Royal Staff Called Prince Harry “Meghan Markle’s Hostage,” Says Author

A new book claims that aides thought the Duke of Sussex was “the victim of Stockholm syndrome.”

Palace staffers are gunning for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in royal expert and novelist Robert Jobson’s new book, Our King Charles III: The Man and the Monarch Revealed. Leading up to Harry’s titular exit from Buckingham Palace — which would consequently go on to inspire his brandish memoir Spare — royal aides secretly referred to the Duke of Sussex as “Meghan’s hostage,” Jobson alleges in an excerpt obtained by The Independent.

According to Jobson, royal aides blamed Meghan for the untethering between Harry and his obligatory royal duties and responsibilities. Many royal fans believed this to be true, too, up until the couple’s explosive interview with Oprah.

“Some blame Meghan Markle for the fallout, ignoring the fact that Harry seems to be the driving force in everything that happened,” Jobson wrote.

Meanwhile, other Palace staffers believed Harry had developed Stockholm syndrome from being “Meghan’s hostage.” Cleveland Clinic defines Stockholm syndrome as “a coping mechanism to a captive or abusive situation. People develop positive feelings toward their captors or abusers over time.”

“There was a point when officials joked Harry was the victim of Stockholm syndrome, and he was Meghan’s hostage, but now most just feel Harry has turned his back on everything he has known.”

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Elsewhere in the book, Jobson claims Harry was “infuriated” by King Charles’s decision to not include Meghan on the monarchy’s payroll. Per Jobson’s sources, Charles said he was deep in his pockets already funding for his future with Queen Consort Camilla as well as for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s growing family.

“When the Queen asked Charles why he hadn’t given in, he told her that he wasn’t a bank,” Jobson wrote in an excerpt published by the Daily Mail.

Just last month HelloGiggles reported that Charles is looking to “reduce the number of royals with a financial dependence on the crown.” First step, royal members will have to start paying rent.

Emily Weaver
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