TThe Duke and Duchess of Sussex may have been living across the pond for over a year, but the couple have barely been out of the headlines since making the move. Whether it’s their various legal battles over paparazzi photos, criticism about how they handle family relationships, or that adorable interview with Oprah Winfrey, a lot has happened to Harry and Meghan in the past 12 months.
Hence a new epilogue was included in the hardcover version of Searching for freedom, an unauthorized biography of a married couple written by Omid Skopje and Caroline Durand. Harry and Meghan’s legal team said that Scooby and Durand do not speak for the couple, and that the couple “did not cooperate with the authors on the book, nor were they interviewed.”
In the new epilogue, Scooby and Durand chart last year for the Sussex family, examining everything from how the couple got their luxury nine-bedroom home in Santa Barbara, California (they took out a mortgage to help cover the cost) and Meghan’s alleged miscarriage. Family tensions at the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh in April.
The authors also look at reports surrounding the remembrance of Sunday in 2020, when it was claimed Prince Harry Opportunity to get Crown Placed on his behalf in the coffin. Harry had spent 10 years in the military but gave up his military positions, including his role as commander-in-chief of the Royal Marines, when he moved to California and stepped down from his role in the royal family.
in a Searching for freedom, the authors claim that a red poppy wreath was ordered for Prince Harry with the Royal British Legion. “But as the day came and went, Harry’s gesture remained in her trunk at the charity’s headquarters in Kent.” Scooby and Durand went on to claim that Harry’s request was denied because he was no longer a “front-line royal”, with a “source close” to the Duke adding that he was “sad and disappointed with the decision”. The source added: “Ten years of service and a lifelong commitment to the military community and this was recognized by his family.”
Then there was Oprah’s interview, which saw Harry and Meghan make a series of allegations about their time at Royal familyincluding that a senior member made a racist remark about the color of their unborn child’s skin, and that Meghan was denied assistance by a palace aide after she expressed that she had suicidal thoughts. In response, the palace released a statement saying the royal family was “sad to learn the full extent of the challenge the past few years have faced. Harry and Megan.”
She continued, “The issues raised, particularly the issue of race, are worrisome. While some memories may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be especially addressed by the family. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be very lovable members of the family.”
Shortly after the interview was broadcast, Prince William was asked about the interview during his visit to the East London School. When William left, a reporter asked, “Is the royal family a racist family, sir?” He replied, “We are not a very racist family.” in a Searching for freedom, the authors wrote that, according to their sources, William was “understood” by the discussion of private family matters in the public domain” and likely would not comment on the allegations made in Oprah’s interview again.
Meanwhile, a friend of Meghan told the authors that Oprah’s interview was “healing” for the Duchess. All the things she kept to herself or was afraid to say [as a working member of the royal family] I finally felt safe to participate. They added that he was an editor. The authors also claim that no one in the royal family was aware of Oprah’s interview until it was made public.
Scooby and Durand also discuss the timing of an article in times Who claimed that bullying the allegations He was indicted against Markle by a former aide in October 2018. The newspaper reported that the Duchess had taken out two of her personal aides and left. Work crew Feeling ‘offended’. She said a formal complaint was made by Jason Knauf, then the communications secretary, to Meghan and Harry. A spokesperson for the Duchess said at the time she was “sad at this latest attack on her character, particularly as someone who has been the target of self-bullying and is deeply committed to supporting those who have experienced pain and trauma”.
The allegations were reported four days before Oprah was interviewed live. “Although the Duchess used defamatory reporting, this front-page story was even more disturbing,” wrote Searching for freedom The authors, who claim the allegations have given the Sussex more confidence in their decision to leave the royal family. Meanwhile, a friend of the couple told the authors, “I felt that some individuals in the palace were going to great lengths to undermine and discredit anything they feared the couple would or would not say during the interview.”
Elsewhere, the epilogue claims that Harry and Meghan had a simple ceremony on their second wedding anniversary last May, when lockdown restrictions were still in place in California. Instead of going out, the couple chose to spend the day reminiscing about their 2018 marriage with people who attended the ceremony, wrapping up the festivities with a Mexican meal from a local restaurant. They also exchanged gifts made of cotton, as is customary at second wedding anniversary festivities.
The book also deals with recent events, such as the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh, which saw Prince Harry and Prince William reunited face to face for the first time in nearly 15 months. despite of Reports That Prince William had asked to stand away from Prince Harry during the funeral procession, the brothers were too I saw the chat today After the actions, which many considered a possible sign of reconciliation.
in a Searching for freedom, a source close to Harry described the funeral as “surreal” for him, while another noted that regarding his relationship with the rest of the royal family, there was “progress” and “efforts from all sides”. Another added that there was more to be done in terms of mending ties, but Harry’s visit to the UK for the funeral “broke the ice”.
Meghan did not attend the funeral, with a palace spokesperson at the time saying she had made “every effort” to try to travel from the US, but had not received medical clearance from her doctors to do so given how long she was pregnant with the couple’s second child. in a Searching for freedom, the authors claim that many members of the royal family “were understood to be ‘quietly pleased’ that Meghan had not attended because they ‘didn’t want the circus’ or, as a senior royal source put it, ‘the Duchess set up a spectacle’.”
Finding Freedom: Harry, Meghan and the Formation of a Modern Royal Family by Omid Scobey and Caroline Durand, published in paperback August 31 (HQ, £9.99)
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