Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s newly published biography will leave “long-lasting” scars on the relationships between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and other members of the royal family, according to a well-placed source.
Sources have also hinted that the revelations made in Meghan and Prince Harry’s unauthorised and unofficial biography – by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand are most likely to deepen the issues between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and other royals.
A statement made available to the Daily Mirror reads in part: “It’s sadly hard to imagine a world where this won’t do lasting damage to many of the personal relationships explored in this very one-sided account.”
Among other sensitive claims made in the biography, the writers scripted the rift between Harry and William and what brought their decades-long relationship to break while analyzing the lack of warmth in the relationship between Kate and Meghan.
The book which is currently available for downloads online and print, also describes how Meghan and Harry perceived some of the courtiers and palace aides, which prompted questions from palace sources asking whom Ms Durand and Mr Scobie may have spoken to before putting forward the narrative.
“One may indeed wonder who those two sources are. It’s fair to say there is a great deal of scepticism over the involvement of the book’s two primary subjects,” they told the Daily Mail.
However, Mr Scobie and Ms Durand claimed to have spoken with more than 100 people, most of whom they anonymously reported in their book. Both the authors and Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have denied any direct involvement of the couple in the making of this book.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex said in a statement: “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.”
In a recent interview, Mr Scobie also said his and Ms Durand’s knowledge of the couple was deepened by the fact that they both enjoyed front row seats to all Meghan and Harry’s private engagements.
However, in the author’s notes on the final pages of the book, Ms Durand and Mr Scobie admit they did speak to the couple while writing their biography.
The note read: “We have spoken with close friends of Harry and Meghan, royal aides and palace staff (past and present), the charities and organisations they have built long-lasting relationships with and, when appropriate, the couple themselves.
“In many instances, we have granted sources anonymity to allow freedom to candidly provide direct quotes without their names being attributed (either due to the sensitivity of roles or to protect careers).”
After this footnote sparked a flurry of comments regarding the real involvement of Meghan and Harry’s in the book, Mr Scobie took to Twitter in an attempt to set the record straight.
“Let’s make one thing clear: There’s a huge difference between exchanging a few words with a member of the Royal Family on an official engagement or tour to actually interviewing them. The amount of nonsense doing the rounds right now is unreal,” He wrote.