Meghan’s friend Omid Scobie puts the boot in over Prince Andrew: Journalist compares how Duke of York kept his titles until the Queen’s ‘hand was finally forced’… while Prince Harry was ‘stripped of privilege’ after Megxit
- Omid Scobie says ‘ring of protection’ around Prince Andrew was ‘confusing’
- Claims threat to ‘Brand Windsor’ forced the ‘institution’s hand’ over the Duke
- Says there was ‘no sympathetic support behind palace walls’ for Prince Harry
- Mr Scobie works for Harper’s Bazaar and co-wrote Finding Freedom biography
Meghan Markle’s trusted journalist friend Omid Scobie today claimed the ‘ring of protection’ around Prince Andrew from the Royal Family had been ‘confusing’.
Mr Scobie said the ‘threat to Brand Windsor and the family business’ had ‘finally forced the institution’s hand’ after the Queen removed his honorary military roles.
The Harper’s Bazaar royal editor-at-large also compared the issue to Megxit, saying there was ‘no sympathetic support behind palace walls for the Duke of Sussex’.
Mr Scobie added that Prince Harry ‘simply wanted to remove his family from an unhealthy environment’ but was ‘publicly dragged over the coals and stripped of his every achievement and royal privilege before setting one foot out of the country’.
The author also pointed out in the opinion piece that it was ‘a staggering 26 months before Andrew was dealt with’ after his disastrous BBC interview in November 2019.
Mr Scobie said he met a senior Buckingham Palace aide for drinks soon after the interview, who told him: ‘Well, he’s on his own now. He’s not our problem anymore.’
Harry and Meghan at Westminster Abbey in March 2020 before stepping down as senior royals
The author, who co-wrote the 2020 biography Finding Freedom about the Sussexes, regularly reveals news about them on Twitter and often writes in their defence.
Given this, it seems unlikely that Mr Scobie would have written such an article without speaking in advance to representatives for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
And he wrote in an opinion piece for the i today: ‘For the public watching this saga play out, the ring of protection around Andrew has been confusing, especially when you compare his treatment to Prince Harry, who – love or loathe him – simply wanted to remove his family from an unhealthy environment.
‘There was no sympathetic support behind palace walls for the Duke of Sussex. Instead, he was publicly dragged over the coals and stripped of his every achievement and royal privilege before setting one foot out of the country.
‘The royal establishment has long spoken of its need to reflect modern day ethics. But when the selfish behaviour of a pompous prince is quietly protected in a way that Harry wasn’t, simply because Andrew doesn’t challenge the system, it is clear that this is an institution whose moral compass is in desperate need of repair.’
Meghan Markle’s trusted journalist friend Omid Scobie wrote an opinion piece for the i today
It comes after the Queen removed Andrew’s honorary military roles in a dramatic Buckingham Palace statement last Thursday and he gave up his use of the HRH style.
One day earlier the sex lawsuit against him took a big step forward when a judge threw out his motion to dismiss the sexual assault case and ruled it can go to trial.
Andrew, who was born an HRH, will not use it any official capacity, and was stripped of his remaining royal patronages amid his complete removal from official royal life.
It was also seen as an attempt to distance the monarchy from Andrew, who was once second in line to the throne, in the year of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Prince Andrew next to Harry and Meghan on the Buckingham Palace balcony in June 2019
He has been accused of a ‘tone-deaf’ defence in his legal battle with Virginia Giuffre after his lawyers suggested she may have ‘false memories’ of encounters with him.
Mr Scobie was born to a Scottish father who runs a marketing agency and an Iranian mother who works in child welfare. He started his career on celebrity magazine Heat.
He rose to fame as one of the authors of Finding Freedom, a controversial biography about the Sussexes which he co-wrote with fellow royal expert Carolyn Durand.
The Court of Appeal heard last year that Jason Knauf, Harry and Meghan’s former communications secretary, gave information to Mr Scobie and Ms Durand – leading to Meghan apologising for misleading the court about whether he had done so.
It came during a court row that ended with the Mail On Sunday being ruled to have invaded Meghan’s privacy over a letter sent to her estranged father Thomas Markle.
Mr Scobie, who has boasted of exclusive access to the couple, is also a royal contributor for Good Morning America and host of ABC royal podcast ‘The Heir Pod’.
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