King Charles and Prince William are ‘scheming and backstabbing’ against one another in a ‘tussle for the spotlight’ after the Queen’s death, Omid Scobie’s Endgame claims.
Mr Scobie says the monarch and his heir are ‘pursuing selfish agendas’ and ‘one-upmanship’ that threatens their relationship, Elizabeth II’s legacy and the future of the Crown.
Scobie calls it a Shakespearean tragedy of ‘scheming and backstabbing’ between ‘the favoured prince and an unpopular king’.
The bombshell book, released tomorrow, claims there is ‘increasing’ tension between Charles and William, fuelled by the King’s ‘jealousy’ of William and the public viewing his time on the throne as a brief ‘bridge’ to his son’s more ‘modernising’ reign.
He said amid these tension father and son ‘have already displayed signs that they are pursuing selfish agendas, a culture of coverups and PR trickery and family discord have taken over the House of Windsor’.
Omid Scobie’s Endgame claims there is ‘friction’ between William and Charles. He claims the King is jealous of his eldest son (pictured together on November 12)
Scobie claims Charles and Camilla have turned a blind eye to briefing against William and Harry
William never liked Meghan and says that Harry has ‘defected’ to the US with his American wife
He cites the handling of Susan Hussey’s comments to a black British charity boss, where Prince William was quick to distance himself from his godmother.
He writes: ‘The father-son relationship was beginning to bristle with tension and one-upmanship, so William’s solo maneuverings around the Hussey trouble added force to friction.
‘William’s Kensington Palace and King Charles’ Buckingham Palace are now hives of competing agendas and different ideas about how to modernise’, adding: ‘The tussle for spotlight has only heightened since Charles became King’.
King Charles and Queen Camilla have turned a blind eye to their aides briefing against William and Harry if it helped their image, Endgame claims.
The Sussexes’ favoured royal reporter also alleged that William has openly said that Harry has ‘defected’ to America. Scobie also says William ‘disliked’ Meghan from the start and will not make up with Harry because he is ‘no longer useful’ to him’ as a helpful distraction or collateral damage’.
Scobie has said this situation Queen’s life of public service ‘hangs in the balance’ – and he is damning of Charles.
Endgame claims that Charles has always put himself first. It says the monarch is ‘a stubborn eccentric who has spent most of his life waiting and planning for his ascension, even at the cost of his relationships with his own sons’.
He goes on: ‘The former Prince of Wales is not only far less popular than his predecessor and his successor, he is a thorn in the side of the institution.
‘Charles knows his reign will be a transitional one. An intervening sovereignty that must happen before his elder son William, the Prince of Wales takes over at a far younger age to breathe new life into a desiccated monarchical system’.
Scobie also damns William’s treatment of Harry, claiming he no longer ‘needs’ his brother.
He writes: ‘Though they were remarkably close as they grew up, Harry’s life decisions and rooted in his ignited, newfound dedication to the Crown, William now considers his brother an outsider, especially since the release of his memoir.
‘The heir doesn’t really “need” the spare any longer anyway, one source admitted to me shortly after the Duke of Sussex left Britain in March 2020’.
William ‘doesn’t think King Charles is a competent leader’ and was baffled that the King ‘lay awake any nights worrying about Prince Andrew’, Omid Scobie has claimed in his bombshell book End Game.
The book, which hits shelves in the UK tomorrow, delves into the Royal Family’s handling of Prince Andrew’s involvement with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
Before Prince Andrew was stripped of his military affiliations and patronages in January 2022, the author says King Charles and Prince William grappled with the best course of action.
A source close to King Charles said: ‘You’d find it hard to believe but [Charles lay] awake many nights worrying about [Andrew].’
According to the author, Prince William was ‘baffled’ by why his father was agonising over the decision – and wanted him to take decisive action.
Before Prince Andrew was asked to step down from royal duties, the author says King Charles and Prince William (pictured in September 2022) grappled with the best course of action
A source said: ‘William [doesn’t’] think his father is competent enough, quite frankly.
‘Though they share similar passions and interests, their style of leadership is completely different’.
Scobie claims Prince William felt the Queen would be ‘soft’ on Prince Andrew unless he voiced his concerns directly to her.
The author says a family friend told him that Andrew was the ‘one who would make [the Queen] laugh, keep her company, and because he was always a little bit lost, she coddled him’.
The author claims that Prince William put the plan to oust Prince Andrew into action with his private secretary as the late Queen and the then Prince Charles were ‘not ready’ to start the process themselves.
As Prince Philip was no longer there to ‘take charge’, Prince William consulted his team about ‘the Andrew problem’ and then set up a meeting with his grandmother and her private secretary in her residential quarters at Windsor.
After allegedly speaking with Prince William for over an hour, the Queen then phoned Charles in Scotland to tell him that they needed to strip Andrew of his titles and duties.
The author claims it was a’ genuinely sad’ moment for the Queen and a ‘gut punch’ for the family following Prince Philip’s death.
A source close to King Charles told Omid Scobie: ‘You’d find it hard to believe but [Charles lay] awake many nights worrying about Andrew’
Scobie claims Prince William felt the Queen would be ‘soft’ on Prince Andrew unless he voiced his concerns directly to her
Prince Andrew resigned from public duties in May 2020 before he was then stripped of his military titles and patronages by the Queen in 2022.
Elsewhere in the book, Scobie claims William admired the Queen’s political neutrality and wants to mirror her reign more than Charles’.
In a scathing chapter dedicated to the future Queen, he branded Kate the monarchy’s ‘last shiny thing for many years to come’ and claims her workload is lower than other senior members of the Firm, and saying that she’s ‘technically a part time working royal’.
Known for his sympathetic coverage of Harry and Meghan, Scobie added that Kate isn’t known for ‘leadership and outgoing nature’ like ‘Meghan’, who was ‘another shimmering ornament in the royal family tree’ before she stepped down.
King Charles III attends St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, yesterday
Harry and Meghan’s ‘cheerleader-in-chief’ Omid Scobie took aim at The Princess of Wales in his new book Endgame, which has been published in Australia. Kate is pictured at a recent event
This, according to Scobie’s recollection, meant coverage of Meghan’s engagements during her short time as a working royal, were ‘far less about fashion choices and more about her work or her role in the Firm’.
Scobie also claims that Kate ‘does not plan to increase her workload for 10-15 years’, or until her children reach adulthood, and added that she earned the nickname ‘Katie Keen’, because palace press release mitigate her doing less by saying she is ‘keen to learn’.
In a clear swipe, Scobie writes Kate’s lifestyle is something most parents could ‘only dream of’ and that Palace aides were afraid to push her do to anything that ‘makes her uncomfortable’ before the Queen died.
He adds that the future queen has been through five different private secretaries in six years, because they all found the role ‘uninspiring and frustrating’.
In an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America broadcast today, Mr Scobie was asked whether he knew who made the comments about Archie’s skin colour.
He said: ‘I do know who made the comments about Archie’s skin colour. The names were mentioned in letters between Meghan and Charles that were exchanged some time after the Oprah interview.
‘We know from sources that Charles was horrified that that’s how Meghan felt. Those conversations were, and that he wanted to, sort of as a representative for the family, have that conversation with her.
‘And it is why I personally think they have been able to move forward with some kind of line of communication afterwards. Though they may not see eye to eye on it.’
Mr Scobie’s claims threaten to reignite the ‘royal racist’ row that came about after Harry and Meghan’s interview.
Meghan had alleged in the TV special that an unnamed member of the Royal Family spoke about ‘how dark his (Archie’s) skin might be when he’s born’.
But it is now being claimed that a second member of the extended Royal Household – who may not be a member of the Royal Family itself – also made similar comments.
The two people are not named in Endgame, which is subtitled ‘Inside the Royal Family and the Monarchy’s Fight for Survival’.
The book makes a series of claims about the royals and looks at its future following the death of Queen Elizabeth II in September last year.
These include that William was involved in ‘things that have gone out about his own brother’ and that the elder brother ignored texts from Harry when the family were making their way to Balmoral before the late Queen died last year.
Among the other claims made in the book are that there is a rift between the King and the William, that Queen Camilla has ‘quietly thanked’ Piers Morgan for ‘defending the Firm’ and that a timid Princess of Wales has to be encouraged to perform engagements.
Mr Scobie added to ABC: ‘I think before people assume that I’m calling this the end of the Royal Family, I’m simply declaring that we’ve reached a sort of pinnacle moment where the royal family as we know it, is at stake.’
He also makes claims about Prince William leaking stories about Harry.
Mr Scobie said: ‘He’s sharing private information about his brother that ended up on the front page of a newspaper not long later. These are things that have cause irreparable damage in the relations between each other.’
Describing William as a ‘company man’, he said: ‘We have seen the emergence of a man who is much harder, who seems to have embraced and embodied the royal institution’.
The ABC report also said Harry is willing to end the rift between William, had tried to reach out to his brother and that relations with his father Charles ‘may be on the mend’.