Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have distanced themselves from a bombshell biography on their troubles with the royal family – but haven’t denied any of its claims either.
The book, ‘Finding Freedom’, is due to be published in August and is set to shed light on the couple’s frustrations with the palace and press.
Written by royal reporters Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie, it is expected to detail how the couple felt the royal institution had failed to support them.
Extracts published in the Times on Saturday presents a supportive view of the infamous ‘Megxit’ split that saw the couple leave for a new life overseas.
But the couple, currently living in the US, say they were not interviewed for the book and did not make any contributions to it.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not interviewed and did not contribute to ‘Finding Freedom’,” a spokesperson for the couple said in a statement tonight.
“This book is based on the authors’ own experiences as members of the royal press corps and their own independent reporting”, the statement added.
The Times extracts allude to infighting among royal family members, with Harry believing Meghan was not liked by some of his relatives and others feeling that the popularity of the couple had to be “reined in”.
The newspaper said Meghan described criticism in some tabloids as “death by a thousand cuts”.
According to The Telegraph, the book presents Harry and Meghan as ‘disruptive forces’ with the desire to modernise the monarchy, only for them to be discouraged by the “grey suits” of the royal court.
The couple and their 14-month-old son, Archie, now live in Los Angeles after they stepped down from their royal roles in March to forge new careers.
In January, they announced plans to lead a more independent life and to finance it themselves.
Harry and Meghan, a former actress, married in May 2018 in a wedding which was heralded at the time as infusing a blast of Hollywood glamour and modernity into the monarchy.
The wedding made them one of the world’s biggest celebrity couples.