Although Scobie says neither Meghan nor Harry has given an official or unofficial interview for the book, he claims to give authoritative and intimate insight into the couple’s experiences and their dramatic departure from the royal family.
The sisters-in-law had only spent a “handful of occasions together” before Harry and Meghan’s wedding. The book chronicles a moment when they crossed paths at Kensington Palace in 2017, both shopping on the same street, but Kate went in her own Range Rover.
Meghan “fully expected Kate to weave her hand and give her the lie of the land about everything an outsider in society needs to know,” the book claims. Meanwhile, a source said Kate felt they didn’t have much in common “other than the fact that they lived in Kensington Palace”.
“Meghan was disappointed that she and Kate hadn’t bonded over the unique position they shared, but she wasn’t losing sleep over it.”
– Omid Scobie et Carolyn Durand
The two duchesses may not have been “best friends,” but were “not at war with each other either,” the authors write. “Meghan was disappointed that she and Kate had not bonded over the unique position they shared, but she was not losing sleep over it.
The book goes out of its way to cut down on apocryphal stories, like Meghan – before her wedding – who allegedly made Kate cry during a fitting of bridesmaids dresses. “This story was ridiculous and so false,” says a confidant, the authors writing: “Several assistants in the royal households now confirm that there was no fitting out which left the Duchess of Cambridge in tears. ”
Meghan believes she has been the victim of “sexism and prejudice” within the tabloid press. The authors write: “If a man got up before dawn to work, he was applauded for his work ethic. If a woman did, she was deemed difficult or “bitchy.” The double standard was exacerbated when it came to successful women of color, often referred to as demanding or aggressive. ”
If the relationship between the Duchesses was freezing, the book – with around 200 sources – paints a more dire picture of the relationship between Princes William and Harry, sketching out what would have been said when William warned Harry at the start of his relationship. with Meghan. .
“A happy and contented Harry is rare, so seeing him practically jumping was a delight,” a source said of Harry’s mood after meeting Meghan. “But at the same time, William always felt he had to watch over Harry, not as a future monarch but as an older brother. All their adult lives he felt he should keep an eye on Harry and make sure he wasn’t struggling and on track.
“These are two brothers who have spent their entire lives with people trying to take advantage of them,” a source told the authors. “They both developed a radar to detect this type of person, but since William didn’t know much about Meghan, he wanted to make sure Harry wasn’t blinded by lust.
“Don’t feel like you have to rush,” William told Harry, according to sources. “Take all the time you need to get to know this girl.”
A friend said: “Harry could see through William’s words. He was a snob. The authors write: “During his 10-year career in the military, outside of the royal bull, he had learned not to make harsh judgments on people based on their accent, their education, their ethnicity, class or profession. ”
The brothers “barely spoke” after William’s speech, the authors specifying that intra-royal relations at the home were not aided by the “competitive” atmosphere that exists between Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace and Clarence House.
The book portrays an image of Harry and Meghan feeling increasingly besieged and isolated as they attempt to forge a new life – confronting palace traditions and denigrating tabloid stories. Meghan would feel like she gave up her ‘whole life’ for the royal family.
Harry’s regular visits to see William and Kate and their children while they all lived at Kensington Palace “practically came to a halt” in the summer of 2017.
“He understands that a lot of people are against them and he will do whatever he can to protect her and prevent her from getting hurt.”
– Royal Source on Prince Harry
Kate “hasn’t done much to bridge the gap,” the book says. Harry “was tired of the dynamic” between him and William, and “pissed off,” a source said, “that his brother would ask for such a thing. ”
Harry is “extremely protective of Meghan,” a source said. “He understands that a lot of people are against them, and he will do whatever he can to protect her and prevent her from getting hurt, even if that means distance himself from them.”
The deterioration of her relationship with William helped prompt Harry and Meghan to move to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.
“He wanted to get away from the goldfish bowl that was Kensington Palace,” a source said.
The state of relations between the brothers is particularly sad, as – Scobie and Durand write – Harry “once told a friend that he had a picture of getting married and spending time with William and Kate, the two couples. together, their children’s best friends. ”