Finding Freedom is the UK’s best-selling book, the publisher announced today.
The explosive biography of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, co-written by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, has sold 31,000 copies in the UK in the first five days of its release, new figures from the supplier show of Nielsen Book data.
The book also tops the Amazon US and Amazon UK bestseller charts.
The explosive biography, Finding Freedom, of Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand is officially a bestseller. Pictured: Prince Harry, 35, and Megahn Markle, 39 in London on January 7
The biography offers a window into the life of Meghan and Harry during their tenure as royals and is full of details about their shock exit from the royal family.
It discusses the alleged rift between brothers Harry and William, 38, as well as the relationship between their wives.
The Duke, 35, and Duchess of Sussex, 39, say they were not interviewed for the book, which provides a high level of personal detail and a dramatic narrative events which led to the departure of the Sussexes from royal life.
Mr Scobie gave several high profile interviews to publicize the book in the week following its release.
Yesterday he made the headlines again when he spoke to True Royalty TV.
In the interview, Mr Scobie claimed Prince Harry made an exasperated call to his grandmother, 94, following an alleged scuffle with Her Majesty’s longtime dresser Angela Kelly.
Finding Freedom was selling 31,000 copies across the UK five days after its August 11 release, publisher says
“Harry had to intervene,” Mr Scobie said.
“He called his grandmother and said, ‘I don’t know what’s going on. This woman has to make it work for my future wife. ” And of course, we can sort of see now where that ‘what Meghan wants, Meghan gets’ narrative is coming from.
“Harry felt there were people within the institution who would stop at nothing at least to make Meghan’s life difficult.”
Scobie also claims Prince William has not spoken properly to his brother since revealing his intention to leave the UK for North America.
In the television interview promoting the book, Mr Scobie said: “The brothers had not spoken since around the time of the Sandringham summit.
“They hadn’t seen each other. It’s really going to take a while to heal. I think the distance between the brothers widened more and more. And that’s partly because of the things that are happening – and we discuss that in the book. ‘
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s plan to step down from royal duties has made the brother’s relationship difficult, Mr Scobie said.
He continued: “I think really where it went wrong for Harry, Meghan and the Cambridges is this decision to go public with the roadmap of their new working model.
“The statements were not discussed internally. This is really what caused William the most harm, as he wears two hats.
“It is not only the brother, it is also the future king and he felt that this had damaged the reputation of the family.”
“That this put the family business into the public domain when it should have been discussed in private and there has been a lot of trouble there that continues to this day.”
Royal expert Katie Nicholl said the authors could be the “only winners” of the Finding Freedom publication.
Writing in Vanity Fair, she asked if the book “was worth it for Harry and Meghan” before adding: “The irony of Finding Freedom is that, locked in their rented mansion in LA, the Sussexes have less freedom than ‘they had none when they lived in Windsor.
Meanwhile, she added that the authors of the book write that the monarchy has lost two of its greatest assets.
She concluded: “Maybe they could be the only winners in this rather sad story.”
The book had reached No. 1 on Amazon’s Top 10 New York Bestsellers in 24 hours on the day it was released for pre-order.
Meanwhile, in July, 14 days before its release, the biography also topped the media giant’s bestseller list as royal fans rushed to pre-order their copy.