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Sussexes’ private secretary ‘kept trying to warn’ top royals, claims new book

Harry and Meghan 's private secretary "kept trying to warn Charles and the Queen" about the pair's deteriorating relationship with Palace staff, a new book has claimed.

Valentine Low's upcoming book Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind The Crown details how the warnings were there as the Sussexes' relationship with Palace staff deteriorated.

An extract Low's book, published by the Daily Mail, details a time when the Sussexes' private secretary, Sam Cohen, reportedly told the palace that it needed evidence of the duty of care the institution had shown them, amid strained relationships.

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Cohen allegedly told two key courtiers — the private secretaries to both Prince Charles and the Queen — that if it all went wrong with Harry and Meghan, the Palace would need to show effective steps had been taken to maintain harmony.

The "duty of care" was crucial: "[Sam] was a broken record with them on that," said a source.

Low says that by the time Meghan gave her interview to Oprah Winfrey, however, the Palace had reportedly lost the argument over duty of care.

He adds that the duchess discussed mental health, which meant everything the Palace had done to support the couple — including giving them a team who'd have done anything to help them succeed — was simply forgotten.

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"Instead, the duchess was able to point out all the times that the organisation had failed her," he said.

"In the Oprah interview, Meghan also made the startling claim that she went to one of the 'most senior people,' saying she needed to go somewhere to get help — only to be told it wouldn't be 'good for the institution'.

"However, the truth remains that Meghan appears to have been in a bad place. And Harry knew she was suffering.

"Yet when Oprah asked why he didn't go to his own family to say his wife needed help, he said: 'I guess I was ashamed of admitting it to them'."

Low reveals that one former palace insider believes the way the developing crisis within the Royal Family was handled was "incompetent beyond belief".

"I think Meghan thought she was going to be the Beyoncé of the UK," said the insider. "Being part of the Royal Family would give her that kudos.

"What she discovered was that there were so many rules that were so ridiculous, she couldn't even do the things she could have done as a private individual.

"It required the decision-makers to sit around a table and say: 'OK, what are we going to do about this? What do you need to feel better? And what can we give?'"

Low adds: "Meghan apparently saw the Queen's private secretary as "an inflexible, bureaucratic figure" and Harry was just as dismissive of the two senior courtiers as she was.

"So another view is nothing could have saved the situation.

"The two sides were just too far apart."

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