This is a nice surprise: this week’s People Magazine cover is all about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Thrive Era. As we know, Meghan and Harry are currently on maternity and paternity leave, but we’ve been getting updates here and there about hires they’ve made, or new projects they’re launching (like 40X40). It feels like we might actually have an autumn full of Sussex news and Sussex launches. I hope so. People Magazine got some exclusive comments from Omid Scobie, who cowrote Finding Freedom. FF is being released in paperback on August 31, and it will have a new epilogue with new details. That’s what this cover story is about too – book promotion.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are ready to take their next steps back into an intentionally public life. With their parental leave coming to an end, they are preparing for a busy fall and winter as many of the programs they’ve been working on behind the scenes kick into action.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex — who welcomed baby Lilibet Diana (a little sister for brother Archie, 2) in June — are entering “the era of visibility,” Omid Scobie tells PEOPLE. The couple are “really excited” about what is ahead, including working directly with causes aligned with their interests and expanding their in-person charity work through the Archewell Foundation.
“They’re a couple who do very well in those moments of human interaction. They need to be on the ground,” says Scobie. “They say that the proof is in the pudding, and what we are about to see is that pudding.”
Finding Freedom, which was published last summer, had chronicled the Sussexes’ whirlwind courtship and the mounting tensions that ultimately led Harry, 36, and Meghan, 40, to leave the U.K. and carve a groundbreaking path outside of royal duty. Now, aided by the financial freedom secured by their multimillion-dollar streaming, speaking and publishing deals, the couple’s energy follows a period of turmoil amid their formal departure from life as working royals and the controversies stemming from the couple’s interview with Oprah Winfrey this past March.
One of the key lessons they have learned these past months is to prioritize their mental health and keep “some of the toxicity” at an arm’s — and ocean’s — length away.
“They seem to be existing in a different place, and that place is much healthier,” Scobie tells PEOPLE. “Meghan famously spoke about that it was not enough to survive — we are now in the thrive chapter.”
I hope all of this is true! Remember last year, right after they exited Salt Island but before we understood how bad the pandemic would be, a lot of us believed that Harry and Meghan would actually begin launching stuff in 2020. Everything got put on hold with the pandemic and pregnancy. We will have a Sussex Autumn! Thrive Era! Visibility Era! And y’all know that the dusty saltines are going to be in full-on meltdown mode the entire time. Lolz.
Cover courtesy of People, additional photos courtesy of Avalon Red & WENN.