We have been getting conflicting reports about Finding Freedom, the first authorized biography of Harry and Meghan. Due out in August, the press buzz about this book has only continued to grow. Tabloids have wildly speculated about its contents, while co-author Omid Scobie scolds them on social media.
Meanwhile, Harry and Meghan have remained completely silent on the topic.
That might be because they had a lot less to do with the book than we originally thought.
Did They Give Interviews?
When we first heard about the biography, it sounded like we were getting a landmark, candid portrait of the couple. The initial press compared it to Andrew Sullivan’s biography of Diana. Which included extensive quotes from taped interviews with the unhappy princess.
Now it seems that the Sussexes had little direct contribution to Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand’s biography. We will probably never know for sure if they authorized friends and staffers to speak on the record. However, Team Sussex has made it clear that Harry and Meghan did not give any direct quotes for the book.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not interviewed and did not contribute to Finding Freedom. This book is based on the authors’ own experiences as members of the royal press corps and their own independent reporting,” a spokesperson for the couple stated.
Daily Mail Wants Scobie and Durand to Reveal Their Sources
There’s a world of difference between authorizing a biography and actively participating in it. The UK tabloids have put on their detective hats to pick apart the released excerpts from Finding Freedom. They want to know where Scobie and Durand got their information and whether the Sussexes okayed it.
“Intimate details laid out in a bombshell royal biography raise questions as to whether the Duke and Duchess of Sussex may have had more involvement than has been admitted – despite the couple insisting they ‘did not contribute,'” begins the most recent screed from the Daily Mail. You know, the tabloid that is currently engaged in an active lawsuit with Harry and Meghan. They’re not exactly impartial.
Finding Freedom reportedly reveals details about voicemails and conversations between Meghan and her father, as well as between Harry and William. The Mail is highly suspicious about how the authors could know these things unless they were given access to the closest members of the Sussex inner circle.
The idea seems to be that talking to reporters on the record is gauche and not fitting for members of the Royal Family. However, many of the Windsors have tried it to some degree. And if Harry and Meghan did speak with the authors of Finding Freedom, it would be just another way that he is following in his mother’s footsteps.