part of its future’, the couple considered the episode to be ‘yet another sign that they needed to consider their own path’.

Photographs of the duke and duchess had featured in the Queen’s address in 2018, but she opted last year to display images of her father King George VI, Prince Charles and Camilla, and a family shot of the Cambridges.

The book quotes palace sources as saying they wanted to illustrate the line of succession.

Yesterday, sources scoffed at the suggestion that it was the absence of their picture from the Queen’s desk that prompted Harry and Meghan’s decision to go. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 'face PERMANENT exile from the Royal Family'

The couple were dismayed when no photograph of them and their son Archie was displayed during the Queen’s Christmas speech last year

 

Did Prince Harry propose to Meghan Markle on Botswana holiday THREE MONTHS before telling the world?

New biography says they were ‘secretly engaged in August 2017’

Prince Harry may have proposed to Meghan Markle three months before their official announcement, a bombshell biography detailing the Sussexes’ dramatic departure from royal life has revealed.

According to Finding Freedom, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex ‘became secretly engaged in August 2017’.

That same month, the pair took a trip to Botswana where they are said to have celebrated both Meghan’s 36th birthday and their first year as a couple.

During their engagement interview in November 2017, Prince Harry said he popped the question ‘earlier this month’ while the couple were ‘roasting chicken’ on a ‘cosy night’.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 'face PERMANENT exile from the Royal Family'

Meghan and Harry in Botswana in the summer of 2017. According to Finding Freedom, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex ‘became secretly engaged in August 2017’

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 'face PERMANENT exile from the Royal Family'

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry pose for a photograph in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in west London on November 27, 2017, after the announcement of their engagement

In the biography, written by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, a source says Prince William tried to ‘make sure that Harry wasn’t blindsided by lust’ in his relationship with Meghan shortly before they got engaged that August. 

According to the book, which is being serialised by The Times and The Sunday Times, Harry took offence when William told him: ‘Take as much time as you need to get to know this girl.’

Harry is said to have considered the choice of the words ‘this girl’ to be condescending.

In their 2018 engagement interview, Harry recalled how he ‘convinced’ Meghan to fly out to Botswana to join him on a trip and said they spent a romantic five days camping out under the stars.

‘It was I think about three, maybe four weeks [after their first date] that I managed to persuade her to come and join me in Botswana,’ he said at the time.

‘And we, we camped out with each other under the stars, we spent, she came and joined me for five days out there, which was absolutely fantastic.’

The country has a special significance for Prince Harry, who first visited Botswana shortly after his mother Princess Diana’s death, when he travelled there with his brother and father.

Harry fell in love with the country on that first trip and has since returned regularly, getting increasingly involved with wildlife conservation efforts in Botswana.  

When it came to finding the perfect engagement ring for Meghan, Harry even chose to source a diamond from Botswana – which he has previously referred to as his ‘second home’. 

The stone was paired with two diamonds from a tiara that belonged to Princess Diana.  

Finding Freedom provides an intimately detailed and personalised version of the events leading up to the Sussexes’ dramatic departure from royal life, with co-authors Scobie and Durand insisting ‘all information in this book has at least two sources’. 

Harry and Meghan deny giving interviews.