Writer Tina Brown has composed The Palace Papers: Inside The House Of Windsor – The Truth And The Turmoil
It inspects the government’s mission to guarantee isn’t just a stage for relatives to look for public recognition
It uncovers the raising contacts between Prince William and Prince Harry and precisely what caused them
There are disclosures about the gigantic effect Meghan Markle has had on the Duke of Sussex and the family
Point by point is the means by which the ruler concluded Camilla ought to become Queen when Charles takes to the lofty position
Ruler Harry ‘vented’ about William and ‘spilled out feelings of disdain’s about his dad Charles to his entertainer ex Cressida Bonas such a lot of that she suggested he see an advisor, driving the duke to look for exhortation on the best therapists from MI6, a sensation new book claims.
Tina Brown, the creator of The Palace Papers: Inside The House Of Windsor – The Truth And The Turmoil, says the Duke of Sussex developed ‘irate’ as he felt his sibling was ‘hoarding the best briefs’ something like 10 years prior – and when he wasn’t fixating on William would groan about the Prince of Wales.
She asserts ‘rubbing between the siblings heightened’ such a huge amount after William became supporter of the rhino and elephant good cause the Tusk Trust in 2015 that the pair had ‘Olympic lines’ – and quotes a companion of the kin as calling Harry a ‘extremely, irate man’.
The imperial master likewise asserts Harry’s ex Cressida developed ‘tedious’ of his grumblings about his family while they dated somewhere in the range of 2012 and 2014, and was obviously the primary individual to convince the Queen’s grandson to see a specialist – driving him to take guidance from MI6 to track down the ideal individual.
After their relationship separated, Harry composed the past love interest ‘a sweet letter saying ‘I appreciate you, I hope everything works out for you or more all thank you for assisting me with tending to my evil spirits and look for help”, Mrs Brown cases, citing one of her contacts.
Cressie is said to have likewise found his disdain towards the Press ‘attempting’ – and that while reports hyped the heartfelt relationship, the ‘odd truth of date evenings was morosely eating important point and watching Netflix at Nottingham Cottage, Harry’s none-too-clean two-room beauty and-favor single guy cushion in the grounds of Kensington Palace’, Mrs Brown composes.
The strain among Harry and William existed a long time before Meghan Markle burst onto the scene, Mrs Brown cases. Be that as it may, her appearance changed ‘everything’ in Harry’s life, and she proposes the pair became ‘tipsy on a common dream of being the instruments of worldwide change who, when hitched, would work in the superstar stratosphere once occupied by Princess Diana’.
The stunner charges come after Harry ignited a new column with the Royal Family this week by asserting in a meeting with NBC’s Today show that he is ‘safeguarding’ the old ruler and is ensuring she has the ‘perfect individuals around her’.
Experts branded the comments a ‘gross insult’ to Charles and William, and point out that his and Meghan’s top secret ‘olive branch’ meeting with the Queen at Windsor Castle before the Invictus Games was the first time Harry had seen his grandmother in two years.
Mrs Brown has additionally guaranteed that Harry and Meghan are ‘dependent on show’ – and says one day the duke will ‘awaken’ and understand he’s living in Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop.
Addressing the Telegraph, the master said the pair can’t quit causing emotional situations any place they go – asserting they gave off an impression of being ‘dependent on dramatization’. Also, she cautioned the duke seems to have been ‘totally and completely taken over by Meghan and his entire character has changed’.
‘I truly do address how it will end. ‘[Maybe] he’ll awaken and understand he’s living in Goop and he needs to get the damnation out, go down the bar and see his companions,’ she added.
The Royal Family was for this present week left reeling when Harry, who met with British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace in The Hague today, seemed to give a hidden admonition to those nearest to the Queen when talked with by a US organization, saying he needed to ensure his grandma was ‘secured’ and had ‘the ideal individuals around her’.
The duke didn’t expand on whether he was alluding to regal assistants or individuals from his own family, yet his remarks might have extended his break with his dad the Prince of Wales and his sibling William and puzzled castle authorities.
Harry likewise gambled further fuelling the fracture with his alienated more seasoned sibling by expressing that their late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, was currently looking after him from past the grave as ‘she’s done her piece’ with William and his loved ones.
In a NBC TV appearance, Harry additionally opened up on his ‘unique’ relationship with his grandma, and his extremely open case that she trusts in him things she can’t converse with any other individual about.
What’s more, in a pointed remark, he said of his visit: ‘I’m simply ensuring that she’s secured and got the ideal individuals around her’.
Harry likewise said his grandma needs additional insurance in remarks that took steps to sabotage her birthday and a column over security that could eclipse her notable Platinum Jubilee.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge avoided an off-kilter question about the Duke of Sussex ‘s guarantee he came to Britain last week to guarantee the Queen is ‘secured’.
Charles is supposed to be pushed beyond his limits with his most youthful child as royal residence staff who really focused on Her Majesty all through the pandemic blamed the Duke for Sussex of ‘amazing haughtiness’.
Sussexes’ security line could be fixed for Queen’s Jubilee: Prince Harry could get back to the UK with Archie and Lilibet for the festival subsequent to being ‘consoled’ about insurance plans
Ruler Harry could return to the UK with his youngsters for the Queen’s Jubilee subsequent to being ‘consoled’ about plans for their security.
Sources have let the Daily Mail know that the ruler seemed appeased at the plans set up when he and Meghan visited the Queen at Windsor last week.
The couple brought over their own private guardians from the US yet remained on the Queen’s Windsor home and got a Special Escort Group (SEG) detail while going outside.
The SEG gives versatile furnished security to the two royals and government clergymen.
This ‘mixture’ model is presently prone to be proposed to Harry, Meghan and youngsters, Archie, two, and, Lilibet, ten months, while visiting.
It would be supported by citizens as the Home Office have clarified that they can’t concur private monetary game plans with anybody getting Met Police security.
Harry, 37, is making a legitimate move against the Home Office subsequent to being deprived of outfitted police insurance.
He says he doesn’t have a real sense of reassurance under current security plans carrying his family to the UK and has proposed to pay for British police guardians himself.
Charles is said to be at the end of his tether with his youngest son as palace staff who cared for Her Majesty throughout the pandemic accused the Duke of Sussex of ‘breathtaking arrogance’.
‘The wound is the place where the light enters you’: Prince Harry quotes 13th Century poet as he closes Invictus Games after praising spirit of athletes and revealing competition is ‘way better’ than he ‘ever imagined’
Prince Harry quoted a 13th Century poet during the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games in The Hague in the Netherlands.
The Duke of Sussex founded the Invictus Games to aid the rehabilitation of injured or sick military personnel and veterans from across the globe, by giving them the challenge of competing in sporting events similar to the Paralympics.
Harry spoke of his pride in the competitors sitting before him and told the audience: ‘The wound is the place where light enters you.’
The quote, which Harry said had been circulating around the Invictus camp, is originally from the Persian poet Rumi – whose words of wisdom are popular among mental well-being and mindfulness coaches.
He continued: ‘You have all summited your mountain. And I could not be prouder of every single one of you.
‘We, your friends and family, could not be prouder of who you are and what you represent, especially given what it’s taken to get here. Mindset is everything.’
He added: ‘From interviews that Invictus did across the park this week, and as some of you have shared with me personally, many would have taken their own life had it not been for these games.
‘You made the choice to be here, to stay with us, to grow with us, and I can’t explain how much it means to me and how much all of you mean to us. So thank you.
‘This is a blueprint of what the wider world needs today – the power of resilience, the power of healing and the power of recovery.
‘So if, or when, you feel alone, please know that you are not alone. This community is with you. We are all with you. To friends and family, we wouldn’t be here without you.
‘We defend those that need defending. Service and sacrifice is in our blood and don’t you ever forget it.’
To mark the occasion, a glorious photograph has been released of Her Majesty standing with two of her own favourite fell ponies, Bybeck Nightingale and Bybeck Katie.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared a picture of them with the Queen, and one with the monarch’s great-grandchildren, and said on Instagram: ‘Wishing Her Majesty The Queen a very happy 96th birthday today! An inspiration to so many across the UK, the Commonwealth and the world, it’s particularly special to be celebrating in this Platinum Jubilee year’.
Prince Charles shared a series of images of his smiling mother through her life – as well as with him and his wife Camilla – with the caption:
‘Wishing Her Majesty The Queen a particularly special 96th birthday today, as we celebrate her Platinum Jubilee year’.
Harry’s decision to acrimoniously quit as a working royal and spend the last two years making a string of damning accusations against his family from across the Atlantic in California is understood to have caused the Queen great heartache because she is known to adore him.
Despite speaking to US network NBC to boast about his special bond with the monarch – and how he makes her laugh – Harry still refused to commit to attending her Jubilee celebrations.
He again blamed ‘security issues’ for being unwilling to commit to him, Meghan, Archie, two, and Lilibet, 10 months, joining Her Majesty and the rest of his British family to mark the Queen’s 70 years on the throne.
Harry and Meghan made a secret visit to Windsor last week before the Invictus Games but in his High Court battle with the Government he has said he ‘does not feel safe’ in the UK.
Former royal bodyguards have insisted that when with the Royal Family or on royal property, the Sussexes would be fully protected by armed police.
It comes amid claims that Harry might come back to the UK with his children for the Queen’s Jubilee after being ‘reassured’ about arrangements for their security.
Sources have told the Daily Mail that the prince appeared mollified at the plans put in place when he and Meghan visited the Queen at Windsor last week.
The couple brought over their own private bodyguards from the US but stayed on the Queen’s Windsor estate and received a Special Escort Group (SEG) detail when travelling outside.
The SEG gives portable outfitted insurance to the two royals and government pastors. This ‘mixture’ model is presently liable to be proposed to Harry, Meghan and youngsters, Archie, two, and, Lilibet, ten months, while visiting. It would be subsidized by citizens as the Home Office have clarified that they can’t concur private monetary plans with anybody getting Met Police security.
Harry is making a lawful move against the Home Office subsequent to being deprived of outfitted police assurance. He says he doesn’t have a solid sense of reassurance under current security plans carrying his family to the UK and has proposed to pay for British police guardians himself.
The duke’s advodate, Shaheed Fatima QC, recently let the High Court know that Harry considers the UK ‘is and consistently will be his home’ and says he is quick to get back to see loved ones – albeit the ruler this week said in a TV interview that house ‘is in the States’.
An all around put source told the Mail: ‘Harry was genuinely satisfied with the manner in which the activity worked [when he and Meghan came to Windsor] and the contact between his security group and the Met. He accepts it implies a useful arrangement can be found, permitting him to come over with his youngsters as soon as the Platinum Jubilee.’
The source said they accepted Harry would now push back from his lawful activity.
Whether this implies his family will be seen on the gallery at Buckingham Palace close by the Queen over the celebration end of the week is not yet clear.
Recently Harry hobnobbed with the King of the Netherlands on the last day of his Invictus Games in The Hague.
It likewise arose that the previous party sovereign partook in a 16 ounces of Guinness in an Irish bar the prior night – prior to changing to lemonade.
John Gulay, 51, proprietor of O’Casey’s Irish Pub, reviewed the now reflection adoring ruler said:
‘One 16 ounces, that is all there is to it’ and ‘I stick to one 16 ounces and afterward I’ll move to lemonade.’
Ruler Harry on secret Queen trip, how America is ‘home’ and whether he misses William and Charles
On visiting the Queen: ‘Being with her, it was extraordinary. Seeing her was simply so decent. You know, she’s on extraordinary structure. She has consistently got an incredible awareness of what’s actually funny with me and I’m simply ensuring she’s secured and has the ideal individuals around her.’
On the best thing about the Queen: ‘Her comical inclination and her capacity to see the humor in such countless various things. We have a truly unique relationship. We discuss things that she can’t discuss with any other individual, so that is generally a pleasant harmony to her. Be that as it may, I believe she’s… I think after a particular age you get exhausted of birthday events.’
On whether he misses William and Charles: ‘Look I mean, for me right now, I’m here centered around these folks and these families and giving all that I would be able, 120% to them to ensure they have an epic experience. That is my concentration here. What’s more, when I leave here, I get back and my attention is on my family who I miss hugely.’
On whether he will go to the Platinum Jubilee festivities:
‘I don’t have any idea yet. There’s heaps of things with security issues and all the other things. This is the thing I’m attempting to do, attempting to make it conceivable that I can get my children to meet her.’
On Archie: ‘He’s into the why stage. Why this? Why that? Why that? And on second thought of simply attempting to move it on, I offer him the most legitimate response I can. And afterward it continues forever and on until he’s fulfilled. And afterward that is all there is to it. It’s finished. In any case it winds up with – in light of the fact that the world is round and that it is how life is.’
On America being his new home: ‘Home for me currently is, you know, until further notice, it’s in the States. Furthermore, it has that impression too.’
On his late mother Princess Diana: ‘It is nearly like she’s done her piece with my sibling and presently she’s definitely, such as, helping me. Got him set up. Also, presently she’s assisting me with setting up. That is the very thing it seems like, you know? He has his children. I have my children, you realize the conditions are clearly unique. In any case, presently, I feel her presence in nearly all that I do now. Yet, most certainly more so over the most recent two years than any other time. Truly. So she’s looking after us.’
How Harry diverted to specialists from MI6 in his psychological well-being fight, SENT BACK a birthday present from Charles and had unstable lines with William: RICHARD KAY on new book that says such a great amount about the Prince’s perspective
The scene was a dedication administration at the Guards’ Chapel, across the street from Buckingham Palace and probably the most intelligent spot for a farewell London brings to the table.
In any case, as indicated by Tina Brown, who was there to offer her appreciation to the smooth Lord Lichfield, popular picture taker to the demi-monde, charm was unfortunately missing.
In its place she sniffed
‘the squeak of immateriality and rot’.
The seats, she noted were loaded up with ‘Court Circular stalwarts’. There was a ‘frump and abrupt’ Princess Anne, the Duchess of Cornwall in a ‘morose air attendant suit’,
Camilla’s ex Andrew Parker Bowles looking like a ‘mobile pink gin’ and a ‘run down Lord Snowdon’, the Queen’s previous brother by marriage, showing ‘an unpleasant air’.
Indeed, even the more youthful age in those days in 2006, ‘pale and disappointed’, didn’t get away from her legal look.
Each time one rose to talk, the sage at her elbow, the Queen Mother’s previous jack of all trades William ‘Backstairs Billy’ Tallon murmured something pejorative.
Just the imperious Princess Michael of Kent offered a frisson of charm.
Earthy colored got herself yearning for the ‘tall, blonde brilliance of Princess Diana to show up in a burst of paparazzi’.
Be that as it may, Diana was long dead and a profound bluntness had chosen the Royal Family, for which they were endlessly appreciative.
Prince Harry has become increasingly isolated from the Royal Family since his relationship with Meghan Markle, but Brown says this began before he met the actress
‘Never again’, was the mantra. ‘We don’t want another Diana’ was the refrain that echoed from the highest reaches of Palace life.
Twenty five years after the princess’s tragic, unexpected death, the formidable Ms Brown, author of the explosive Diana Chronicles, which was an early Naughties sensation, has returned to the fray.
Her new book, The Palace Papers: Inside The House Of Windsor — The Truth And The Turmoil, examines how that quest to ensure the monarchy is not simply a platform for family members to seek public acclaim has turned out.
Even a cursory look at the royal landscape would suggest things have not gone entirely to plan.
Just this week, Harry and Meghan — with Netflix crew dancing attendance — have lobbed another of their televisual truth bombs after the prince declared he wanted to make sure his grandmother was ‘protected’.
With added bombast, he let it slip that he enjoyed a special relationship with her unlike any other, that the two could ‘talk about things she can’t talk about with anybody else’.
Meanwhile, the dust has scarcely settled on the disgraced Duke of York’s £12 million out-of-court agreement of a sex-abuse lawsuit.
And less than a month after escorting his mother to Prince Philip’s thanksgiving service, Andrew, the royal pariah, is said to be angling for a return to public duties, despite the shame of his links to the notorious paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
Asked if it was OK if the heavy metal rocker Ozzy Osbourne could appear at the 2002 Party at the Palace to mark her Golden Jubilee, she replied dryly: ‘As long as he doesn’t bite the head off a bat.’
While no conventional royal historian, Brown tackles her subjects with the same brio she brought to her years as a highly regarded magazine editor, first with Tatler, then with Vanity Fair and the New Yorker.
Her access to those who flit around the royals gives her writing an edgy authenticity.
The book, she says, is the result of two years’ work — and impeccable sources.
‘I talked to more than 120 people, many of whom have been intimately involved with the senior royals and their households during the turbulent years since Diana died,’
The result is a tour d’horizon of the recent travails of the Royal Family, which is both critical of and surprisingly sympathetic to the figure at the heart of the story: the 96-year-old Queen, whose head-in-the-sand approach or ‘ostriching’ she often mocks.
Some are bound to be upset at Brown’s frank, almost cruel assessment of Diana in the final months of her life after her Panorama interview.
Following recent revelations about Martin Bashir’s deceit in securing his interview, Brown claims Diana had no regrets about the collaboration.
‘I don’t subscribe to the now pervasive narrative that Diana was a vulnerable victim of media manipulation, a mere marionette tossed about by malign forces beyond her control,’
‘I find it offensive to present the canny, resourceful Diana as a woman of no agency, as either a foolish, duped child or the hapless casualty of malevolent muckrakers.’
She quotes cordless phone magnate Gulu Lalvani, who briefly dated the princess in early 1997, saying that Diana told him she had said exactly what she wanted to say in the broadcast.
Queen banished Diana’s ghost
The Queen emerges as both canny and strategic.
Her Majesty’s wish, expressed earlier this year, that Camilla should one day become Queen, demonstrated, says Brown, that ‘duty and loyalty to the Crown . . . are more defining of royalty than bloodlines’.
She adds: ‘For Charles, his mother’s validation of his devotion to Camilla was the last exorcism of Diana’s ghost.’
At the same time, she paints a picture of a monarch whose sense of humour, despite all the setbacks, remains intact.
During a talk with then Prime Minister Tony Blair about the Golden Jubilee, she offers the correction
‘My Golden Jubilee’.
And in a discussion about whether she might visit the London Eye attraction on the South Bank, she sniffs:
‘I am not a tourist.’
Nor does her famous thriftiness go unsurpassed.
Brown quotes a former girlfriend of Charles recalling that when she arrived for tea at Windsor Castle in 1979, the Queen ‘was in a fluster because she’d been going through the Windsor heating bills and claimed she was being overcharged’.
Leaving the reception after Charles and Camilla’s wedding, she and Philip passed Michael Fawcett, their son’s major domo forced out of royal service last year over the cash for honours row.
Turning to the Duke of Edinburgh, she said loudly: ‘Oh look, there’s Fawcett. He’s got so fat.’
As Brown says of her own book, she wished Meghan had been able to read it before marrying the younger son of the heir to the throne.
‘She would have learned that no one is a bigger brand than The Firm.’
‘She didn’t have a bad word to say about Martin Bashir. She realized it served her purpose.’
I, for one, disagree. Not only did Diana fall out with Bashir, she told me she fervently wished she had not spoken about her betrayed love for Army officer James Hewitt because it had damaged her relationship with William and Harry.
Recalling her own lunch with Diana in New York six weeks before the princess’s death, Brown admits she was ‘bowled over’ by her confidence.
‘Diana was always more beautiful in person than in photographs, the huge, limpid blue eyes, the skin like a freshwater pearl, the supermodel height that was even more imposing in three-inch Manolos.
‘She told us her story of loneliness and hurt at Charles’s hands with an irresistible soulful intimacy . . . then switched to a startlingly sophisticated vision of how she planned to leverage her celebrity for the causes she cared about.’
Her plan, says Brown, ‘sounds very like what Meghan and Harry are attempting with their entertainment deals today, but with one central difference: it was better thought out.’
So what other intriguing nuggets does the book contain?
Frictions between brothers escalated
Brown considers Harry’s departure from royal life to be a huge loss, not just to the nation but also to the one person who needs him the most: his brother William, the future king.
Intriguingly, she says that the relationship between the two siblings began to decline long before the destabilizing arrival of Meghan Markle.
‘Friction between the brothers escalated over their professional alignments,’ Brown writes.
‘William knew he had to be respectful of hierarchy when it came to his father’s ownership of the environmental platform, but he was less willing to accede to his brother.’
For his part, Harry felt William was ‘hogging the best briefs’, a rivalry especially keen over their joint interests in Africa and conservation.
Brown claims that Harry wanted the prestigious rhino and elephant charity the Tusk Trust, of which William had been patron since 2005.
‘Harry was a very, very angry man. I think those were absolutely Olympic rows,’ she quotes a friend of the brothers as saying.
It didn’t help that Harry had a more natural, less formal way with the public.
‘If William makes a speech, everything from ‘Good evening’ onwards has to be typed out and handed to him,’ a charity official tells her.
‘When he came to our dining club one evening, as soon as he got up to speak he froze.’
Harry knew how to work a room like his grandfather Prince Philip, starting with a joke to break the ice.
But if Harry was discontented over his royal duties, he was even more unhappy about the state of his love life.
After Harry’s split from aristocratic actress Cressida Bonas in 2014, Brown quotes Prince Charles telling a party guest: ‘I don’t know what to do about Harry. We so miss Cressida.’
Cressie, as she is known by family — the willowy blonde daughter of Lady Mary-Gaye Curzon — found her royal boyfriend both sweet and tiresome.
His mood was often confrontational.
‘When he wasn’t venting about William, he was pouring out resentments about Charles,’ Brown writes.
Father and son communicated mostly through their private offices.
One ‘disgruntled’ episode concerned the prince’s offer of a 30th birthday present for Harry.
‘Would you like another dinner jacket?’
Harry said: ‘OK’.
Brown reports a source: ‘So the man from Savile Row came to measure him and when the suit arrived . . . one arm was shorter than the other and one leg shorter than the other, so it was . . . returned in a box, which seemed kind of analogous to their whole relationship.’
This, Brown describes as ‘no communication, and when there was, it went wrong’.
Meanwhile, Cressida, a normal 25-year-old, found Harry’s resentment towards the media trying.
She ‘wanted to go out to dinner and touch knees under the table,’ a friend tells Brown.
‘Harry would walk four paces ahead of her, instead of holding her hand. When they went to the theatre, he left at the interval to get out without a hassle.
‘She was either being dragged through the streets being yelled at or ignored while he threw a hissy fit.’
While media reports talked of her romantic love affair with the prince, the ‘bizarre reality of date nights was glumly eating takeaway and watching Netflix at Nottingham Cottage, Harry’s none-too-tidy two-bedroom grace-and-favour bachelor pad in the grounds of Kensington Palace’.
Cressida became increasingly concerned about Harry’s mental health.
According to Brown, it was Cressie who first persuaded him to see a therapist. To find the right person, he took advice from MI6.
Camilla turns his bedroom into her dressing room
Brown is warm on the relationship between Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, the ‘horse whisperer of his emotional needs’, and the difficulties Camilla encountered from his sons.
Harry was said to resent the fact that Camilla had converted his old bedroom at Highgrove into her dressing room.
Finally prevailed upon to meet the then Mrs Parker Bowles, he ‘unnerved her with long silences and smouldering resentful stares’.
For a long time, despite the overtures, William remained ‘guarded’ and his brother ‘outright sullen’.
These days, William at least is pragmatic about the relationship, accepting Camilla for what she means to his father.
Harry almost certainly has not.
For her part, the duchess has tried to remain gracious and above the fray.
If she had a family motto, Brown says, it would be ‘Thou shalt not whine’.
Bad blood was kept firmly behind doors.
When the actor Stephen Fry went to stay at Highgrove, he was struck by how much William and Harry teased their father.
At breakfast, Fry lifted the lid of a tureen to reveal a heap of linseed.
‘Prince William said: ‘Oh no, don’t go near the bird table, Stephen, that’s only for Pa.’
‘Therapists at MI6, that’s what they do.’
His relationship with Bonas did not survive, however.
Brown reveals that after they parted Harry wrote Cressida ‘a sweet letter saying ‘I admire you, I wish you well and above all thank you for helping me to address my demons and seek help’ ‘.
Meghan wanted leading lady status
Meghan Markle’s arrival in Harry’s life changed everything almost overnight.
She and the prince became ‘drunk on a shared fantasy of being the instruments of global transformation who, once married, would operate in the celebrity stratosphere once inhabited by Princess Diana’.
The world caught a glimpse of this power grab at the unveiling of the so-called ‘Fab Four’, when Meghan articulately spoke with all her actressy skill at a meeting of their Royal Foundation, which had set up the Heads Together mental health charity.
‘Harry looked on with awe and his brother and Kate stood by with expressionless irritation,’ Brown writes.
‘When it was Kate’s moment to speak, she was strikingly less articulate, as well as brief.’
Yet, Brown says, few knew that it was the Duchess of Cambridge who had been the prime mover in the mental health campaign, after years of providing emotional support for her brother, James Middleton, as he struggled with clinical depression.
So far so glamorous, but what Palace insiders saw as Meghan’s ‘wilful blindness to institutional culture’ was a clash with the actress’s world view.
‘In the ranking system of the entertainment world, star power — wattage — equals leverage . . . Alas, she seemed oblivious to the one critical factor that would determine the outcome of her plans for the future: primogeniture.’
For all his easy-going charm and huge popularity, Harry was not heir in line to the throne; he had slipped to sixth and, as Brown notes ‘when Kate became Queen, Meghan would have to curtsy to her’.
In the book, Brown shines a fascinating and waspish light on Meghan’s life just as she was meeting Harry and how her then blog, The Tig, was a dragnet for luxury freebies.
‘She won a reputation among the marketers of luxury brands of being warmly interested in receiving bags of designer swag.’
A publicist is quoted as saying she had been copied in to a message from a member of Meghan’s team after she became Duchess of Sussex.
‘Make sure [the publicist] knows that she can still send me anything. She’s always been one of the good ones.’
Brown offers a Hollywood insight into that famous three-way row between Harry, Meghan and Angela Kelly, the Queen’s dresser and assistant, over the choice of tiara to be worn at the wedding.
‘Meghan did not — or could not — perceive the difference between the Queen’s personal aide and a contract stylist at NBC Universal.’
With his rows over ‘what Meghan wants, Meghan gets’, Harry, she said, had morphed into ‘groomzilla’.
An aide is said to have described their confrontational stance as a mutual ‘addiction to drama’.
But while after her first tour Diana realised the responsibility and duty that came with the intense interest she generated, Meghan appeared to draw a different conclusion.
Her view, according to Brown, was that ‘the monarchy likely needed her more than she needed them.
‘She had starred in the equivalent of a blockbuster film and wanted her leading-lady status to be reflected in lights’.
Andrew holed up in his bedroom
On Prince Andrew, Brown rarely pulls her punches, labeling the Queen’s favorite son a ‘coroneted sleaze machine’.
She describes with barely disguised contempt how, soon after his separation from Fergie, the Duke of York made a private visit to the Palm Springs estate of a former U.S. ambassador to Britain, where he ‘holed up in his bedroom for two days, apparently watching porn’.
Of his ten-year role as UK trade ambassador, Brown writes scornfully: ‘A string of international lowlifes, who had nothing to do with British diplomacy and everything to do with unsavoury personal deals that he was pursuing on the side, filled the Duke of York’s otherwise sparse calendar’.
As for Jeffrey Epstein, Brown says he referred to Andrew as ‘an idiot’ behind his back —
‘but to him a useful one’.
Epstein, she asserts, ‘made Andrew feel he had joined the big time — the deals, the girls, the plane, the glittering New York world, where he wasn’t seen as a full-grown man still dependent on his mother’s Privy Purse strings or on the pecking order of the palace.
The duke was always as oversexed as a boob-ogling adolescent’.
William and Kate’s secret lives
Brown relates how at a glitzy fundraiser for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, where Kate serves as royal patron, William transformed from star guest to ministering waiter.
Told that the evening’s ‘highest roller’ was too ill to join the dinner, the prince asked for a pot of tea on a tray and went and knocked on her door.
‘She was so over the moon,’ said investment banker Euan Rellie.
‘Hard not to be,’
‘It was a gesture that showed the imagination and empathy of his mother.’
For history of art graduate Kate, secret visits to museums and art galleries are said to ‘nourish her inner life’.
Brown relates how the late QC Jeremy Hutchinson, viewing a Hockney exhibition at the Royal Academy at 8am one morning, was taken aback when the duchess took a seat beside him.
‘I miss my history of art,’ she told him.
‘It’s what I do to get my fix.’