Omid Scobie, one of the authors of Finding Freedom, the unauthorised biography of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, has said “family fractures” have not yet been fixed
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No senior member of the royal family has stepped in to try and heal the rift between Princes William and Harry, one of the authors of Finding Freedom has claimed.
The long-reported frosty relationship between Harry and William was reportedly sparked by William’s concerns over Harry’s fast-developing relationship with Meghan ahead of their royal wedding in 2018.
And in an interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, Harry claimed William was “trapped” within the royal system.
Speaking on ITV’s This Morning earlier today, Omid was asked by hosts Rochelle Humes and Alison Hammond if there had been any breakthrough in the brothers’ relationship.
He replied by saying “family fractures” were far from fixed but pointed out that due to travel restrictions, the brothers have had little opportunity to meet up.
But he also told the programme: “I wish there was a.. you know, we have all experienced family squabbles and so on, but there is always a senior member of the family who clips you round the ear and pulls you all together and says talk!
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“And I haven’t heard that from any source connected to the family that there has been someone who has played that role.
“I’m sure if Diana was here today, that’s exactly what she would do. But I’ve certainly not heard that from any of the others.”
Omid’s appearance on the show comes after the updated version of Finding Freedom, co-authored by Carolyn Durand, was released yesterday.
The updated book with a new epilogue is said to have been written with the participation of those closes to the Sussexes – however, the couple were not directly involved.
In the updated book, it is claimed Harry “broke the ice” and took small steps in healing his rift with William at Prince Philip’s funeral in April.
A royal source told the authors: “Where we are today versus where we were six months ago, versus where we were twelve months ago . . . there is actually progress. There are efforts on all sides.”
While a friend of Harry’s added: “While there’s so much work to be done, this visit has broken the ice . . . pushed a closed-door slightly ajar.”
It also claims Harry booked a one-way ticket to the UK for the funeral in the hope he could come together and talk with his family.
And it says the chat between William and Harry outside St George’s Chapel following the funeral was their first face-to-face conversation in 15 months. The book adds they went on to have “at least two further conversations” during his trip back.
Last month, publisher of the book HarperCollins said the epilogue in the paperback edition shares: “Behind the scenes of Harry and Meghan’s groundbreaking 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.”
It also features: “The continuous challenges the couple face regarding privacy and the British press (and) the heartbreak the couple felt over Prince Philip’s death.”