• "Men in gray suits" tried to diminish the couple’s public role
  • Harry and Meghan had handful of people at the palace they could trust
  • The new book is officially out Aug. 11

A new tell-all on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry has referred to palace old guards as "vipers."

The new book, "Finding Freedom: Harry, Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family," claims that the couple was so popular that the palace "establishment" lived in fear that they were eclipsing them. The so-called "men in gray suits" then tried to diminish the couple’s public role. A friend of the young couple referred to the palace old guard as "the vipers."

"As their popularity had grown, so did Harry and Meghan’s difficulty in understanding why so few inside the palace were looking out for their interests. There were just a handful of people at the palace they could trust amid ‘the vipers,'"authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand said of the couple, Page Six reported.

Speaking about the couple’s decision to leave the Royal Family, the authors said, "The media speculated that Meghan was behind the decision for the couple to step back, but few knew how much she sacrificed to try to make it work. As Meghan tearfully told a friend in March: 'I gave up my entire life for this family. I was willing to do whatever it takes. But here we are. It’s very sad.'"

In January, reports stated that Markle’s popularity has sparked “jealousy” in the Royal Family like Princess Diana’s fame.

"In a way, I think part of the problem now with Meghan is that she came in the same way and dominated the world’s headlines and the world’s media. No one’s prepared to say ‘well done, Meghan’ or whatever. t’s this popularity thing, and the royals have a real issue with popularity. In essence, it’s almost a form of jealousy," Princess Diana’s former protection officer Ken Wharfe had said.

Meanwhile, the new book is officially out Aug. 11. On Friday, July 24, a spokesman for the Duke and Duchess said the couple was not involved in the tell-all book.

"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," the spokesperson said, Telegraph reported.

Meghan Markle is suing Associated Newspapers for printing parts of her letter to her "vulnerable" father in August 2018, saying the media harassed and manipulated him
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry AFP / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS