Omid Scobie: The Windsors squandered a great asset in the Sussexes

Omid Scobie has a new profile in Tatler to promote the paperback edition of Finding Freedom. Tatler is the so-called bible of the British upper-class, and Tatler definitely has some skin in the game when it comes to coverage of the “younger royals.” While Tatler has always looked down their nose at the Duchess of Sussex, they also made it clear that they’ll never consider “future queen Kate” one of their own either. Predictably, Tatler takes some swipes at Scobie even as they interview him. Half of the piece is about Scobie and his life and times and the other half is about the Windsors and Sussexes. Some highlights:

Why Meghan did speak to him directly as he covered her: ‘I think she wanted to share that last moment because it is a moment in history. But also to do it in an environment she felt safe in. I guess my work [for US Weekly and Harper’s Bazaar, both American publications] spoke for itself – I was always careful what I reported.’ It is, he adds, something he enjoys about covering the royal beat for a US audience: the attitude in the States is ‘celebratory – I enjoy the more positive take on things. There are a lot of people who say I only write positively about the Sussexes. I would challenge anyone to find a negative story I’ve written about the Royal Family full stop since I started.’

How crazy it got around the publication of FF: ‘At the same time, have I had to call the police over racist comments and threats to burn my house down? Absolutely. The publisher offered security for my parents because we’ve had a couple of unwanted visitors. I think the whole thing has spun out of control.’

His background: His father’s family is Scottish, while ‘my mum’s side are Persian, and slightly aristocratic’. Scobie is keen I use the term ‘Persian’ rather than ‘Iranian’, ‘because to Persians there’s a big difference. My mum’s side of the family is not Muslim and has no connection to the Islamic Republic of Iran. I remember the first sentence of the first Daily Mail story about the book: “British-Iranian author”. I was, like, “I see what’s happening here.” Having witnessed what [what the Sussexes have] gone through, I already felt for them. But have I now experienced a sliver of what they’re up against? Absolutely.’

How FF changed course: ‘When we were finishing the book and waiting for Archie’s birth so we could include his first days at home, we were, like, “This book will warm everyone’s hearts, it will just be a beautiful love story.” And of course, it completely changed.’

The hysteria & negative press after Archie’s birth: ‘After the birth of Archie, I remember nothing Meghan could do was ever right. When members of staff were let go, the narrative would always be twisted to her being the cause of this person walking out. [Scobie blames two NDAs for preventing him giving the damning lowdown on two Sussex staff dismissals.] No matter how she would try and deal with the press, there would always be something to come out to dull her shine. I think around the time of Archie’s birth, both she and Harry realised there was no moving on from there.’

Scobie knows Meghan got a raw deal. That there has been othering and racism from the British press – the infamous ‘Straight outta Compton’ headline would, he says, have led to an American newspaper being burnt down. That Meghan is more vulnerable than you might think, and that her prince will do anything to protect her – he couldn’t protect his mother, but he will protect his bride. That Harry did not say: ‘What Meghan wants, Meghan gets.’ That Meghan is a ‘calming’ influence on Harry who, in the book, comes across as ferociously thin-skinned and forever on the cusp of rage. That Meghan is not a terrible boss but a hyper-engaged one whose work is her redemption – not that she needs redemption. That he doesn’t ‘even know if the Sussexes like me, to be honest. Press is press, and there will always be that distance between the Sussexes and the press – I think the relationship with the tabloids is completely dead and I don’t see that ever working.’

More tea: That the senior courtier who made a racist remark to him – and Princess Michael of Kent, who wore a ‘blackamoor brooch’ to meet Meghan – ‘might want to revise their outlook on the world’. That ‘there’s some diversity at the palace, but not much’. That Harry and Meghan can be hot-headed and impulsive – but that the Royal Family has squandered a great asset in the Sussexes, an asset that appeals to a whole new demographic. That senior courtiers were fools to constantly stall the Sussexes’ plans. That though Kate and Meghan have little in common, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t get on – but that relations between Prince William and Prince Harry will take time to heal. ‘Have things progressed with Prince William? Not really.’

The pandemic has been helpful for Harry: ‘It’s a pause he’s needed and wouldn’t have had if he’d arrived in LA and gone straight into launching the non-profit.’

Scobie’s hope for the book: He hopes ‘it’s a catalyst to some sort of change and that we can stop talking about the bloody dress fitting that didn’t leave Kate in tears. These things get beaten to death. Can they expect total privacy? No, and they shouldn’t. If they want that, they can do something else.’

[From Tatler]

There are a few lengthy passages where Scobie is explaining how Harry and Meghan’s friends began to respond to his emails and calls because they saw how M&H were being attacked constantly. The emphasis remains on the idea/reality that Meghan and Harry were not interviewed for the book and they weren’t on-the-record sources or anything like that. Which, for the millionth time, is a completely unneeded distinction. I hate how the Sussexes AND Omid Scobie have bought into this idea that no royal would ever work with a biographer or actively engage in media relations. And frankly, Scobie still gets it wrong about the timeline! Things didn’t go bonkers around the Sussexes right when Archie was born. The shift in coverage began right after the South Pacific tour.

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Photos courtesy of Avalon Red, Scobie’s IG and Tatler.

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  1. Andrea1 says:

    I am not comfortable with Omid making money off the Sussexes this is getting crazy from happenings in the past few weeks it is clear for all to see that he has no scoop on them. He merely speculates

    • Kristin says:

      Honestly, I’m not going to trash Scobie over making money. He’s consistently a sane voice among royal reporters when it comes to the Sussexes and for that I’m grateful. With so much negativity being thrown in their direction, it’s nice to have at least one guy who can call out the bullshit and state the obvious: that the Sussexes got and are still being screwed over by the BRF and the British Media.

      • Maria says:

        I do like Omid and his take on a lot of things.
        But for me….reporting is one thing but a full-blown shoot in Tatler is a little excessive to me, because we know why he got it and it’s Harry and Meghan.

        I don’t see why we should be unduly concerned with there being at least one royal reporter to be fair because frankly it’s a cesspool and there are other media figures also calling them out.
        I would prefer people focusing on what Harry and Meghan say directly than padding the bank account of someone who, while sympathetic and someone whose commentary I often appreciate, is still not their spokesperson. I like Omid a lot, I just don’t think associating him so closely with the thoughts of Harry and Meghan is constructive since he speculates often like the rest of us.
        But that’s just me. I think the entire idea of a royal reporter is nonsense anyway.

      • Snuffles says:

        Same. I think too many have bought into the hype that Omid is close to the Sussex’s and therefore expect more loyalty. He’s a royal reporter who chose to not join in on the abusive pile on that most of his colleagues participated in. He’s remained neutral to positive in his coverage of Harry and Meghan since day 1. But, yeah, he speculates just like the rest of them.

        The other RRs hate him because he’s one of the few RRs that the Sussex’s PR people will still respond to.

      • ShazBot says:

        Exactly – he’s a standard royal reporter who just isn’t a dick about it. He wrote fair, reasonable articles about Meghan – the same as he does about all of them, and that got him on the shit list of the other rota. He was never their friend, and he is no different from any of the rest of them writing books on the royals.
        HE is what the rest of the rota could have/should have been if they’d been sane or frankly even smart about it.

      • Maria says:

        Also, if this quote is about Harry and Meghan, I don’t particularly appreciate it: “Can they expect total privacy? No, and they shouldn’t. If they want that, they can do something else.”

        He’s not exactly wrong, but the phrasing is very snide and unnecessary and echoes too much the privacy arguments so many trolls make.

    • Lizzie says:

      Why not, all of the deranged reporters are making money off of the Sussex’s. Omid has just as much right to write a book as anyone.

    • SKF says:

      I think this is great! Think about the audience of Tatler. He’s spreading his ‘let’s be reasonable, let’s be fair, let’s not be racist xenophobes’ message to a whole new audience of people calmly and logically. That’s great!

    • Moxylady says:

      He’s so much younger than I thought. Good on him! He’s fair.

    • Demi says:

      Lol with all the insanity of Royal reporters it’s better to have a sane voice among that circus. He & Peter Hunt are the reasonable ones.

  2. Kristin says:

    To be fair, I don’t think he’s stating that things only turned south after Archie’s birth, but rather the birth was the point where things were ramped up to a degree where that was sort of the breaking point for Meghan and Harry. As bad as the reporting turned after the Oceania tour, things really turned horrible and untenable around Archie’s birth.

    • Simone says:

      I came here to say this. There would have been a point where Meghan didn’t have the stamina & resilience to continue fighting on & would have realised the situation (in the media & probably in the family as well), would never improve.

    • 809Matriarch says:

      I agree. The attacks were ferocious and non-stop. The carrying on about the christening, the insistence on knowing all the names of godparents (we know why), the abuse bc she didn’t do the baby parade. The immediate mocking and attacking of Archie as being a chimpanzee – after Meghan nearly killed herself during the pregnancy, Harry knew he couldn’t subject his wife and child to anymore. It was never going to stop.

      I have no problem with Omid earning money from a book. I would rather see him earning money than vultures like Colon Campbell and Devil-angela Levin. At least Omid reports fairly.

      • equality says:

        I agree. I think once Harry saw that his child was going to be trolled in the press he decided out was the only way.

      • Andrew’s Nemesis says:

        @I was particularly disturbed to read that ill-wishers had actually turned up at Scobie’s parents’ house. This is entirely the fault of the media. They are so pernicious, so evil that they have led the gullible, weak minded, closet racists into threatening the lives of a journalist’s parents – and yet they are able to continue, particularly Piss Morgan who has been emboldened by Ofcom’s ruling, to slander and disparage H&M so hatefully on a daily basis. We need Levenson II more than ever. If H&M had not escaped, I sincerely believe that they would have killed Meghan, or incited one of their brain dead readers to do so. It’s so sickening.

    • Nic919 says:

      I also read that as the turning point for when Harry and Meghan realized that they needed to change things because things weren’t going to get better in their current situation.

  3. girl_ninja says:

    Yeah the Sussexs’ were already talking about moving from the UK DURING the tour. And let’s be real the coverage went sideways once the Straight Outta Compton headline was flashed on the DM. That’s why Harry sent out the Love Shield statement. Harry and Meghan never has support, the UK press was just became more and more vicious.

    • Amy Bee says:

      @Girl_ninja: I think the press’ behaviour after finding out about Meghan put a sour taste in Harry’s mouth from the get go and ended any consideration by him of the press meeting or talking to Meghan. The press complains that they never got to meet Meghan but how could have they expected to meet her when they had already made a judgment on who she was and what she stood for. Harry saw from then on that the press was going to treat Meghan like they treated his mother and he decided that he wasn’t going to play the game.

      • Lorelei says:

        I agree that it sucks that everyone trashing the Sussexes gets paid for it, but unfortunately that’s just how things work, and if *anyone* is going to make bank, I’m glad it’s Omid, who is, at least, trying to be fair and unbiased instead of jumping on the bandwagon and wantonly smearing them for clicks from deranged detractors — instead of one of those old crows who just viciously trash Meghan day in and day out.

        Plus the fact that he’s a POC— it must *enrage* them to see him being the most successful out of them all.

  4. Noki says:

    Whats frustrating about the RF is that they rarely go on record especially about tabloid pieces but they have a million mouth pieces and columists on their side. Most people dont know this ,so they end up looking like they are keeping a dignified silence. While the sussexes appearing on Oprah,Corden etc give people the impression they are the ones media hungry and attacking the RF.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Noki: so they can continue to claim, sanctimoniously, that they “Never Complain, Never Explain” — even though the reality is that they never STFU.

    • Debbie says:

      In addition to the columnists and mouthpieces mentioned by Noki, they also give periodic tell-all interviews on TV (ask Charles & Diana). Also, they have magazine spreads (Sofie and her husband in 2021). So, this “dignified silence” tripe is just a farce. They are one long Jerry Springer family with diamonds.

  5. Amy Bee says:

    Omid knows as much about Harry and Meghan as I do. It’s interesting to note that the things he got wrong in the book were not revised an epilogue was just added. But the obsession, the press and royalists have with Omid is unhinged. The press is upset that he got a jump on all them with this book. To them he’s an outsider and interloper and him being biracial is another factor in their hate for him. For the royalists, they use Omid as a proxy for their hate for Meghan. They don’t want to appear to be racist towards Meghan so he gets the blows instead.

    • ArtHistorian says:

      I find it pretty disturbing that both he and his parents were subject to harassment and threats simply because he wrote a positively slanted book on Harry and Meghan. That is really really extreme – and it shows how the hate that the BM has whipped up against Meghan has spilled over to people who are seen as supportive of her. That is really dangerous. At some point a hateful and toxic rhetoric may very well escalate into violence, even if on a small scale.

      • Lorelei says:

        @ArtHistorian, same.

        My very first thought upon seeing that first photo was about all of the other royal reporters simultaneously having rage strokes upon seeing it.

        But then I read about the security issues, and…wow. That is genuinely terrifying. Threats to burn down his house? His *parents* requiring security?? What in the name of all that’s holy is wrong with these unhinged freaks? To get so worked up over a person they’ve never met and never will, who happened to write a book about two other people they’ve never met and never will, either? I mean, WTAF? Absolutely psychotic.

        @Amy Bee: I think a big part of the unhinged reactions of the other RRs is that they’ve now realized that they picked the wrong “side,” and they’re angry at themselves because they’re now stuck with the Dull (sorry, Magnificent!) seven, and will never see the kind of money they were making from covering Meghan ever again. And Omid is an easy target to lash out at, when all he did was…not behave like monsters, as they did.

      • Demi says:

        They are jealous Omid is younger than all other reporters and now he’s making much more money and the American media\magazines hosts him regularly he is collaborating with the big names so he has a guaranteed job. Meanwhile, they don’t have regular jobs they only make money once they write something to DM and no big media wants to collaborate with old unhinged Karens and Kevins.

    • Nic919 says:

      I don’t like to go after Omid because the attacks on him coming from the other rota are from jealousy and racism. And that he dared not follow the UK tabloid position of attacking everything Harry and Meghan has done.

      Also, I still wonder where the hell is Carolyn Durand? Why was she ever linked with this book if she doesn’t do any promotion for it?

      • Amy Bee says:

        @Nic919: It is strange that Carolyn doesn’t get attacked. But I suspect she’s married to or connected to someone in the British media.

      • Lorelei says:

        Carolyn Durand is on her way to becoming the next Shelly Miscavige. Where on earth has she been this entire time? Did she do any promotion whatsoever, even before the hardcover was released?

      • Nick G says:

        I saw her interviewed on tv (GMB? The Social?) in the aftermath of the Oprah interview. I found her speaking style at once halting and long-winded, and at the time I thought “I think I understand why she doesn’t do a lot of promotion”.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        I could be wrong but I think Omid & Carolyn are a “tag-team” Omid is a “journalist” and Carolyn is a writer-researcher.

        We must remember that writing a book is not the same thing as writing a column for Harper’s Bazaar or the New York Post.

    • ABritGuest says:

      I agree with you Amy. So much of royal reporting is reading old interviews, tabloid reports etc & passing it off as information from an ‘insider’. Eg the quote about Meghan being a ‘calming influence’ was from Tom Bradby’s 2017 interview with London evening standard when H&M got engaged (good one to reread as there’s hints of issues to come). Or the epilogue quoting ‘Meghan’s pal’ about the firm not taking accountability when this was from Janina’s interview after Oprah.

      Omid even talked about how the book had lifted some info from the Fail’s reporting during Meghan’s court case. That’s why I never bought that the authors had the deep Access to the Sussex camp claimed (I think they had more access to palace sources which is why the palace got off lightly in FF) but certainly more than the rest of the rota.

      I feel bad for Omid getting threats & abuse. Its very telling that Carolyn doesn’t get any stick & that Omid’s rota colleagues don’t show any solidarity with him. Hopefully (and I get the vibe) he’s leaving royal reporting behind eventually. The rota all seem like toxic bullies.

      Whilst the negativity really ramped up after the tour I don’t think Meghan ever really got a break. Pre wedding they were publishing stories like her half brother telling Harry to call off the wedding, saying she was unsuitable as a divorcee & paying people to lie about relationships with her. Then they deliberately timed the Thomas Markle pap pic exposure for the week of the wedding. Not exactly a warm welcome. Then even once she was married in & you would usually expect the press to chill out for a bit with post wedding glow they had the weekly Thomas rants& people like Piers & Ingrid Seward were accusing her of being cold for allegedly cutting Thomas off.

      But the telling press moments for me was when the Times published pics of their Cotswold home illegally & when the Telegraph suggested the cookbook had helped fund terrorism. The Times isn’t meant to be doing tabloid style activities & has very close ties to the palace so even running those pictures was very suspect. And then the palace not seeming to push back on the Telegraph’s very inflammatory story showed me that Meghan wasn’t remotely protected as you’d expect for a royal.

  6. Seraphina says:

    The bottom line is he had to leave to save his wife and his children. Nothing is worth hearing the one you love want to take their own life. And I agree that OIVID gave Harry a much needed pause button so that they both could regroup together. I think that the pandemic has had some good and that is one for me as well.
    As far as Omid and making money, well I would rather see a person reporting a more balanced view in their reporting making money off the Sussexes than a slime like Piers.

  7. Moderatelywealthy says:

    I liked what he said in the interview. Particularly that he is not friends with them, he is just a journalist doing his work property and reacting to all.nobsebse surrounding the couple in a sympathetuc way because he knows. He knows being biracial is not easy

    I have no problem with him making money. Sussexss are public figures after all. They wanted to work with a fair press and not to silence the press. They understand books are written about them and Scobie just happened to write one that was more than total propaganda.

  8. Sofia says:

    This is his second interview with Tatler. Actually it might be his first but Tatler has reposted it because he did do one for the November 2020 issue when Meghan was on the cover.

    Edit: Just checked out the link on the Tatler website and this interview is indeed the same one conducted in Nov 2020, just published again. Explains why some info may be out of date/inaccurate.

    Anyways while I do appreciate that Omid has been fair to the Sussexes, he is at the end of the day, a royal reporter who has to pay the bills. He’s making money off them but it’s what the rest of his colleagues are doing too. So I don’t fault him for that. What I will fault him for is positioning himself as an insider to H&M PERSONALLY. I will admit that he’s probably got a good relationship with the Sussex press office and he gets thrown more information than let’s say Chris Ship as well as some of H&M’s friends speaking to him but he’s also got a lot wrong in FF and again, he hasn’t got a personal relationship with H&M themselves yet he acts like he does. If he didn’t act like that, he wouldn’t be getting cover shoots in Tatler.

    And I think a lot of people are harsher on Omid because his word regarding H&M is taken at gospel by both fans and haters even when said information is wrong.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      “What I will fault him for is positioning himself as an insider to H&M PERSONALLY.”

      Has Omid done this or is this just what the commentariat of The Daily Fail has saddled him with?

      I do not think (or remember reading that) Omid has ever claimed or stated he has a close relationship with the Sussexes like Diana had with Richard Kay and other Royal Rota Rats. Then again I could be wrong and have just missed something.

      • Sofia says:

        He wouldn’t be getting Tatler cover shoots about it if he didn’t.

      • Marleigh says:

        “He wouldn’t be getting Tatler cover shoots about it if he didn’t.”

        He got the cover because the Tatler knows he’ll sell copies due to the characterization that he’s getting the real story. The BM termed him an insider and friends with H&M to discredit his objectivity since he was the lone reporter not consistently negative stories about them. Despite Omid and H&M stating in court doc that they didn’t give him an interview all of the BM continue to insinuate that he’s getting the information directly from them. Omid being on Tatler cover is just part of his book promotion tour.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        @Marleigh – Agree with all you said 100%.

  9. Coffeeisgood says:

    Both Charles and William could have really transformed the monarchy by embracing and accepting Meghan. They could have taken a firm stance against racism and protected her and her children. Their true colors were shown and exposed them for the souls sucking dementors that they are. I hope and think it will very much have long lasting effects and will come back to bite both of them in the butt.

    • Lizzie says:

      The whole vibe of the rf is negative due mostly to this over the top smear campaign. If they did as you suggest the tone of the rf would be positive and popular.

      • Lorelei says:

        The BRF’s reputation has really taken a spectacular nosedive over the past five or so years. (Not that it had a sterling reputation before Meghan came along, but still. Between Andrew and their gleeful, abusive smearing of Meghan, people are fed up. Their reputation is truly in the gutter at this point.

      • Tessa says:

        Piers can go out to the media every day and trash Harry and Meghan and fans the flames. Andrew is rarely mentioned. The media keeps going on and on and on with it;. People should be fed up with the BRF they way they protect some and let others take the heat. Same old same old.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      @ Coffeeisgood, & @ Lizzie, yes, the RF, The Monarchy, and Chucky, eventually TOBB, could have sailed on a glorious campaign of change within the RF as a reflection as to the changing environment in England and the CW countries. Not actually, but you get my point of being accepting of Meghan would have been extremely beneficial to all. Instead, Chucky saw Meghan as outshining him as Diana did, and his ugly green monster crept out of the woodwork and TOBB won’t even allow his Stepford wife outshine him, not that there is a chance of that happening, and they squandered the entire opportunity away. Now they can wallow in their own making and rip each other to shreds with pettiness and jealousy. They could have brought the RF into the 21st century, but instead, they took it back to the 19th century.

      As for how the public has gone after Obie’s parents, every time I read an article where the public are clamoring to burn his home or his parents home down, brings me back to an ugly part of our history. But their actions, and actions occurring here against protesters, aren’t too far removed from those days. There are crazy people threatened by BIPOC and their rage overtakes any sense of decency and acceptance.

  10. Ginger says:

    In this article he said Harry and William’s relationship hasn’t changed. I JUST read a Yahoo article where he said they both spoke at least 2 or 3 times at the funeral and were trying to heal their rift. I used to believe him and trust his reporting, but I can’t anymore. He will always try and make the RF look good. The Oprah interview blew everything that we thought we knew.

    • Sofia says:

      The Tatler interview is 10 months old. I’m not defending Omid (I literally wrote a paragraph against him above lol) but it makes sense why information in this is out of date or not accurate (but I also agree that he speculates like his colleagues)

    • BayTampaBay says:

      The Tatler article is a repost. The original article was written and posted in November 2020. This interview dates back to BEFORE Prince Philip died.

      FYI: You gotta watch what you read with Tatler as they constantly re-post old articles with no updates and no warning that you are reading an OLD article.

      • Ginger says:

        Yeah, but I could have sworn I read the same thing ( where their relationship hasn’t changed) last week. There have been so many articles on this book I can’t keep them straight. I do remember he wrote an article after the funeral where he said Harry didn’t speak with any family member while he was there in the UK. He just seems to be contradicting himself.

      • Over it says:

        I could be wrong, it happens to me a lot , however I could swear I read another post from Kaiser last week about an interview omid did or quotes taken from the book to people magazine where it said that Harry and william were working on their relationship. So I am so confused. I don’t know what I read now or who said what all I know is that Harry ain’t working on shit with William because william is the devil

      • Ginger says:

        @Over it, yes you are correct. There have been so many stories regarding FF lately, I can’t keep them straight.

        If these two were trying to heal the rift, Harry wouldn’t have left as early as he did at the unveiling. He only stayed 15 minutes after and Will left right away. These two don’t appear to be speaking at all. They just know how to act in public.

    • Tessa says:

      I doubt anything will progress with William and Harry until William gets some humility which I doubt he will. He and Charles need to accept Harry and his family. NOt just wish for Harry alone to return.

  11. Ann says:

    Cute dog.

  12. Over it says:

    I hate the British media and the monarchy. I would say when Meghan returned from that tour and was pregnant is when shit hit the fan, hence why she was having suicidal thoughts while pregnant. Things got bad really fast . Of course they continued to get even worse but yeah, being pregnant and attacked multiple times daily, I would like to see anyone else survive That, especially anyone in that family or the British media. I pray they all get what they all deserve for what they did to her and continue to do to her.

  13. shaughnanana says:

    I’ve never actually seen a picture of Scobie before – he’s so young! And you can tell the author is throwing shade at Scobie’s explanation of his heritage, but calling someone who identifies as Scottish and Persian “British-Iranian” is either appallingly incompetent or a clear dig.

  14. Anastasia says:

    There’s also something about his appearance that is very uncanny valley to me, but I can’t put my finger on it.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      Omid reminds me of a skinny Grand Duke George of Russia.

      Being of true Persian descent, he is a true Caucasian. With Caucasian being a person from the Caucasus which is southern Russian, Asia Georgia and northern Persia.

    • MsIam says:

      It is, lol. Like he looks almost too perfect, very uncanny valley. But he’s almost 40 so he must have a skin care routine that’s on fire. Or maybe he gets work done or has some really good genes. Either way, I ain’t mad at him, he looks adorable.

  15. MerlinsMom1018 says:

    I’m all in for that doggo!!!! That FACE! ❤❤

  16. L4frimaire says:

    I have some strong criticisms of these new passages and his spin on this, but all in all, he is way better than most royal reporters, and he’s smart and ambitious. I feel like his interviews offer much better and more nuanced insight than some of his writing in Finding Freedom. I’m not going to reread that book , not interested in how close he actually is or isn’t to the Sussexes ( I don’t think it’s the way the BM tries to make it out to be). I’m very curious about the professional jealousy that is so obvious among the other royal reporters.There are times when they go after him more than Meghan because they think he has access that they’ll never get, he’s getting the gigs and being quoted, and this book will make him rich. They’ll attack him wholesale and swallow nails before they admit a sliver of their corruption, obvious resentment and dishonesty regarding the Sussexes.

  17. MsIam says:

    I’m here for Omid, although I don’t know if I’ll get the paperback edition of FF. Considering what passes for “journalism” among the Rota rats, he’s like a Pulitzer prize winner.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      I am sure the epilogue in the paperback edition is just a re-writing of things any CBer would already know about.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Msiam, I’m here for Omid, too. I’m not some superfan or anything, but he’s the most likable among all of the RRs (a low bar to be sure). He’s not perfect, no one is, but for years he was consistently fair and kind to Meghan when absolutely no one else was, and I can’t forget that.

  18. S says:

    So no one picked up on the fact that he felt the need to clarify that he is not Muslim.. no one here thought that was shady and unnecessary?! Interesting

  19. jferber says:

    He looks so damn young, like 24! I must be getting awfully old. Anyone under 30 looks like 12 to me!

  20. Jewel says:

    Ovid is ok but he’s still a part of the British tabloid press. I remember a few years ago he had a podcast where his cohost constantly passive aggressively bashed Meghan.

  21. ChattyCath says:

    Omid doesn’t identify as Muslim because he isn’t and mention of that word would send hordes with burning torches out to get him. I have friends who are Muslim Hindu Catholic Jewish all my friends because they are nice. Brexiteers no. Hearing some talk makes my blood run cold. Omid is being careful.