New book talks about rift inside British royal family

Chennai: A new book has said the arrival of Meghan Markle, now married to Prince Harry, split the British royal family.

According to the second installment of a serialised version of the book ‘Finding Freedom’, which appeared in the Sunday Times, Prince William infuriated Prince Harry when he told his younger brother he should move slowly in his relationship with the American actress.

The book claimed Harry was angered by what he perceived as William’s snobby tone in a discussion about Markle when they were dating. The authors quote a source close to William as saying he didn’t want Harry to be ‘blindsided by lust’.

In those last two words, ‘this girl’, Harry heard the tone of snobbishness that was anathema to his approach to the world, the excerpt said, noting that Harry has spent 10 years in the military and outside the royal bubble. “Also, to remove Meghan from the equation, Harry was tired of the dynamic that had become established between him and his older brother,’ said the authors”.

The book also describes how the rest of the family and the Royal Household also didn’t know what to make of Meghan. One senior courtier is said to have told a colleague: “There’s just something about her I don’t trust.” Another called her Harry’s showgirl.

Meanwhile, Harry and Meghan issued a statement denying taking part in the publication. “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not interviewed and did not contribute to Finding Freedom,’ it said. ‘This book is based on the authors’ own experiences as members of the royal press corps and their own independent reporting,” it added.


NT Bureau