Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s biographer, Omid Scobie, is writing a new book about the royal family after his first shockwaves sent through Britain.
find freedom caused a tidal wave of headlines with accusations that Harry thought Prince William was a snob and that a senior royal disparagingly referred to Meghan as “Harry’s showgirl”.
Meghan has admitted that in December 2018 she authorized Kensington Palace communications secretary Jason Knauf to give the authors a briefing, even though the book was based on reports from more than 100 people.
Scobie was a co-writer find freedom with Carolyn Durand, while his latest book, currently untitled, is a solo project and is expected to hit shelves in 2023.
Promotional material describes the book as “a new chapter in the royal story” that will offer “unique insights, deep access and exclusive revelations”.
As find freedom, it is published by Dey Street, an imprint of William Morrow. Few details have been released, but nothing suggests it will be another Meghan and Harry biography that could delve into other aspects of the monarchy.
Scobie announced the news on Twitter, writing, “Now that it’s officially Publishers Weekly (🙏🏻) I can finally share that I’m working on a BRAND NEW BOOK!! I’m very excited to be back with Carrie Thornton @DeyStreet @HarperCollins (We and @MsLisaMilton at @HQstories @HarperCollinsUK (UK/Commonwealth). Coming in 2023!”
find freedom hit shelves in the summer of 2020, a few months after Harry and Meghan left palace life for a fresh start in America.
The book is known for its positive take on the couple’s royal history at a time when much of the British media commentary on them was negative.
Scobie and Durand caused a stir with the very first excerpt published in a British newspaper The times.
Among the bombshells in the first issue was a report on Prince Harry’s reaction to Prince William advising him to slow down in the early stages of his relationship with Meghan.
William is quoted as saying: “Don’t think you have to rush it. Take as much time as you need to get to know this girl.”
The book states: “In those last two words ‘that girl’, Harry caught the tone of snobbery that was anathema to his approach to the world.
“During his 10-year career in the military, outside of the royal bubble, he had learned not to make snap judgments about people based on their accent, education, ethnicity, class or occupation.”
The revelations themselves are only half the story, however, as Scobie and Durand’s closeness to Harry and Meghan is a hotly debated topic.
The blurb described the book as “with the participation of those closest to the couple” but they have consistently denied claims in the UK media that it was secretly authorized by the couple.
Scobie is mentioned regularly by newspapers like that Daily Mail as Meghan’s “mouthpiece” or “friend”, although he has consistently denied being that close to the Duchess.
Meghan’s legal team moved to distance her from the book, despite leaking emails regarding her privacy and copyright lawsuit The Post on Sunday Finally, the couple showed their authorized communications secretary, Knauf, to meet the authors.
An email from Harry in December 2018 read: “I totally agree that we need to be able to say we have nothing to do with this.
“Likewise, it would help if you gave them the right context and background
truths out there.”
Meghan wrote: “Thank you for the information below – if you sit down with them [the book’s authors] It can be helpful to have some background memories, so I’ve included them below just in case. I know you know this better than most, but you help where I can.”
There is no evidence that either royal gave an interview for the book and all sides have denied it.
However, anything Scobie writes about the monarchy is likely to cause a storm and be picked up by the UK media for clues about posts from Camp Sussex.
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