PIERS Morgan has blasted Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as "utterly deluded, tone deaf and whiny brats".
It comes after an explosive new book about the royal pair called Finding Freedom was serialised this weekend.
It was claimed Harry was angered by what he perceived as William's "snobbish" attitude to his bride while Meghan was upset Kate didn't "reach out" when she entered the royal scene.
The book, serialised by The Times and Sunday Times, has been dubbed "the gospel according to Harry and Meghan" by courtiers.
However TV broadcaster Morgan furiously claimed the extracts showed "just how pathetically self-pitying Harry and Meghan have become".
In his Daily Mail column, he wrote: "They’ve become serial victims, intent on painting themselves as the most hard-done-by people on God’s earth.
"Yet the more they complain, as the rest of the world struggles with the very real hell of the worst pandemic for 100 years, the more they expose themselves as a pair of appallingly bitter, staggeringly self-obsessed, utterly deluded, and woefully tone-deaf laughing stocks.
"This was a couple who had it all – but threw it away in a massive fit of ego-driven pique."
Finding Freedom was co-written by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, who were briefed by Harry and Meghan's friends.
His comments come as it was revealed the Prince of Wales had just 20 minutes notice of his son's plans to confirm his relationship with Meghan, according to the book.
Clarence House was said to be "crushed" as the confirmation of the rumours dominated the news cycle and took the limelight away from Charles and Camilla's diplomatic tour of the Gulf.
According to the co-authors, Charles was "disappointed" with the timing of the announcement but understood that a "tipping point" had been reached with Harry's relationship with Meghan.
Extracts from the book have also claimed William infuriated Harry when he told his younger brother he should move slowly in his relationship with the former Meghan, fearing that he was being blindsided by lust.
The actress was dubbed "Harry's showgirl" by a senior royal, while an aide warned she "comes with a lot of baggage", it is claimed.
Harry, 35, was enraged when William, 38, told him not to rush the relationship and referred to Meghan as "this girl", the book says.
The authors quote a friend of Harry as saying: "Harry could see through William's words. He was being a snob."
In another claim, the book says Meghan felt she suffered racism by being labelled "demanding" and "aggressive", while she was said to be disappointed the Duchess of Cambridge did not do more to welcome her to the family.
The book says the brothers had first discussed Meghan after William met her a "handful of times".
The authors say: "William wanted to make sure the American actress had the right intentions."
They quote a source as saying: "After all, these are two brothers that have spent their whole lives with people trying to take advantage of them.
Bombshell book claims include:
- Harry told Meg 'I love you' first three months into their whirlwind romance
- Anti-paparazzi Meghan CONSPIRED with snappers to set up shots herself
- Harry gave Charles 20 minutes' notice before crushing his Middle East tour
- Harry and Meg secretly got engaged two months before they told the world
- Prince Harry was 'in a trance' after he met Meg on their first date
"As William didn't know a lot about Meghan, he wanted to make sure that Harry wasn't blindsided by lust."
The book says their chat came as staffers were "whispering words of alarm" to William about Meghan.
The biography says William told Harry: "Don't feel you need to rush this. Take as much time as you need to get to know this girl."
The authors say the words "this girl" sent Harry into a furious rage.
William was also said to be concerned that Harry had isolated himself from old friends.
And other family members are claimed to have voiced fears to each other over the pace at which Harry's relationship moved.
Today's serialisation includes details of Harry and Meghan's first date.
Afterwards, said a friend, "it was as if Harry was in a trance".
Meghan told a friend: "Do I sound crazy when I say this could have legs?"
A spokesman for the Sussexes has said they did not contribute to Finding Freedom.
Buckingham Palace has declined to comment.
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