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Kate ‘cold’ and William ‘snobbish’ to Meghan, new book on royal family claims

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The Princess of Wales is accused of being “cold” and ignoring the Duchess of Sussex’s “cries for help” in a controversial new book about the royal family.

Omid Scobie’s book, Endgame, which was published on Tuesday, asserts that the future of the monarchy is “in a crisis” and it is in a “fight for survival”.

The King’s relationship with his son, the Prince of Wales, is examined with a “source” making a scathing comment about the heir to the throne’s opinion of his father.

Author Omid Scobie claims there has been a long-standing rift between the Duke of Sussex and Prince of Wales (Jordan Pettitt/PA)
Author Omid Scobie claims there has been a long-standing rift between the Duke of Sussex and Prince of Wales (Jordan Pettitt/PA)

The source said: “William (doesn’t) think his father is competent enough, quite frankly. Though they share passions and interests, their style of leadership is completely different.”

In the book a “source” claims that Kate can be “cold if she doesn’t like someone” and the writer goes on to say: “This is a side of Kate that rarely gets written about.

“Advocating for mental health causes – the mental health of mothers, for that matter – but ignoring her own sister-in-law’s cries for help seemed out of character for someone the public knew as sweet and easy to get along with.”

In an interview with The Times, Mr Scobie said: “That crisis being a lack of interest from young people, an apathy, a growing republican movement, questions over whether the family still uphold the morals and values of the Crown that the Queen did such a great job of.”

Among the claims made in the book are that there is a rift between the King and the Prince of Wales, that the Queen has “quietly thanked” Piers Morgan for “defending the Firm”, and that a timid Princess of Wales has to be encouraged to take part in engagements.

Mr Scobie’s book makes a series of allegations involving the Sussexes – including that William and other family members “covertly sanctioned” leaks to reporters about Harry, that the elder brother ignored texts from Harry when the family were making their way to Balmoral before the late Queen died last year, and that Charles and Meghan exchanged letters in the wake of her interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Harry and William feature throughout the book Endgame (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
Harry and William feature throughout the book Endgame (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

The alleged letters are said to reveal the identity of two people the duchess claimed, in the TV interview, aired “concerns” about the colour of then-unborn Prince Archie’s skin.

Mr Scobie co-authored Finding Freedom, a biography of the Sussexes which chronicled the couple in glowing terms, and they receive favourable treatment in his new book.

He writes in Endgame: “The new King is still dealing with the fallout from his inability to convene and command his own family. His ineptitude surrounding the Harry and Meghan saga has effectively turned the couple into the disruptors they were feared to become in the first place.”

The writer claims the King missed an opportunity to let “bygones be bygones” and begin a new chapter in his relationship with Harry, when the duke contacted him after the release of his memoir Spare which made a series of damning allegations about the royal family.

Endgame quotes a source as saying Charles was “cold and brief rather than open to proper dialogue” when he spoke to his son.

And the King’s relationship with his eldest son, William, appears equally as fractious, according to Mr Scobie, who writes: “Distrust and simmering animosity between father and son are nothing new to their working relationship.”

The book alleges that Kate has to be encouraged to participate in engagements (Cameron Smith/PA)
The book alleges that Kate has to be encouraged to participate in engagements (Cameron Smith/PA)

The 42-year-old author said he did not interview the Duchess of Sussex for Endgame but shares mutual friends with her which helped with sourcing information.

Harry and Meghan are said in the book to be “in a good place”.

Relations between William and Harry have long been strained, and worsened after the accusations Harry publicly levelled at his brother in double tell-alls: his memoir Spare and his Netflix documentary.

In his assessment of Charles’s reign, Mr Scobie said: “Circumvented by Netflix, overshadowed by his younger son, humbled by the Government and the institutional system, and dragged down by his own poor judgment and that of his wayward brother, Charles often stumbled through his first 100 days as King, encountering one obstacle after another.”

In interviews to promote his memoir Spare, Harry attacked Camilla’s reputation, describing her as “dangerous” and criticising her attempts to rehabilitate her “image” at his cost.

The King and Queen (Frank Augstein/PA)
The King and Queen (Frank Augstein/PA)

Mr Scobie writes in his book that the Queen has told others she has “great sympathy” for what Meghan went through but, according to a royal source, has “no respect for the way they handled themselves”.

William is asserting his independence because Charles’s “reign is little more than transitional, if only by virtue of the King’s age”, according to an “insider” quoted in Endgame.

The book’s full title is Endgame: Inside The Royal Family And The Monarchy’s Fight For Survival, and its chapters include Race And The Royals: Institutional Bigotry And Denial, and another called Gloves On: Prince William, Heir To The Throne.

Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace declined to comment.

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