There are “buckets of bitterness” over the royal family split that saw Meghan and Harry leave the UK, it’s claimed.
New biography Finding Freedom will detail the breakdown between the so-called ‘Fab Four’ – Harry, Meghan, William and Kate – with claims the Sussexes were frustrated at taking a ‘backseat’ to other royals.
An extract from the book, as serialised in today’s Times, says: “Increasingly Harry had grown frustrated that he and Meghan often took a back seat to other family members.
“While they both respected the hierarchy of the institution, it was difficult when they wanted to focus on a project and were told that a more senior ranking family member, be it Prince William or Prince Charles, had an initiative or tour being announced at the same time — so they would just have to wait.
“For months the couple tried to air these frustrations, but the conversations didn’t lead anywhere.”
Relations between the Sussexes and the Cambridges grew so bitter that by March the couples were barely speaking, the book goes on to claim.
The foursome ‘hardly spoke’ at the Commonwealth service at Westminster Abbey despite not having seen each other since January, the biography says.
Authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand wrote: “Although Meghan tried to make eye contact with Kate, the duchess barely acknowledged her.”
Mr Scobie told the Times: “To purposefully snub your sister-in-law… I don’t think it left a great taste in the couple’s mouths.”
There are now fears the biography, which appears to sympathise with Meghan and Harry’s frustrations, could make matters between the estranged royals even worse.
“There are buckets of bitterness,” a source told The Sun. “It will certainly not help relations with the Royal Family.”
The biography – which Meghan and Harry say they did not contribute to – claims the couple felt they deserved bigger royal roles after the success of their Windsor wedding which was beamed to millions worldwide.
The Sussexes felt their complaints were not taken seriously and believed other royal households were leaking stories about them to the press.
“There were just a handful of people working at the palace they could trust,” the authors write.
“A friend of the couple’s referred to the old guard as ‘the vipers’.
“Meanwhile, a frustrated palace staffer described the Sussexes’ team as ‘the squeaky third wheel’ of the palace.”
William and Harry’s split has been described as the ‘most serious royal conflict for generations’ by biographer Robert Lacey, the author behind another upcoming release; ‘Battle of Brothers: William and Harry – the Friendship and the Feuds’.
Lacey’s book, which will be released in October, examines how the relationship breakdown fits into a historical context.
“Raised to be the closest of brothers, the last 18 months has seen a devastating breakdown of their once unbreakable bond,” the synopsis says.
Last October, the Duke of Sussex opened up to ITV News anchor Tom Bradby in the film Harry and Meghan : An African Adventure.
Bradby said: “It has been a year of big change, with all the complications that brings.
“This includes the decision to split his office off from that of his brother, to whom he has always been close.”
The news presenter then asked about the truth to speculation of a rift.
Harry said: “Part of this role and part of this job and this family being under the pressure that it’s under inevitably, you know, stuff happens.
“But look, we’re brothers. We’ll always be brothers.
“We’re certainly on different paths at the moment but I will always be there for him and as I know he’ll always be there for me.
“You know, we don’t see each other as much as we, as much as we used to because we’re so busy.
“But, I love him dearly and, you know, the majority of the stuff is created out of nothing.
“Just as I said, as brothers, you know, you have good days, you have bad days.”
Harry and Meghan stepped down from royal life and took baby Archie to Canada, sending shockwaves through the royal family earlier this year.
They had since moved to Los Angeles, to be closer to Meghan’s mum during the United States’ coronavirus lockdown.
A spokesman for Harry and Meghan tonight said the couple did not contribute to the new biography, but he did not deny the content of The Times’s extracts.#
The spokesman 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.”