‘Finding Freedom’ book explores Prince Harry and Meghan’s royal outing
A new book on Prince Harry and Meghan claims to disclose new revelations about the couple and their decision to step back from royal life.
In “Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family,” veteran royal reporters and co-authors Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie describe how members of the royal family felt overshadowed and snubbed in the palace, this which ultimately led to their departure from the royal family.
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A spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made it clear that Harry and Meghan have no involvement in the book.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not interviewed and did not contribute to ‘Finding Freedom’,” the statement said. “This book is based on the authors’ own experiences as members of the Royal Press and their own independent reporting.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stunned the world, including Queen Elizabeth II and other royals, with their decision to step down from royal life earlier this year. And while their public image portrays a smiling extended family, the book’s authors claim a different reality.
Durand and Scobie say there was intense tension and jealousy between Prince William and his younger brother, which led to Harry and Meghan leaving. The book says that although the brothers’ relationship was already strained, it was made worse by Harry’s decision to leave royal life and William took the news harshly on his younger brother’s decision.
Prince William is said to have said to a friend: “I have put my arm around my brother our whole life and I can’t do it anymore; we are separate entities.
Three excerpts from the book, which will be released on August 11, have been published in the British newspaper The Times in London. Some of the more astonishing revelations include that Harry felt ‘unprotected’ by his family and disparaged within the palace walls for being ‘too sensitive and outspoken’ and that Meghan felt she had indulged in the royal family . “I have given my whole life for this family,” said the Duchess.
In another excerpt from the book, a staff member from another royal household described the Sussex team as the palace’s “squeaky third wheel”. Harry and Meghan apparently felt offended by the Queen – their photos were conspicuously missing from her desk during her televised Christmas speech. And yet the door to royal life may not be completely closed to Harry and Meghan – the Queen has reportedly told Harry he can return to royal life whenever he wants.
As for the constant tabloid criticism, Durand and Scobie write that Meghan said it sounded like ‘the death of a thousand cuts’ (the line is also the name of a Taylor Swift song). Since moving away from the royal family, life under the microscope only seems to go on for the couple. On Thursday, they filed a lawsuit in California against a member of the paparazzi for illegally attempting to photograph their now 14-month-old son Archie.