Meghan Markle and Prince Harry felt ‘unsupported and unprotected’ by the Royal family after discovering leaks to the press came from ‘inside the Palace’, Omid Scobie has claimed.
The co-author of bombshell biography Finding Freedom, which offers a window into the couple’s life during their time as senior royals, said the Duke, 35, and the Duchess of Sussex, 39, were stuck in a ‘extremely unpleasant situation’.
Speaking on the The Heirpod podcast, the royal correspondent labelled the situation a ‘HR crisis’, claiming it became increasingly clear that Harry and Meghan, who now live in Santa Barbara, ‘were never going to get the support they needed’.
Omid added that the leaked stories, which he says came from inside Buckingham Palace, left the pair feeling extremely vulnerable.
‘To have members of their team or family that they are part of being involved in some of their leaks was an extremely unpleasant situation for them and made them feel even more unsupported and unprotected,’ he said.
‘But you have to remember this is one very big establishment and what lies within are three very different households and agendas, all looking after their own bosses and own agendas. It left them very exposed.’
The royal author added that Meghan and Harry struggled with the Royal Family’s ‘no comment policy’.
He said Meghan found this approach difficult to adjust to, adding: ‘You need to lean on your new family for support and it just wasn’t there often enough.’
Omid’s remarks come following his claim that the couple spoke to ‘Buckingham Palace about restructuring the press system’ last summer.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are currently living in their $14million Santa Barbara mansion, having stepped back from their duties and withdrawing from the ‘royal rota’ system in March.
Last week, Omid revealed how the couple began discussing ‘restructuring that press system’ in the summer of 2019, just one year after the royal wedding.
Speaking to The Cut, he revealed: ‘In the summer of 2019, Harry actually had a conversation amongst his team and his senior aides within Buckingham Palace about restructuring that press system and making him and Meghan more accessible to a wider, more diverse media landscape.
‘And the answer was well, “If you want to do that, you can pay for your own engagements”.
‘And so that was the first seed of, “Well, maybe we will break away, maybe we will do our own thing.”‘
Finding Freedom offers a window into Meghan and Harry’s lives during their time as senior royals, and is full of details on their shock exit from the royal family.
It addresses the alleged rift between brothers Harry and William, 39, as well as the relationship between their wives.
Omid has given several high-profile interviews to publicise the book since its release, including one with True Royalty TV which hit the headlines.
In the discussion with Kate Thornton he claimed Prince Harry had made an exasperated call to his grandmother, 94, following an alleged tussle with Her Majesty’s long-time dresser Angela Kelly.
‘Harry had to intervene,’ Omid explained. ‘He called his grandmother and said, ”I don’t know what the hell is going on. This woman needs to make this work for my future wife”. And of course, we can kind of see now where this ‘what Meghan wants, Meghan gets’ narrative came from.
‘Harry felt that there were those within the institution that would stop at nothing at the very least to make Meghan’s life difficult.’
Omid also alleges that Prince William has not spoken to his brother properly since he revealed his plan to quit the UK for North America.
In the TV interview to promote the book, Omid claimed: ‘The brothers had not spoken since around the time of the Sandringham summit.
‘They hadn’t seen each other. That’s really going to take some time to heal. I think the distance between the brothers grew wider and wider. And that’s partly because of things that take place – and we discuss them in the book.’
Earlier this month, it emerged that Meghan and Harry bought a sprawling nine-bedroom and 16-bathroom mansion in upscale Santa Barbara for $14.65million on June 18, making them neighbors with celebrities Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres, according to DailyMail.com.