Immediately before the release of Harry’s confessional “Spare,” author Omid Scobie claimed in his book “Finding Freedom” that the couple was forced to leave their home by a “spitting insane” monarch.
According to reports, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are “stunned” that King Charles III has ordered them out of their U.K. royal residence because it is “required” for “someone else” – Prince Andrew.
Omid Scobie, author of the book “Finding Freedom,” made the allegation on Wednesday, saying that “at least two members of the royal family are outraged” by the revelation.
A source informed Scobie, of Yahoo! News, that Harry and Meghan had until “early summer” to move out. They were only given a few weeks to prepare, but now they have till the coronation is over at the very latest.
“We can confirm the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been ordered to depart their house at Frogmore Cottage,” a spokesman for the couple’s Archewell Foundation told Fox News Digital.
Fox News Digital’s request for a response from a Buckingham Palace representative went unanswered.
With the publication of Harry’s bombshell memoir “Spare” in January, the king reportedly became “spitting enraged” and told the pair to “go f—- yourselves,” as reported by Scobie. The choice was likely made “shortly after” the book was out. The writer Scobie noted that Harry’s relationship with his family had hit “a new low” in terms of communication.
“It all feels extremely final and like a horrible punishment,” a friend of the couple told the site. “It’s as if [they] want to erase them from history,” she said.
A former British prince and ex-American actress have spoken out against the monarchy after leaving their posts. Since leaving the United Kingdom, Harry has been estranged from his father and older brother, Prince William.
Harry, 38, was candid about his strained relationship with William, 40, and the rest of the royal family in a six-part Netflix docuseries aired in December. As Markle, 41, tried to deal with the caustic U.K. press coverage, she revealed that she wanted to terminate her life. In addition, Harry’s book revealed his inner anguish and the anger he felt toward his own family.
The estate is the Sussexes’ “sole suitably safe sanctuary in the county,” and is only a five-minute walk from Windsor Castle. In 2020, when they stepped down from their positions as senior royals, the police no longer provided them with security. When visiting the United Kingdom, the family felt safe at their own home, which is guarded by the Royalty and Specialist Protection Unit.
The media outlet mentioned that the Sussexes always have a security detail with them. Protection officers for the royal family, on the other hand, offer an extra layer of safety by having access to what is called “important intelligence information.”
The property was a wedding present from Queen Elizabeth II to the happy couple in 2018. Nevertheless, the residence required modifications, so the Sussexes spent just a few months there before leaving their positions as senior royals.
The renovations included structural work, rewiring, and new flooring, and were estimated to cost $3.2 million, according to the 2019 royal accounts. As part of their royal departure, the pair have promised to repay the funds. A spokeswoman for the couple said in September 2020 that Harry reimbursed the British taxpayers for the money they used to remodel the residence.
According to a representative for the newlyweds, Harry has contributed to the Sovereign Grant, the public funds allocated to the royal family. A comprehensive refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage was possible thanks to the donation, he stated. It was declared at the time that the Sussexes would continue to call Frogmore Cottage home when they traveled to the United Kingdom.
Whether or whether the Sussexes will make the trip from their residence in California to the United Kingdom in May remains to be seen. In Westminster Abbey in London on May 6, the king and his queen consort Camilla will be crowned. The publication claims that invites will be mailed out to 2,000 people the following week. As Scobie noted, “no alternative accommodation has been given” since the eviction notice was issued.
King Charles is unwavering in his determination to be evicted, Scobie said, despite the potential dangers and the loss of future visits by his grandchildren Archie and Lilibet. So I’m informed, “The King” isn’t paying much attention to this right now.
“I think the king is fed up with the entire issue,” a royal insider told Scobie.
The site claims that Charles extended an invitation to stay at Frogmore to the disgraced Duke of York. Private protection for the monarch’s younger brother is said to cost around $4.1 million each year, and it is widely thought that the king is footing the bill.
William looked at the seven-bedroom house and “had questions,” so the rumor goes. In the end, though, the Prince of Wales decided to move his family into the neighboring Adelaide Cottage.
Despite kicking the Duke of York out of Royal Lodge, the queen mother’s former house, the king, who is 74 years old, would not leave his younger sibling, who is 63 years old, “homeless or impoverished,” a source recently told The Telegraph.
The publication reports that in April, Andrew will lose over $300,000 of his annual stipend, which, according to the duke’s acquaintances, will make it impossible for him to maintain the 98-acre Windsor home. His retirement from the Navy and a “large” bequest from his parents’ estate are his primary sources of income.
Because of his problematic relationship with the late American businessman and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, Andrew stood down from his royal responsibilities in 2019. His honorary military ranks were revoked as well. Moreover, the Queen forbade him from using the term “his royal highness” in formal situations and revoked his honorary leadership of several organizations known as royal patronages before her death in 2022.
York’s city council decided unanimously to revoke the prince’s “freedom of the city” because of his behavior. In 1987, the queen made Andrew the Duke of York, a title he still holds today. The honor stretches back to the Middle Ages, and he is the first person to lose it. Since then, influential figures in Andrew’s home region have demanded he is stripped of his position as Duke of York. Andrew’s representative at the time was unwilling to give an interview.
As Andrew settled the sex abuse case with his accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre in 2022, the case was dropped by a U.S. judge. The prince apologized to his accuser, gave a large sum to her charity, and said he had no intention of smearing her reputation.
Although Giuffre sued him in 2001, alleging that the British royal had sexually abused her while they were on vacation with Epstein, Andrew vehemently rejected the charges.
After the judge denied the prince’s motion to dismiss the action early, Giuffre, then 39, settled with him.
The loss of the house they had always seen as their “forever home” must be devastating for the Sussexes. Harry has already challenged the U.K. government in court for its reluctance to allow him to pay for his police security on his travels to the country. At a hearing in 2022, Harry’s attorneys said that their client was hesitant to return home with his children because of the danger they would face there.
According to Harry, his private security team in the United States lacks the jurisdiction overseas and access to U.K. intelligence material to provide proper protection, therefore he wants to be able to pay for it.
Prince Harry “does not feel comfortable when he is in the U.K. given the security procedures imposed on him,” his attorney Shaheed Fatima testified at a High Court hearing in London.
“Of course, he wants to return to visit his loved ones and keep giving back to the causes that are near and dear to his heart,” she added. “This is, and always has been his home,” she said.
Robert Palmer, a government attorney, said Harry’s allegation was “unarguable and unmeritorious.”
Because “personal protective protection by the police is not accessible on a privately paid basis,” Palmer argued in writing that Harry’s offer to pay for police security was moot.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have settled their family in the seaside community of Montecito.