British Royal Family

"The squeaky third wheel of the Palace": The biggest revelations to come from Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan's tell-all biography

Finding Freedom uncovers the inner workings and feelings of the couple - from the 2018 royal wedding right through to their sensational exit from the regal fold.

By Jess Pullar
Behind the scenes, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have been riding a rollercoaster of emotions.
Of course, that's not uncommon knowledge - it's widely known that the pair were struggling as they tried to live a life away from the cameras as much as possible while also fulfilling their royal duties.
And it was this very reason that the pair chose to step back from their roles in the first place.
Well, that's certainly part of it, but according to an explosive new royal biography, the story is a lot more complicated than that.
Respected royal writers Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie have penned Finding Freedom, a book which unveils the truth behind the "misconceptions" of the Duke and Duchess.
Though it is due for release on August 11, an extract was published in The Times over the weekend, and it's given royal watchers a completely new perspective behind the Sussexes thought process.
We take a look at the biggest revelations to come from the tell-all biography.
Harry and Meghan's behind the scenes reel is told like never before in new book Finding Freedom. (Getty)

Meghan "gave up her entire life" for the royals

The book claims that the Duchess felt she had to give up her "entire life" to be part of the royal family, and was hurt when it was suggested that her and Harry's exit was entirely her own idea.
"The courtiers blame Meghan, and some family do," a source said in the book.
According to the source, Meghan tearfully told a pal in March that she had been willing to do whatever it takes. "But here we are," she reportedly told them. "It's very sad."

Rumours of long-standing feud between Duchesses Catherine and Meghan were not true

In 2018, reports swept the world pertaining to a so-called feud between Duchesses Meghan and Kate.
From tears in rehearsals for the grand royal wedding to disagreements over treatment of staff, the headlines were drenched in reported 'drama' between the two royals.
But the book claims the feud had virtually no basis.
"The truth was that Meghan and Kate just didn't know each other that well," the royal writers explain in the book.
The biography also directly clarified those reports of Kate's "tears" while Princess Charlotte was being fitted for her bridesmaids dress ahead of the royal wedding.
According to the writers, "Some of the children weren't cooperating, and there was a lot going on."
"Everyone tried to help where they could, but it's never easy with kids at fittings. There were no tears from anyone."
Despite frequent rumours, the 'feud' between Kate and Meghan wasn't want it seemed. (Getty)

Harry and Meghan believed other royal households were leaking stories about them

According to Scobie and Durand, Harry and Meghan adopted a "trust no one" approach.
"There were just a handful of people working at the palace they could trust," the pair reveal in the upcoming book.
"A friend of the couple's referred to the old guard as 'the vipers'."
"Meanwhile, a frustrated palace staffer described the Sussexes' team as 'the squeaky third wheel' of the palace."
The Duke and Duchess did not trust Palace aids amidst their time as senior royals. (Getty)
The book claims that relations between the Sussexes and the Cambridges had deteriorated to a point that by March 2020, the couples were barely speaking.
If you cast your minds back, you may also remember the Commonwealth Day service, and the exchange that got frankly everyone talking.
It was the first moment the two couples had been publicly seen together since Harry and Meghan announced their decision to step back as senior royals.
While the foursome, formerly dubbed the 'Fab Four' seemed amicable, royal watchers spoke widely of supposed tension between the couples.
The book references it to the point where their tensions had mounted by that March day, which led to the awkward encounter.
Watch the moment in the player below. Story continues below...

The beef was not between Meghan and Kate, but there was unease between Harry and William

While there's no denying there were tensions between the former Fab Four right up until this year, as stated above, the book clarifies this was not because of a feud between Kate and Meghan.
Indeed mounting tension between the two brothers dates right back to Harry and Meghan's earliest courting days, where the book claims William told Harry not to rush things with Meghan.
"Don't feel you need to rush this," he said to his brother, sources say.
"Take as much time as you need to get to know this girl."
If you read that sentence again, we'll take a moment to let the phrase, 'this girl' sink in - apparently, those were the very words that ruffled Harry's feathers.
"Harry could see through William's words. He was being a snob," a source close to Harry says in the book.

The Cambridges were upset at the way Meghan and Harry went about their exit announcement

According to a source, William was "hurt" more than "upset" at the way the Sussexes went about their exit.
As the pair's announcement was made in January, the world was barely reeling for an hour before Buckingham Palace released another quick statement to clarify that no plans had been finalised.
Cue more reeling as it seemed to suggest some serious crossed wires within the royal fold.
Harry and Meghan's exit announcement did not go to plan - on all counts. (Getty)

Harry and Meghan felt like they took a "back seat"

While Harry and Meghan went about the duties we'd expect from any senior royals in the months following their wedding in 2018, the pair still felt they were given a "back seat".
"While they both respected the hierarchy of the institution, it was difficult when they wanted to focus on a project and were told that a more senior ranking family member, be it Prince William or Prince Charles, had an initiative or tour being announced at the same time – so they would just have to wait," an extract of the book states.

About the authors of Finding Freedom

Omid Scobie
Omid has fronted media coverage pertaining to the Sussexes ever since Meghan married Prince Harry in May 2018.
Writing from the UK for Harper's BAZAAR US and with frequent appearances on Good Morning America, the journalist has made a strong name for himself in producing regular exclusive stories, citing sources close to Meghan and Harry with the latest details on their endeavours.
Carolyn Durand
Carolyn is a senior journalist who has covered the royals for more than 15 years. She currently writes on all things royal for ELLE magazine.
She has a longstanding background in covering all things to do with the regal family, having garnered herself a solid reputation over the years.
This no doubt singled her out as a fitting choice to pen the biography alongside Scobie.