Prince Harry and Meghan have “burned their bridges” and will find no way back into royal life due to a “hurtful, unnecessary and destructive” book about their exit from The Firm, royal sources say.
Palace insiders claim the couple’s time as royals is “done and dusted” amid claims they collaborated on the book, Finding Freedom.
And they say the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been “incredibly naive” for suggesting they did not cooperate with authors Omid Scobie, a British journalist close to Meghan’s inner circle, and Carolyn Durand, an American television journalist.
One palace source said: “The bridges are well and truly burned. Harry and Meghan’s time as part of the team is done and dusted.
“In fact I’d be amazed if you could find anyone here who would want to work for the Sussexes if they wanted to return to the fold.
“Their whole attitude was always incredibly self serving and now it’s been laid bare for all to see.”
In January, Harry and Meghan agreed their roles as royals would be reviewed after 12 months.
But the source said: “Even when the time comes for the review, as promised, there will be no welcome back party, not that it appears they would want it.
“Even though it’s six months since they detonated their own nuclear bomb by announcing they were walking away, the world is a very different place now.
“While the rest of the family have been busy putting their time into good causes and adapting their roles amid the coronavirus outbreak, Harry and Meghan have fast become a complete sideshow.
“The feeling is to let them get on with it because everyone will eventually see it for the noise it is.”
Insiders told of “shock” in the palace at the couple’s “lack of remorse” for the breakdown in relationships with William and Kate, Prince Charles, the Queen and Prince Philip.
One source said: “The genuine feeling was there would be far more modesty on show, perhaps a touch of contrition with the way things have turned out, but there’s a complete lack of remorse for the way relationships were turned upside down. There’s barely a hint of self awareness.
“The overwhelming feeling is Harry and Meghan have been incredibly naive to think anyone will believe they had no input in the publication.
“When they were in the camp they didn’t take a crumb of advice, it was always their way or the inevitable explosion of emotion, there was no compromise, no discussion.
“They chose to walk away from all the protections they were afforded because of some misguided view everyone was out to challenge them, which couldn’t have been further from the truth.”
Extracts of the book in The Times today told how Meghan’s attitudes to the press had changed.
The book tells how the couple were in Toronto in October 2016 when one of Harry’s aides rang to say that a newspaper was about to reveal they were in a relationship.
It states: “While Meghan, before she met Harry, had occasionally set up a paparazzi photo or let info slip out to the press, she did everything in her power to protect the privacy of her relationship with the press.”
Meghan and Harry Finding Freedom
As the story broke, one paparazzi who had her number “had already texted to ask if the news was true; she didn’t reply”.
Meghan is currently in a court battle with the Mail on Sunday over the publication of details of a letter she wrote to her father.
The Sussexes are also suing up to 100 unnamed photographers who they claim used drones to take pictures of their 14-month-old son Archie in Los Angeles.
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