The transatlantic war of words between Buckingham Palace and the Sussexes could take a new turn, with the Queen apparently ‘ordering’ authorities to plan a legal retaliation against the couple.
Sources say the “exasperated” Queen, 95, has asked palace officials to “get closer” to defamation experts after “repeated attacks” on the Sussex royal family based in the United States.
It comes after Harry, 36, and his wife Meghan Markle, 40, said in their explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey that an anonymous royal raised concerns about their son Archie’s skin color before he was born .
Days later, Buckingham Palace issued a statement saying “memories may vary” in response to the allegations.
But the row was rekindled this week after it was revealed in a new chapter of their Finding Freedom biography that a source accused members of the royal family of “not taking their own” part in the fallout.
Now sources close to the queen have said the sun that the feeling “coming from above” is that “that’s enough”.
The source told the newspaper: “There is a limit to how much will be accepted and the Queen and Royal Family can only be pushed so far.
Sources say the ‘exasperated’ Queen (pictured right) has asked palace officials to ‘check’ with defamation experts after ‘repeated attacks’ on the US-based Sussex royal family. It comes after Harry, 36, and his wife Meghan Markle, 40 (pictured left together) said in their explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey that an anonymous royal raised concerns over their skin color son Archie before his birth.
Sources close to the Queen (pictured here with Harry and Meghan in 2018) told The Sun the feeling ‘coming from above is enough is enough’
Finding Freedom author Omid Scobie says Meghan and Harry’s decision to name their daughter Lilibet is proof of their ‘closeness’ to the Queen
Finding Freedom author Omid Scobie yesterday rekindled the feud over Meghan and Harry’s decision to name their daughter Lilibet, after the Queen’s childhood nickname, when he claimed it was in demonstrates the closeness of the couple to the monarch.
The name, he said, offered “a glimpse into the close relationship” the Sussexes and the Queen still share.
Others, however, have taken a different point of view. Indeed, the question of whether or not the Queen had granted permission – as Harry suggested – sparked a transatlantic row.
Palace sources insist that the initial conversation between Harry and his grandmother about the name was “a revelation, not a request”.
The BBC report first revealing that the Queen had not been asked to ask for permission was all the rage.
Scobie, who co-wrote on Harry and Meghan’s departure from the royal family in Finding Freedom, was also criticized last week when an upcoming excerpt from a revised edition of his book was released detailing the aftermath of the interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The Queen’s statement that “some memories may vary” led Harry and Meghan to believe the senior Royals had not taken “responsibility” and “full ownership” of the claims, according to the upcoming new edition.
But Scobie quickly backed down, saying it was the “institution” of the monarchy, and not the Queen personally, that bore the brunt of the Sussexes’ displeasure – even though the statement was released on Her Majesty’s behalf. .
Yesterday, Scobie told Good Morning America: “When it comes to this relationship with the Queen, it’s stronger than ever.
They only have love for her. Of course, we’ve seen them name their daughter after the Queen’s very nickname. So that really gives us a glimpse of that close relationship.
“They become lawyers. Harry and Meghan will be made aware and will know that the repeated attacks will not be tolerated.
One hurdle any legal team could face is the upcoming release of Prince Harry’s revealing memoir.
The book, which will be released next year, will be published by Penguin Random House.
According to the Sun, a preventive legal warning to publishers is now under consideration.
The source told the newspaper: “If someone was named in the book and directly accused of something, it could be libel and also violate their rights to private family life.
“It would be ironic if Harry and Meghan were accused of invading privacy given their statements on the matter.”
It comes after lawyers for the Sussexes denied earlier this week that the couple had ‘rekindled a rift’ with the Queen after an updated biography claimed they believed she had not reacted to their accusations of racism.
New edition of Finding Freedom suggests sources close to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said they were ‘not surprised’ by a perceived lack of action on their claim that a senior royal has expressed ‘concern’ about their unborn child’s skin color.
He says they objected to a carefully worded statement by the Queen, following their interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, in which she expressed concern for the couple but insisted that “some memories may vary”.
Days later, Prince William told reporters the royal family is ‘really not a racist family’ and admitted he had yet to speak to his estranged brother after Oprah’s interview .
Now, the updated edition of Finding Freedom has claimed the Sussexes are far from happy with Buckingham Palace’s official response.
But their legal team at Schillings told MailOnline today that it was false and defamatory to claim that the couple “rekindled a rift” with the Queen – or to suggest or imply that they made statements to that effect.
Their lawyers insisted that there had been no new developments on the matter and that the allegations came from the authors of the book, Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, who do not speak for the Sussexes and rely on on anonymous sources.
Mr Scobie also attempted to clarify the situation by tweeting: “Back to this rodeo and, as you would expect, the words are already distorted.
“The comments made by one SOURCE (a detail some media have deliberately ignored) concerned a lack of ownership of the royal institution as a whole. There is no ‘attack’ on the queen anywhere in the book. ‘
An excerpt from the new version of Finding Freedom due for publication in People magazine in the United States says the couple believe the royals have not taken “responsibility” – preventing a major thaw in relations.
Harry and Meghan spoke to Oprah Winfrey in an explosive interview in March in which they accused a senior royal official of racism
Royal author Omid Scobie is a trusted media contact of the Sussexes and co-wrote their Finding Freedom biography
The excerpt reads: “These three words, ‘memories may vary,’ did not go unnoticed for the couple, who, according to a close source, were ‘not surprised’ that full ownership had not gone unnoticed. not taken. “Months later and little responsibility has been taken,” added a friend of Meghan’s. “How can you move forward without this?” ‘
The book now covers Harry’s return to the UK in April for the funeral of his grandfather, Prince Philip – and says he bought a one-way ticket because he hoped to be able to speak directly to his family, without staff are involved.
The new version of Finding Freedom will be released on August 31
He claims Harry spoke to his brother Prince William three times during the visit, as well as briefly chatting with his father Prince Charles after the service. He also enjoyed “precious moments” with his grandmother, the Queen.
The biography, which was a glowing portrayal of the Sussexes by Mr Scobie and Ms Durand first published in August 2020, concludes that the trip “broke the ice” and the door to a rapprochement is now “slightly ajar” .
Stating that Harry and Meghan do not regret their actions, despite their family’s toll, the book reads: “What started [as a] Fairytale romance became a story that reinvented the genre – an independent, self-taught woman playing an equal role alongside her knight.
The clip which will be published in People also claims that the couple felt nervous sitting down with the host of the chat show Oprah, but had decided that they should speak now, or never.
‘There were so many things they couldn’t say [before stepping back from their royal roles], ‘it reads.
Although the Sussexes insisted they had not cooperated directly with the authors of the book, the level of detail – and the claims by the writers and publisher, Harper Collins, that they had access to the circle close friends and associates of the couple – led some claim that indirect help was provided.
The authors of the book, however, said Finding Freedom was “independent and unauthorized” and that the couple had not told them about it.
The new version is expected to be released on August 31, the anniversary of Princess Diana’s death. It contains an updated epilogue covering the Oprah interview, the death of Prince Philip and the Sussexes’ plans for the future.