Meghan Markle and Prince Harry warned over updated biography – ‘All trust will be broken’

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Meghan and Prince Harry will lose the trust of other Royal Family members if the rumoured updated edition of their biography Finding Freedom presents negative depictions of the Firm or relays in-depth details from private conversations between the Duke of Sussex and his relatives, according to royal author Duncan Larcombe.

The expert spoke about the consequences a new edition of Finding Freedom could have on the already fractured relationship between the Sussexes and their relatives in the UK.

As reported by the MailOnline, Mr Larcombe told Closer magazine: “That really will be the final straw.

“That’ll be it – there will be no chance of a reconciliation ever and all trust will be broken.”

The former royal correspondent and author of the biography Prince Harry: The Inside Story added: “How could anyone from the Royal Family trust them again if the intimate details of conversations were leaked. 

“Why would they want anything more to do with them?

“Those chapters will be extremely telling as to the state of the royal rift as it stands now, and to where it’ll head in the future.”

While he conceded it “makes sense” to update the book considering the royal events taking place during 2020 and early 2021, Mr Larcombe added he hopes nothing will be said to worsen the ongoing family rift.

He said: “Whatever’s said will be a bombshell – everyone is just so gripped by the situation. 

“But we have to hope Harry and Meghan have been encouraged by the recent progress made during Harry’s trip to the UK… so that they don’t do any more damage.”

The Sunday Times claimed on April 25 an updated edition of the biography of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Finding Freedom – to the writing of which Meghan and Harry did not collaborate – would be released on August 5.

The book, authored by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, was released during the summer of 2020 and described events taking place between 2016 to 2020 – from the beginning of the romance of Meghan and Harry to their exit as full-time working royals.

It presented reports of Meghan’s first meeting with key royals and claimed the relationship between Harry and William broke down after the future King told his brother to take time to get to know Meghan before rather than rush into marriage.

Moreover, the authors claimed Meghan was “disappointed” the Duchess of Cambridge had not been “welcoming enough”. 

This claim appears to clash with the Duchess of Sussex stating during her interview with Oprah Winfrey “I think everyone welcomed me” when asked whether Kate helped her adjust to her new life as a royal.

The book’s updated edition will reportedly include new chapters covering also the Sussexes’ landmark chat with Oprah, Prince Philip’s death and the Queen’s decision to strip Meghan and Harry of their royal and military patronages, according to The Sunday Times.

Moreover, it is said it will also touch upon their new life in California and their financial and charitable endeavour.

Mr Larcombe’s belief the relationship between the Sussexes and the Crown could further break down if new damaging claims were made in this book appears to be shared by royal sources.

One senior courtier The Sunday Times: “The Oprah interview detonated a bomb under the Royal Family and most of them are still reeling in shock. The book will not help.”

Another senior royal source said: “After Oprah, what else is there to say?”  

Prince Harry and Meghan were criticised by royal commentators after they shared an insight with US journalist and friend Gayle King into the phone conversation he had with his brother William and father Charles.

The CBS broadcaster revealed a week after the couple’s interview with Oprah aired that she had called them to hear how they were and she was told Harry had spoken with his closest relatives in the UK.

While the Sussexes branded the call “not productive”, Ms King said they were happy things had been put in motion.

However, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have played no role in the creation of Finding Freedom, as confirmed by both Meghan in court documents and the book’s authors.

In the acknowledgment section of their book, Mr Scobie and Ms Durand are said to have spoken to more than 100 sources including palace insiders, friends of the Sussexes and their patronages.

They also conceded to have spoken to the couple during engagements and royal visits but not for the purpose of the book. 

Meghan and Harry stated twice they had not collaborated with the authors on the book.

First, before it was released, a spokesman for the couple said: “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.”

And in court documents filed as part of the now-concluded legal action of Meghan against Associated Newspapers, the Duchess’ lawyers said neither she nor Prince Harry had collaborated with the authors on the book, they were not interviewed for it and they did not provide photographs for it.

Moreover, Meghan’s legal team stated the couple did not meet with the authors “for the purposes of the book” and that Meghan’s PR representative was not given the book beforehand to suggest proposed changes to the text.

A copy, they added, was provided shortly before the book launch “as is common practice”, at a time it would have been too late to suggest or make any changes. contacted Harper Collins for a comment.  

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