Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh, is "furious" at being thrown into the ongoing "racism" controversy connected to Omid Scobie's Endgame. It is believed Her Royal Highness is upset because she strongly objects to claims in the book that she never attempted to help Meghan Markle adjust to royal life.
"It was just the two of them, and they talked for hours. Meghan had so many questions, and Sophie, who knows what it’s like navigating your way through the early days of transition from a commoner to a royal, gave freely of her advice," a friend of Sophie's shared.
"Sophie found Meghan likable and engaging, and told her that she could call her any time when she needed advice about dealing with some of the trickier royals. She was quite surprised when that was the last she heard from Meghan. As she noted, it would’ve been nice to receive a return invitation to Frogmore Cottage (where Meghan was then living with Harry and is less than half an hour from Bagshot)," Sophie's pal added.
This accusation by Scobie runs counter to sympathetic information Sophie shared in a rare interview in 2020 when she was asked about Meghan and "Megxit" specifically.
"Remember, I’d had five years to adjust to royal life. And for our six-month engagement [to Prince Edward], I was even staying at Buckingham Palace. It took me a while to find my feet," the then-Countess of Wessex shared.
Other commentators and experts also took issue with the initial claims the Duchess of Sussex made about not being supported in The Firm.
"The Queen (who, of course, had seen it all before) understood that Harry's girl might find adjusting to royal life 'challenging to begin with' (as she put it). 'It is very jolty, but you soon get used to it' – that was Her Majesty's experience going back many years," author Gyles Brandreth wrote in his book, Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait.
Brandreth continued: "To help Meghan, the Queen suggested that her daughter-in-law, Sophie Wessex, would be an ideal mentor. 'Sophie can help show you the ropes,' said the Queen. But Meghan made it clear that she did not feel she needed Sophie's help. She had Harry."
Sophie was one of many senior royals who received a largely negative assessment in his book, which has failed to live up to expectations when it comes to sales.
"You know, if you’re not into chat shows, there’s no reason why you should know who she (Oprah) is. Certainly not in this country, anyway," Scobie wrote in Endgame when quoting Sophie, Countess of Wessex.
He continued: "Whether it was a 'joke' (as a source close to Edward and Sophie later claimed it was) or not, the comments about the world’s most successful black woman and one of the biggest faces in entertainment made them seem stuffy or tin-eared at best and casually bigoted at worst."
The co-author of 2020's Finding Freedom explained how Sophie's remarks were part of the British monarchy as an "intolerant organization steeped in bigotry and privilege."
The Sun reported on the insider revelations.