MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry have told friends the real reason they haven't named the royal racist, it is claimed.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made bombshell claims about racism remarks at the heart of the monarchyearlier this year during their sensational Oprah Winfrey interview

They suggested a senior royal – not the Queen or Prince Philip – made racist remarks about Archie, although stopped short of revealing who it was.

That decision has been widely criticised as, by not naming the individual, they're effectively provoking debate about entirely innocent members of the royal family.

However according to a new version of the book Finding Freedom by Meghan Markle's friend Omid Scobie, the reason Harry and Meghan opted not to name the person is it would simply be "too damaging" for them.

Read our Meghan Markle live blog for the latest updates…

  • Joseph Gamp

    EXPLAINED: WHO IS MEGHAN’S HALF-BROTHER THOMAS MARKLE JR?

    Thomas Markle Jr, 55, shares the same father as Suits actress Meghan, who is married to Prince Harry.

    He lives in Grant’s Pass, Oregon, and works as a window fitter.

    Thomas was arrested on January 12, 2017, in Oregon for allegedly holding a gun to a woman’s head during a drunken argument. He was later charged with menacing, pointing a firearm at another person and unlawful use of a weapon.

    He has since apologised and said he is “seeking help”.

    Read more here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    MEGHAN MARKLE BIOGRAPHER CLAIMS PALACE ‘IGNORING’ HER RACISM ALLEGATIONS IN HOPE THAT IT ‘WILL GO AWAY’

    MEGHAN Markle’s biographer claims the Palace is “ignoring” her allegations of racism in the hope they’ll “go away”.

    An updated chapter of Finding Freedom quotes a source who says royal aides are hoping the scandal quietly blows over.

    It’s just the latest bombshell claim to appear in the book, penned by Omid Scobie – the Sussexes’ preferred journalist – and Carolyn Durand.

    Meghan and Harry have denied speaking to the authors themselves – although a note buried at the back of the book reveals the writers chatted to the couple “when appropriate”.

    In the latest revelations released ahead of the updated book’s release, it’s claimed the monarchy hope not to have to address allegations made during the Oprah interview.

    A royal source told the authors: “There is a feeling that if it’s ignored it will go away but surely by now they should have learned that that never happens?”

  • Joseph Gamp

    ROYAL EXPERT LISTS SIMILARITIES BETWEEN HARRY AND EDWARD VIII

    In an interview with Fox News, Mr Bullen listed some of the similarities between Harry and Edward.

    Edward, who abdicated in 1936 to marry American divorcee and socialite Wallis, wrote a ghost-written autobiography after he was cut off with no source of income.

    Book A King's Story: Memoirs of the Duke of Windsor was published in 1951, and included detail about the royal split and his relationship with Wallis. Harry is currently writing his own memoirs after signing a £29million four-book mega-deal.

    The first book, which is as yet untitled, will include the "definitive account of the experiences, adventures, losses, and life lessons that have helped shape him," Random House announced.

    Both men wed divorced American women, experienced "sibling rivalry" and gave bombshell interviews on their lives within the Royal Family.

    "It’s fascinating when you draw the parallels between the two," Mr Bullen said. Both of them married divorced American women. We all know that, but it goes much deeper than that.

    "Edward and his brother also experienced their own sibling rivalry can be compared to Harry’s strained relationship with his brother, Prince William."

  • Joseph Gamp

    HARRY AND MEGHAN MARKLE ‘RISK FADING INTO OBSCURITY LIKE EDWARD VIII AND WALLIS SIMPSON’

    Royal documentary maker Nick Bullen has made a film which argues the Sussexes may be heading towards insignificance.

    He compares Prince Harry to the “playboy prince” (Harry’s great-great-uncle Edward VIII) after his abdication from the throne to marry Wallis Simpson.

    Bullen said: “Both of them married divorced American women. We all know that, but it goes much deeper than that. Edward and his brother also experienced their own sibling rivalry can be compared to Harry’s strained relationship with his brother, Prince William.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY WILL NEVER BE ‘POPULAR’ WITH THEIR ‘ENDLESS MOANING AND SELF-PITY’

    Angela Levin, who wrote Harry: Conversations with the Prince, made the comments after a poll showed that public opinion of the Sussexes had plummeted.

    Data taken from YouGov surveys show that the couple tumbled in the opinion polls straight after they swapped England for the US.

    It fell even further after Meghan and Harry spoke to Oprah Winfrey in their bombshell television interview.

    The Duke of Sussex alone has dropped 50 points in his U.K. approval rating – compared to the 81 percent satisfaction rate Brits gave him when he became engaged to Meghan.

    Levin wrote of the news on Twitter saying: “Moaning endlessly along with self pity when you live in a home with 16 bathrooms isn’t going to make you popular.”

    It comes after the couple considered naming the royal who voiced concerns about their son Archie’s skin colour, it is claimed.

  • Joseph Gamp

    ROYALS WERE QUIETLY PLEASED MEGHAN COULD NOT ATTEND PRINCE PHILIP FUNERAL'

    The Duchess was unable to attend the service at Windsor Castle in April as she was pregnant with daughter Lilibet Diana at the time.

    The book claims some royals were happy as they "didn't want a circus" and feared she would "create a spectacle".

    Harry flew back alone for the service at Windsor.

  • Joseph Gamp

    WHAT IS RUMOURED TO BE IN PRINCE HARRY'S BOOK SO FAR?

    Revelations said to be in the chapter of Prince Harry's memoirs include:

    • The royals were 'quietly pleased' Meghan was unable to attend Prince Philip's funeral
    • The brothers were heartbroken after the death of their grandfather
    • William was 'furious' about the Oprah interview
    • Harry's Remembrance Sunday wreath was left in a box because he was 'no longer a frontline royal'
    • Meghan believes the Palace 'tried to discredit' her amid accusations over bullying

    MEGHAN MARKLE BIOGRAPHER CLAIMS PALACE ‘IGNORING’ HER RACISM ALLEGATIONS IN HOPE THAT IT ‘WILL GO AWAY’

    MEGHAN Markle's biographer claims the Palace is "ignoring" her allegations of racism in the hope they'll "go away".

    An updated chapter of Finding Freedom quotes a source who says royal aides are hoping the scandal quietly blows over. It's just the latest bombshell claim to appear in the book, penned by Omid Scobie – the Sussexes' preferred journalist – and Carolyn Durand.

    Meghan and Harry have denied speaking to the authors themselves – although a note buried at the back of the book reveals the writers chatted to the couple "when appropriate".

    In the latest revelations released ahead of the updated book's release, it's claimed the monarchy hope not to have to address allegations made during the Oprah interview.

    A royal source told the authors: "There is a feeling that if it's ignored it will go away but surely by now they should have learned that that never happens?"

    'JUMPED ON THE BANDWAGON'

    Richard Mineards, another neighbour, added: “Growing cannabis near here became legal in 2016 and lots of growers jumped on the bandwagon.”

    Both the Santa Barbara Coalition of Responsible Cannabis and Cannabis Association for Responsible Producers have promised a “new expanded odour response process”.

    Harry, 36, has previously admitted to smoking pot as a teenager and was sent to a drug rehab clinic for a day, aged 17, by Prince Charles.

    His wife Meghan, 40, reportedly gave guests a joint at her first wedding in Jamaica – where the drug is legal – in 2011.

    Last year the couple moved out of movie producer Tyler Perry's LA house and bought the nine-bed property after taking out a £7.25m mortgage and getting some financial help from Prince Charles.

    • Joseph Gamp

      MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY’S NEIGHBOURS COMPLAIN ABOUT STINK FROM A GIANT CANNABIS FARM CLOSE TO THEIR £11M MANSION

      The couple's £11million mansion is just up the road from the 20 large greenhouses full of the plants – leaving the luxury suburb reeking.  Neighbours have now made a string of complaints, sparking the company to install new “odour control systems.”

      One resident complained that the stench was so bad that they had to pull over while driving along the road.  The factory is less than a 10-minute drive from the Montecito mansion where the couple live with son Archie, two, and two month-old daughter Lilibet.

      Local Gregory Gandrud, 60, said of the new anti-smell measures told the Sunday Mirror: “This is good news for us, and Harry and Meghan.

      “The stink was getting stronger and heading their way. I was driving along the freeway and was hit hard by the smell. I had to pull over.

      "It made me completely lose my train of thought. Lots of people here are suffering.”

    • Joseph Gamp

      PRINCE WILLIAM WAS ‘FURIOUS’ MEGHAN MARKLE AND HARRY ACCUSED ROYAL OF BEING RACIST OVER ARCHIE IN PUBLIC

      The Duchess of Sussex sparked outrage after claiming the royal relative had revealed concerns about Archie’s skin colour.

      But she declined to say who had started those conversations, saying it would be “damaging” for them.

      William was “understood to be ‘furious’ that private family matters were being discussed in the public domain” according to a new chapter of the book Finding Freedom.

      At the time of the allegations, William hit back and insisted the Royal Family was “very much not racist”.

      The Duke of Cambridge leapt to the defence of The Firm on a visit to a school in East London with wife Kate Middleton.

      He told the waiting press the royals are “very much not a racist family” as he and Kate arrived.

    • Joseph Gamp

      TOUCHING PICTURE OF ONE OF PRINCE PHILIP’S FINAL MOMENTS JOINS MEGHAN AND HARRY’S LAST ENGAGEMENT IN PHOTO EXHIBITION

      A touching picture of Prince Philip taken in the months before his death appears alongside Meghan and Harry’s rain-soaked last UK engagement in a new photo exhibition.

      The prestigious BPPA Exhibition shines a spotlight on sports, entertainment, politics and protests, through to royals, celebrities, and global events.

      See more here.

    • Joseph Gamp

      PRINCE CHARLES WAS ‘ALWAYS CLOSER’ TO HARRY THAN WILLIAM SO HAS BEEN DEVASTATED BY THEIR ROYAL FEUD, EXPERT CLAIMS

      A royal expert has claimed that Prince Charles is particularly devastated about the feud with his youngest son, which was sparked in earnest by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Oprah interview in March.

      Speaking on the True Royalty programme The Royal Beat, author Robert Jobson explained that the Queen’s son, 72, has had a difficult time coming to terms with his 36-year-old second child’s move to the US and his public criticism of the royals.

      The royal commentator, who co-wrote the 2002 book Diana: Closely Guarded Secret, said: “I think that he was closer to Harry and that’s why it’s hit him quite hard with what’s happened with Harry.”

      Jobson made the comment while discussing the late King George VI’s relationship with his youngest child, Princess Margaret.

      Referring to the Queen’s father, he said: “He had a deep affection for both his daughters and protected them, but he had a trust in the Queen – Princess Elizabeth – he felt that she was a solid character.”

      Read more here.

    • Joseph Gamp

      HARRY AND WILLIAM’S DIANA STATUE TO OPEN TO PUBLIC NEXT WEEK TO MARK ANNIVERSARY OF HER DEATH

      Tuesday will mark 24 years since the fatal car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997.

      Owing to the pandemic, Kensington Palace and its gardens are operating reduced opening hours from Wednesdays to Sundays only.

      But Historic Royal Palaces said special arrangements had been made to allow visitors to view the memorial from the Cradle Walk around the Sunken Garden where it stands from 3pm to 5pm on Tuesday.

      The bronze statue was unveiled by Princes William and Harry, despite their troubled relationship, last month on what would have been their mother’s 60th birthday.

      A spokesman for HRP said of Tuesday’s special anniversary opening: “We acknowledge that there will be interest in viewing the statue on that day.”

      Entry to the Cradle Walk is free and does not need to be booked but visitors will not be able to approach the memorial or leave flowers.

    • Joseph Gamp

      PIERS MORGAN BRANDS HARRY & MEGHAN ‘GUTLESS WEASELS’ FOR NOT NAMING ‘ROYAL RACIST WHO ASKED ABOUT ARCHIE’S SKIN COLOUR’

      The TV firebrand hit out amid claims the pair had considered naming the alleged royal racist who asked about the colour of Archie’s skin.

      And in a tweet, Piers said: “Go on then, you gutless weasels – name the supposed Royal racist and let them respond.

      “Otherwise you continue to smear the whole family.”

      Piers is a prolific critic of the couple – and walked away from Good Morning Britain after refusing to apologise to Meghan for accusing her of lying during the Oprah interview.

      Read more here.

    • Milica Cosic

      CAMILLA PARKER BOWLES WAS LEFT 'VERY UPSET' BY MEGHAN MARKLE'S SOCIAL MEDIA POST

      In March last year, reports from the Daily Mirror claimed there had been a fallout between Camilla and Meghan.

      The Duchess of Sussex allegedly broke an understanding not to overshadow a long-planned speech by Camilla on domestic violence.

      Ignoring this, Meghan posted photos of her at a theatre as the Duchess of Cornwall gave her address. Camilla was said to be “very upset” by this.

      One well-placed insider said: “Camilla’s work is very important to her and her decision to highlight the scourge of domestic violence at the 10th ­anniversary of Women of the World was a carefully thought-out plan.

      “Over the last four years she has worked tirelessly, mostly behind the scenes but to great effect, to use her ­platform and personal experiences to highlight the issue and help sufferers.

      "Of course it was known Harry and Meghan would be doing engagements this week, some privately, but everyone was in agreement that Camilla’s speech should take precedence. ­Unfortunately some people had other ideas.”

    • Milica Cosic

      MEGHAN MARKLE BIOGRAPHER CLAIMS PALACE ‘IGNORING’ HER RACISM ALLEGATIONS IN HOPE THAT IT ‘WILL GO AWAY’

      An updated chapter of Finding Freedom quotes a source who says royal aides are hoping the scandal quietly blows over.

      Meghan and Harry have denied speaking to the authors themselves – although a note buried at the back of the book reveals the writers chatted to the couple "when appropriate".

      A royal source told the authors: "There is a feeling that if it's ignored it will go away but surely by now they should have learned that that never happens?"

    • Milica Cosic

      'FADE TO OBSCURITY' (CONTINUED…)

      Comparing the books, Mr Bullen said Edward was "paid a fortune" and the memoir had a "tremendous impact".

      "What kind of impact will Harry now have?" he said.

      However, in more cheering news for the Duke, Edward was "actually pretty comfortable with his decision" – even as the "glow faded" for Brits following his marriage.

      "I don’t think he regretted giving up the throne because he was very much in love with Wallis," Mr Bullen said.

      "He left to be with the woman he loved."

    • Milica Cosic

      HARRY AND MEGHAN MARKLE 'RISK FADING INTO OBSCURITY LIKE EDWARD VIII AND WALLIS SIMPSON'

      Royal documentary maker Nick Bullen has made a film which argues the Sussexes may be heading towards insignificance.

      He compares Prince Harry to the "playboy prince" (Harry's great-great-uncle Edward VIII) after his abdication from the throne to marry Wallis Simpson.

      Bullen said: "Both of them married divorced American women. We all know that, but it goes much deeper than that. Edward and his brother also experienced their own sibling rivalry can be compared to Harry’s strained relationship with his brother, Prince William."

    • Milica Cosic

      PRINCE CHARLES WAS ‘ALWAYS CLOSER’ TO HARRY THAN WILLIAM SO HAS BEEN DEVASTATED BY THEIR ROYAL FEUD, EXPERT CLAIMS

      A royal expert has claimed that Prince Charles is particularly devastated about the feud with his youngest son, which was sparked in earnest by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's Oprah interview in March.

      Speaking on the True Royalty programme The Royal Beat, author Robert Jobson explained that the Queen's son, 72, has had a difficult time coming to terms with his 36-year-old second child's move to the US and his public criticism of the royals.

      The royal commentator, who co-wrote the 2002 book Diana: Closely Guarded Secret, said: "I think that he was closer to Harry and that’s why it’s hit him quite hard with what’s happened with Harry.”

      Jobson made the comment while discussing the late King George VI's relationship with his youngest child, Princess Margaret.

      Referring to the Queen's father, he said: "He had a deep affection for both his daughters and protected them, but he had a trust in the Queen – Princess Elizabeth – he felt that she was a solid character."

      A royal expert has claimed that Prince Charles has been "always closer" to Prince Harry than Prince William Credit: Getty – Contributor
    • Milica Cosic

      PRINCE HARRY ‘WANTS TO BE MORE IMPORTANT THAN WILLIAM’ AND ‘CAN’T HELP SHOWING OFF’

      Angela Levin blasted the Duke of Sussex in a new interview today after we exclusively revealed the eco-warrior flew home from a polo event on a millionaire pal’s private jet.

      And she said the royal often showboats for the cameras.

      Broadcaster Julia Hartley-Brewer said Angela used to speak about Harry in “glowing terms”.

      The writer replied: “When he was at Eton, he hated being there, and he decided he was going to be with the bad boys.

      “I think Harry has got this streak – a lot of us have, but we put it to one side – of being bad and showing off.

      “He is also wanting to be more important than William."

    • Milica Cosic

      MEGHAN MARKLE ‘FELT PALACE WAS TRYING TO DISCREDIT HER’, SOURCE CLAIMS

      The Duchess of Sussex was accused of “humiliating” personal assistants and staff, as well as driving two out of the Palace which she denies. 

      Meghan, 40, allegedly made staff cry and several official complaints were made regarding her behaviour. 

      Buckingham Palace launched a probe into the complaints, but the final report could be delayed until 2022. 

      An independent law firm was expected to reveal the finer details in the annual Sovereign Grant report, but royal sources have confirmed it is still “ongoing”. 

      At the time a spokesman for the Duchess said that she was “saddened by this latest attack on her character, particularly as someone who has been the target of bullying herself and is deeply committed to supporting those who have experienced pain and trauma”.

      Read more here.

    • Milica Cosic

      QUEEN’S HELICOPTER GROUNDED DURING IN-FLIGHT EMERGENCY ON ITS WAY TO PICK UP PRINCESS ANNE

      The £5million Sikorsky S-76 suffered a technical fault minutes into the flight on Wednesday.

      Pilots aborted their 200-mile trip to Balmoral and returned to Newcastle Airport where mechanics were still repairing the fault 24 hours later.

      The executive twin-engined aircraft was heading to the estate in the Scottish Highlands, where the Queen is on holiday, to collect Anne, 71.

      An insider said: “A safety-first approach was taken and it was flown back immediately for the technical fault to be fixed.

      “There were no members of the Royal Family on the helicopter.

      “Luckily, there was plenty of time to find alternative travel arrangements.”

      Anne later took another helicopter flight to three engagements in Oban.

      The Queen's Sikorsky S-76 suffered an in-flight emergency on its way to pick up Princess Anne Credit: Ben Lack
    • Milica Cosic

      HARRY AND WILLIAM’S DIANA STATUE TO OPEN TO PUBLIC NEXT WEEK TO MARK ANNIVERSARY OF HER DEATH

      Tuesday will mark 24 years since the fatal car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997.

      Owing to the pandemic, Kensington Palace and its gardens are operating reduced opening hours from Wednesdays to Sundays only.

      But Historic Royal Palaces said special arrangements had been made to allow visitors to view the memorial from the Cradle Walk around the Sunken Garden where it stands from 3pm to 5pm on Tuesday.

      The bronze statue was unveiled by Princes William and Harry, despite their troubled relationship, last month on what would have been their mother’s 60th birthday.

      A spokesman for HRP said of Tuesday’s special anniversary opening: “We acknowledge that there will be interest in viewing the statue on that day.”

      Entry to the Cradle Walk is free and does not need to be booked but visitors will not be able to approach the memorial or leave flowers.

    • Milica Cosic

      PIERS MORGAN BRANDS HARRY & MEGHAN ‘GUTLESS WEASELS’ FOR NOT NAMING ‘ROYAL RACIST WHO ASKED ABOUT ARCHIE’S SKIN COLOUR’

      The TV firebrand hit out amid claims the pair had considered naming the alleged royal racist who asked about the colour of Archie's skin.

      And in a tweet, Piers said: "Go on then, you gutless weasels – name the supposed Royal racist and let them respond.

      "Otherwise you continue to smear the whole family."

      Piers is a prolific critic of the couple – and walked away from Good Morning Britain after refusing to apologise to Meghan for accusing her of lying during the Oprah interview.

      Read more here.

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