Omid Scobie, the co-author of an unofficial but flattering biography of Meghan and Harry, criticised the reported decision taken by Buckingham Palace to take away Frogmore Cottage from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. With this alleged move, King Charles is taking away the “only sufficiently secure refuge” Harry and Meghan have in Britain, the co-author of Finding Freedom claimed.
In an op-ed he penned for Yahoo!News, the journalist said: “With the Sussexes’ still unable to access royal police protection when in the UK, there is just one remaining space that meets the family of four’s security needs when visiting — Frogmore Cottage.
“Just five minutes walk from Windsor Castle, and ensconced within the Metropolitan Police-led ring of steel surrounding the Windsor Estate, the couple’s British home has become Harry, Meghan, Archie and Lilibet’s only sufficiently secure refuge in the country since their access to armed police protection was taken away in 2020.”
Having access to Frogmore Cottage, made it easier for the Sussexes to attend the celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee in June last year, Mr Scobie added.
The decision to evict the pair, who in late 2020 repaid the £2.4million taken from the Sovereign Grant in 2018 and used for the refurbishment of the five-bedroom cottage, signals just how far from a reconciliation the Sussexes and the Royal Family are, Ms Scobie said.
Commenting on the decision, Mr Scobie reported a friend of the couple saying: “It all feels very final and like a cruel punishment. It’s like [the family] want to cut them out of the picture for good.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were initially given just weeks to fully vacate Frogmore Cottage, but they were later told they will have access to the cottage until early summer, another source reported by Mr Scobie added.
This would allow Meghan, Harry and their children to stay at the Windsor property if they decide to travel back to England for the Coronation of King Charles in May.
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