London, United Kingdom:
Prince Harry and wife Meghan accused "Viper" courtiers of widening their rift with the royal family, as excerpts from a new book published on Saturday in The Times show.
The couple said they hadn't contributed to the new Finding Freedom biography written by journalists Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, but friends of the couple provided much of their content.
The book, serialized in The Times, will claim that Harry felt "unprotected" by his family and exposed his separation from brother William and his wife Kate.
Kate even refused to make eye contact with her sister-in-law at her last engagement in March, the new version said.
Harry apparently referred to high-ranking courtiers as "vipers" who believed that the couple's worldwide popularity overshadowed the family and, according to extracts, "needed to be contained".
The book, due to be released on August 11, also indicated that Harry, 35, was the driving force behind the couple's departure from the family. Meghan told her husband that she "gave up my whole life for this family".
The couple now lives in Los Angeles and was in the headlines this week for taking legal action against one or more paparazzi who accuse them of taking pictures of their son Archie without permission.
The press of tabloids has followed Harry all his life and he blames her for the death of his mother, Princess Diana.
Meghan, 38, told a friend that boulevard criticism was like "death by a thousand cuts" according to the new book.
The authors are sympathetic to the couple and say that the book will "correct" the sharp separation record.
However, it is acknowledged that Harry and Meghan's decision to keep the family in the dark about their plans has "generated a lot of evil will."
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