“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not interviewed and did not contribute to ‘Finding Freedom’,’’ it said. “This book is based on the authors’ own experiences as members of the royal press corps and their own independent reporting.”
The book described how the rest of the family and the Royal Household also didn’t know what to make of Meghan Markle.
One senior courtier is said to have told a colleague: “There’s just something about her I don’t trust.” Another called her “Harry’s showgirl.’’
The excerpt is even harsher when it comes to the Duchess of Cambridge, suggesting she hardly rolled out the red carpet for Meghan Markle, despite the similarity of challenges both would face.
“Though it was not necessarily her responsibility, Kate did little to bridge the divide. She was fiercely loyal to her husband and his family,’’ the authors wrote.
“Once Harry and Meghan were married, the gap between the brothers only widened," continued the writers.
“William and Kate’s feelings seemed obvious to the Sussexes that summer and beyond. Among all the friends and family Harry and Meghan hosted at their house in Oxfordshire between May 2018 and March 2019, the Cambridges failed to visit,'' the excerpt said.
The book excerpts have focused on the months of palace intrigue surrounding the decision to step back from senior royal duties.
The couple surprised the Royal Household in January by making public their plans to be more independent.
The couple wished to be part-time royals, but the idea fell apart during talks with the family.