A ROYAL family member warned that Meghan Markle “comes with a lot of baggage” according to an incendiary new book covering the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s departure from frontline royal duties.
The book, Finding Freedom, also claims a senior member of the royal household referred to Meghan as “Harry’s showgirl”. Another high-ranking courtier was overheard telling a colleague: “There’s just something about her I don’t trust.” Whilst Finding Freedom won’t be published until August an extract has been serialised by the Sunday Times.
It also reveals the full inside story of the Sussexes’ battles with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
They also reportedly clashed with senior courtiers from other households – the so-called “men in grey suits”.
Extracts from the new book revisit a conversation the two Princes had with each other when Harry and Meghan began dating.
It is reported that William was initially pleased with the fact his brother seemed “happy and content” with Meghan.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry with their son (Image: GETTY IMAGE)
However, at the same time, it is believed that William was worried about the pace at which the relationship was developing.
The authors mentioned how Harry used to “pop across the grounds” of Kensington Palace with gifts for Charlotte and George, his nephew and niece, but those visits came to a “virtual halt” by the summer of 2017.
The book looks at how at the time Harry had fallen in love with Meghan Markle, the mood of the Royal household appeared to turn sour.
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Image: GETTY IMAGE)
It also says friends of Prince Harry and Meghan referred to some Palace officials as “vipers”.
A spokesman for the Sussexes, who now live in California, said they had not been interviewed for the book.
A statement said: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not interviewed and did not contribute to Finding Freedom.
Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex (Image: GETTY IMAGE)
“This book is based on the authors’ own experiences as members of the royal press corps and their own independent reporting.”
The book’s authors, Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand 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.
The Cambridges clapping for the NHS (Image: GETTY IMAGE)
The authors said: “There were just a handful of people working at the palace they could trust.”
“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.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK