Omid Scobie, the unofficial mouthpiece of Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex, has launched a stunning attack on the royal family in promotional material for his new book, calling Prince William “power hungry” and King Charles “unpopular”.
Scobie, 42, author of Finding Freedom, the 2020 bestseller about the couple, this week unveiled the cover of his latest book Endgame with a breathless description on Amazon, calling it “a probing examination of the current state of the British monarchy – a unpopular king’. , a power-hungry heir to the throne, a queen willing to go to any lengths to maintain her image and a prince forced to start a new life after being betrayed by his own family.’
A source told The Mail on Sunday: ‘I’ve been told this is bad, very bad. It is unlikely that royal aides will comment, but if there are allegations of racism they will of course be strongly refuted.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex told US TV presenter Oprah Winfrey that when Meghan announced her pregnancy, an unnamed member of the royal family had wondered what skin color their son Archie was likely to have.
The Sussexes repeatedly denied working with Scobie and his co-author Carolyn Durand on Finding Freedom, but Meghan was later forced to admit in the High Court that she had authorized an assistant to secretly brief the couple.
Omid Scobie, the unofficial mouthpiece of Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex, has launched a stunning attack on the royal family in promotional material for his new book
Scobie branded the Prince of Wales a ‘power-hungry heir to the throne’
Endgame, published on November 28, is likely to cause further unrest at Buckingham Palace. It is not known whether the Sussexes had any input this time, although the author claims he interviewed family members.
The book, subtitled ‘Inside the Royal Family and the Monarchy’s Fight for Survival’, is billed as an ‘explosive’ look at the events surrounding the Queen’s death.
Amazon’s sales pitch states: “The death of Queen Elizabeth II has torn the already broken foundations of the House of Windsor – and dismantled the protective shield around it.”
Scobie claims to have interviewed “current and former palace staff, trusted friends of the Royals and even the family members themselves.”
The Mail on Sunday has learned that the book will appear in a major US magazine, but not in Britain.
It was due to be published in August, but this was postponed to include events surrounding the coronation.
A publishing source in America said: ‘The rumor is this is going to be bomb after bomb. Some even speculate that it could be the name of the person who wondered what color Archie’s skin would be.
‘Everyone knows Omid is the Sussexes’ unofficial mouthpiece, so it’s fair to say there will be huge interest in this book on both sides of the Atlantic.’
Chapter titles include: ‘Shaky Ground: The Queen is Dead, the Monarchy Faces Trouble’, ‘The Fall of Prince Andrew: Scandal, Shame and Silencing Jane Doe’, ‘Race and the Royals: Institutional Bigotry and Denial’, ‘Gloves on’: Prince William, heir to the throne’, and ‘Gloves off: Prince Harry, man on a mission’.
In the promotional material, Scobie said King Charles is “unpopular” and Queen Camilla is “willing to go to any lengths to maintain her image.”
Publisher HarperCollins has previously said the book will ‘get the world talking’, and Scobie has warned it will reveal moments the Royals should be ‘ashamed of’.
In Finding Freedom, Scobie wrote in detail about the first night Meghan, 42, and Harry, 39, spent together, recounting seemingly literal conversations between the Sussexes and senior royals.
He remains a favorite mouthpiece of the Sussexes and is often the first to post information about their charity efforts and awards on social media.
This week he again criticized the king and queen for walking a red carpet on bare ground in Kenya during their state visit last week.
On pretty ridiculous. and out of touch.
‘An informed Palace assistant could easily have asked for it to be removed.’
But Scobie was criticized for his comments, including by Kenyan journalist Joseph Wakhungu, who wrote: “I can tell you that this is exactly the way all visiting heads of state and government are treated when they land in Kenya.”
In response to a fan on social media who wrote about Endgame, “I hope it goes further and deeper than Finding Freedom,” Scobie replied, “They are worlds apart.”
Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace did not respond to requests for comment last night.