Meghan’s pal slams ‘double standards’ after Duchess accused of leaking stories

A royal expert with close ties to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has slammed Palace insiders for leaking stories to friendly press outlets in what he describes as a case of "double standards".

Omid Scobie, one of the authors of Harry and Meghan book Finding Freedom, made the accusation after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex told US TV host Gayle King of their "unproductive" peace talks with the mainstream Royal Family.

He tweeted: "Bit confused here, so just want to get this new royal protocol correct. It’s okay when info is leaked to the papers via a palace source but not when Gayle King shares it on TV? Righty-ho then."

The couple’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, which was broadcast on CBS last weekend, had been presented as Meghan and Harry’s only comment on their split with the royal family.

In the wake of the controversial interview, Buckingham Palace has issued an official statement on behalf of the Queen.

  • Meghan Markle was 'banned from getting coffee with her mum at Windsor Castle'

Hinting that there was more than one side to Harry and Meghan’s story it said that "some recollections may vary" and went on to stress that any disagreement would be discussed "privately" by the family.

That, too, was phrased very much as the family’s last word on the matter.

But then Gayle King reported that Harry had spoken privately to his father and brother about the interview, and went on to reveal that the crisis talks were "not productive".

In a push back against the Palace’s "some recollections may vary" line, she added that Meghan had told her that she had "documents to back up everything she said on Oprah's interview".

And that, in turn, has led to reports of dissatisfaction in Palace corridors and Scobie has claimed a "new royal protocol" had been invented after the Palace insisted it would have no plans to provide a "running commentary" on private family conversations.

Meanwhile, former US President Donald Trump has said that if Meghan Markle were to confirm her rumoured desire to run for the presidency, that would sharpen his own desire for a second White House bid.

When asked yesterday about reports that the Duchess of Sussex may have her sights set on the Oval Office, Trump said: "Well I hope that happens because if that happened then I think I would have an even stronger feeling toward running. I’m not a fan of hers.

"I think that what she talks about the royal family, the Queen – I know the Queen, I think the Queen is a tremendous person and I’m not a fan of Meghan."

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