A GOSSIP columnist and friend of Meghan Markle’s has emerged as the possible source for the bombshell royal biography, Finding Freedom.
Lainey Lui, who runs the website Lainey Gossip, knows Meghan through her ‘ex-pal’ Jessica Mulroney's husband Ben who worked with Lainey for 15 years on Etalk.
Lainey, 46, often shares thoughts and insights on the Sussexes on her website, and parallels have been drawn between her words and the passages in Omid Scobie’s and Carolyn Durand’s book.
The Daily Mail points out that Lainey refers to palace staff who she claims leak stories to the press as “viper courtiers” in May.
Meanwhile Scobie and Durand write in the book that a friend refers to the “old guard” as “the vipers.”
The gossip columnist also posted an entry about a high profile woman who was in a new and serious relationship with a man.
She goes on to describe how he “lives in the same complex as someone he is very close to who has a partner too” leading conclusions to made that she is referring to Kensington Palace where Harry once lived alongside the Cambridges.
Lainey writes: “Since you’ve been staying there, you run into each other one day. And you tell her you’re going shopping and where.
“She says she’s going shopping too and leaves in the car. You head out on foot. Turns out, she went shopping exactly where you went shopping. And she knew that’s where you were going. But she didn’t offer you a ride.”
The account is almost identical to one in the book revealing that Kate Middleton and Meghan had tense and awkward moments, including the day when the women happened to cross paths at Kensington Palace in early 2017, as Harry and Meghan were still dating.
Both were heading to go shopping on the same street but Kate went in her own Range Rover, the book claims.
Lainey was also vocal about her support for the new tome, calling for Harry and Meghan’s side of the story to be told.
She wrote on her website: “What does the pro-Sussex version of the story sound like and if we actually get it in the book…who comes out the villain?”
However, Lainey has now openly denied involvement with the book on Twitter.
Author-Journalists Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand have had access to more than 100 people for the book.
A spokesman for Harry and Meghan said the pair did not contribute to Finding Freedom, but he did not deny the content of The Times's extracts.
The spokesman told the PA news agency: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not interviewed and did not contribute to Finding Freedom.
"This book is based on the authors' own experiences as members of the royal press corps and their own independent reporting."
Sensational claims made in Finding Freedom include:
- Harry called William 'a snob' for the way he spoke about Meghan
- Meghan and Harry felt "cut adrift" and were frustrated at Prince William and Kate Middleton getting the 'plum' jobs
- The former actress moaned she had given up her life for the Royal Family
- Prince Harry compared fronting up to the royal institution to being in front of a firing squad
- The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were frustrated the Queen would not meet them earlier to discuss their demands
- Meghan was dubbed Harry's "showgirl" who "comes with a lot of baggage" by senior royals
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