Meghan Markle’s treatment by the royal household was partly influenced by racism, one of the authors of an explosive new book has claimed.
Omid Scobie, who co-wrote upcoming biography Finding Freedom, claims the Duchess faced racism from royal courtiers.
He argued Meghan’s mixed race background had proved problematic for some within the royal household which he claimed ‘lives by hierarchy’.
‘She was a biracial woman stepping into the House of Windsor. That was going to ruffle feathers,’ he told The Times.
While Scobie denies that the household itself is racist – although he has had a first hand experience of one racist member – he dropped a hint that there was a more subtle problem with people’s attitudes.
‘I would say that there are certainly individuals there who may like to take a look at how they view the world,’ he added.
The revelation comes as it is claimed the Duchess of Cambridge snubbed Meghan during the Sussex’s final royal engagement on Commonwealth Day.
During the engagement he told the newspaper: ‘Meghan tried to make eye contact with Kate, the duchess barely acknowledged her.
‘To purposefully snub your sister-in-law . . . I don’t think it left a great taste in the couple’s mouths.’
Scobie said those working for royals ‘might throw a nugget’ to stop negative media attention.
‘You’ve got Clarence House, Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace, and the different offices within Buckingham Palace. They’re very loyal to their principals but that often means throwing others under the bus,’ he told The Times.
‘Let’s say, for example, hypothetically, a negative story about Prince Charles is about to run. Perhaps someone working for Charles might throw a nugget about the Cambridges or another member of the royal family, to keep that story out of the press.’
He added: ‘There’s a lot of bargaining on behind the scenes. Harry and Meghan have been victims of that.’
Mr Scobie, 33, stressed the book had ‘no interviews with Harry and Meghan’, although he hopes it will ‘correct the record’ about the pair.
‘It’s not all from Harry and Meghan’s perspective, but I do think that for the first time we do actually get to hear what’s been going on in their minds,’ he added.
Mr Scobie spent two years writing the book with American journalist Carolyn Durand, beginning shortly after the Sussexes’ wedding.
‘The book doesn’t claim to have any interviews with Harry and Meghan. And nor do we,’ Scobie told The Times. He also said there were no off-the-record talks, saying ‘my time around the couple is enough for me to know my subjects’.
The Sussexes made a last-ditch attempt last night to distance themselves from the book.
The authors have boasted of it being written ‘with the participation of those closest to the couple’ and of having spoken to members of Harry and Meghan’s ‘inner circle’.
The pair are believed to have instructed members of their staff to find out what the writers were planning to include and a number of meetings and dinners were held.
But a spokesman for the couple said last night: ‘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.’
Scobie, the royal editor of US magazine Harper’s Bazaar, met Durand while she was working for US news network ABC.
They hope the book puts the focus back on the couple’s charity work and social activism, such as Harry’s Invictus Games involvement.