The Queen, 94, told Meghan Markle, 38, and Prince Harry, 35, that they couldn’t be half in, half out of the Royal Family when discussing their roles in January ahead of their departure in March. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they would be stepping down via an Instagram post in January which came as a surprise to all royal members. The author of Finding Freedom, Omid Scobie, believes it was a huge loss for the Queen to not keep the couple on board.
Speaking on ABC’s Heirpod, Mr Scobie discussed his new book: “It’s a love story of two people who went against all odds and allowed them to thrive in a space that they weren’t thriving in before.
“Many of you are very excited about the book and it’s been very exciting seeing it top the charts around the world.
“That speaks to the global popularity of the Sussexes, some that we have discussed many times before.
“I think that it is such a loss for the Royal Family to have not kept them on board as working members of the Royal Family.”
His comments come as the Duchess of Sussex’s estranged father has reportedly said he is disillusioned by the woman she has become.
Thomas Markle also responded to a new book about Meghan and Harry by criticising the timing of its publication, saying it comes across as a collection of complaints at a time when thousands of people are dying from Covid-19.
Speaking to The Sun, Mr Markle said: “I love my daughter but I really don’t appreciate what she’s become right now.”
In reaction to the release of Finding Freedom, by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, the 76-year-old told the paper: “This is the worst time in the world for them to be whining and complaining about anything – because people everywhere are suffering due to the coronavirus pandemic.”
While some media commentators have alleged collusion between the Sussexes and the book’s authors, a spokesman for Harry and Meghan has said the couple did not contribute.
Finding Freedom also details the drama leading up to Meghan’s wedding to Harry, when it was revealed that Mr Markle was paid for helping to set up paparazzi photos of himself near his Mexico home.
Mr Markle responded by saying his daughter was not above colluding with the media in the same way and that she had arranged paparazzi shots while acting in TV drama Suits before she met Harry.
“Apparently Meghan has made deals with the paparazzi. She planned it,” Mr Markle told The Sun, which stressed it did not pay him for the brief interview.
Mr Markle did not attend his daughter’s wedding. The book says Meghan was still desperate for him to be there, despite publicity over his involvement with the paparazzi, but that he did not respond to her texts and voicemail messages in the days before the event.
Mr Markle suffered a heart attack around the same time, which he said would have prevented him from flying to London in any case.