Meghan Markle and Prince Harry 'told not to defend themselves' after Palace insiders branded her 'Duchess Difficult'August 11, 2020
MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry were told not to defend themselves after Palace insiders branded her "Duchess Difficult", it was claimed today.
Omid Scobie gave an interview to Andy Peters – covering on Lorraine – this morning, as the Finding Freedom is released.
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He said much of the couple's decision to step down as senior royals stemmed from being unable to speak out on stories from Palace aides.
The journalist said: "I think there were a number of themes at play here and certainly what we saw in a lot of media commentary was this 'Duchess Difficult'.
"Harry is very aware of what goes on behind the scenes behind Palace walls, and the couple were told they couldn't defend themselves… but their reputation was being destroyed."
Meghan, 39, was reportedly given the nickname by staff after demanding behaviour and aides quitting.
Omid continued: "We do pull back the curtain on the institution in a way that has never been done before."
Authors Scobie and Carolyn Durand have had access to more than 100 people "desperate to defend them" for the book and sources say it portrays the Sussexes in a positive light.
Scobie was one of the few journalists given details of the couple's video call with Archie to the Queen on her 94th birthday.
Finding Freedom is a tell-all about the Sussexes experience when they quit as senior royals in what become dubbed Megxit.
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Scobie added today: "This was a process that began two years ago and what was really interesting about the original version of the book we were following their fortune and their marriage, but of course as time went by that story changed.
"What we did have was a front row seat to all of their work, their private and public engagements and that's how we got to know the couple.
"One thing I really wanted to do was re-humanise them in a way, because it felt like we had forgotten that at times."
On Meghan, he said: "She would recognise me as probably a familiar face from the royal beat, but we are absolutely in no way friends. "
"It's really important to know that this is an unofficial biography and while we knew our subjects it's important to have a little distance from them.
"We also spoke to people close to the Cambridges and the Prince of Wales and of course the Queen herself.
"The conversations that we have with the close friends and the aides and people in their lives are all done under the premise of doing this book."
The Sun Online has gone to the Palace for comment.
Excerpts from the book have already revealed sensational details including that Prince Harry was the first one to say "I love you", while detailing messages that Meghan sent her estranged father Thomas Markle in the lead up to her wedding.
It's really important to know that this is an unofficial biography and while we knew our subjects it's important to have a little distance from them.
However, a spokesperson for the couple insisted they had not been involved in the book.
They said in a statement: "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 and their own independent reporting."
Scobie and Durand said in a press release they wanted "to tell an accurate version of their journey and finally present the truth of misreported stories that have become gospel simply because of the amount of times they have been repeated.
"It is thanks to our sources that we have been able to share the definitive story of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex."
The first instalment of a serialised version of the book Finding Freedom appeared in the Times in July.
It reveals the hurt feelings caused by the decision of Harry and Meghan to go into self-imposed exile – dubbed Megxit.
'Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family' will be released in the UK today.
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