Queen’s family seen as ‘uncaring and dysfunctional’ in new Meghan and Harry book

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A new book containing explosive claims about Megxit will make Royal Family members and aides “squirm”, a journalist has suggested.

Finding Freedom portrays the Queen’s family as “uncaring and dysfunctional”, and unable to sort out their own problems without palace aides having to intervene, said royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills.

Among the allegations, the book claims Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were jealous of Prince William and Kate Middleton, money sparked a huge row as they quit the Royal Family and the Sussexes were seen as “the squeaky third wheel” of the monarchy.

The first extracts from the eagerly-anticipated book are being released this weekend – and it is anticipated the bombshell new claims will send relations between the Sussexes and the rest of The Firm to a “new low”.

A spokesman for Harry and Meghan claims the couple did not contribute to the book, but he did not deny the content of the first of three days of extracts published in the Times and Sunday Times.

In an analysis for Sky News, Ms Mills wrote: “The Royal Family, and especially the Queen, have had to develop broad shoulders when it comes to people trying to delve into their family relationships over the years.

“Who can forget the fallout from Andrew Morton’s Princess Diana biography.

“While this new book doesn’t appear to be quite as explosive, the portrayal of the Windsors as being uncaring, dysfunctional and unable to sort out their own family problems without palace aides being involved will, I’m sure, make some squirm.”

The royal court doesn’t come out well, either, she added.

Finding Freedom authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, who are accused of being cheerleaders for the Sussexes, describe a culture of increasing tension between the Sussexes and other senior royals.

Meghan, Harry and one-year-old son Archie are now living in pal Tyler Perry’s £14 million Tuscan-style mansion in Los Angeles after breaking out on their own.

The book described how relations between Harry and Meghan and Prince William and Kate Middleton grew so bitter that by March the couples were barely speaking.

It claims the couples hardly spoke at the Commonwealth service at Westminster Abbey despite not having seen each other since January.

The book’s authors said: “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.”

The authors describe a culture of increasing tension between the Sussexes and other members of the Royal Family.

They say 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.”

Harry and Meghan “liked being in control of their narrative” in the early days of their marriage, the authors say.

But being told to operate under Buckingham Palace’s 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 book says the Sussexes even considered breaking protocol by springing a surprise visit on the Queen when they believed they were being blocked from seeing the monarch.

A spokesman for Harry and Meghan said the couple did not contribute to the book, but he did not deny the content of The Times’s extracts.

The spokesman added: “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 revelations come after the Sussexes launched legal action in Los Angeles after drones were allegedly used to take pictures of their 14-month-old son Archie.

A complaint filed at the Los Angeles County Superior Court on Thursday claims an unnamed individual photographed Archie at their home during lockdown.

The lawsuit alleges the couple have been hounded across North America by paparazzi and targeted with incessant intrusions into their private life.

Harry and Meghan – who departed the Royal Family in March, saying they wanted a more private life – “seek no special treatment whatsoever” and only want the right to privacy, the lawsuit says.

The couple say they have “done everything in their power to stay out of the limelight” except in relation to their work, which they accept is newsworthy.

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