Prince William feared that his brother was “blinded by lust” in his haste to marry Meghan Markle, according to a new book about the couple.
n Finding Freedom, serialized by the Times and the Sunday Times, the authors claim that the Duke of Sussex was angry with what he saw as his brother’s “snobbish” attitude toward his bride.
The book’s co-authors, Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie, allege that Harry was offended by William’s advice to ‘take as much time as you need to get to know this girl.’
According to the couple, William was happy for his brother, but “he just wanted to make sure Harry wasn’t blinded by lust.”
But his younger brother reportedly took offense at the phrase “this girl” and interpreted it as “snobbish and condescending.”
The rest of the royal family was also apparently less than welcoming, with one senior royal reportedly referring Meghan as ‘Harry’s showgirl’ – and another saying ‘she’s coming with a lot of luggage’.
Another high courtier would have said to a colleague, “There’s something about her that I don’t trust.”
Harry’s belief that the palace was out to sabotage his relationship was the start of the split with his brother.
He would have felt “unprotected” by the institutions around the monarchy and ridiculed by the old guard for being “too sensitive and too frank.”
Apparently, the Duchess of Cambridge has done little to bridge the gap and never really got to know Meghan.
A source said about Harry, “He’s extremely protective of Meghan.
“He understands that many people are against them, and he will do everything he can to protect her and prevent her from being injured – even if it means taking a distance from those people.”
Another said that the coolness between the princes was the reason for Harry and Meghan’s move to Windsor.
“He wanted to get out of the goldfish bowl that was Kensington Palace,” said the man.
Everywhere you go, you are surrounded by staff and family. He was at a point in his life where he worked with his brother, did the foundation with his brother, and lived with his brother.
“It was too much.”
Other claims include that
– The two couples barely spoke to the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in March, despite not seeing each other since January.
– The Sussexes believed that their complaints were not taken seriously and believed that other royal households leaked stories about them to the press.
– Being told to operate under the Buckingham Palace umbrella after their household split from the Cambridges was “a big disappointment” to the Sussexes.
– The Sussexes even contemplated breaking the protocol by making a surprise visit to the Queen when they thought they couldn’t see the monarch.
A spokesman for Harry and Meghan said the pair did not contribute to the book, but he did not deny the content of The Times extracts.
The spokesperson told the PA news agency, “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have not been interviewed and have not contributed to Finding Freedom.
“This book is based on the authors’ own experiences as members of the Royal Press and their own independent reporting.”
The revelations come after the Sussexes took legal action in Los Angeles after drones were said to have been used to take photos of their 14-month-old son Archie.
A complaint filed with the Los Angeles County Superior Court on Thursday alleges that an unnamed person photographed Archie at their home during their closure.
The lawsuit is the latest example of the couple’s war against what they describe as intrusive tabloids.
Meghan is suing Associated Newspapers, publisher of the Mail on Sunday and MailOnline, for articles sharing parts of a “private and confidential” letter from the Duchess to her estranged father, Thomas Markle.