Harry and Meghan ‘became disillusioned’ with the Royal Family, new biography claims

A new book claims to reveal how Harry and Meghan became disillusioned with the Royal Family and the events that led to them leaving the UK.

The book, Finding Freedom by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, is due to be published in August and is being serialised in The Times and The Sunday Times.

It claims the relationship between the Sussexes and Harry’s brother William and sister-in-law Kate became so bitter by March that they barely spoke to each other at a Westminster Abbey service, despite not having seen each other since January.

The couple, who married in 2018, now live in Los Angeles with their 14-month-old son Archie, after stepping down from royal duties in March.

The book said they had “liked being in control of their narrative” in the early days of their marriage but being told they had to operate under the Buckingham Palace umbrella after splitting their household from the Cambridges’ was “a big disappointment to them”.

“As their popularity had grown, so did Harry and Meghan’s difficulty in understanding why so few inside the palace were looking out for their interests. They were a major draw for the Royal Family,” the authors wrote.

“The Sussexes had made the monarchy more relatable to those who had never before felt a connection. However, there were concerns that the couple should be brought into the fold; otherwise the establishment feared their popularity might eclipse that of the Royal Family.”

The couple came to believe they were being blocked from seeing the Queen to discuss their unhappiness, according to the book, and had considered breaking with protocol by springing a surprise visit to the monarch.

The book describes Harry as “highly emotional and fiercely protective of his wife and son”, adding that he felt “drained” by the unique circumstances of his family.

A source was quoted as saying the family “doesn’t have the opportunity to operate as an actual family… every conversation, every issue, every personal disagreement, whatever it may be, involves staff”.

They added: “It creates a really weird environment that actually doesn’t allow people to sort things out themselves.”

The book also mentioned Meghan‘s upset at Harry being stripped of his military appointments when it was announced the couple would cease royal duties. The duke was described as being “emotional” about the news.

The duchess was quoted as telling a friend that it was “so unnecessary”, adding: “And it’s not just taking something away from him; it’s also that entire military veteran community. You can see how much he means to them, too. So why?”

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,” the statement added.

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