Royal insider claims scathing new book has Harry and Meghan’s ‘fingerprints all over it’
Dickie Arbiter knows what he is talking about.
He is labelled a royal correspondent, but he’s not like the pool of others who report on the British monarchy for television, radio and print media.
They are nearly all journalists who have worn many other reporting hats in their careers and have suddenly found themselves broadcasting on the gossip, mayhem and occasional facts surrounding the royal family.
Most have never had a close up encounter with any royal family members. They’re just part of the press pack following many paces behind at various events the royals attend.
But Dickie is different. Very different.
For he was actually working alongside the most senior royal of all.
Dickie Arbiter was the Queen’s official press secretary from 1988 to 2000. Tumultuous years taking in the Diana era, the devastating fire at Windsor Castle and her majesty’s annus horribilis.
Dickie advised her majesty and was in daily contact with other senior and junior royals. He has lived and breathed the monarchy close up and knows how ‘the firm’ works, thinks and what various members have said.
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So on the eve of the launch of yet another book on the royals, it is Dickie who probably carries most weight when it comes to fact or fiction.
In the second week of August, ‘Finding Freedom’ will be released in Australia.
The much awaited (for some) book is about the rise and fall of celebrity royal couple Harry and Meghan.
Already tantalising, exerts have revealed Harry thinks his brother William is a ‘snob’ and is ‘pissed off’ with him.
For her part Meghan is apparently just as scathing, being quoted as saying, “I gave up my entire life for this family, I was willing to do whatever it takes. But here we are. It’s very sad”.
The book also reveals that royals and their staff referred to Meghan as ‘Harry’s showgirl’ and that the divorced American came ‘with a lot of baggage’.
The book, by two seasoned British journalists, claims interviews with over a hundred sources.
Harry and Meghan say they had nothing to do with it. The Sussex’s even issuing a statement saying they never gave any interviews and did not contribute to the book.
But Dickie thinks otherwise.
“There’s too many quotes, too many incidents with only people who were there would know what happened. Their fingerprints are all over it.”
The former press secretary has seen this all before.
When the Diana book was released he says she swore black and blue to him that she had nothing to do with it. As we all know, years later she admitted she gave interviews about intimate discussions involving Prince Charles and others.
Dickie Arbiter says this new book is nothing but “a kick in the teeth for all those who supported them”.
Harry and Meghan went from celebrity modern day royals, to self-imposed exile on the other side of the world, and Dickie says life is not what they thought it was going to be, “they’re in limbo”, and for them it, “is not a happy ending”.
‘Finding Freedom’ he believes is nothing but the airing of dirty laundry by “a couple of disgruntled junior members of the royal family”.