Finding new chapters of Freedom could be ‘the last straw’ for Prince Harry and the royals, says royal expert
Finding the new chapters of Freedom will be “ extremely telling ” about the state of the royal rift between Prince Harry and his family and could diminish any chance of reconciliation, a royal expert claims.
An updated version of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s biography by authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand will be released this summer.
The first edition was published on August 11 last year and painted a flattering picture of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex from their meeting in 2016 to their departure from the Firm in early 2020.
According to The Sunday Times, it is now being updated with new chapters that will cover their all-telling interview with Oprah Winfrey, the allegations that Meghan, 39, bullied the royal staff – which she denies – and the death of Prince Philip.
An updated version of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s biography by authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand will be released this summer
Duncan Larcombe, author of Prince Harry: The Inside Story, warned there is ‘no chance’ for reconciliation if the book reveals more negative information about the royals or in-depth details of personal conversations between Harry and his family after the funeral.
“That’s really going to be the last straw,” he said Closer to magazine. It will be – there will never be a chance of reconciliation and all trust will be broken.
How could anyone from the royal family trust them again if the intimate details of conversations were leaked? Why else would they want to be involved in it? Those chapters will be extremely telling about the condition of the royal canyon as it stands today and where it will go in the future. ‘
The updated Finding Freedom, which is also expected to include their multi-million pound deals with Netflix and Spotify, their new life in California and the Queen’s decision to strip them of their royal patronage including Harry’s military roles, will go on sale on August 5. .
Finding Freedom will be updated with new chapters that will cover their all-telling interview with Oprah Winfrey, the allegations that Meghan, 39, bullied the Royal Staff – which she denies – and Prince Philip’s death (Photo: Harry and William at the funeral)
It was hoped that Harry and his brother William would start building bridges after the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, but the reissue of Finding Freedom is likely to only exacerbate the tension between the Sussexes and the Firm, it is said.
The Oprah interview detonated a bombshell among the royal family and most of them are still shocked. The book won’t help, ‘a senior courtier told The Sunday Times.
Another senior royal source added, “What more is there to say after Oprah?”
While he admitted it “ makes sense ” that more chapters will come to address unanswered questions about the Oprah interview, what was said to Gayle King, and what was said in the aftermath of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, he added Duncan admits that he hopes the recent bridge reconstruction will have deterred the Sussexes from exacerbating the divide.
“Whatever is said will be a bomb – everyone is just so captivated by the situation,” he told Closer.
Duncan Larcombe, author of Prince Harry: The Inside Story, met the Duke of Sussex, 36, during his ten-year stint as royal editor and described him as ‘hot-headed’ (pictured with Harry in 2008 in Buthe Buthe, Lesotho)
“But we have to hope that Harry and Meghan have been encouraged by the recent progress made on Harry’s trip to the UK … so that they don’t do more damage.”
He added that if it appears that Harry and Meghan have been working with the authors this time and making negative claims or disclosing private discussions, it could be “ for them ” with the Firm.
“If the content isn’t vague or neutral, it could cause another massive outage,” Duncan warned.
Last week, Duncan claimed Harry was ‘hurt and upset’ about how his wife was treated by the Royal Family and used their Oprah Winfrey interview to ‘get out of it’ – but is now ‘sorry and ashamed’.
Spotted on sale for 99p in January just five months after its release for £ 20, Finding Freedom raised eyebrows for its lavish praise and intimate knowledge of Harry and Meghan, but the pair claimed they had not been interviewed and did not contribute to the book.
It was named a bestseller, with 31,000 copies sold in the UK in the first five days of its release, according to data from data provider Nielsen Book.
While he admitted it “ makes sense ” that more chapters will come to address unanswered questions about the Oprah interview, what was said to Gayle King, and what was said in the aftermath of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, he added Duncan admits he hopes the recent bridge reconstruction will have deterred the Sussexes from exacerbating the gap
The book offers a glimpse into the lives of Meghan and Harry during their time as senior royals, and is full of details of their shocking exit from the royal family.
It addresses the alleged rift between brothers Harry and William – the former being ‘p **** d off’ by his ‘snobbish’ sibling’s suggestion that he take ‘as much time’ as it takes to learn Meghan before proposing, as well as the relationship between their wives.
The book claimed that Meghan was ‘disappointed’ that Kate, 39, was not ‘hospitable enough’.
Scobie said that while they did not interview the couple, “many” friends gave their insights – by “offering the couple a lens through their friends and their circle of assistants.”
Royal expert Katie Nicholl said the authors may be the “sole winners” of Finding Freedom’s publication. She wrote in Vanity Fair and asked if the book was’ worth it to Harry and Meghan ‘before adding,’ The irony of Finding Freedom is that the Sussexes, locked up in their rented LA mansion, have less freedom than when they lived in Windsor. ‘
Meanwhile, she added that the book’s authors write that the monarchy had lost two of its greatest assets.
She concluded, “They may be the only winners in this rather sad story.”
Following the Duke of Edinburgh’s emotional funeral, William and Harry took ‘baby steps’ to heal their relationship as they walked back to Windsor Castle from St George’s Chapel together after being pushed together by peacemaker Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.
Later there was a personal meeting in the grounds of the castle between the brothers and their father Prince Charles. It was widely reported that Harry intended to stay for the Queen’s birthday, although sources said he was ‘in conflict’ with the decision and wanted to go home with Meghan, who is pregnant with their second child, a girl.