Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand’s Finding Freedom will be coming out in paperback this summer, one year after the hardback became an international bestseller. It was clear from reading the book that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had worked – to varying degrees – with the authors on certain details, and Meghan had to admit as much during the court case for her lawsuit against the Daily Mail. Scobie gets some of his exclusives from Camp Sussex specifically, and I feel comfortable saying that the Sussexes do trust Scobie and that, out of all the reporters covering royals, Scobie is the one guy who is most likely to get the dirt straight from Camp Sussex. So there’s a lot of focus on whatever “update” will be in Finding Freedom. There were reports two weekends ago that the FF paperback would include at least one new chapter and that the new chapter could “reopen royal rifts.” Scobie denied that, sort of. But the British media is still running with it:
Finding Freedom’s new chapters will be ‘extremely telling’ about the state of the royal rift between Prince Harry and his family and could blow any chance of a reconciliation, a royal expert has claimed. An updated version of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s biography by authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand is set to 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 when they met in 2016 to their departure from the Firm in early 2020.
Duncan Larcombe, author of Prince Harry: The Inside Story, warned there will be ‘no chance’ of a reconciliation if the book divulges more negative information about the royals or in-depth details of any personal conversations between Harry and his family after the funeral.
‘That really will be the final straw,’ he told Closer magazine. ‘That’ll be it – there will be no chance of a reconciliation ever 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 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.’
The updated Finding Freedom, which is also expected to discuss 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 patronages including Harry’s military roles, will go on sale on August 5. It was hoped that Harry and his brother William would start to build bridges following the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, but the reissue of Finding Freedom is only likely to aggravate tension between the Sussexes and the Firm, it has been claimed.
‘The Oprah interview detonated a bomb under the Royal Family and most of them are still reeling in shock. The book will not help,’ a senior courtier told The Sunday Times. Another senior royal source added: ‘After Oprah, what else is there to say?’
While he admitted it ‘makes sense’ for there to be more chapters to address unanswered questions about the Oprah interview, what was said to Gayle King and what was said in the wake of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, Duncan added that he hopes the recent rebuilding of bridges will have deterred the Sussexes from worsening the rift.
‘Whatever’s said will be a bombshell – everyone is just so gripped by the situation,’ he told Closer. ‘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.’
He added that if it appears Harry and Meghan have worked with the authors this time and made negative claims or revealed private discussions, it could be ‘over for them’ with the Firm. ‘If the content isn’t vague or neutral, it could cause another huge fallout,’ Duncan warned.
I just got such strong flashbacks to the hype and melodrama ahead of the publication of Finding Freedom last year. That’s the thing about the royal clownshow – if you give them some time to worry about what Harry and Meghan are going to say or do, the royal clowns will show their asses every single time. For months before FF was published, the palaces were in disarray, trying to smear Harry and Meghan and get ahead of whatever stories were in the book. Same thing with the Oprah interview – the palaces threw together a massive, desperate clown show in the three weeks in between learning of the interview and the interview airing on CBS and ITV. So… we have that to look forward to. The run-up to the FF paperback release is going to be desperate and obvious as they try to figure out what Scobie has written and what Harry and Meghan have told Scobie and Durand. And the palaces won’t even understand that they’re just hyping the paperback and helping it sell!
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