PUBLISHED: PUBLISHED: 07:00, Sun, Sep 6, 2020
Harry and Meghan have taken the unprecedented step of signing a £74.5million commercial deal with Netflix this week. This news comes six months after they stepped down from the royal frontline in search for financial independence and greater autonomy. They have also permanently set up camp in Santa Barbara, California, leaving many royal watchers to note how much has changed for the couple in the two and a half years since they married.
However, according to the newly released biography ‘Finding Freedom’, some of Harry’s inner circle spotted how the royal was undergoing major changes just days after the Sussexes exchanged vows.
Tom Inskip, nicknamed Skippy, was one of Harry’s childhood friends from Eton College.
He once “questioned the prince’s relationship with Meghan”, according to the biography, which meant he fell out of favour with his old friend.
He and his wife Lara were then invited to the couple’s wedding ceremony and lunchtime reception but “didn’t make the cut for the evening bash”.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (Image: Getty)
Royal news: Harry's friend claimed the royal had changed just a few days after he married Meghan (Image: Getty)
Instead, Hollywood A-listers like George and Amal Clooney and Oprah Winfrey, were invited to the high-profile evening event.
This added to the perception of “many of Harry’s old friends” that the surprisingly selective guestlist was the newlyweds' way of saying, “these are the people we want in our lives moving forward”, according to Finding Freedom — and that did not seem to include Skippy.
Then, the day after the wedding, Skippy reportedly told friends: “Meghan had changed Harry too much.”
Skippy had allegedly advised Harry not to marry Meghan and, according to Tatler’s David Jenkins, paid the price of “banishment” as a result.
Finding Freedom’s authors, Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand claim Skippy had suggested Harry and Meghan live together before “doing anything more serious”.
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Tom Inskip, Harry's long-time friend, was not invited to the couple's evening reception (Image: Getty)
A source told the authors that Skippy’s advice “came from a good place”, but Harry “didn’t totally see it that way”, leading to the sudden breakdown in their friendship.
They added: “It really hurt him that someone he was so close to would not trust his judgement.”
The Sussexes’ relationship can indeed be described as a whirlwind, considering they were dating for approximately 15