Senior royals dismiss the Sussexes’ ‘Finding Freedom’ book as ‘a soap opera’

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex reacts as they leave after her visit to Canada House in thanks for the warm Canadian hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada, in London on January 7, 2020

It’s been two weeks since we found out about Finding Freedom: Harry, Meghan, and the Making of a Modern Royal Family by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand. That’s the halfway-authorized (but not officially authorized) biography of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Considering the royal reporters’ reactions to the news of the book, I’d say that there are a lot of nervous people in the “inner circle.” This is what Diana did so well too – she understood her power in cutting through the layers of bureaucracy/establishment media and she found a way to get her real story out. And that’s what the Establishment fears most of all: that Meghan and Harry will be seen as what they are, sympathetic victims of a racist, colonialist, arch-conservative power structure. But to hear those same Establishment sources tell it, the book will just be a melodramatic soap opera.

A new book about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and their decision to quit royal duties has been dismissed as a “soap opera” by Buckingham Palace. The couple are believed to have given their backing to the authors of ‘Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of A Modern Royal Family’. The book’s description says it will offer an “honest, up-close, and disarming portrait” of the Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan Markle, 38, and will portray in a positive light their decision to step down from royal duties.

But senior members of the royal family are understood to have been briefed about the book and have dismissed it, The Sunday Times reports.

“It was a soap opera. Everyone knows the narrative that’s coming,” a source told the paper. “The feeling is that drama and everything that comes with it has left. Let the rest of the royal family get on with it. It’s just not a hot topic of conversation in the family. They have had so many books written about them that have lobbed some hefty bombs over the sides. They’re used to it.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are now thought to be living in a £15million Beverly Hills mansion since moving to California after quitting the royal family. The 320-page book has been written by royal journalists Omid Scobie and Catherine Durand and they reportedly have the royal couple’s blessing for the book.

A spokesman for the Sussexes said the couple were “relaxed” about the authors’ access to people “close to them”.

“There has been no organising from our side in terms of who they have spoken to. It is not an official, authorised or endorsed book.The authors have not had interviews with the duke and duchess. We have asked to see a copy ahead of publication.”

[From The Sun]

“The feeling is that drama and everything that comes with it has left.” Meaning, the feeling is that they successfully exiled Harry and Meghan, which is what they wanted, except they immediately had second thoughts about tossing Harry in the trash. And if the Sussexes are merely some secondary soap opera, then why did these same courtiers spend months throwing massive tantrums about their exit? Why all of the punitive measures against the Sussexes, if Harry and Meghan were merely two drama queens and good riddance to them? Basically, it’s the same old story – all of these old, out-of-touch courtiers are very, very worried about this book, and they’re worried about Harry and Meghan basically setting up a rival “court” in America.

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  1. Ruby_Woo says:

    I certainly hope that Omid and Catherine are paying hefty money to the tabloids for all this publicity, lol

  2. Eleonor says:

    Senior Royals, excepts Charles and few others, defend and close their eyef for Pedo Andrew. just saying…

    • MattyLove says:

      The men of the family have never been expected to behave with sexual propriety or responsibility. A “royal boys will be boys” mentality, unfortunately.

    • Tessa says:

      Charles did show “support” for Andrew by staging the photo op showing him walking with Andrew to Church.

  3. Talie says:

    The people against them are worried that the book will create a new narrative on stories they want to remain the same, ie. “What Meghan Wants, Meghan Gets, the making Kate cry story, the tiara story, etc…we’ve never really heard the other side of these frivolous tabloid reports. They seem meaningless, but they have been repeated so much that they have done some damage. To get another side of the story out there is what is causing anger for royal reporters and the courtiers who pushed them.

  4. S808 says:

    “The drama has left” said the family with adulterers and pedo running all through the bloodline and inner circle.

    • Ruby_Woo says:

      Don’t forget the toe-sucking!

    • Islandgirl says:

      They are really really scared.

      The drama has not left or not we wouldn’t be getting info on where they live.etc etc.

      The Sussexes have left and the family/courtiers intend to make them look bad, keep the narrative that they started going and make sure that they fail.

      Unfortunately they can really only influence the British public and certainly not all of the British public

    • Bella DuPont says:

      Car crash tv interviews, highly publicized FBI press conferences, yellow school bus public appeals…..not to mention mysterious, incredibly convenient, highly suspicious, prison deaths of close business/finance/paedophile Associates.

      No drama there, whatsoever, clearly.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        Andrew is the real scandal – and not the press manufactured one of Harry and Meghan. Anywhere else, the Andrew scandal would dominate the news and not a bunch of made up transgressions of a young, well-meaning couple. It is just weird.

        The Andrew scandal is shocking one that implicates him in some very serious stuff – shady finances, friendships with dictators and pedophiles as well as sexual abuse of trafficked teenage girls. The fact that made-up transgressions by Meghan got more traction in the British press just points to some messed up priorities.

  5. Seraphina says:

    Ironically, the book is thought to be about them. Does that make them cheap drama??

  6. Belli says:

    The royals wanted Meghan out, but they apparently didn’t foresee losing Harry too or what the loss of control over those two would look like. The Firm is so used to bending everyone in its own direction from the power and wealth associated with it and they can’t stand having anyone not bow to that.

  7. February Pisces says:

    The RF and those awful courtiers had months to stop them from leaving, the queen even said she knew for months. But they still did nothing. If only they did a few joint engagements or photo ops just to show some unity, this divide could have been avoided. And yet the queen was so quick to jump in the back of a car with Andrew the day Epstein was ‘suicided’. Charles is a shit father, who sits back and lets their own son go through all of this. The entire ship deserves to sink.

    • Ginger says:

      I heard the RF tried everything to make them stay and when they said no, they took Harry’s military appointments to be petty.

      I think Omid will call out the family in the book. He has done it on television appearance. He has said they had no support from the family. That is what made them leave.

      • ABritGuest says:

        Hhmm- Ingrid Seward was quoted over the weekend saying that ‘insiders’ thought Meghan would return to the US in 5 years but they didn’t expect Harry to go with her. Seen that comment a lot so not hard to imagine that think the plan for some courtiers was to push her out alone. Only backfired slightly as Harry went with her.

        This piece also talked about them wanting to step back since last April, which was when that Shipman article about send them to Africa was published. So the royal family had months to get leaks& negative briefings under control& try to create better work environment.

        if they truly wanted them to stay doing royal duties they had a proposal- do their thing so they aren’t funded by sovereign grant& do royal duties when requested- exactly like the Queen’s cousin. Or even William when he was working as a pilot& then doing royal duties. Kate and William only moved to London to do full time royal duties in 2017 so there is precedent but was refused here.

        I think the breaking point for the family was their position on the royal rota& refusal to drop legal cases. Can understand that because the tabloids especially are the monarchy supporting papers& when they came for the Queen after Diana’s death, was one of the biggest test to her reign. that’s why the funeral had cameras etc against the Spencer’s wishes apparently and why William& Harry were brought out to see mourners etc- to appease the press. She doesn’t want that smoke again. But that the Sussexes relations with the rota was so bas wasn’t helped by the palace’s silence and/or complicity with negative briefings.

      • NatureLover says:

        That’s what really gets my goat is that TQ took away Harry’s military affiliations. My god, he is a veteran and fought on the front lines for his country and this is how she repays him. How petty!

      • Lady D says:

        I wonder who’s idea that was? Did Petty Betty come up with it all by herself? Was it Charles’s idea, thinking he knew his son? Was it William, thinking the only place Harry excelled was in the military, so take that from him to make him stay? I doubt we’ll ever know.

      • Tessa says:

        I think the whole Diana episode showed how cold the Queen really was. What truly turned me off was the Queen bringing the boys to CHurch and not one mention of their deceased mother in the service and she had to be persuaded to say something about her deceased ex daughter in law.

    • Mary says:

      @FP, yes, and it was pretty disgusting how quickly Will and Kate did joint appearances with the Waleses and Wessexes. They could not wait to show THEIR united front!

      • Tessa says:

        william made a darn fool of himself giggling in the wheelchair with his daft dad pushing him. So insensitive of both of them.

  8. Priscila says:

    The usual racist/classist crap of blaming the victims for not taking it silently.

    The other reports were more direct in the Palace’s real reaction and what motivated it. They spoke about Meghan not Knowing her place, Kate knowing how to speak “servants talk”, Harry being weak, the racist members of the RF looking down on her and she knowing it.

    All boiling down to Megan and Harry being over sensitive,overreacting people. Now it is ” drama”, “soap opera” and the Sussexes not allowing the poor racist family to “move on”

    They all speak this coded Language of the ruling classes that simply means” yes, we do not like you, yes we mistreat you, but we do not want to hear anything about it because you are not welcome anymore. Stop bothering us.”
    Sounds a lot about Willi being”bored” by talking about racism.

    • Katherine P Williams says:

      Precisely. And the queen’s speech after Diana “speaking as a grandmother” was disgusting. I could hear the anger in her voice as she listed the good qualities of Diana. She had her arm twisted to do it. There was no warmth or compassion in her voice. Old battle axe!

  9. starryfish29 says:

    It’s hilarious how pressed the RRs are about this book. Omid has literally never written an unflattering word about ANY of the royals, yet from all the folks frothing at the mouth over this book, you’d think he was Meghan’s longtime BFF and had an axe to grind with each and every member of the press pack, those poor innocents! It’s never been clearer that their definition of bias is just ‘not harassing Meghan with made up nonsense.’ Add to that the fact that he’s mixed race, that just means that like anyone who isn’t completely white he can never be seen to occupy a space of neutrality, your very existence as a POC makes you biased against the overarching narrative of whiteness, the flipside, of course, being that white men are never asked to prove their objectivity, it is simply assumed as a given.

  10. BabsORIG says:

    Really? They never commented on any previous books that trashed and smeared the Sussexes but they commenting on this single book calling it names before it even comes out? Like how do they even know what the book contains? That is very weird. No wonder they found the smear campaign to have worked this thanking the newspapers for such a job so well done. The BRF are evil people, well except Harry, Meghan and Archie.

    • Nic919 says:

      They seem to be giving Omid’s book legitimacy over the other royal books with all these articles. It’s clear they are worried about what it will say. I doubt it will reveal much of anything either.

    • Bella DuPont says:

      Omid himself as a person of colour has reportedly been treated appallingly by members of the press pack as well, led by that vile creature, Dan Wooten. Hopefully, there might be a little side tea on that as well.

    • MsIam says:

      Exactly, not a peep about Lady Crypt Keeper’s book, which shows either A: she has no real access to anything or B:they spoon fed her the agenda they wanted to put out. But they seem big mad about this book that is not even coming out until August. The other thought is that they want to distract from the Andrew/Epstein book that’s coming out next week. I’m sure they are hoping everyone ignores that one.

  11. Zen says:

    Why are the courtiers so invested in this? And how do they know what the family thinks? Do they listen at doors and on telephone calls? I really don’t think Charles tells his aides what he thinks about his son’s wife. Nor can I see the Queen telling an courtier what she thinks about Harry & Meghan. So how do the courtiers know? If the aides are guessing why are they so invested in giving opinions? If I was hired to do scheduling for example, for the Queen, would I be “furious” if H&M did something? No, why would I care? I have my own job to do. And the over the top words, “incandescent with rage”. Who says that? So are the courtiers so pitiful they live vicariously through their employers and care about their family problems or are the press just making all of it up?

    • Priscila says:

      Have you ever met a Brit of a certain class? I have. They behave like they are still an Empire- some of them at least. They truly believe the crap they are better off with they have a title. Not even a nobility title: there was a study some decades ago that showed English would gladly take a pay cut if their job has a “better title”. Like they literally would go for “customer happiness associate” job that paid less than “call center agent” because the title is more pompous.

    • Melissa says:

      They make it up for content since there is nothing else to write about at the moment. We decide which BS stories to believe based on our own bias. It is the tabloid formula the world over.

    • Ruby_Woo says:

      Maybe the courtiers are worried that the book is going to show them in a bad light.

    • Bella DuPont says:

      “And how do they know what the family thinks? Do they listen at doors and on telephone calls?”

      Apart from the employers (very) occasionally confiding in them, they’re also sometimes thought off and treated as furniture, which means they overhear private conversations (the ones that aren’t top secret). Then there’s also a lot of eavesdropping. Industrial scale eavesdropping. So very little is genuinely top secret, is what I’m saying.

  12. Becks1 says:

    First, the royal family IS a soap opera and always has been. Now it seems silly bc there’s no real power involved (although there is money and influence) but the royals have always been about intrigue, backstabbing, removing perceived threats (here, a threat to W&K’s popularity), etc.

    Second – I’m finding it hilarious that there is so much handwringing over this book. Even this “source” sounds like they are trying to downplay the book but are actually very worried.

    I’m saying its hilarious bc most Sussex fans that I know aren’t really expecting anything out of this book. I’m going to read it, sure, but I’m not really expecting to learn anything new, maybe some tidbits here and there, but nothing significant. So why are people freaking out about it so much?

    • Shelley says:

      B/c deep down, the royal family, courtiers and media all know they did wrong here. They will never admit it!

    • Ruby_Woo says:

      I think that since has always been sympathetic to the Sussexes, if the book is successful, it shows that you don’t need to bash Meghan to sell/ make money.

      I also think that it’ll take away the credibility of the Rota; they claim that they have special access to the RF, so if Omid, who is not part of the Rota is able to write a detailed book with exclusive info, it shows the Rota are not that needed in terms of RF info.

      • Lady D says:

        Oh wow, I almost choked when I read “credibility of the Rota” There is a gaping chasm between the RR’s and credible.

  13. ABritGuest says:

    I’m wondering why the palace is tossing out Queen mother’s ‘cardinal rule‘ about no complain no explain’ to brief about this unauthorised biography when there are at least three other books coming out focusing on Meghan’s time as a senior royal, including one involving palace staff who presumably would have had confidentiality clauses in their employment contracts🤔. Them and their media friends are oddly mute on that Andrew /Epstein book though.

    This attempt at appearing to ‘take the high road’ is hilarious considering it was people in the royal household who had nasty nicknames& were leaking to the press, threatening punishment etc. And saying all the drama is gone? In that family of adulterers, paedophile& abuser sympathisers, dodgy finances- is very rich.

  14. bub244 says:

    Well the joke’s on them because the British people love soap operas. Talk about free advertising.

  15. Yoyo says:

    Funny a book is coming out this month about randy Andy, and not peep out of the boot licking courtiers.
    The courtiers are so predictable, attack Meghan when something rotten is happening about the chosen ones.
    I have never heard anyone call Meghan stupid, there no way she is going to give Ovid or anyone information, that she can use to financially help her family.
    Omid is always riding in the middle of the road, there will be no bombshells in this book.

    • Ruby_Woo says:

      Absolutely nada. There’s also a Netflix doc about Epstein coming and no mention by the RRs.

  16. KellyRyan says:

    Senior Royals? Which one’s? The call to accountability for one’s actions. Never mind. :)

  17. Elena Rindell says:

    These “senior royals” are protesting a little bit too loudly in my opinion. If they did not do anything wrong why are they so concerned about the contents of the book? If the facts therein can easily be disproved, why all this handwringing and endless statements about how it is a “soap opera” and “drama”? Just “get on with it” as they always say and shut up about it! These fools are so tiring.

  18. Sofia says:

    These people sure are doing a lot of worrying for this book. Have they complained this much about the 476374672 other royal book that come out? I don’t think so.

    Anyway Omid and Carolyn won’t name names. What they’ll say is “Certain members of the family were not welcoming to Meghan”. They’re not going to say “Ah yes. HRH The Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn, Baron Carrickfergus and Prince William Arthur Philip Louis of Wales and his wife HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Strathearn, Lady Carrickfergus, Princess William Arthur Philip Louis of Wales aka Catherine Elizabeth nee Middleton were right royal bitches who said ‘I hate you’ to Meghan in Kensignton Palace on 19th October 2019, 11:55:14 AM GMT.”

    They’ll keep it vague but I think they’ll call the media out more than anything

    Edit: Wouldn’t be surprised if we get an article stating that the BRF are “thinking” about getting lawyers involved the shut the book down.

    • Nita says:

      No, don’t believe that the RF will do that. They don’t want to put the spotlight on them like that, they surely don’t want to generate public anger or people calling them petty, for that matter. The max to expect is prob. a statement, if stuff coming out of the book, go too wild (which I don’t expect).
      I do expect some legal actions/threats from the snake tabloids like dailyfail, the sun, if the book debunks too many of their lies. They then probably will be eager to sabotage sales, by suing the publisher/writers.

      One way or another, the British media – papers, tabs, tv & radio shows – are gonna milk this book with endless segments and tabloid excerpts day in day out, to create drama (soap opera, hahaha), for clicks/views/sales, the same way they are monetizing Meghan’s lawsuit against dailyfail. The book comes out during silly season, so be prepared for that to happened.

  19. Nic919 says:

    There is a book coming out about Andrew and Epstein at the end of May and we have yet to see senior royals worry about that book. There is nothing that could be revealed in Omid’s book that could even reach close to that level.

  20. Harper says:

    I am sure the Royals (Will and Kate, because who else really cared?) are glad Harry and Meghan left and took their drama (working and getting publicity for good causes, massive applause and crowd excitement, iconic photos in the rain, and mostly standing up for themselves against Will and Kate’s rampant jealousy) with them.

    But I’m not so sure this book won’t name names. There are only four or five highly identifiable characters with specific roles who matter in the Royal family. These two journalists writing the book have most likely already made a decision to live with any fallout that comes from being specific in telling what happened. That’s their angle and I don’t see them watering it down. So lookout Cain and Unable. I hope that drama you think is gone is heading right back for you.

    • Ginger says:

      I agree Harper. I don’t think Omid really cares if he burns bridges with the Cambridge’s. He doesn’t really cover them anymore. He hasn’t been on their tours for a while or even their engagements.

  21. Becklu says:

    Yeah America doesn’t have a royal family or courts so they aren’t doing that. And honestly if that where their plan (and I don’t think it is) I would be disgusted we don’t have that here. Also we have a lot of our problems we don’t need to deal with Britain’s royal family.

    Personally I think this book is going to be relatively tame and unremarkable because Harry won’t burn that bridge, and more importantly the reporters won’t. I think we will get some insight into how they felt and their convos about leaving but not anything thing that will set the house on fire.

    I really wish people would let them live their life. They seem happy let it be.

  22. Ginger says:

    The meltdowns over this book are making me want to read it right now. Especially from Dan Wootton ( William’s mouthpiece)

    I think some tea will be spilled, otherwise why write a book if it isn’t going to reveal anything? I think Omid will call out the family and some reporters. I have heard from a number of people that Omid is leaving royal reporting after his contract is up because it is such a vile environment. I just hope tiara gate is put to rest.

    • Kathy36617 says:

      He probably will leave royal reporting – in Britain. I think with this book being a best seller, Omid can afford to pick and choose what he wants to do. He is still a contributor to GMA/ABC. He will be fine. This book will certainly have the knives out for him (already out) by the rest of the royal rota. However, out of all those reporters, Omid’s name will be recognized the world over as an “expert” on Harry & Meghan. So, he will be the one called to comment in the USA on all matters Harry & Meghan. There goes the RR gravy train and boy those hoes are MAD MAD!

      • Ruby_Woo says:

        The other RRs DREAM of having a gig in the US. Dan Wootton was/is looking for a talking head spot on the US cable circuit as a ‘royal expert’. Even Piers Morgan took time out of his hosting his UK breakfast show to go on the Real show to talk about… Meghan!

        It’s seems so stupid that these people have spent the last few years critising Meghan for being too ‘Hollywood’ and fame hungry, yet they would chop off their right arm for a peice of US exposure.

      • Olenna says:

        LOL @ your comment, “those hoes are MAD MAD”!
        Monday humor:

      • Nyro says:

        Kathy, I totally agree. This book is going to be a major success and I can see Omid using it as his ticket out of the slums of British royal reporting. He could do very well in America. Those days of nasty gossip reporter have been over in America for a long time. And even then, nastier celeb gossip was always marginalized. No one wants to talk to a nasty jealous hater. Look at how Joan Rivers had to stop doing the red carpet because celebs started avoiding her. Once this book drops, he will be far beyond the reach of the Dan Wootton type haters. He already ignores them and now he’ll have the kind of opportunities they’ll never get.

  23. Nita says:

    This family and the courtier who speak on their behalf, have no character. They’re classified snakes. What a nice way to heal a family rift with these wording. They are scared of Harry and Meghan like hell.

    What a difference in tone. These words are deliberately chosen to damage and hurt Harry and Meghan, not to clarify something. From the start, no courtier – press officer or other staff – speaking on behalf of Harry and Meghan, have behaved like that, or respond to the media like that (let’s assume that the reporter of the original article didn’t make those lines up). When their spooks people talk(ed) to the press on their behalf about whatever subject or rumored family troubles, they never ever sneered or attacked any of the other royals. They always stay(ed) respectful. When they really wanted to get something of their chests, they do it by themselves: e.g. Harry gave direct (written) statements in his own words and they both gave a short interview to Tom Bradby during the Southern Afrika tour last year, in very plain and dignified wording.

  24. Guest says:

    Lol. The royal family knows they screwed up. I laughed my butt off when that lady compared Sophie to a ford fiesta and meghan to a Lamborghini, because megham sells. Thats why they keep talking about her. The brf has no one that brought in the star power, expect maybe Harry. Then meghan came and brought a lot with her. Now they are both gone and obviously have huge connections like oprah and Tyler perry that are helping them. As soon as this lockdown is lifted the brf and courtiers know harry and meghan will get to flex that star power.

    • Nic919 says:

      When I saw that comment about the fiesta v Lamborghini I died laughing. I’m surprised it wasn’t edited out of the show because it’s very accurate.

      • Becks1 says:

        Ha that was awesome! the other people didn’t know how to respond, because she was dead on.

  25. Rapunzel says:

    Tin foil tiara theory: this book will drop hints about the money issue re: the foundation, and the Hub cookbook.

    The royals only get pressed over money details. They are afraid of people looking into their finances, and H&M would bring a huge spotlight.

    • Harla says:

      I agree! They only forced Andrew to step down once his finances were making the papers, not the fact that he had sex with under-age trafficked minors.

    • aquarius64 says:

      Or..with the Sussexes in the US the FBI may want to talk to them about Andrew.

    • Dilettante says:

      Rapunzel – word.

  26. Charfromdarock says:

    The more the courtiers and senior royals protest, the more I want to read the book!

    • Olenna says:

      I won’t read the book, but you are absolutely right about the protests. These people are so petty. Why even comment to The Dim if the book is so beneath them. Would love to know who this “source” is that called it a soap opera.

  27. aquarius64 says:

    Oh the Windsors, the courtiers and the BM are terrified that the book will ding public images, end careers and have folks lawyer up. There are other books out there but they are not getting as much traction, especially in US media. The BRF weighing in just gave the book more publicity because now people may believe there is some truth to it – especially if it comes with receipts.

  28. yinyang says:

    Bullshit, stop mentioning the cost of everything for these two, I am really tired of this, do you mention the cost of KP???? why is everything in Meghan and Harry lives up for specutlation and conversation, why are white people safe, this is a bullying strategy, only the coloured people can have their lives scrutinized and torn apart, and Sophie, Kate, Camilla, Anne, Andrew are quietly out of bounds. Down with the useless Crown!

  29. Jaded says:

    Deflect, deflect, deflect. The more hissy-fits the RRs and gutter press have about the Sussexes, the less attention is focused on the Duke and Duchess of Pork. Sleeping with underage, trafficked teenagers? Who cares. Financial shenanigans with perverts and despots? Just doing business. Stiffing the woman who sold them their mansion in Switzerland for very good terms? Mummy will fix it. In fact I’m surprised she hasn’t already paid the woman off. It’s as clear as the nose on my face that this is all being cooked up to cover up Andrew’s illegal and immoral behaviour. This travesty needs to be kept in the public eye and he needs to be hauled in by the FBI along with Ghislaine Maxwell so they both get an appropriate punishment.

  30. Hope says:

    Here’s why I think the Windsors and courtiers are panicked about the book: fans on both sides cherrypick. So you’re never going to have the Cambridge fans talking about moving a tennis court. I think the Rural Rivals story has been taken off the DM website? There’s little to nothing out there now about the Cambridges tossing Historic Royal Palaces out of Apt 1A and the struggle to prevent that from happening. Or the Cambridges lying about not hiring staff in summer 2011 and getting caught and making Jamie Lowther Pinkerton lie for them. It becomes easier to dismiss message boards as being rumors.

    But line up all the stories against the Sussexes: Ask why the tiara story in the Times doesn’t make sense. Look at all the leaks from William in the Times or the BBC, or just the amount of completely deranged editorials across the board including the Times and currently in the Sunday Times with Jo Ellison’s latest, you get a much clearer idea how appallingly the British media behaved.

    Look at Rhiannon Mills boldly saying they just had to keep going to Thomas Markle because they couldn’t get Meghan to talk to them conviently ignoring that Thomas was estranged from most of his family and clearly emotionally abusive.

    There’s a clip on the Daily Show from when Meghan and Harry left on the Buzzfeed article comparing the coverage between Kate and Meghan and you can hear the audience repeatedly gasp in shock.

    The BRF has behaved terribly. The courtiers are horrible as ever. Charles’ Communications Secretary was caught red handed. And Robert Jobson also showed his ugliness. The Windsors have not supported the Sussexes but Harry has supported William! The family looks terrible in their response and to most people who are not a stan, they get why the Sussexes left. No one would subject their spouse and kid to that. The best anyone can say to that is Meghan should have been better prepared. For what, exactly? Abuse and racism in exchange for money? Kate and Diana were also abused so who cares about Meghan. Well, Cambridge fans did for Kate and William, and Harry and Meghan care and they should.

    It’s why there is now a push to discredit Omid. Don’t listen to Harry because he’s a brat and “fragile.” Don’t listen to Meghan because she’s a grifting Kardashian. She’s a mercher. Don’t listen to Omid. Try not to have a source besides the usual characters: Ingrid Seward, Dan Wooten, Rebecca English, Katie Nicholls etc.

  31. Tasz says:

    I think a focus of Omid and Carolyn’s book might be about the press behavior behind the scenes. There was an article around the time Harry and Meghan made their last appearances in GB. It was about the horrible comments made about Meghan by male royal reporters. Naming the people behind such misogyny and racism could explain the rage we’re seeing from some.

  32. Izzy says:

    I can think of two possible reasons they are so panicked about this book:
    1) It spills tea they REALLY don’t want made public
    2) That book about Andrew is a cluster and they are trying to deflect
    Could be some of both.
    *gets popcorn ready*

  33. Amy Knight says:

    This is so silly. How can they comment before the book is even on shelves? Even sillier are the people who believe what they read is this rag!

  34. Awkward symphony says:

    The palace and courtiers are sweating buckets thinking about what will be discussed in the book. Even the trolls & cambridge stans are flocking to omids posts threatening him with losing access to RF events if he doesn’t cancel the book. I haven’t ordered my copy yet (wanted to read reviews first) but now I’m convinced that its not a hidden trogen anti Sussexs if its getting this much push back!

    I doubt we’ll hear new things but it’ll be an eye opener to those who rely on tabloids lies/information. Alot of people might finally realise what Meghan and Harry were up against

    • MsIam says:

      “Cancel your book Omid, or you’ll never get access to see Kate’s coat dress buttons up close and personal again!” I can hear Omid laughing all the way here in Michigan.

      • Nyro says:

        Boom! It’s like “A: cover Meghan and Harry’s Oscar campaign after they get nominated for their Netflix documentary or B: tag along as Kate cuts the ribbon at a hospital opening for a hospital that’s already open.” Yeah, I know which one I’d choose. LOL

  35. Vanessa says:

    It’s the courtiers and the royal reporters who has made everything the Sussex’s do into a soap opera their the one who were leaking gossip about Meghan. The royals reporter gleefully post gossip every day With the hashtag palace sources one of the daily reporters basically said oh by the way Meghan and kate don’t get along their the ones who constantly spread mean spirited conspiracies racist hateful things about Meghan for years . The press and the courtiers went after Meghan with such nastiest that I think their whole plan was to push Meghan out of the royal family with any means necessarily they didn’t stop when’s she becoming pregnant then went after in even harder in my opinion in a evil type to cause a miscarriage . The courtiers and the press thought that’s their no way that Harry would leave the royal family that’s why a lot of the smeared campaign was directed sole at Meghan in the beginning and when he stood up to the courtiers and the press that’s when they started to go after him more trying to portray him as this mentally unstable fragile human being who being manipulated by his black American wife . The courtiers are mad that Meghan and Harry will be able to change the narrative that this book will show a lot of the underhandedly manipulation going on in the royal family. The royal family banks on people thinking their this wholesome British family who super close and loving No one is allowed to upstage William and kate that’s rule number one William will throw you under the bus so fast with the help of the courtiers and the press .

  36. Jumpingthesnark says:

    That’s pretty amazing coming from the BRF. They ARE the biggest and longest running soap opera in the world. Yet they don’t seem to realize this foundational fact of their popularity and relevance. Truly incredible lack of self awareness.

  37. L4frimaire says:

    I guess I should be more interested in this book but I’m not. You’d have to have a serious case of suspended disbelief to believe any of those nasty tabloid stories about Meghan. That shit always read like Victorian bodice rippers on steroids and anyone with half a brain could see it for what it was.

  38. Bucky says:

    I expect it will be operas soapratic. I get that there are struggles involved in leaving a gilded cage, but the title of the book invites mockery. I’m sure the author means that they lacked some element of existential freedom, but at face value, most people think of obtaining freedom as release from imprisonment or slavery rather than a struggle like pissing of your family by leaving the business, moving out of grandmas house after you suffered through a renovation, accepting a lower allowance, etc. I’m sure it ABSOLUTELY was difficult for them and they were treated poorly. They faced resistance, but ultimately, they said “we’re leaving” and grandma agreed. So, the authors really did them a disservice, reputationally, with that hyperbolic title.

  39. emu says:

    Alright, but it is a little cheesy to have this book come out so early into their search for “freedom”

    • Koki says:

      I think the main reason people are sceptic about this book is the fact that they started working on it so early- Omid said that he had been working on it two years. So what does that mean-they,as a couple, weren’t even properly in yet, and they were already ‘finding freedom’?!?! I personally don’t think that we will get anything spectacular from it. They will probably write about themselves, and how they were coping with royal life, I don’t think that they will reveal any family secrets (I’d love if they did). They still depend on the family, Charles (=royals) still support them, so they will probably not want to burn that bridge totally.

  40. L4frimaire says:

    Royals have been nothing but drama for decades. EdwardVIII, Margaret, Charles and Diana, Andrew with his shady friends and Epstein. The press fans the flames or stirs it more. Even the Queens grandfather was made king after his scandalous brother crown prince Albert Victor died, who used to frequent male brothels. The difference is the Harry and Meghan drama was manufactured by the press and encouraged by the palace because they have a bit of star power and knew how to really work. Was using Cambridge Analytica tactics to attack this couple. Using propaganda tactics that if you print lies frequently enough, people will believe it. I wish someone would write the real story behind this because that is a much more interesting story than tiaras, baby bumps, and if anyone yelled at some asshole courtier. Eye rolling this.