Meghan Markle once told a friend that her experience with Buckingham Palace was like "death by a thousand cuts", a royal biographer claims.
Omid Scobie, co-author of last year's bombshell Finding Freedom, has penned a new opinion piece for Harper's Bazaar US, of which he is the royal editor.
In the column titled "Stifling, Toxic and Racist — Duchess Meghan Never Had a Chance at The Palace", he reveals how Meghan felt her and her husband's public image were not considered important by Palace staff.
Scobie claims her wellbeing deteriorated as the institution did not intervene or defend her amid negative coverage, MirrorOnline reports.
He said multiple people close to the royal couple said they felt unsupported and unprotected by the Palace.
"Meghan later likened the experience to a friend as 'death by a thousand cuts'," he wrote.
"Her reference to an ancient Chinese execution method was no coincidence."
Palace aides also allegedly told Meghan's friends to stay silent.
But Scobie claimed when allegations about the couple being unsupported were put to the Palace for a response for his biography, they seemed "baffled" by the Sussexes' claims.
A senior aide told Scobie: "This is nonsense…We did absolutely everything [for Meghan]."
When Scobie asked for examples he says he was told: "Everybody welcomed her.
"And she was given all the support she needed.
"They forget how accommodating we were when it came to navigating the duchess through her first steps [as a working royal]."
A statement issued by Buckingham Palace on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, responding to Meghan and Harry's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, said: "The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.
"The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning.
"Whilst some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.
"Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much-loved family members."
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