Meghan urged Harry to answer phone and he accepted the call ‘just before it stopped’ – how Omid Scobie says prince learned from his father Charles that the Queen was dying
Meghan urged Harry to answer his phone, before he accepted the call just as it stopped ringing when he got the dreaded news that the Queen was dying, according to the prince’s biographer.
In his new book, Endgame, Omid Scobie, who is a close friend of the Duke of Sussex, claims that the Sussexes were not in the loop when Buckingham Palace began preparing for the Queen’s death.
It is not known how the new book could affect any rapprochement. Buckingham Palace has refused to comment on the extract.
In the bombshell claims, Harry is said to have received a call from an unknown number, which he would routinely ignore, only to accept the call in the last few seconds at the behest of his wife, Meghan.
‘You should answer it,’ Meghan reportedly told the Duke in the excerpt shared with People.
The call came from his father, King Charles, who urged the prince to leave for Scotland immediately as he and Camilla made their way to Balmoral from Dumfries House to join Princess Anne at the Queen’s side.
In the bombshell claims, Harry is said to have received a call from an unknown number, which he would routinely ignore, only to accept the call in the last few seconds at the behest of his wife, Meghan
Omid Scobie, who is a close friend of the Duke of Sussex, claims that the Sussexes were not in the loop when Buckingham Palace began preparing for the Queen’s death
Prince Harry, pictured with Meghan and the late Queen in 2018, was allegedly ‘kept in the dark’ about her health in the hours before her death
Prince Harry walks alongside Meghan and the Princess of Wales at the lying-in-state of the Queen last year
Prince Harry boarding a plane at Aberdeen airport after leaving Balmoral following the Queen’s death
The prince’s biographer claims that with his messages to his brother grieving the loss of their grandmother ignored, Harry booked the first available British Airways flight to leave
King Charles PICTURED celebrating his 75th birthday alongside Queen Camilla
King Charles urged the prince to leave for Scotland immediately as he and Camilla made their way to Balmoral from Dumfries House to join Princess Anne at the Queen’s side
Harry turned to his brother, William, whom he understood to be arranging travel, to ask via text whether they could make their way to the Queen together, according to Mr Scobie. But did not receive a response.
During the period in the leadup to the late Queen’s final hours, the Sussexes were engaged in numerous engagements in the UK but were not made privy to the Queen’s deteriorating health, according to the new book.
Mr Scobie writes: ‘By the next morning, the Sussexes had no idea that Buckingham Palace was already planning for the Queen’s final hours and the first days of the monarchy’s new era — until the duke’s phone started ringing. An unknown number. He usually ignored those.’
He continues: ‘Harry hadn’t spoken to his father much that year, but this was not the time for any father-and-son tension. Charles told him he and Camilla were about to leave Dumfries House for Balmoral, where Princess Anne was already by the Queen’s side. He told Harry to make his way to Scotland immediately.’
Omid Scobie’s claims from his new book, Endgame
- William ignored Harry when he asked how he was planning to get to Scotland;
- Eventually, he booked a £30,000 charter flight to Aberdeenshire from Luton;
- Charles told him to come without Meghan. Source claims she ‘wasn’t wanted’;
- Harry had ‘no idea’ about what was going on in Balmoral when his plane took off;
- But ‘sources’ briefed newspapers that Charles had personally informed son;
- William believes Harry has been ‘brainwashed by an army of therapists’.
Mr Scobie further claims that Prince William had already secured a flight with his uncles, Andrew and Edward, as well as Edward’s wife, Sophie, but was shut out from joining his family on their travel arrangements.
Harry had sent his brother another desperate text to join his family on the flight, but despite there being seats available on William’s chartered Dassault Falcon private jet, Harry was met with silence, according to the claims.
King Charles called his son, Harry, to request that he attend Balmoral alone, without his wife Meghan, adding that Kate would also be absent from attending the Royals’ darkest hour, as per ‘protocol’.
Tragically, the Queen had passed away at 3.10 pm on the 8th September 2022, and Harry was much too late to be able to say his final goodbye to his grandmother, after Harry’s plane had only just taken off at 5.35pm.
It wasn’t until he’d finally landed, and was able to get service back on his mobile phone, that Harry learned that the Queen had passed away at the age of 96, after getting a text from Meghan to ring her back immediately and a BBC News notification announcing the sad news at 6.30pm.
The prince’s biographer claims that Harry managed to get a private moment to pay his last respects, but with his messages to his brother grieving the loss of their grandmother ignored, and no invitation to join the rest of his family in mourning, Harry booked the first available British Airways flight to leave.
The author also suggests William and Harry’s relationship is beyond repair because the Prince of Wales sees his brother as a ‘defector’.
And in the extract shared with People, he claims ‘there is no going back’ for the brothers and ‘absolutely nothing has changed’ since the Duke of Sussex released Spare earlier this year.
Omid Scobie, the unofficial mouthpiece for the Sussexes, is set to use his new book to launch a salvo of attacks on the Royal Family
During the period in the leadup to the late Queen’s final hours, the Sussexes were engaged in numerous engagements in the UK but were not made privy to the Queen’s deteriorating health
‘It was upsetting to witness,’ Mr Scobie claims he was told by a source close to the Sussexes. ‘[Harry] was completely by himself on this.’
Mr Scobie alleges that Palace ‘sources’ briefed certain newspapers that Charles had personally shared the news of the Queen’s illness with his son. He quoted a friend of the duke who said this left Harry ‘crushed’.
The journalists makes fresh claims about the damaged relationship between William and Harry.
Mr Scobie even alleges that William ‘doesn’t want to know’ his younger brother, who he feels has been ‘brainwashed an army of therapists’.
He writes: ‘I was talking to a source quite early on in the process, and they called Harry a ‘defector’ and said that was William’s view.
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‘These were two men who once upon a time were firmly aligned in their outlook. One of them had to move on to also protect the crown.’
Harry wrote about him and William’s relationship in Spare, going so far as to call his brother his ‘arch-nemesis’.
The duke kept nothing back when writing about his very complex feelings about his older sibling – laying bare his bitter frustrations over his role as the ‘spare’ to William, who is the heir to the throne.
The Duke described his sibling as both his ‘beloved brother’ and his ‘arch-nemesis’ in the book.
Her further delved into the difficulties he experienced as a result of the ‘heir/spare’ relationship in an interview with Good Morning America.
Speaking to GMA anchor Michael Strahan – who questioned ‘what [Harry] meant by referring to William as ‘his beloved brother and arch-nemesis” – the Duke admitted that he has always felt there’s been ‘this competition’ between the two siblings, which he blames on their respective positions in the line of succession.
‘There’s a quote in the book where your refer to your brother as your ‘beloved brother and arch-nemesis’. Strong words. What did you mean by that?’ Strahan asks in a teaser for the interview.
Harry then responded: ‘There has always been this competition between us, weirdly. I think it really plays into or always played by the ‘heir/spare’.’
Tragically, the Queen had passed away at 3.10 pm on the 8th September 2022, and Harry was much too late to be able to say his final goodbye to his grandmother
Mr Scobie alleges that Palace ‘sources’ briefed certain newspapers that Charles had personally shared the news of the Queen’s illness with his son
It wasn’t until he’d finally landed, and was able to get service back on his mobile phone, that Harry learned that the Queen had passed away at the age of 96
The Duchess of Sussex and Queen Elizabeth II pictured at a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018
King Charles and members of the royal family followed behind the coffin of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, draped in the Royal Standard with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign’s orb and sceptre
Harry wrote about him and William’s relationship in Spare, going so far as to call his brother his ‘arch-nemesis’
In Spare, the duke infamously described a stand-up argument which he says ended with William grabbing him by the collar and throwing him to the floor, shattering a dog bowl with his back.
The furious row allegedly broke out in the kitchen of his London home, Nottingham Cottage, in the grounds of Kensington Palace in 2019.
William is said to have branded Meghan ‘difficult’, ‘rude’ and ‘abrasive’ and insisted he was trying to ‘help’ his younger brother during a meeting about ‘the whole rolling catastrophe’ of their failing relationship and Harry’s rows with the press.
Harry accused his brother of ‘parroting the press narrative’ about his American wife before a screaming match ensued, ending in a physical altercation, the book claims.
He claims he then gave the heir to the throne a glass of water and said: ‘Willy, I can’t speak to you when you’re like this.’
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Describing what he claims happened next, and insisting he was scared, the former soldier said: ‘He set down the water, called me another name, then came at me. It all happened so fast. So very fast.
‘He grabbed me by the collar, ripping my necklace, and he knocked me to the floor. I landed on the dog’s bowl, which cracked under my back, the pieces cutting into me. I lay there for a moment, dazed, then got to my feet and told him to get out.’
Harry says that William had then urged him to fight back, writing that is what would happen when they scrapped as children.
But the Duke of Sussex says he refused, claiming that William left, before returning, looking ‘regretful, and apologized’.
According to Harry, William then ‘turned and called back’ that he ‘didn’t need to tell [Meghan] about this’, prompting Harry to question whether his brother meant he shouldn’t tell his wife that his sibling had ‘attacked him’.
‘I didn’t attack you, Harold,’ Harry says his brother retorted.
Endgame, published on November 28, is likely to cause further disquiet at Buckingham Palace.
A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace refused to comment on Endgame when approached by MailOnline.
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