Royal rift: Meghan and Harry’s relationship with royal family ‘destined’ to fail

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down as senior royals in March this year, leading to speculation as to why. An upcoming biography of the couple – Finding Freedom – is said to provide some insight into the royal shakeup.

Some extracts of the book have been released prior to its publication.

These suggest royal rifts forming before the Duke and Duchess took off to start their new life in Los Angeles.

Royal commentator Chris Ship claims, amongst other issues, the Sussexes believe the “institution” of the royal family “did not support them” against negative press coverage.

He said: “the two sides were like a mismatched couple going into a marriage which was destined for failure.”

A statement released on behalf of the Sussexes 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.”

Based on the book’s extracts so far, analysts have noted the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were hardly speaking by March this year.

The book’s authors, Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, claim Meghan had “tried to make eye contact” with Kate Middleton at the annual Commonwealth Service that month.

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However, the Duchess of Cambridge is said to have “barely acknowledged her”.

Despite this, the book also claims the alleged rift between Meghan and Kate did not exist, with the authors writing: “The truth was that Meghan and Kate just didn’t know each other that well.”

The book also claims certain reports about the two duchesses are false, including rumours of an argument at a dress-fitting – these rumours are said to have “puzzled” those who were actually present.

According to reports, the authors write: “In the end, the fitting was fine.

“Kate and Meghan were both a little stressed but professional in the room, and there were other people there.”

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Although neither Prince Harry nor Meghan contributed to the book, it was written with their knowledge and with input from sources close to the couple.
Analyst Chris Ship made his comments for ITV.

According to the Sussex Royal site, the Duke and Duchess left the royal family to live a more independent life.

A statement regarding the terms of their departure from royal duties reads: “The Royal Family respect and understand the wish of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex to live a more independent life as a family, by removing the supposed ‘public interest’ justification for media intrusion into their lives. They remain a valued part of Her Majesty’s family.”

Since moving to LA, the Duke and Duchess have been occasionally spotted out doing charity volunteering work, including delivering food.

The royal couple recently signed with New York-based Harry Walker Agency – a business venture that could see them earn a living as keynote speakers at a range of events.

Meanwhile, Prince William and Kate Middleton have been carrying out charity work of their own.

The couple’s Royal Foundation charity recently donated £1.8 million to mental health charities as well as to help emergency service workers.

The money, part of a ‘COVID-19 response fund’, will go to help emergency responders get trauma counselling and boost the capacity of helplines available with the Campaign Against Living Miserably suicide prevention charity.

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