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The author of Finding Freedom denies interviewing Harry and Meghan

The author of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s new biography Finding Freedom hit back on claims that he had lengthy discussions with the couple prior to the release of their explosive biography.

Omid Scobie, who co-wrote Finding Freedom with Carolyn Durand, took to Twitter to clarify that he only exchanged a few words on engagements rather than conducting a “ full interview. ”

A note from the author in the back of the book, published yesterday, appears to acknowledge some commitment from Harry, 35, and Meghan, 39, to the biography, which has raised eyebrows for the lavish praise and intimate knowledge of their lives. .

The acknowledgment reads: “We have spoken with close friends of Harry and Meghan, royal aides and palace staff (past and present), the charities and organizations with which they have built long-term relationships and, if applicable, the couple themselves.”

The writers of Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan Markle's, 39, explosive biography Finding Freedom have revealed they spoke to the couple `` as appropriate '' in the book's author's note

The writers of Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan Markle’s, 39, explosive biography Finding Freedom have revealed they spoke to the couple “ as appropriate ” in the book’s author’s note

Omid Scobie, who co-wrote Finding Freedom with Carolyn Durand, took to Twitter to clarify that he only exchanged a few words on engagements rather than conducting a `` full interview. ''

Omid Scobie, who co-wrote Finding Freedom with Carolyn Durand, took to Twitter to clarify that he only exchanged a few words on engagements rather than conducting a `` full interview. ''

Omid Scobie, who co-wrote Finding Freedom with Carolyn Durand, took to Twitter to clarify that he only exchanged a few words on engagements rather than conducting a “ full interview. ”

Scobie downplayed every couple’s engagement today by tweeting, ‘Let’s get one thing straight: there’s a huge difference between exchanging a few words with a member of the royal family on an official engagement or tour to actually interviewing them . ‘

He added, “The amount of nonsense going around right now is unreal.”

Scobie’s comment comes amid widespread speculation from royal commentators and pundits as to whether Harry and Meghan have allowed their inner circle to speak to Scobie and Durand for the biography.

The authors publicly stated prior to publication that they had not directly interviewed the couple.

Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand acknowledge that they spoke to 'close friends of Harry and Meghan, royal aides and palace staff (past and present), the charities and organizations with which they have built long-term relationships and, if applicable, the couple themselves'

Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand acknowledge that they spoke to 'close friends of Harry and Meghan, royal aides and palace staff (past and present), the charities and organizations with which they have built long-term relationships and, if applicable, the couple themselves'

Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand acknowledge that they spoke to ‘close friends of Harry and Meghan, royal aides and palace staff (past and present), the charities and organizations with which they have built long-term relationships and, if applicable, the couple themselves’

However, royal author Penny Junor was among those who questioned whether Harry and Meghan “ colluded ” with the authors.

The explosive new biography Finding Freedom was released yesterday

The explosive new biography Finding Freedom was released yesterday

The explosive new biography Finding Freedom was released yesterday

She said the couple would have “ caused a stir ” about the book had they not been involved in it.

Penny, author of Prince Harry: Brother, Soldier, Son, Husband, told MailOnline: ‘The authors have some extraordinarily personal and private details about Harry and Meghan, but the couple have said they have not spoken to them directly and that we must believe their word for it.

What seems absolutely clear, however, is that they colluded.

If they weren’t, they would have caused a huge fuss about this book.

“I suspect they wanted to hear their story and their feelings about how they were treated in public places and they did it through friends who sound like they had been very well and carefully informed.”

Palace insiders have described the book as ‘checkout’ after Harry and Meghan left the Royal Family for a life in Los Angeles – after suddenly announcing their intentions in January in a move that ‘hurt’ the Queen.

The book provides a dramatic account of the events leading up to the Sussex’s departure from royal life and offers new insights into Harry’s falling out with William.

The fraternal dispute is said to have broken out after the Duke of Cambridge referred to Meghan as ‘this girl’ and expressed concern that his younger brother might be rushing into romance.

The book provides a detailed and dramatic account of the events leading up to the Sussex's departure from royal life (pictured, at Canada House in January, shortly before making their announcement)

The book provides a detailed and dramatic account of the events leading up to the Sussex's departure from royal life (pictured, at Canada House in January, shortly before making their announcement)

The book provides a detailed and dramatic account of the events leading up to the Sussex’s departure from royal life (pictured, at Canada House in January, shortly before making their announcement)

The authors say that Harry ‘felt that people who worked with his brother put things up to make William look good, even if it meant throwing Harry under the bus’.

Meghan’s favorite author quoted in the motto

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s explosive new biography is preceded by a quote accredited by American essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson.

The quote reads, “Don’t go where the path may lead, instead go where there is no path and leave a trail.”

The essayist is a favorite of the Duchess of Sussex, who once called another quote “my absolute favorite among the favorites.”

In an interview with Liz Earle magazine, the then actress said that she loved the quote so much that she kept it in her trailer during filming, reminding herself ‘when she felt overwhelmed’.

Excerpts from the book have already revealed many inside details about the couple’s departure from the royal family, including how the couple considered driving straight to face the ‘devastated’ queen over Megxit after returning from Canada in January.

Extraordinary personal details strewn all over the place include details from when the Meghan confessed to writing her estranged father Thomas Markle a final message while sitting in a bathtub on FaceTime.

Sources close to the pair also claim in the book that royal aides feared Meghan and Harry’s popularity overshadowed that of the royal family itself – saying the pair were jealous of William and Kate getting the best roles and “ feeling unsupported ” ‘by the royal family.

Yesterday, Scobie said the couple could not defend themselves against media reports they believed were untrue.

He said to Lorraine, ‘Harry is very aware of what goes on behind the scenes behind the palace walls, and I think the couple were really in a position where they were told they couldn’t defend themselves.

“We heard ‘no comment’ over and over from the palace, but their reputation was destroyed by the words of other people using, sort of third, fourth, fifth hand information that wasn’t always true.”

Scobie also told Lorraine that the process of writing the book started two years ago and the story of what he was writing changed dramatically during that time.

He added that he and Meghan are ‘absolutely no friends’ and said there was ‘always that line’ between journalists and members of the royal family.

Omid Scobie

Omid Scobie

Carolyn Durand

Carolyn Durand

The controversial biography written by Omid Scobie (left) and Carolyn Durand (right) raised eyebrows for the lavish praise and intimate knowledge of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

He denied asking them for an interview, adding that ‘it was important to have a little distance from the couple’ in order to have a balanced and objective view of who they are.

Scobie said, “The really unique situation that resulted was that many people who worked for Harry and Meghan were frustrated with what was being printed.”

He said the couple’s friends had become “desperate” to defend them so they could “rephrase the story a bit” and “shed some light on who they really were.”

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