An updated version of the biography Finding Freedom includes a number of new claims against the Royal Family, as the damaging rift with the Sussexes continues
Buckingham Palace has been accused of “ignoring” Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s racism allegations in the hope that they will go away, a royal author has claimed.
An updated chapter of Finding Freedom – a biography of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex written by Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie – quotes an insider criticising the way the Royal Family has handled the claims.
During an interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, Harry and Meghan alleged that when the Duchess was pregnant with Archie, there were concerns in the Royal Family about how “dark” the baby’s skin might be.
Shortly after the interview aired, Buckingham Palace released a statement saying: “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.
“The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.
“Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members.”
But the updated Finding Freedom chapter, due to be released next week, now accuses the Palace of ignoring the allegations.
According to the Daily Mail, a source told the authors of the book: “There is a feeling that if it’s ignored it will go away but surely by now they should have learned that that never happens?”
The insider added they were “horrified” by the racism allegations.
Scobie and Durand also wrote: “The Queen’s ‘recollections may vary’ comment ‘did not go unnoticed’ by the couple, who a close source said were ‘not surprised’ that full ownership was not taken.”
Buckingham Palace declined to comment on the newest claims against the Royal Family, the latest in a series of stinging broadsides that have emerged after the collapse of Harry’s relationship with The Firm.
During the Oprah interview, Meghan also said she had suicidal thoughts as she struggled with life inside the Firm.
Harry said he felt let down by his father, Prince Charles, who stopped speaking to him after the Sussexes moved to Canada before Megxit.
The Duke of Sussex added he had been “trapped within the system, like the rest of my family are”.
The updated paperback edition of Finding Freedom is due out on August 31.
The first edition, which was released on August 11 last year, covered the couple’s relationship from when they met in 2016 to their departure from the Royal Family in early 2020.
The new version will include details about their move to California and is also expected to discuss their multi-million pound deals with Netflix and Spotify.
Publisher HarperCollins said the epilogue in the paperback edition will share: “Behind the scenes of Harry and Meghan’s ground breaking interview with Oprah, details behind the couple’s move to California (and) the various philanthropic and business endeavours the Sussexes have been involved with since their move and what’s to come with Archewell Productions.”