Prince Harry was ‘stored in the dead of night’ concerning the Queen’s well being within the hours earlier than she died, the royal’s biographer has claimed.
Omid Scobie, who’s an in depth good friend of the Duke of Sussex, mentioned Harry, 39, and his 42-year-old spouse Meghan Markle had ‘no thought’ the Royal Household have been getting ready for his grandmother’s loss of life final 12 months.
The allegations come amid a deepening rift between Prince Harry and his brother Prince William and their father King Charles following his explosive allegations in his memoir, Spare.
In Endgame, Mr Scobie recounts how the Sussexes had visited the UK for a collection of engagements in September 2022 when the palace introduced that Queen Elizabeth had been suggested by her medical doctors to relaxation.
In an extract of the e book shared with Folks, he writes: ‘By the subsequent morning, the Sussexes had no concept that Buckingham Palace was already planning for the Queen’s remaining hours and the primary days of the monarchy’s new period — till the duke’s cellphone began ringing. An unknown quantity. He often ignored these.’
Prince Harry, pictured with Meghan and the late Queen in 2018, was allegedly ‘stored in the dead of night’ about her well being
Prince Harry boarding a aircraft at Aberdeen airport after leaving Balmoral following the Queen’s loss of life
Harry arrives at Balmoral in an official automobile shortly after his grandmother died in September 2022
Meghan advised her husband to choose up the cellphone and he accepted the decision ‘simply earlier than it stopped’, the writer wrote.
He continues: ‘Harry hadn’t spoken to his father a lot that 12 months, however this was not the time for any father-and-son rigidity. Charles advised him he and Camilla have been about to go away Dumfries Home for Balmoral, the place Princess Anne was already by the Queen’s aspect. He advised Harry to make his technique to Scotland instantly.’
Harry despatched a textual content message to his brother William asking how he and Kate deliberate to Scotland and whether or not they may journey collectively however received no response, Mr Scobie claims.
He was later advised Harry had managed to safe a flight along with his uncles Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.
‘It was upsetting to witness,’ Mr Scobie claims he was advised by a supply near the Sussexes. ‘[Harry] was fully by himself on this.’
Mr Scobie claimed that Palace “sources” briefed sure newspapers that Charles had personally shared the information of the Queen’s sickness along with his son. He quoted a good friend of the duke who mentioned this left Harry ‘crushed’.
Harry was near his grandmother, and opened up about her loss of life in Spare.
Within the memoir, he described how he whispered to her that he ‘hoped she was completely satisfied’ and could be reunited with Prince Philip, who died a 12 months earlier. He additionally advised her that he admired her for having carried out her duties till the top.
The prince scrambled to Scotland to see the Queen – Britain’s longest reigning monarch – on September 8 final 12 months after Buckingham Palace introduced that she was gravely sick. Nevertheless, he failed to succeed in the property earlier than she handed away aged 96.
Prince Harry walks alongside Meghan and the Princess of Wales on the lying-in-state of the Queen final 12 months
In a shifting passage, the duke describes how he discovered of the Queen’s passing after checking the BBC information web site. Upon arriving at Balmoral, he was greeted by Anne, the Princess Royal, who then took him upstairs to a room the place the late Sovereign was mendacity.
He writes: ‘I superior with uncertainty and noticed her. I stayed nonetheless, watching her fastidiously for a very good whereas.
‘I whispered that I hoped she was completely satisfied and that she was with Grandfather now. I mentioned that I admired her for having carried out her duties till the top. The [Platinum] Jubilee, the welcoming of the brand new Prime Minister’.
Mr Scobie coated the Sussexes in his 2020 bestseller Discovering Freedom, and is now thought of the couple’s unofficial mouthpiece.
Promotional materials for Endgame suggests it will likely be equally hostile to the remaining members of the Royal Household as his earlier work.
A breathless description on Amazon calls it as ‘a penetrating investigation into the present state of the British monarchy – an unpopular king, a power-hungry inheritor to the throne, a queen keen to go to harmful lengths to protect her picture and a prince compelled to start out a brand new life after being betrayed by his circle of relatives’.
A supply advised The Mail on Sunday: ‘I have been advised that is unhealthy, very unhealthy. It’s unlikely that Royal aides will remark, but when there are prices of racism, they may, after all, be robustly rebutted.’
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex famously advised US TV host Oprah Winfrey that when Meghan introduced her being pregnant an unnamed member of the Royal Household had questioned which pores and skin color their son Archie was prone to have.
Omid Scobie, the unofficial mouthpiece for the Sussexes, is ready to make use of his new e book to launch a salvo of assaults on the Royal Household
The Sussexes repeatedly denied co-operating with Scobie and his co-author Carolyn Durand on Discovering Freedom, however Meghan was later compelled to confess within the Excessive Court docket that she authorised an aide to transient the pair secretly.
Endgame, revealed on November 28, is prone to trigger additional disquiet at Buckingham Palace. It’s unknown whether or not the Sussexes had any enter this time, though the writer boasts that he interviewed members of the family.
The e book, subtitled ‘Contained in the Royal Household and the Monarchy’s Struggle for Survival’, is billed as an ‘explosive’ look into occasions surrounding the Queen’s loss of life.
The Amazon gross sales pitch states: ‘Queen Elizabeth II’s loss of life ruptured the already-fractured foundations of the Home of Windsor – and dismantled the protecting protect round it.’
Scobie claims to have interviewed ‘present and former Palace employees, trusted pals of the Royals and even the members of the family themselves’.
The Mail on Sunday has discovered that the e book will probably be serialised in a serious US journal, however not within the UK.
It was as a result of be revealed in August, however this was pushed again to incorporate occasions surrounding the Coronation.
A publishing supply in America mentioned: ‘The phrase is that is going to have bombshell after bombshell. Some are even speculating it could title the one that questioned what color Archie’s pores and skin could be.
‘Everybody is aware of Omid is the Sussexes’ unofficial mouthpiece, so it is honest to say there will probably be an enormous deal of curiosity on this e book on either side of the Atlantic.’
Chapter headings embody: ‘Shaky Floor: The Queen is Lifeless, the Monarchy Faces Hassle’, ‘The Fall of Prince Andrew: Scandal, Disgrace and Silencing Jane Doe’, ‘Race and the Royals: Institutional Bigotry and Denial’, ‘Gloves On: Prince William, Inheritor to the Throne’, and ‘Gloves Off: Prince Harry, Man on a Mission’.
Within the promotional materials, Mr Scobie mentioned King Charles is ‘unpopular’ and Queen Camilla is ‘keen to go to harmful lengths to protect her picture’
Writer HarperCollins has beforehand mentioned that the e book will ‘have the world speaking’, and Scobie has warned it is going to reveal moments the Royals must be ‘ashamed of.’
Earlier this month, Scobie wrote intimately concerning the first evening Meghan and Harry spent collectively and recounted seemingly verbatim conversations between the Sussexes and senior royals.
He has continued to be a favoured mouthpiece for the Sussexes and is usually the primary to publish details about their charitable endeavours and awards on social media.
This week, he took one more dig on the King and Queen for strolling alongside a pink carpet laid out for them over naked floor in Kenya throughout their State Go to final week.
Writing on X, previously Twitter, he mentioned: ‘Even when this was a selection made by the hosts (and it most likely was), the optics of the King and Queen strolling on a pink carpet to keep away from soil at Nairobi Nationwide Park are fairly ridiculous and out of contact.
‘A clued-up Palace aide may have simply requested for it to be eliminated.’
However Scobie was criticised for his remark, together with by Kenyan journalist Joseph Wakhungu, who wrote: ‘I can inform you that is simply how all visiting heads of state and authorities are handled after they land in Kenya.’
Responding to a fan on social media who wrote of Endgame, ‘I hope it goes additional and deeper than Discovering Freedom’, Scobie responded: ‘They’re worlds aside.’