Royal Expert Claims Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Skin ‘Seemed to Get Thinner and Thinner’ in ‘Ultimate Whine’ Book

An inside peek at Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s experience in the royal family unfolds in the new book Finding Freedom. One royal expert who reviewed the book believes there’s a lot of whining on the part of the Sussexes, claiming that their skin “seemed to get thinner and thinner” amid the media scrutiny.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend an official welcome ceremony in the city centre's Albert Park on October 23, 2018 in Suva, Fiji
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage

Prince Harry and Meghan’s story unfolds in ‘Finding Freedom’

Finding Freedom, written by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, takes royal fans behind the palace doors and gives a look at some of what Meghan and Harry endured while in the royal family.

The couple faced an excessive amount of media scrutiny and, according to the book’s authors, didn’t feel supported by the palace during that time.

During the August 21 HeirPod podcast episode, Scobie shared his thoughts on whether there was an exact moment “where it all went so wrong” for Prince Harry and Meghan.

Scobie pointed to a “build-up of frustration after several different moments” rather than one incident that prompted Prince Harry and Meghan to make the decision to exit the royal family.

“I think where it really started to crack was during the Duchess of Sussex’s pregnancy because I think that was a time in which the press commentary, particularly in certain sections of the tabloids, became extremely negative at such a vulnerable moment in any woman’s life,” Scobie explained.

“I think that was really one time where the couple, and particularly Meghan, felt extremely unprotected by the institution of the monarchy,” he added.

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Were Prince Harry and Meghan too sensitive about the criticisms?

There’s no denying that Prince Harry and Meghan were on the receiving end of a lot of negative press, but Write Royalty writer Patricia Treble believes that perhaps the storytelling in Finding Freedom paints the couple as whining and overly sensitive.

In Treble’s review of the book, she explains how “whining is rarely a good look” but sadly, “what will be remembered about Finding Freedom are whines.”

She points to many of the small issues the book tries to magnify. “Meghan complaining that Kate didn’t offer to take her shopping in London at a time when she and Harry were avoiding the press; Kate’s birthday present to Meghan of a bouquet of flowers being dismissed as unworthy; even how the Sussexes were treated at the 2019 Commonwealth service, mere weeks after they blindsided the royal family by their public demands to carve out a new life inside the royal family; and tiaragate,” Treble notes.

‘They wanted to change the rules,’ expert says

Treble further explains that the book also focuses on “whines about how the press treated them,” though she admits that “some of their complaints are justified.”

“Yet that wasn’t exactly a new situation for the Windsors,” Treble writes. “The royals have been dealing with intense media coverage for years. They’ve built coping mechanisms.”

The expert believes that the biography highlights how sensitive the Sussexes had become. “But Harry and Meghan’s skins seemed to get thinner and thinner in Finding Freedom. They were reading their own press and their distress grew with every critical and/or fake or fluffy article, every reader comment filled with vitriol and racism. They wanted to change the rules, and, when the press didn’t fall in line, they left.”

While Treble admits that Megxit “was their right,” she asserts that “doing so less than two years into their joint lifetime commitment is also the ultimate whine.”