Meghan Markle and Prince Harry biographer Omid Scobie is writing a new book about the royal family after his first sent shockwaves through Britain.
Finding Freedom caused a tidal wave of headlines with allegations Harry felt Prince William was a snob and that one senior royal referred to Meghan dismissively as “Harry’s showgirl.”
Meghan was forced to acknowledge she in December 2018 authorized Kensington Palace communications secretary Jason Knauf to give a briefing to the authors, although the book was based on accounts from more than 100 people.
Scobie co-authored Finding Freedom with Carolyn Durand while his latest book, currently untitled, is a solo project and expected to hit shelves in 2023.
Publicity material describes the book as “a new chapter of the royal story” that will feature “unique insight, deep access, and exclusive revelations.”
Like Finding Freedom, it will be published by Dey Street, an imprint of William Morrow. Few details have been released but there is nothing to suggest it will be another Meghan and Harry biography and could look at other aspects of the monarchy.
Scobie announced the news on Twitter, writing: “Now that it’s Publishers Weekly official (🙏🏻), I can finally share that I’m working on a BRAND NEW BOOK!! So excited to be working again with Carrie Thornton at @DeyStreet @HarperCollins (US) duck @MsLisaMilton to @HQstories @HarperCollinsUK (UK/Commonwealth). Coming 2023!”
Finding Freedom hit shelves in summer 2020 a few months after Harry and Meghan quit palace life for a new beginning in America.
The book is known for its positive take on the couple’s royal story at a time when much of the UK media commentary about them was negative.
Scobie and Durand caused a sensation from the very first extract serialized in a UK newspaper The Times.
Among the bombshells in the first edition were an account of Prince Harry’s reaction to Prince William advising him to slow down in the early stages of his relationship with Meghan.
William is quoted saying: “Don’t feel you need to rush this. Take as much time as you need to get to know this girl.”
The book reads: “In those last two words, ‘this girl,’ Harry heard the tone of snobbishness that was anathema to his approach to the world.
“During his 10-year career in the military, outside the royal bubble, he had learned not to make snap judgments about people based on their accent, education, ethnicity, class or profession.”
However, the revelations themselves are only half the story as Scobie and Durand’s proximity to Harry and Meghan is a hotly contested subject.
The blurb described the book as having been “written with the participation of those closest to the pair” but they have consistently disputed claims in the British media that it was secretly authorized by the couple.
Scobie is regularly referred to by newspapers like the Daily Mail as Meghan’s “mouthpiece” or “friend” although he has consistently denied being so close to the duchess.
Meghan’s legal team moved to distance her from the book, though emails disclosed to her privacy and copyright lawsuit against The Mail on Sunday ultimately showed the couple authorized her communications secretary Knauf to meet the authors.
An email from Harry in December 2018 read: “I totally agree that we have to be able to say we didn’t have anything to do with it.
“Equally, you giving the right context and background to them would help get some
truths out there.”
Meghan wrote: “Thank you very much for the info below—for when you sit down with them [the book’s authors] it may be helpful to have some background reminders so I’ve included them below just in case. I know you are better versed at this than most, but assisting where I can.”
There is nothing to suggest either royal gave an interview for the book and all sides have denied they did.
However, anything Scobie writes about the monarchy will likely cause a storm and will be picked over by the British media for any evidence of input from Camp Sussex.
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