LONDON (AFP) – Prince Harry and his wife Megan have accused court “vipers” of widening the rift with the royal family, according to excerpts from a new book published in The Times on Saturday.
The couple said they had not contributed to the new biography, Finding Freedom, written by journalists Omid Scoby and Carolyn Durand, but friends of the couple provided much of its content.
The Times serialized book will claim that Harry felt “unprotected” by his family and will separate him from his brother William and his wife Kate.
According to the new edition, Kate even refused to make eye contact with her daughter-in-law during their final engagement in March.
Harry has apparently referred to senior courtiers as “Cinderellas”
The book, due out on August 11, also suggests that Harry, 35, is the driving force behind the couple’s distance from the family, with Megan telling her husband that she “gave up her whole life for that family.”
The couple now live in Los Angeles and this week were in headlines for a lawsuit against one or more paparazzi who accuse them of photographing their son Archie without permission.
The pressure from the tabloids haunted Harry all his life and he blamed them for the death of his mother Princess Diana.
Megan, 38, told a friend that tabloid criticism was like “death by a thousand layoffs,” according to the new book.
The authors are sympathetic to the couple and say the book will “correct the record” of the acrimony split.
However, he admits that Harry and Megan’s decision to keep the family in the dark about their plans “created a very bad will.”