The relationship between Prince William and Prince Harry, often perceived as close-knit brothers, has been increasingly strained, as detailed in the new book “Endgame” by Omid Scobie, released on November 28. This strain has been exacerbated by Prince Harry’s decision to step down from senior royal duties and move to the United States, a choice he has discussed openly in public forums and in his bestselling memoir, “Spare.”
Scobie, an ABC News royal contributor and the author of “Endgame,” sheds light on the complexities of the brothers’ relationship. The book reveals that Prince William, who has recently ascended to the position of first in line to the throne following King Charles III’s coronation last year, has briefed the media about Prince Harry amid their ongoing rift. Scobie suggests that these alleged briefings have contributed to the deterioration of their bond, causing “irreparable damage.”
The book delves into the inner workings of the royal family, highlighting the tension between the sons of King Charles III and the late Princess Diana. Scobie, in an interview with ABC News, claimed that Prince William’s sharing of private information about Harry has resulted in significant public fallout and damage to their relationship.
Furthermore, Scobie discusses the evolution of Prince William’s role within the royal family, describing him as a “company man” who has embraced the institution’s rigidity and responsibility. This characterization contrasts with the more independent path chosen by Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex.
“Endgame” also revisits the couple’s controversial interview with Oprah Winfrey, particularly the explosive claim about conversations within the royal family concerning their son’s skin tone. Scobie alleges that two individuals raised these concerns, based on letters exchanged between Meghan and Charles after the interview. He notes that Charles was keen to address Meghan’s perceptions, leading to a continued but cautious line of communication between them.
The book paints a picture of Britain’s royal family at a critical juncture following the death of Queen Elizabeth II in September 2022. It explores the future of the monarchy and the impact of recent events on its evolution and public perception. Scobie’s “Endgame” offers an in-depth look into the changing dynamics within one of the world’s most closely watched families.