Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family, will help “put some of those tabloid tales and gossip to rest” and “rehumanize” a couple they feel have been misrepresented and turned into “caricatures.”” data-reactid=”26″>As royal correspondents, Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand have closely witnessed it all, and hope their new book, Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family, will help “put some of those tabloid tales and gossip to rest” and “rehumanize” a couple they feel have been misrepresented and turned into “caricatures.”
His own experiences with the Sussexes are at odds with the “tabloid personas” and “vicious labels” they’ve been subjected to, he says, pointing to Meghan being mocked as “Duchess Difficult.”
“Many of her differences made her an outcast in a way,” he adds, noting that the biracial duchess was treated with “a little bit of xenophobia.” Her American habits also rankled some, he says, recalling a palace aide “appalled” by her tendency to offer hugs.
Ultimately, Scobie says, Harry and Meghan “grew increasingly frustrated with the narrative that was being built around them and how the palace did little to stop it.” And while Meghan is often accused of having her husband “under the thumb, or under some kind of spell” in order to mastermind his rift with the royals, Scobie insists that Harry is “very much in the driver’s seat” behind the decision to break free; being in an equal partnership with Meghan “emboldened” him to take action, but the prince is no puppet.
Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand’s Finding Freedom was published on Aug. 11. (Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
It’s “lazy” to assume that Meghan will return to acting, Scobie adds, but he does see her using her platform to become more engaged in the upcoming presidential election, bound to be a “very liberating experience” given the constraints she felt during her time with the famously apolitical royal family.
One thing Scobie doesn’t predict for the couple: a return to the royal lives they once knew.
“I can’t imagine them ever stepping back into their roles as working members of the royal family,” he tells Yahoo. “They’re too far forward at the moment. For a couple that don’t really live to regret, I can’t see them ever making that decision.”