The book has intimate details about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's experiences behind the walls of the castle which has created a rift between the two royal couples.
The press has been on a feeding frenzy since the release of the explosive biography Finding Freedom on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Written by royal journalists Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, the book touches and documents experiences that the reporters' had while working with the Duke and the Duchess.
The book also gives insights into the circumstances which led to the royal couple stepping down.
But even before the release of the book, a few extracts had been shared with the public which did not go well with the royal family, especially Duchess Kate Middleton.
An excerpt from the book was published in The Times which spoke about the relationship which the two duchesses shared.
“Meghan would agree with the assessment that the duchesses were not the best of friends. Their relationship hadn’t progressed much since she was Harry’s girlfriend," wrote the authors. The book claims Meghan wanted Kate to welcome her as a friend, grow their relationship stronger over a period of time, and offer “everything an outsider to the Firm [the working side of the royal family] needed to know.” According to the authors, Meghan “wasn’t losing sleep over it.”
According to a source, Kate believed that Meghan and she didn't have anything in common other than the fact "that they lived at Kensington Palace.” The book claimed to know the reason for conflict between the royal brothers, Prince William and Prince Harry. It's supposed to have begun when Prince William tried giving relationship advice to Prince Harry.
According to an excerpt, Price William reportedly said, “Don’t feel you need to rush this. Take as much time as you need to get to know this girl.” Another source revealed, “Harry was pissed off. Pissed off that his brother would ask such a thing," and added, “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.”
As per the authors of the book, Prince Harry didn't like that his brother addressed Meghan as "this girl." “In those last two words, ‘this girl,’ Harry heard the tone of snobbishness that was anathema to his approach to the world,” penned the authors, as per Cheat Sheet.
Though Kate has decided to be hushed on the issue, the royal author Andrew Morton revealed to New Idea that the Duchess was disturbed by the claims in the book and "devastated." On top of that, the cold war between the brothers has made her extremely "upset."
Morton explained how the trouble between the princes has affected her, but being a good wife to her husband, she would always take Prince William's side. He said, “There’s no doubt the rift between Harry and William has deeply affected Kate. It upsets her. As a loyal wife, Kate has definitely sided with her husband. No question of it. She’s his loyal wife and will always be his loyal wife. That’s a given.”
The royal commentator Phil Dampier has however answered the question everyone has been asking since the excerpts have come out. What will happen to Prince Harry and Meghan's already brittle relationship with the royal family? According to him, the biography will “do little to heal the relationship between Harry and his blood family, particularly with his brother William.” He added, “I’m told that the pair are speaking at the moment, but the conversations are stilted and difficult."
According to The Daily Mail, the chaos the book has created has shaken the royal family in a big way. While everybody believes that Prince Harry and Meghan must've been involved with the contents of the book, the Duke and the Duchess deny any direct contribution to it. But the intimate details do raise numerous unanswered questions.
Dampier pointed out to the fact that the couple hasn't said or mentioned anything about the book's content.