Not very long ago, a source claimed that Meghan Markle never felt protected by the Royal Family, and that she would have really appreciated if they had spoken up about some of the shit that was written about her instead of keeping their tea-sippers sealed. Well, I’ve got a feeling some members of the Royal Family are suddenly going to feel motivated to defend their honor with a denial statement or two in the next coming days. Because this weekend saw the release of several excerpts of Finding Freedom, aka the Meghan and Prince Harry tell-all (that they reportedly didn’t contribute to at all). And naturally, we’ve got a few moments that don’t exactly reflect kindly on the Royal Family they left behind.
When we first heard the details about this tell-all, the working title was rumored to be Thoroughly Modern Royals: The Real World of Harry and Meghan. It was also rumored Harry and Meghan would grant interviews to the book’s authors, Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand. That also proved to be false. Instead, Finding Freedom is a collection of allegations and gossip, some from anonymous sources and some allegedly from their close friends. And whether you choose to believe Omid and Carolyn’s sources are telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth, well – that’s your prerogative. But with that being said, here are some of the juicy excerpts that made their way to The Times prior to the book’s release, scheduled for August 11.
Let’s start with the alleged catty bitches and snobs that worked for Meghan while she was still a senior royal. According to the book, courtiers – aka royal advisers and assistants – didn’t want to work for a woman whose most formal title prior to marriage was “Rachel from Suits.” via The Daily Mail:
[They] resented having to serve “an actress on a cable show,” and that Harry and Meghan tried to air their frustrations in the courtiers, but their complaints fell on deaf ears…one aide made a joke about Meghan launching a line of beauty products once she left the royal family.
The book also claims that courtiers employed by other senior royals did what they could to steal some of the spotlight away from the very popular Sussexes. A plan that was clearly a huge success.
Speaking of other royals, the book dives into the alleged feud between Meghan and her then-fellow Duchess sister-in-law, Duchess Kate. We’ve been hearing forever that Kate and Meghan hated each other. But according to the book, the alleged truth is more that they just couldn’t relate to each other. via People magazine:
“Though it was not necessarily her responsibility, Kate did little to bridge the divide,” write authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, who went on to note that despite being pitted against one another by the press, the ladies “were not at war with each other.” Although, there were some “awkward moments.” Kate felt she and Meghan didn’t share that much in common “other than the fact that they lived at Kensington Palace.”
One awkward moment was when Meghan allegedly made Kate cry at a bridesmaid fitting for Meghan’s wedding to Harry. The book claims that no one cried, but courtiers who favored Kate really turned on Meghan. And of course, we get some Harry vs. Prince William alleged feuding too. We’ve been told that William allegedly warned Harry to slow down when he first started dating Meghan. According to the book, that burned a bridge worse than if William had told Harry he thought Meghan’s Reitmans commercials sucked. via Us Weekly:
William wanted to “make sure that Harry wasn’t blindsided by lust,” and told Harry not to rush into things. Harry was furious after his big brother told him to “take time to get to know” the Suits actress, after referring to her dismissively as “this girl.”
They claim that Harry thought the future king of England was being a snob and, according to a source, was “pissed off that his brother would ask such a thing. Some felt it was an overreaction. But then, this sums them up as people – William, the calm and rational one, and Harry, who can’t help but take things far too personally.”
It wasn’t just William who didn’t think Meghan was good enough to join the world’s most boring, exclusive, snobby club. The book alleges that one senior royal referred to Meghan as “Harry’s showgirl,” while a high-ranking courtier claimed that there was something about Meghan they “didn’t trust.” The book also alleges that Harry pretty much stopped visiting with his nephew Prince George and niece Princess Charlotte in the summer of 2017. Harry allegedly hasn’t really spent any time with Prince Louis, due to the “tension” between himself and his brother. One source says that Harry’s move away to Los Angeles was for the best, because William is, “So done with the drama.”
On the topic of taking things very seriously, Harry allegedly “raged” whenever someone would question his relationship with Meghan, and that he would often point to the implied racism in it. via The Daily Beast:
“Is this about race? Is it snobbery?” Harry would ask himself of those who questioned their relationship. For the prince, Meghan was his personal introduction to the ugliness of racism. While it might have been new territory for Harry, bias – both unconscious and intentional – had always been a part of Meghan’s life,” Scobie and Durand write. Harry cut off one old friend who had made derogatory remarks about Meghan’s Hollywood background.
On a lighter, cuter note, the book says that Harry and Meghan fell in love pretty much the second they sat their asses down at a table for their first date. A second date happened the very next night, and Harry allegedly felt like Meghan was the one. He was so smitten, he introduced Meghan to his secret private Instagram account, which was reportedly named @SpikeyMau5 (Harry’s nickname from Scotland Yard was Spike and his alleged Facebook alias was Spike Wells, and Deadmau5 is his favorite DJ). The account has since been deleted. Obviously for privacy reasons. But I bet Harry deleted it after Meghan pulled him aside and whispered, “I love you, but that is just about the cringiest goddamn thing I have ever seen.”