Harry & Meghan's Team Addresses Rumoured "Rift" With The Queen
Lawyers for Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have addressed a new report in the UK press suggesting the couple has "reignited a rift" with Queen Elizabeth. The issue was said to be about the Queen's response to the Oprah interview, but here's why team Sussex has intervened and called the news "false and defamatory."
This week, drama had been brewing once again between the Sussexes and Queen Elizabeth — but it's all for not, according to the Duke and Duchess's team. Here's what's been going down.
Harry and Meghan's team addresses new "rift" with The Queen
It started with a preview of a new addition to the royal book Finding Freedom, which is due to be published in People magazine this Friday.
The excerpt contains an interesting line about how Harry and Meghan allegedly feel about the Queen's neutral statement on the Oprah interview, which included the quote: "some recollections may vary."
Now, the new Finding Freedom excerpt reads: "Those three words, 'recollections may vary', did not go unnoticed by the couple, who a close source said were 'not surprised' that full ownership was not taken."
Several outlets ran the quote and suggested the Duke and Duchess had personally said this and in doing so "reignited a rift" with the Queen.
But not so fast. Today, the Daily Mail noted that Sussex lawyers informed them that the rift rumour is "false and defamatory," as is to "suggest or imply that [Harry and Meghan] have made any statements to that effect."
The action from team Sussex may also distance the couple from the claims set to be made in tomorrow's Finding Freedom excerpt.
What to expect in new Finding Freedom excerpt
The new excerpt will apparently also criticize senior royals (the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William) for not taking "accountability" since the Oprah interview and its range of claims including racism and suppression of mental health concerns.
There hasn't been an official update on any talks or resolutions between the couple and the Royal Family since the Queen's statement. Her full response at the time, which Harry and Meghan have allegedly taken issue with, read:
"The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately."
Finding Freedom, meanwhile, was the controversial book about Harry and Meghan that dropped last summer and became a UK bestseller.
Its authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand have now covered more recent events, like the Oprah interview and Prince Philip's funeral, in an excerpt that People will preview this Friday. The updated book then goes on sale on Aug. 31.