The Royal Family were “pleased” with Meghan not being at Prince Philip’s funeral
One of the biggest claims made in the new part of the biography suggests members of the Royal Family were “quietly pleased” about Meghan not being able to attend the funeral of Prince Philip back in April.
The authors write Meghan had “hoped” to accompany her husband to Prince Philip’s funeral before being advised not to do so by doctors.
She was told not to fly from their home in California due to the late stage of her pregnancy with daughter Lilibet, leaving Prince Harry to attend the funeral alone.
The new chapter, included in a paperback edition to be published on August 31, states: “In truth, several members of the Royal family are understood to have been ‘quietly pleased’ that Meghan stayed in California because they ‘didn’t want a circus’.”
Another senior royal source said the family were pleased she wasn’t there as they didn’t want “the Duchess creating a spectacle”, according to the authors.
According to a source close to the Duke and Duchess, the authors suggest that “saying goodbye to his beloved grandfather was always going to be difficult, but being alongside family he hadn’t seen in over a year – all while the world watched – was an additional layer of pressure he wasn’t fully prepared for”.
The Sussexes were “hurt” by the palaces response to racism allegations
The epilogue adds fuel to fire regarding the Sussex’s allegations a member of the Royal Family made racist comments regarding the colour of the Archie’s skin.
The couple have reportedly taken issue with the palace’s response to the allegations made in their interview with Oprah Winfrey, which said “recollections may vary” – something which the Sussexes believed meant “full ownership was not taken”.
It cites a “source close to the Sussexes” as saying: “While emotions are still raw and it is still difficult, it will force people to talk in order for the healing to begin.
“The immediate reaction was not positive. It will take time to get past the hurt.
“There has to be some acknowledgment of understanding about what the Sussexes went through in order for there to be progress.”
Archie’s title debacle continues
The book accuses courtiers of lying to the press over Meghan and Harry’s wishes about whether their son Archie would become a prince.
Archie was not made a prince in line with royal protocol, something which Meghan and Harry expressed their displeasure about in their interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The book reads: “Palace aides were actually instructed to brief the press that the couple did not want a title for Archie.
“In reality, the couple did want the option, given that it would provide their son with a level of security that only comes with a title.
“The differential treatment the couple felt had been bestowed upon their son was a major sting to Harry and Meghan.”
The move was in keeping with a rule established by King George V whereby only grandchildren of the reigning monarch and those in direct line to the throne, were eligible to be a prince or princess.
This means Archie would only ever be granted a prince title after the Queen dies and Archie’s grandfather Prince Charles becomes king.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK