Omid Scobie, the unofficial mouthpiece for Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex, has launched an astonishing attack on the Royal Family in promotional material for his new book, branding Prince William ‘power-hungry’ and King Charles ‘unpopular’.
Scobie, 42, author of Finding Freedom, the 2020 bestseller about the couple, revealed the cover of his latest book Endgame this week with a breathless description on Amazon calling it ‘a penetrating investigation into the current state of the British monarchy – an unpopular king, a power-hungry heir to the throne, a queen willing to go to dangerous lengths to preserve 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 charges of racism, they will, of course, be robustly rebutted.’
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex famously told US TV host Oprah Winfrey that when Meghan announced her pregnancy an unnamed member of the Royal Family had questioned which skin colour their son Archie was likely to have.
The Sussexes repeatedly denied co-operating with Scobie and his co-author Carolyn Durand on Finding Freedom, but Meghan was later forced to admit in the High Court that she authorised an aide to brief the pair secretly.
Omid Scobie , the unofficial mouthpiece for Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex , has launched an astonishing 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 disquiet at Buckingham Palace. It is unknown whether the Sussexes had any input this time, although the author boasts that he interviewed family members.
The book, subtitled ‘Inside the Royal Family and the Monarchy’s Fight for Survival’, is billed as an ‘explosive’ look into events surrounding the Queen’s death.
The Amazon sales pitch states: ‘Queen Elizabeth II’s death ruptured the already-fractured 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 be serialised in a major US magazine, but not in the UK.
It was due to be published in August, but this was pushed back to include events surrounding the Coronation.
A publishing source in America said: ‘The word is this is going to have bombshell after bombshell. Some are even speculating it may name the person who questioned what colour Archie’s skin would be.
‘Everyone knows Omid is the Sussexes’ unofficial mouthpiece, so it’s fair to say there will be a huge deal of interest in this book on both sides of the Atlantic.’
Chapter headings 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 dangerous lengths to preserve her image’
Publisher HarperCollins has previously said that the book will ‘have 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 and recounted seemingly verbatim conversations between the Sussexes and senior royals.
He has continued to be a favoured mouthpiece for the Sussexes and is often the first to post information about their charitable endeavours and awards on social media.
This week, he took yet another dig at the King and Queen for walking along a red carpet laid out for them over bare ground in Kenya during their State Visit last week.
Writing on X, formerly Twitter, he said: ‘Even if this was a choice made by the hosts (and it probably was), the optics of the King and Queen walking on a red carpet to avoid soil at Nairobi National Park are pretty ridiculous and out of touch.
‘A clued-up Palace aide could have easily asked for it to be removed.’
But Scobie was criticised for his comment, including by Kenyan journalist Joseph Wakhungu, who wrote: ‘I can tell you that’s just how all visiting heads of state and government are treated when they land in Kenya.’
Responding to a fan on social media who wrote of Endgame, ‘I hope it goes further and deeper than Finding Freedom’, Scobie responded: ‘They’re worlds apart.’
Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace did not respond to requests to comment last night.