‘Harry and Meghan may not get along.’ On Finding Freedom, Omid Scobie speaks out.
OMID SCOBIE has spoken out about some of the assertions made in the unofficial biography Finding Freedom about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
On Wednesday’s This Morning, Omid Scobie spoke with Alison Hammond and Rochelle Humes about the new 25-page epilogue to Scobie and Carlyn Durand’s Finding Freedom. The royal biographer spoke about the unofficial biography and debunked any suggestions that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were involved in its creation. However, he did mention that there were some elements in the book that the royal couple “may not agree with.”
“I always wonder how biographies work,” Humes said. Because Harry and Meghan were unable to publish their own biography, you are needed. How did you manage to learn so much about their lives?”
Scobie responded, “I’ve been covering royals since William and Kate got married, so you get to know the palace personnel and others that work around members of the Royal Family over time.”
“That’s how it started with the Sussexes; you create that relationship,” she said. “However, because my history is in entertainment journalism, I knew a lot of people who knew Meghan.
“When we started to notice that a lot of the publications were building this caricature of Harry and Meghan that I wasn’t seeing in front of me, the concept for this book really came around.”
He added, “There was this potential to present the opposite side of the tale.”
“However, what has been particularly aggravating throughout this process is that the tabloids have consistently referred to me as the couple’s buddy, cheerleader, and mouthpiece.
“They allege that Harry and Meghan were behind the book, which is simply not the case.
“In actuality, this was a book produced by two royal correspondents who believed that depending solely on palace sources was insufficient because there was definitely another side to the story.”
“So it’s something you initiate rather than something you’re asked to do?” Humes inquired.
Scobie responded, “No, you do it, and it’s unauthorised, so whether Harry and Meghan liked it or not, we wanted to tell the other side of the story.”
“Have you heard anything from Harry and Meghan about how they enjoy it or whether they’ve read the book?” Hammond inquired.
Scobie responded, “Obviously, the couple was aware.”
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