The Princess Royal persuaded the King to evict the Duke and Duchess of Sussex from Frogmore Cottage, according to a new book.
Author Omid Scobie claims Princess Anne, 73, was the chief architect of the decision to evict Harry and Meghan from their Windsor home.
In the book, Endgame: Inside the Royal Family and the Monarchy’s Fight for Survival, to be released next week, Princess Anne is described as being “at the forefront of the supporters of the firm approach” taken with the Sussexes.
She “is said to have persuaded Charles to withdraw the use of Frogmore Cottage” from the couple, Scobie claims.
Meanwhile, Prince Edward, 59, is described as the only member of the family who felt “uneasy” about his nephew and was concerned about his mental health.
The Sussexes’ team received a letter from Sir Michael John Stevens, the Keeper of the Privy Purse, who stated that because the Duke and Duchess were no longer working members of the Royal family and lived abroad, they should return the keys to Frogmore Cottage, the use of which was a wedding gift from Queen Elizabeth II.
Harry is said to have asked his father: “You don’t want to see your grandchildren any more?”
Meanwhile, Scobie describes the ultimately unsuccessful plan to offer the property to the scandal-hit Duke of York, “the true pariah of the clan,” as “incomprehensible”.
Endgame is likely to set the cat amongst the pigeons just as the Sussexes seek to build bridges with certain members of the Royal family.
Scobie has vowed to reveal moments of which the family should be “ashamed” and to shine a light on “unsolved mysteries”.
Buckingham Palace has so far declined to comment on the book’s many allegations, some of them highly controversial and potentially defamatory, but has not ruled out doing so in the future.
Harry and Meghan have denied any links to Endgame, rejecting any suggestion that they are “affiliated” to Scobie.