The Queen will be the person ‘most upset’ by the new bombshell book on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, a source has claimed.
Finding Freedom is a biography written by journalists Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, who are supporters of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and have set out to ‘correct the record’ and shift the spotlight on to their charitable ventures.
It makes new claims about tensions between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Royal Family – but a source has claimed it will ‘open old wounds at a time when everyone wanted to move on.’
‘It’s going to open old wounds at a time when everyone wanted to move on,’ the family source claimed, speaking to Vanity Fair. ‘I think the person who will be most upset about it all is the Queen.’
The Sussexes say they did not contribute to the book, but Scobie and Durand’s account is based on extensive insight from friends of the couple.
The explosive biography has claimed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ‘hurt’ the Queen by unilaterally mapping out their future royal roles without her approval.
Her Majesty is said to have been ‘blindsided’ by the launch of the SussexRoyal website which accompanied their Megxit announcement in January.
Royal aides told the authors of Finding Freedom, which is being serialised in the Times and Sunday Times, that sussexroyal.com fleshed out details for a ‘half-in-half-out model’ which had not been rubber-stamped by the Queen.
A senior member of the household was quoted in the book as saying: ‘The element of surprise, the blindsiding of the Queen, for the other principals who are all very mindful of this, rightfully, it was deeply unsettling.
‘The family is very private and bringing it into the public domain, when they were told not to, hurt the Queen.
‘It was laying out what the Sussexes wanted in a statement without consulting with Her Majesty first – and she’s the head of the institution.’
Meanwhile, The Sun previously reported that royal aides fear the new book could ‘paint Prince William as the bad guy’ and cause a fresh rift within the Royal Family, as well as result in potential repercussions for the future monarch.
Writing for Vanity Fair, royal expert Katie Nicholl added: ‘There have been claims that the book will further deepen the rift between William and Harry, who fell out around the time Harry and Meghan got engaged when William voiced concerns that the relationship was moving too quickly.
‘At one point things were so dire between the brothers that they weren’t speaking. While it is not known if the brothers have discussed the book and its findings, William will be understandably nervous about airing their grievances in public.’