Finding Freedom: All The Revelations From New Harry And Meghan Biography

This is what you need to know about Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand's new book...

Harry and Meghan Finding Freedom

by Grazia |

We're still a few weeks away from the official release of Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand's Finding Freedom - the new book about Harry and Meghan's relationship - but some of its revelations have emerged via extracts published in The Times. Here's what you need to know about the book's contents so far, ahead of its release on August 11th.

What is revealed in the book?

Finding Freedom has promised to lift the lid on the atmosphere behind the scenes that led to Meghan and Harry leaving the Royal Family – a move famously dubbed Megxit - saying that ‘few knew the true story.’ It appears the book has done just that, saying that friends close to the couple call Palace courtiers ‘vipers’, such is the feeling they were not on the side of the couple.

It was Harry’s decision to leave the Royal Family

Whilst many have speculated that the Sussexes decision to leave the Royal Family was down to Meghan, Finding Freedom insists that the impetus very much came from Harry. ‘Few knew how much she sacrificed to try to make it work,’ it reports. ‘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.”’

Meghan and Harry returning to London just before their decision to leave the Royal Family went public
Meghan and Harry returning to London just before their decision to leave the Royal Family went public ©Getty Images

Instead, Finding Freedom suggests that Harry has long struggled with his role in the Royal Family – a sentiment that was behind his decision to join the army, and decline to give Archie a title. ‘Meghan simply emboldened him to make the change,’ the book says. It details months of in-fighting where Harry and Meghan felt the Palace were capitalising on their global popularity but refusing to support them in their desire to operate differently as the backdrop to their bombshell announcement they were quitting the Royal Family.

Meghan and Kate have struggled to move past ‘distant politeness’

Much has been made of the sour relationship between the two Duchesses over the years – with stories emerging that Meghan made Kate cry over an argument about whether Princess Charlotte should wear tights at her 2018 wedding.

Finding Freedom will only add to that narrative. Whilst the book points out that ‘the state of affairs between the two women was just an offshoot of the real issue at hand’ it says that the pair have failed to establish more than a cordial relationship. ‘The two duchesses’ relationship had struggled to move past the distant politeness of when they first met,’ it says of a moment Kate and Meghan were photographed together with their children at the polo but where they apparently barely exchanged a word.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the Commonwealth Ceremony
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the Commonwealth Ceremony ©Getty Images

The book goes on to describe one of Harry and Meghan’s final events as Royals, the Commonwealth service at Westminster Abbey, where it alleges the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were frosty with the couple. ‘It was the first time the two couples had seen each other since January. “Harry,” William nodded, ignoring Meghan,’ it reports. ‘Although Meghan tried to make eye contact with Kate, the duchess barely acknowledged her.’

Who are Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand: the authors of Finding Freedom?

The authors of Finding Freedom are Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, two royal journalists who have been following Meghan and Harry’s careers for years.

Scobie has been covering the lives of the royals for over eight years, and is Harper Bazaar's royal editor at large, as well as being a regular on Good Morning America and ABC News. And he hosts the network's podcast The Heir Pod. As well as all this, he has also followed Harry, Meghan, William and Kate on their engagements in the UK and around the world.

Durand is a royal writer who has covered the royal family for the last 15 years for places like ELLE and Oprah. She is also a producer, and has produced multiple interviews with members of the Royal Family including Prince Harry.

Harry and Meghan in the rain at the Endeavour Awards
Harry and Meghan in the rain at the Endeavour Awards ©Getty Images

Did Meghan and Harry collaborate with Finding Freedom’s authors?

Some reviews of Finding Freedom have called it an ‘unauthorised biography’, claiming that Harry and Meghan have both sanctioned friends to speak to Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand – and given the pair an off-the-record interview themselves.

A spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex has denied that the couple had anything to do with the book. 'The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not interviewed and did not contribute to ‘Finding Freedom’,' it reads. 'This book is based on the authors’ own experiences as members of the royal press corps and their own independent reporting.'

Scobie also categorically denies the couple were involved to The Times, saying ‘The book doesn’t claim to have any interviews with Harry and Meghan. And nor do we.’ When pressed on it, he repeats: ‘There’s no on-the-record interviews with the couple.’

However, he does admit that his time around the royal couple whilst reporting on their charity events has left him well placed to understand their characters and that in writing Finding Freedom he and Durand would like to ‘correct the record’ on the narrative already out there about Harry and Meghan.

What do the reviews say?

As yet, no reviews have been published, but it's already clear the book will be divisive. The Daily Mail has claimed that the release of the book 'will push [Harry and Meghan's] relations with the Royal Family to new low’ thanks to its revelations about the famously private institution.

The authors also say they’ve faced a barrage of criticism online already about the book in an attempt to discredit it – even though no-one has actually read it yet. It’s true much has been made of the fact the book’s price has already been slashed and there have been reports it’s been through several re-drafts.

What the public will make of Finding Freedom, we’ll have to wait and see. But it’s clear it’s set to be the most talked-about royal book since Andrew Morton’s Diana: Her True Story – for which the Princess of Wales was the major source.


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