PRINCE HARRY and Meghan Markle are no longer working royals but are still treasured members of the Windsor family. However, the couple’s relationship with the Royal Family could “worsen” due to a controversial project, one royal expert has claimed.
Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan Markle, 38, chose to leave the royal bubble behind in order to pursue a “more peaceful” life. However, Meghan’s ongoing legal action against the Mail on Sunday, the couple’s controversial speech about the “past wrongs” of the Commonwealth and an unofficial biography about their royal exit could put their relationship with the Royal Family at risk, according to one royal commentator.
Meghan is currently suing the Mail on Sunday for publishing extracts of a letter she sent her estranged father Thomas Markle Snr and paperwork filed by Meghan’s lawyers in regards to the case is understood to have ruffled royal feathers.
Her lawyers claim Meghan endured “hundreds of thousands of inaccurate articles about her” that left her with “tremendous emotional distress and damage to her mental health”.
And that she was left “undefended by the institution” while pregnant.
The documents also express Meghan’s frustration at the Royal Family’s approach to media relations.
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The papers state at the time of the article in 2019, there was a “shared frustration” among her friends at Kensington Palace’s “no comment” response to media articles, which they say “left everyone feeling silenced”.
The Duchess has accused the Associated Newspapers media company of misuse of private information, copyright infringement and breach of the Data Protection Act. The newspaper denies the claims.
As the legal case between Meghan and Associated Newspapers continues more details about her time as a working royal are likely to come out and could expose the Royal Family to further scrutiny.
However, it is not just the court case that could create a rift between Meghan, Harry and the rest of the Royal Family, a new book detailing the couple’s departure from the fold may contain uncomfortable claims too.
Prince Harry heartbreak: The couple stepped down as senior royals in March (Image: GETTY)
Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand is due out this summer.
The biography will be published by Harper Collins and is being sold as “an honest, up-close, and disarming portrait of a confident, influential, and forward-thinking couple who are unafraid to break with tradition, determined to create a new path away from the spotlight, and dedicated to building a humanitarian legacy that will make a profound difference in the world”.
The book claims to have been written “with unique access and written with the participation of those closest to the couple” which has prompted speculation Meghan and Harry signed off on the project themselves.
One royal commentator claims that depending on the book’s contents, it could drive a wedge between the Sussexes and the rest of the royals.
Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk: “It is too early to tell how the agreement with the Queen made at Sandringham will be assessed, as this might not be until next March.
“However the ‘unofficial’ biography, which reportedly has the couple’s backing, is published in August and has the title Finding Freedom.
“It may prove controversial and if so, this could worsen relations with the rest of the royal family.”
Harry and Meghan shocked some this week with an explosive speech they gave as President and Vice-President of the Commonwealth in which Harry said: “There is no way that we can move forward unless we acknowledge the past.”
And described the need for “acknowledging the past and trying to right those wrongs”.
While Mr Fitzwilliams praised the couple for confronting uncomfortable truths he said their tone was “unconscionably ‘woke’” and that they should have taken the time to highlight some positives too.
Prince Harry heartbreak: A new book about their royal exit could worsen their relationship with the Royal Family (Image: GETTY)
Mr Fitzwilliams said: “The vast majority in Commonwealth countries are under 30.
“It is therefore unsurprising that their recent video call focused on historic wrongs such as the terrible transatlantic slave trade and, in the wake of the Black Lives Movement, the corrosive problem of racism.
“Meghan spoke powerfully to the graduates of her school about this.
“However, the language they used was unconscionably ‘woke’ and their concentration on this issue alone with youth leaders was also an opportunity missed.
“The Commonwealth is so close to the Queen’s heart but, apart from CHOGM meetings and the Commonwealth Games, it gets so little publicity. Yet it is home to more than 80 intergovernmental organisations and does so much good.
“Harry and Meghan’s intervention received global coverage.
“Could they not think of a positive message to send as well as rightfully examining past wrongs?
“The Royal Family will not have been impressed by their handling of events which could have been so different and should have been so much more constructive.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK