Most little girls dream of becoming a princess one day, and while movies like ‘The Princess Diaries’ and ‘Ever After’ sell the idea of huge castles and lavish banquets, in reality it can be far from the truth.
Well… that is at least according to the new tell-all book Finding Freedom by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand.
It reveals unique insights into the couple stepping down from their royal duties earlier this year.
The explosive book dishes all the secrets on how Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and their son Archie planned their exit from Royal life; how The Queen was ‘blindsided’; and the back-handed scheming behind closed doors.
Written by the royal reporters, the biography hasn't seen any contribution from Harry or Meghan. It is solely based on the authors' experiences as royal press members and sources close to the couple.
The Times and The Sunday Times have been serializing the much-anticipated book ahead of its publication. The many claims in the book's first extracts reveal the rift between the royal family.
Here are 12 things that we have learned so far about Finding Freedom — and the big reveal:
Prince Harry and Meghan did not actually contribute to the book The book’s blurb states that it was “written with the participation of those closest to the couple” and that the authors had “unique access” to the royals. But it has now come out that representatives for Harry and Meghan said they couple had nothing to do with the book.
The first "I love you" came three months after the couple started dating The co-authors of Finding Freedom have claimed that the Duke told his to-be wife that he loved her three months after they had started dating. The book quotes a friend of Meghan, saying that Prince Harry professed his love to the former suits actor, and she was quick to reply and admit her love for him. "For Meghan, she was all in. Nothing could get her to slow down, not even a friend who cautioned her about getting involved with Harry," states an excerpt from the book. Meghan was said to leave "clues" on her Instagram about her relationship with Prince Harry. She posted a Love Hearts sweet image inscribed with "Kiss Me". The image's caption from the night they went on a date read "Lovehearts in London".
Giving up her life for the royal family Meghan told her friend in March that she was hurt by media reports on how leaving the royal family was entirely her idea after giving up her "entire life" for the royal family. "I was willing to do whatever it takes. But here we are. It's very sad,'" states another excerpt from the book.
Prince William wanted Harry to not be "blinded by lust" Prince William was cautious of the budding relationship from the very beginning. The book claims that the Duke of Cambridge wanted to ensure that Meghan had no ill-intentions fir Harry. "After all, these are two brothers that have spent their whole lives with people trying to take advantage of them," reveals an excerpt. The book states that the brothers had "developed a radar" to detect anyone who'd want to take advantage of them. Since William didn't know much about the former Suits actress, he wanted to confirm that his brother "wasn't blinded by lust".
Trust issues with Meghan The book states how royal family members were wary of Meghan and don't have faith in the couple's relationship. When they started dating, a senior royal member allegedly referred to Meghan as "Harry's showgirl". Another member was overheard saying that Meghan came with a lot of baggage and that there was "something about her" that he didn't trust.
Taking a 'back seat' in the royal family According to the book, the couple grew frustrated as they had to take a backseat to other royal family members. The book reads that while both William and Meghan respected the hierarchy of the royal institution, it was difficult for them to focus on a project and had to wait as a more senior member had a tour or initiative at the same time.
Harry, more than Meghan, wanted out of the Royal life It can be tough being a prince, but even more so when your father and brother are arguable more prominent than what you are. With every new Royal birth, Harry gets pushed further down the Line of Succession – currently in 6th place. According to the book, “increasingly Harry had grown frustrated that he and Meghan often took a back seat to other family members.”
The ‘Men in Grey Suits’ and jealousy from other Royals. When the couple got married, their public prominence skyrocketed past his brother and even Prince Charles. The book details that some of the ‘old guard’ (which the late Princess Diana referred to as ‘the men in grey suits’) felt that the couple “needed to be reined in” and that some “simply didn’t like Meghan and would stop at nothing to make her life difficult.”
The couple became frustrated with the rules Prince Harry has always been a bit of a rule-breaker. Remember the time he showed up to a costume party dressed as Hitler? Then it should be no surprise that he and Meghan didn’t really agree with following all the Royal rules and regulations. “Highly emotional and fiercely protective of his wife and son, Harry was drained by the unique circumstances of his family,” it is written. The life didn’t allow them “to operate as an actual family.”
Palace staff really didn’t like the couple It seems that the palace staff really had it in for the couple. “Every conversation, every issue, every personal disagreement, whatever it may be, involves staff,” the book describes. On staffer referred to the couple and their team as “the squeaky third wheel”.
Harry read the comments from online articles There is an unspoken internet rules to ‘never read the comments’ but it seems that Harry just couldn’t help himself. Scrolling through the comments on an article called ‘Doesn’t the Queen deserve better?’, the book says that Harry told a friend later that “These people are just paid trolls. Nothing but trolls . . . and it’s disgusting.”
The Royal exit had been nine months in the making To the public it might seem that Harry and Meghan’s decision to leave the Royal life behind came overnight. But according to a source in the book, the couple planned their getaway as far back as March last year. “What it's unlikely to reveal is how it subsequently emerged that Harry and Meghan had been quietly plotting their exit from the Royal Family for at least nine months before they finally announced their decision to quit in January. That hurt a lot of people who had bent over backwards to protect them.”
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