Meghan attacks the BRF and Kate again

  • Meghan Markle complained that Kate Middleton ‘snaps her fingers’ and receives the backing of the Palace, yet she wasn’t given the same treatment  
  • British society magazine Tatler ran a cover story about Kate – headlined ‘Catherine the Great’ – but Kate and William took issue with the article
  • They said it contained a ‘swathe of inaccuracies and false representations’, with Kensington Palace sending legal letters to the magazine to remove the story 
  • Meghan pointed out to friends that she was plagued by negative stories but had received no support from the royal family
  • A source told ‘She was made to feel like she was asking too much, expecting too much, when all she wanted was support from the powers that be’
  • ‘All fell on deaf ears and then Kate comes along, snaps her fingers and gets an outpouring of support,’ they added 
  • The negative press was one of the reasons Meghan and Harry decided to quit their royal duties and move to Los Angeles, sources said 

Prince Charles has got his wish for a slimmed-down monarchy thanks to ‘Megxit’ and the Prince Andrew controversy, says his close friend Lady Glenconner

  • Lady Glenconner, 87, says the Queen is ‘fond and devoted’ to son Prince Andrew
  • She was speaking in the wake of Prince Andrew stepping back from royal duties
  • Also spoke following the departure of Prince Harry and Meghan to Los Angeles 
  • Speaking to Tadler magazine, she gave her opinion on remaining royal family  

Palace dismisses book giving Harry and Meghan’s account of Megxit

The royal family wants to move on from the “soap opera” surrounding the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s departure from their official roles, according to senior palace sources.

Since their departure for a new life in Los Angeles without official duties, Harry and Meghan are said to have been looking forward to the publication of a book that claims to reveal their “true story”.

But when the tell-all biography charting the Sussexes’ decision to move to America is released this summer, the royal family will remain tight-lipped.

Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family is understood to have been written with the Sussexes’ blessing. It is expected to give their version of events behind a reportedly strained relationship with the institution and a rumoured rift with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

A senior palace source said: “The rest of the royal family will not be telling their side of the story. They feel that in this new world, people are more interested in seeing the family support frontline workers than reading about their internal politics.

“It was a soap opera. Everyone knows the narrative that’s coming. The feeling is that drama and everything that comes with it has left. Let the rest of the royal family get on with it.”

Senior members of the royal family are understood to have been briefed about the book. Contrary to reports of “fears” over the “bombshell” biography, a royal source said: “It’s just not a hot topic of conversation in the family. They have had so many books written about them that have lobbed some hefty bombs over the sides. They’re used to it.”

Written by Omid Scobie, a former reporter for the American tabloid Us Weekly, and Carolyn Durand, a reporter for Elle magazine, the book will be published by HarperCollins on August 11.

A spokesman for the Sussexes said the couple were “relaxed” about the authors’ access to people “close to them” but denied they had actively assisted with the book.

“There has been no organising from our side in terms of who they have spoken to. It is not an official, authorised or endorsed book. The authors have not had interviews with the duke and duchess. We have asked to see a copy ahead of publication.”

Some previous royal biographies written with collaboration have not gone down well in royal circles. The Queen Mother said she was “deeply shocked” to discover that Diana, Princess of Wales had helped to “wash the dirty linen in public” by assisting Andrew Morton with his book, Diana: Her True Story, which detailed her struggles within the royal family and the breakdown of her marriage to the Prince of Wales.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were said to be dismayed by Prince Charles’s admission to Jonathan Dimbleby in his 1994 biography, that he had felt “emotionally estranged” from his parents for much of his life.

The biographer AN Wilson, who has written books on the Queen, Prince Albert and Queen Victoria, said last week: “In a way, there is no mystery left. Meghan will tell us nothing we could not have made up for ourselves.”