'Prince Harry was terrified of upsetting Meghan' says royal expert
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Omid Scobie started becoming known among royal circles last year after the book he wrote with Carolyn Durand, Finding Freedom, contained detailed claims about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s relationship, as well as their struggles with royal life. While the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have distanced themselves from the book, Mr Scobie has often been called “Meghan’s mouthpiece”. He has, however, denied the couple had any involvement in the biography, which sold 31,000 copies in the first five days of publication.
In an interview with Tatler in November 2020, which was re-published this week amid the release of a new epilogue to Finding Freedom, Mr Scobie shared an insight into how he is able to know so much about the Duchess.
He claimed Meghan’s friends became “concerned to see her struggles” as a royal and so wanted to help him put the story straight.
Mrs Scobie said: “One of the things we’re very lucky with is that the friends around Meghan, from past and present, have been really concerned to see her struggles throughout this, and also the way the person they know is being presented in the press.
“I think [it was useful] for them to be able to share some insight into how she was feeling.
“People who said no at the beginning, as they saw things getting worse, suddenly replied to an email we’d sent six or seven months to a year earlier – people who’d just grown increasingly frustrated with the stuff they’d seen and how far [different] that is to what really goes on.”
Mr Scobie, who is the royal editor of Harper’s Bazaar US, also recalled getting access to Meghan by being invited to her last public event as a senior royal.
He added he met her at Buckingham Palace and they shared a “big final farewell hug”.
He said: “She wanted to share that last moment because it is a moment in history.
“But also to do it in an environment she felt safe in.”
The Duke and Duchess shocked the world last year when they announced they were quitting as senior royals.
They moved to the US and quickly built a new life for themselves in California with their son Archie and have since welcomed a daughter Lilibet who was born in June.
The couple set up their non-profit venture called Archewell and also signed lucrative deals with Netflix and Spotify.
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Meghan released a children’s book called The Bench, earlier this year.
And now the Duke is set to also release a memoir next year.
While precise details around the book have not been confirmed it is expected to include details around the break-up of his parents Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s marriage, as well as the period of Diana’s death in 1997 and its aftermath.
Earlier this year, the Sussexes sparked controversy after speaking publically about why they wanted to quit royal life.
During an interview with Oprah in March, Harry spoke about feeling “trapped” within the Royal Family, while Meghan claimed she did not receive support when she felt suicidal as a royal.
He said: “My father and my brother, they are trapped. They don’t get to leave. And I have huge compassion for that.”
He also told Oprah that he felt let down by his father for cutting him off financially.
Buckingham Palace responded: “Recollections may vary.”
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