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Omid Scobie’s book: Banger publication with in-depth revelation of British royal family

Omid Scobie's book: Banger publication with in-depth revelation of British royal family

Omid Scobie’s book embarks on a compelling exploration of the intricate dynamics within the British royal family, delving into the lives of prominent figures, such as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and the broader monarchy. Entitled “Endgame”, Scobie provides a penetrating analysis of the challenges confronting the institution, featuring a king, an ambitious heir, and a queen navigating perilous waters to uphold her image.

With controversies swirling around the alleged revelations contained in the book, including family rifts and profound critiques of the monarchy, this article aims to unravel the key insights and controversies presented by Omid Scobie in his latest literary endeavour.

Who is Omid Scobie?

Who is Omid Scobie?

Omid Scobie, born around 1980 or 1981, is a British journalist and author. Renowned for specialising in the coverage of the British royal family, Scobie was born in Wales and raised in Oxford alongside his younger brother. His mother is a social worker of Iranian descent and his father is a British marketing director.

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Scobie attended Magdalen College School and continued his education in journalism at the London College of Communication.

After a brief stint with a British celebrity magazine, Scobie assumed the role of European bureau chief at the American celebrity and entertainment magazine, US Weekly. While working for the magazine, he dedicated a decade to reporting on the British royals. He subsequently became the royal editor-at-large at Harper’s Bazaar and the royal contributor at ABC News. He also had regular appearances on Good Morning America and hosted the network’s royal podcast, the HeirPod.

In 2020, Scobie co-authored a book with the American journalist, Carolyn Durand, delving into the lives of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. Titled: “Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of A Modern Royal Family,” the book quickly gained popularity as it sold over 31,000 copies within five days in the United Kingdom and secured the top spot for hardback non-fiction on The Sunday Times bestseller list. A paperback edition with a new epilogue, covering events from the previous year, including Meghan and Harry’s TV interview with Oprah Winfrey, was released in August 2021.

In November 2023, Scobie released his latest work, “Endgame”, where he directs criticism at both the British royal family as an institution and individual members of the family.

Omid Scobie’s book

Omid Scobie’s book

“Endgame” delves deep into the present condition of the British monarchy—a king deemed to be unpopular, an ambitious heir to the throne, a queen ready to take risky measures to uphold her image and a prince compelled to embark on a new life after betrayal by his own family.

The passing of Queen Elizabeth II dismantled the protective shield around the already fragmented foundations of the House of Windsor. In a monarchy plagued by outdated notions about race, class and wealth, the institution and its supporters find themselves exposed and in conflict with a swiftly modernising world.

Drawing on extensive experience as a royal reporter and a decade of conversations and interviews with current and former Palace staff, trusted friends of the royals, and even family members, Scobie unveils the turmoil within the institution, revealing the changes the monarchy must undergo to endure.

Here are some of the major alleged revelations from “Endgame”:

1)  Scobie highlights a purported rift between King Charles and his son, the Prince of Wales. In “Endgame”, William is portrayed as an ambitious and determined prince who is eager to lead the royal family into the future. Scobie claims that William intends to “rip up” the rulebook and implement things “the Cambridge way”. While William respects his father, their differing views on how the institution should be run could become a future issue.

According to Scobie, William and Charles share frustration towards Prince Harry but disagree on the approach to managing the institution. Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace, the offices of Charles and William respectively, are described as places with competing agendas and differing ideas on modernising the monarchy. Scobie also suggests that William is not allowing his father the same space Charles gave the late Queen, indicating his ambition for the throne.

2) Scobie analyses the UK media’s relationship with the Prince and Princess of Wales, citing incidents from 2019. Prince Harry had previously claimed that stories about his wife were leaked to the British press, describing it as a “dirty game”. Scobie brands William and Kate’s 2019 holiday to Balmoral Castle as a “showy publicity stunt”, which involved a plane sent from Humberside for “image purposes”. He reveals details about the couple’s flight to Aberdeen, suggesting it was a calculated move to divert media attention from Harry and Meghan.

The book also claims William’s unilateral decision to distance himself from Lady Susan Hussey and his actions regarding the Earth Shot prize disappointed Charles. Also, the decision to evict Harry and Meghan from Frogmore Cottage is portrayed as punishment, with Harry asking Charles if he wants to see his grandchildren.

3) William’s decision to distance himself from Lady Susan Hussey and his handling of the Earth Shot prize allegedly angered Buckingham Palace. Charles was reportedly disappointed by William’s failure to involve him in the environmental initiative. Charles also felt “some schadenfreude” from the Cambridges’ criticised Caribbean tour but was “furious” when royal aides discussed a “blueprint” for William’s reign, seeing it as upstaging. arles if he wants to see his grandchildren.

4) Scobie suggests that the relationship between William and Harry is unlikely to be repaired. William reportedly believes that Harry blindsided the family with public complaints and is being influenced by an “army of therapists”. William no longer recognises the version of Harry he has become and feels he has lost his brother. Despite Harry being ready to move on, William is convinced that Harry has been brainwashed and is not interested in this changed version of him.

5) Kate is said to have “jokingly shivered” at the mention of Meghan’s name, with allegations that she behaves coldly towards those she dislikes and ignores Meghan’s “cries for help”. According to Scobie, Kate reportedly discussed Meghan more than engaging in direct conversation with her. Described as an “inscrutable queen in training”, the future queen is portrayed as an institutional ideal.

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Omid Scobie’s book release date

Omid Scobie’s book, Endgame was released on November 28, 2023.

Where can I buy Omid Scobie’s book?

Omid Scobie’s book, “EndGame”, is currently available in stores and on Amazon.

Omid Scobie’s book reviews

Omid Scobie

There have been mainly negative reviews following the publication and release of Omid Scobie’s Book.

The assessment from BBC News regarding the book indicated that it traversed well-known grounds and seemed somewhat out of touch. The reviewer on the British broadcaster remarked: “The Endgame in the title implies an institution facing significant challenges. However, this book is unlikely to be the one that causes its downfall.”

The Dutch version of Endgame had to be recalled due to an error where it mistakenly included the names of two royals accused of inquiring about the potential skin colour of Harry and Meghan’s future child. Piers Morgan reported that the individuals named in Scobie’s book were King Charles III and Catherine, Princess of Wales.

Scobie has maintained that he never presented a book containing the names of two royal family members accused of expressing “concerns” about the skin colour of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son. Speaking on ITV’s This Morning, Scobie said: “I have never submitted a book that had their names in it.” He expressed frustration over the error, which is currently under investigation.

Melanie McDonagh’s assessment in the Standard labels Scobie’s “Endgame” as a complete disaster, deeming it an embarrassment to Harry and Meghan. McDonagh also criticised Scobie’s writing abilities.

Anita Singh’s perspective in The Telegraph characterises “Endgame” as a distinctly one-sided affair. However, Singh notes that contemporary royal biographers often choose a side and compare it to Tom Bower’s critical portrayal of Meghan in “Revenge”. Despite its bias, Singh acknowledges that Scobie understands his audience well and predicts they will enthusiastically embrace the book.

According to the New York Times review, Scobie defines “Endgame” as the final stages of a chess game when most pieces have been removed from the board. Scobie stresses that unless Charles and his heirs take prompt action, there is a risk of losing the crown or, at the very least, any remaining cultural relevance. However, a paradox emerges: As long as people keep buying books like Scobie’s, they are essentially endorsing the entire, seemingly problematic, operation.

Will’s critique on GoodReads describes “Endgame” as a badly written and biased book that fails to illuminate the intricacies of royal family dynamics. Scobie’s partial narrative and cherry-picked evidence raise doubts about the validity of his conclusions. Rather than promoting comprehension and reconciliation, the book, according to Will, seems to make worse the divide between Harry, Meghan and the rest of the royal family.

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