KEY POINTS

  • A new edition of the Meghan Markle and Prince Harry biography "Finding Freedom" will be released on Aug. 31
  • The book claimed Queen Elizabeth's comment on the concerns raised in their Oprah interview "did not go unnoticed" by the couple
  • Prince Harry and Markle were "not surprised" that "full ownership was not taken," the book said

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry felt that "little accountability" has been taken for the concerns they raised during their interview with Oprah Winfrey, according to an updated version of their biography "Finding Freedom."

According to an excerpt published by People of a new chapter in the book by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, Queen Elizabeth's "recollections may vary" comment in response to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's claims of racism, lack of support for Markle amid her mental health struggles and more "did not go unnoticed" by the couple.

An unnamed source close to the Sussexes was quoted by the authors as saying that Prince Harry and Markle were "'not surprised' that full ownership was not taken."

"Months later and little accountability has been taken. How can you move forward with that?" an unnamed friend of Markle was quoted as saying in the book, which is being republished in paperback on Aug. 31 with the new epilogue, The Guardian reported.

"It took 36 hours for the palace to weigh in" on the Sussexes' bombshell interview with Winfrey in March, Scobie and Durand noted.

The authors also said that "Buckingham Palace had no further comment on the updated book," according to Page Six.

In their interview with Winfrey, Markle made several claims about her time as a working member of the royal family, including allegedly being "silenced" by the institution and not being protected by them. The duchess also said she had been the victim of "character assassination" and that the pressure resulted in her having suicidal thoughts.

She and Prince Harry further alleged that an unnamed member of the royal family raised concerns about how dark their son's skin color would be when Markle was still pregnant with Archie. Markle declined to reveal names, saying it would be "very damaging" to them. However, Prince Harry later said it was neither Queen Elizabeth nor Prince Philip.

After the interview aired in March, the Queen released a statement addressing their allegations.

"The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan," read the message. "The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately."

The Queen ended the statement by saying that Prince Harry, Markle and their son Archie will "always be much loved family members."

Meanwhile, Twitter users had mixed opinions about the updated version of "Finding Freedom" and the thoughts it claimed Markle and Prince Harry have over how the royal family has reacted to their concerns. 

One Twitter user commented, "Most of the 'concerns' were demonstrably false." However, another person claimed, "Accountability and British royal family have long been estranged."

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and Queen Elizabeth LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Queen Elizabeth II at the Queen's Young Leaders Awards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace on June 26, 2018 in London, England. Photo: John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images