Controversial new Harry and Meghan biography Finding Freedom was finally released on Tuesday and unleashed a new wave of revelations about the Sussexes’ strained relationship with the Royal family and Megxit.
But eyebrows have been raised by the fulsome praise heaped on the couple in the book by both the authors and an army of unnamed friends and sources.
Authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand provide very detailed accounts of the couple’s intimate moments and inner thoughts – but the Duke and Duchess of Sussex claim they were not interviewed and did not contribute to the book.
Scobie said that while they did not interview the couple, ‘many’ friends gave them insights – providing ‘a lens to the couple through their friends and their circle of aides’.
Palace insiders have described the book as ‘score settling’ after Harry and Meghan left the Royal Family for a life in Los Angeles – after suddenly announcing their intentions in January in a move that left The Queen ‘hurt’.
Royal expert Penny Junor, author of Prince Harry: Brother, Soldier, Son, Husband, told MailOnline: ‘The authors certainly have some extraordinarily personal and private details about Harry and Meghan, but the couple have said they didn’t speak to them directly and we have to take their word for it.
‘What seems absolutely clear, however, is that they colluded. If not, they would have kicked up a huge fuss about this book. I suspect they wanted to get their story and their feelings about how they were treated out into the public arena and have done so via friends who sound as though they were very well and carefully briefed.’
Among the passages in the book brimming with praise are:
‘Theirs was a love story that took hold in Africa – where now Meghan, on the last day of an incredible three-week stay, stretched her body into the perfect warrior pose. She quietly took in her surroundings from the grounds of their final home away from home on this trip, a modern villa in Livingstone, Zambia, just under ten miles upstream from Victoria Falls. The rising sun washed over her makeshift yoga garden, while an exotic flock of birds that looked as if they had just had their tails dipped in pots of colourful paints serenaded her.’
– Detail on the position Meghan stretched her body into during her Holiday to Botswana with Harry when they got engaged
‘Meghan’s willingness to help others and her drive to excel meant she often was deemed “fake” by classmates at school who felt it was impossible for anyone to be that “perfect”.’
– A section in the book which talks about Meghan’s time at school and her relationship with other students in her class.
‘A good friend of Meghan’s called her Grace Under Fire, because despite whatever pressure she was under she didn’t fall apart.’
– The authors reveal a nickname for the Duchess of Sussex given to her by an admiring friend.
Meghan is praised in the book for her packing skills during a trip to Africa with Harry
‘”For her to have been quiet for as long as she had, and then have this really safe space where she could give these heartfelt remarks, it was a really special moment,” the source said. “She spent so many years, whether on campus, on TV, or advocating for women to be empowered, speaking out. And she’s respected that. She does have a lot of respect for tradition, a lot of respect for the family and the institution that she has joined. But it’s just a different way of living. We’d missed hearing her speak.”’… ‘That’s our Meg. She just connects.’
– The moment Meghan gave a speech at her wedding reception is described in the book.
‘Extremely organized, Meghan immediately impressed Harry with her packing skills. She has always taken pride in being a great packer – going as far as layering dryer sheets in between her clothes to keep them smelling fresh and no matter her destination always bringing tea-tree oil for bites, cuts and pimples – and her skills were appreciated by the prince.’
– Finding Freedom explains Meghan’s packing abilities during her trip to Africa with Harry – giving detail on her skills.
‘”Launching the account was a somewhat liberating experience for Meghan” an aide shared. “Not having a platform of her own to talk directly to the public was one of the toughest changes for her, especially after building so much of her own brand on Instagram and her blog. @SussexRoyal meant that she finally had a place to curate”.’
– The book details Meghan’s feelings after launching the SussexRoyal Instagram account.
‘The entire event was classic Meghan: simple yet indulgent, fun in a quiet and intimate way – and all meticulously planned. From the time she was a student, juggling school and jobs, through her years grinding out auditions for bit parts, to her becoming a successful TV star who continued to push the boundaries of her career by launching a popular lifestyle website, Meghan always had a plan’
– A description of a hen do Meghan organised to Greece for her friend Lindsay Roth.
‘Jessica and her husband Ben – the eldest son of the former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney and the host of the entertainment show eTalk – were the city’s hottest young power couple. She parlayed the brand-name Canadian family she married into and her sense of style into a boutique career as an influencer, stylist, and wedding planner. Her Instagram feed was filled with pictures of domestic perfection – like Jessica with her long, blown-out brown hair, her blue eyes fringed in black lashes, reading a book on the floor with her adorable twin sons, Brian and John, her lean legs crossed and on her feet a pair of sky-high black stilettos.’
– A portrait of one of Meghan’s closest friends and her husband
The book describes a number of Harry and Meghan’s intimate moments including their first meeting in Soho House in London
Meghan’s friend Jessica Mulroney is described in detail in one part of the new biography
‘Harry is admittedly tough to impress, but he almost froze when he walked into the room and saw Meghan. He knew she was beautiful – he had seen the photos on her Instagram account and online – but she was even more stunning in person. Meghan wasn’t just beautiful. She was also different from women he was used to meeting, and Harry was intimidated by new situations’
– Harry and Meghan meet for the first time in Soho House.
‘Meghan, however, threw him off immediately. It wasn’t just her charming freckles, perfect smile, or American accents. Meghan is someone who works a room very well. In social settings, all eyes are drawn to her. She laughs a little louder, glows a little brighter. She’s self-assured in a way that attracts attention.’
– The book describes the effect Meghan has when anyone meets her in the flesh.
‘Harry was unusually candid for someone with his title, but he was also every bit the gentleman. Wherever they went, and to this day, he gestures for Meghan to go first. The short walk from the living room would have been no different’
– The couple’s third date in Kensington Palace details Harry’s polite manner,
‘The Tig was polished and optimistic. Whether it was Meghan walking a rugged coastline in a perfectly belted camel coat or a “Tig Talk” with famous pals like the actress Priyanka Chopra or a recipe for “spicy broccoli and hempseed stew”, the website was curated eye candy that she hoped would be “the breeding ground for ideas and excitement – for an inspired lifestyle”
– A description of Meghan’s lifestyle blog The Tig
‘Meghan got a firsthand glimpse of how Harry might be as a father, falling hard as he expertly won over the Mulroneys’ then six-year-old twins Brian and John and three-year-old daughter, Ivy. Already experienced in charming little ones, he never turned up empty-handed, instead arriving with small presents each visit. But it wasn’t just his generosity that endeared him to the kids. Harry was also willing to get on the floor with them to play or smush up his face against the window, his funny expressions never failing to earn a giggle.’
– Harry meets Jessica and Ben Mulroney again as they escape the ‘craziness’ of their relationship being made public.
‘Meghan was instantly intrigued by Misha’s effortless glamour, and Misha felt similarly about the actress’s fresh-faced interest.’
– Misha Nonoo’s meeting with Meghan in a Soho House event contains incredible detail on what each other were thinking.
‘During their two-hour drinks, Meghan sipped dirty martinis while the two discussed gun control, her career, her childhood dreams of becoming either president of the United States or a TV journalist, and her biracial upbringing. Piers was charmed.’
– Meghan meets Piers Morgan after messaging him on Twitter during her visit to London in 2016
‘He liked what he saw but didn’t necessarily think of drinks as anything more than a chance to be introduced to a woman he found attractive. He certainly could not have foreseen she would be the woman he would one day marry. What Meghan may have seen online could have easily convinced her to call the whole thing off.’
– The scene is painted for Meghan and Harry’s first date as they both check each other out online before they meet.
‘The move was a winner. As she shifted to the next person in line, she left a trail of compliments in her wake. One woman marvelled at how eagerly Meghan stopped down to speak with her three-year-old.’
– The authors explain onlookers meeting Meghan were left impressed by her bending down to talk to a child.
‘Harry and Meghan “chatted a lot” that evening which ended chastely with Harry returning to the palace. Still, their chemistry had been electric throughout the meal as they both flirted. A touch of an arm here, direct eye contact there. “Harry knew they would be together at that point,” a friend shared. “She was ticking every box fast”.’
–Detail of tiny body gestures in the private second date only one trusted waiter was allowed to serve at.
The book tells how Meghan was instantly intrigued by Misha Nonoo’s ‘effortless glamour’
‘Eugenie had always been more than just a cousin to Harry. They were also the closest of friends. Like Harry, Eugenie is loyal, honest and fun.’
– The book talks about a double date the pair head with Princess Eugenie and her then boyfriend Jack Brooksbank in enthusiastic terms.
‘Aides suggested it would be best for Harry to cut his trip short and quietly return to London, his minimal security now something of an issue. But the prince wasn’t having it. He wasn’t budging. If things were going to get tricky, there was nowhere else he’d rather be than at Meghan’s side.’
– The authors tell of the moment Harry and Meghan find out their relationship is going to be made public in a newspaper.
‘Although Meghan was a trained actress, this was an audition like no other, and she wanted to impress her future royal relatives.’
– The book describes Meghan’s agony over what to buy the Royal Family is explained
‘Part of what helped Meghan get through this difficult time was her faith. “Her relationship with God and with the church is extremely important to her,’ a close friend said. “That’s something most people do not know about her”.’
– Discussing the perceived betrayal of her old school friend Ninaki Priddy, who claimed she wasn’t shocked at all by the news of Meghan’s engagement because ‘she was always fascinated by the Royal Family’
Meghan and Harry are pictured in a photoshoot announcing their engagement
Former Suits actress Meghan was said to find buying for the Royals an ‘audition like no other’
‘That summer the couple welcomed a new addition to the family, a black Labrador rescue they named after Botswana’s currency: Pula. The word means “rain” in the Bantu language of Setswana – and for very good reason. With its semi-arid terrains, the country considers rain valuable and a blessing, Just like the high-energy pooch.
– Harry and Meghan’s Labrador’s name is revealed and explained in the book.
‘Despite the large number of guests at the evening reception, the dinner was a truly intimate affair – especially when compared to the pomp and circumstance of the afternoon witnessed by millions.’
– The book describes the 200-strong wedding reception for the couple.
‘Sipping coffee of tea together in the kitchen every morning became a ritual. Then they took turns making breakfast from the organic seasonal produce they ordered from nearby Daylesford Farm or the groceries they had delivered by Waitrose.
– The authors explain Harry and Meghan’s breakfast and food shopping routine.
‘By not partying like most of her normal college kids. Her friends would never run into Meg, as they called her, at a bar in the middle of the week. Friday nights, when her sorority sisters were all going out to parties, Meg was headed to professors’ houses to babysit.’
– The book describes the work ethic of a young Meghan at college.
‘London was starting to feel like home. On many nights, she and Harry curled up in his modest living room, binge-watching TV (Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad were favourites).
‘They emerged from time to time, visiting the Notting Hill movie theatre the Electric Cinema to see Hidden Figures or grabbing a bite to eat.
– The book describes Harry and Meghan’s courtship in London
The Prince of Wales’ official 70th photograph with his family is described as a planning ‘nightmare’
This morning saw the controversial biography of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as it was finally released after weeks of revelations about the couple’s departure from the Royal Family and rift with Prince William and Kate.
The book offers new insights into Harry’s falling out with William and how the couple felt ‘thrown under the bus’, after the disagreements started started when the Prince’s older brother referred to Meghan as ‘this girl’ and voiced concerns that he might be rushing the romance.
The authors say Harry ‘felt people working with his brother had put things out there to make William look good, even if it meant throwing Harry under the bus’.
Excerpts from the book have already revealed many inside details about the couple’s departure from the Royal Family, including how the couple considered driving straight to confront the ‘devastated’ Queen about Megxit after returning from Canada in January.
Sources close to the couple also claim in the book that royal aides feared Meghan and Harry’s popularity was eclipsing that of the Royal Family itself – and says the couple were jealous of William and Kate getting the best roles and ‘didn’t feel supported’ by the royals.
Among the fresh revelations in the book are:
- Meghan Markle formed such a close bond with Prince Charles that she considers him her ‘second father’;
- Meghan was often ‘seen carrying binders full of research on Royal protocol’ so she didn’t put a foot wrong;
- The Queen gave Meghan a royal masterclass in protocol and described Meghan as ‘very clever and good’;
- Harry felt he was ‘thrown under the bus’ by aides working for his brother Prince William;
- Royal courtiers feared the brother’s falling out ‘could spell the end of the monarchy’;
- Meghan left the UK ’emotionally bruised and exhausted’ after her last frosty event with William and Kate;
- Russian hackers stole hundreds of their personal photos in 2018 after gaining access to an online account.
Addressing the rift between Prince William and Prince Harry, the book says the falling out led senior royal courtiers to fear for the future of the monarchy.
The Queen was said to be ‘concerned’ after the brothers falling out while Harry believed he and Meghan were ‘thrown under the bus’ to protect other members of the family.
A courtier told the authors of Finding Freedom that a crisis meeting was held in 2019 to ‘protect the monarchy.’
Harry had fallen out with his brother after he voiced concerns that he might be rushing his romance with Meghan.
The book says Harry considered this remark as ‘snobbish’ and relations between the once inseparable brothers worsened when Harry and Meghan moved out of Kensington Palace and split up the so called ‘Fab Four’ by setting up their own team to market the SussexRoyal brand.
The authors said courtiers realised that if the brothers were at war the Monarchy might not survive.
One courtier was quoted as saying: “It’s no secret, the future of this monarchy relies solely on the four people currently in Kensington Palace. The public popularity only lies with them . . . When he [the Prince of Wales] becomes King, the only way it lasts is if the four of them are not at war. We cannot have them at war.”
A source told the authors: “Harry was upset that it was playing out so publicly and that so much of the information being reported was wrong.
Finding Freedom has been released today
“There had been moments where he felt people working with his brother had put things out there to make William look good, even if it meant throwing Harry under the bus.
‘It was a confusing time, and his head was all over the place—he didn’t know who or what to believe, and he and William weren’t talking enough either, which made everything a lot worse.’
The falling out culminated at the Sussexes last public engagement in March 2019 before officially leaving Royal duties.
The book claims that Harry and Meghan greeted William and Kate with smiles but claims the Cambridges ‘barely acknowledged’ them.
And the couple left the service ‘hurt’ that they had been left off the official order of service which they took as a snub.
The book tells how Meghan formed such a close bond with Prince Charles that she considers him her ‘second father’.
She is said to have found her father-in-law ‘supportive and loving’ from the moment she was introduced to him. A source told the authors that Meghan doesn’t consider Charles a father in law but a ‘second father’.
Charles had walked Meghan down the aisle at her Windsor wedding when her own father Thomas Markle was forced to pull out due to health reasons.
He had also embarrassed the soon to be wed couple by colluding with a photo agency for a series of staged shots, leading to a rift between father and daughter.
Finding Freedom author Omid Scobie says Meghan was the victim of ‘racist and sexist tropes’ in Britain and blames the monarchy for Megxit row because Royals refused to accept the Sussexes’ demands
The Duchess of Sussex was the victim of ‘racist and sexist tropes’ in Britain from commentators and royal courtiers who were resistant to change, the author of the controversial new biography Finding Freedom claimed today.
Omid Scobie’s book was finally released today after weeks of revelations from its pages telling Harry and Meghan’s side of the Megxit story.
It offers highly personal insights – although Scobie and co-author Carolyn Durand claim they did not interview Harry and Meghan, and the couple did not co-operate.
They do say, however, that ‘many’ friends gave them details for the book and that every revelation is confirmed by at least two sources.
Scobie said the authors ‘had a lens to the couple through their friends and their circle of aides’ as well as covering the couple’s private and public engagements.
Scobie and Durand have also blamed the monarchy for the bitterness of the Megxit row, saying it was the institution’s resistance to change and refusal to accept Harry and Meghan’s demands that led to the row over their departure from royal duties.
Scobie told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme how he felt Harry and Meghan had ‘clearly tried to do their best to make it work’ before Megxit took place in March.
He added: ‘They even went as far as presenting a potential roadmap for how they would navigate their roles moving forward, and ultimately it was the institution that turned back on them and told them what they had presented just wasn’t an option.
‘And so this is a couple that really wanted to make it work, but ultimately I think the setup of the royal institution just isn’t built for change on that dramatic a level.’
Scobie also claimed that Meghan was the subject of a narrative calling her ‘Duchess Difficult’ amid reports of her disagreements with palace staff.
Among the aides who left the palace in the months after the royal wedding were communications expert Samantha ‘the Panther’ Cohen and assistant Melissa Toubati.
The book claimed the couple had ‘grown dissatisfied’ with Toubati and were ‘not disappointed when she left’, despite a royal aide praising her as ‘hugely talented’.
And it claims the couple were ‘forced to let go’ of their son Archie’s night nurse during her second shift ‘for being unprofessional’, without going into further details.
Senior aides were also said to have been unimpressed by Meghan’s lavish baby shower in New York in February 2019 with ‘what looked like carefully stage-managed paparazzi walks of the duchess in big black sunglasses from her hotel to her car and a laundry list of insider party details’.
Scobie also told ITV’s Lorraine that commentary about Meghan ‘used every kind of sexist and racist trope that we attach to successful women and women of colour’.
The book says Charles was equally fond of Meghan who a friend of the Prince described as a ‘sassy, confident beautiful American.’
The authors write: ‘Meghan had her own reasons for admiring her father-in-law, who had poignantly walked her down the aisle when her own father let her down.’
At the time, a trusted confidant said Meghan ‘found such a supportive and loving father in Charles, which has really changed her life for the better.’
Not a father-in-law but a ‘second father,’ according to the source.
A friend of Charles’s said that the Prince of Wales had ‘taken a real shine to Meghan. She’s a sassy, confident, beautiful American. He likes very strong, confident women.
‘She’s bright, and she’s self-aware, and I can see why they’ve struck up a very quick friendship.’
Charles liked Meghan’s energy. ‘The Prince of Wales has always been fond of people from the Arts, like Emma Thompson, who he’s been mates with for years,’ another source said.
The book says Meghan enjoyed a close friendship with Camilla and struck up a close rapport with the Queen with the former actress keen to learn everything about royal life.
They had their first engagement together on June 14th 2018 on a trip to Chester with a source telling the authors the Queen had confidence in Meghan as she is ‘very clever and good at understanding what’s required.’
Writing about the visit authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand wrote: ‘The Queen was wonderful, warm, and generous toward the new Duchess,’ a source close to Her Majesty said.
‘She made sure Meghan knew what was going on and made her feel very much at home because it was her first trip.’ Indeed, before the two stepped off the train, the Queen gifted Meghan with a delicate pair of pearl-and-diamond earrings.
Meghan, an avid learner studying all she could on royal protocol, was often seen carrying binders full of research so she didn’t put a foot wrong. She took her new role incredibly seriously. That day was different, though; she was getting a royal master class in training from the Queen herself.’
Meghan left the Royal Family ’emotionally bruised’ after frosty final encounter with William and Kate
Another revelation in the book is that the Duchess of Sussex burst into tears after the ‘raw emotion’ of leaving the royal family hit home on one of her final engagements, following a frosty final encounter with Prince William and Kate.
The authors of ‘Finding Freedom’ revealed that tears flowed as Meghan said farewell to close members of her support team after Harry had joined her at Buckingham Palace following a presentation ceremony.
It was her penultimate royal engagement and Meghan had met with 22 students who had received scholarships from the Association of Commonwealth Universities. Meghan was patron having taken over from the Queen in 2019.
After the ceremony Prince Harry quietly slipped into room 1884 – where the Queen often receives her most important visitors – to see his wife.
His appearance and the reality that ‘Megxit’ was happening led to all Meghan’s pent up emotion coming out, according to the authors.
The authors wrote: ‘After the meeting it was time to move on to the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey. That was when Harry quietly slipped through the door of the 1844 Room to say hello, and the reality—and the emotions—finally set in
‘Meghan turned around to hug goodbye the last remaining people in the room, including an author of this book. With the state room almost empty except for a few familiar faces, the tears the duchess had been holding back were free to flow.
‘She embraced some of the dedicated team members whose tireless efforts—to promote the couple’s work, launch landmark projects, and deal with the near-daily crises brought on by the tabloids—had come to an abrupt end. ‘I can’t believe this is it,’ she said, hugging one the young female aides she had become close with.
‘Though Team Sussex was a much smaller operation than the more sophisticated offices at Clarence House and Kensington Palace, in the short space of a year since setting up, they had become like family.
At the end of the engagement, Harry joined Meghan and gave her a hug before she quickly changed into her clothes for the Commonwealth Service. ‘The last hat for a while, guys!’ Meghan said with a smile, her tears now wiped away.’
It was at the Commonwealth service that the frosty relationship between brothers William and Harry and their wives was laid bare.
Kate was said by the authors to have avoided eye contact with Meghan with her husband simply nodding towards Harry.
After the service Meghan booked the first flight to Canada and left the UK ’emotional bruised and exhausted’.
Harry and Meghan would snuggle up in a sofa and ‘binge watch’ the TV series ‘Game of Thrones’ as their romance blossomed
The couple also enjoyed watching the hugely popular crime drama ‘Breaking Bad’ and Disney movies such as ‘The Lion King’
The viewing tastes of the royal couple were revealed in the eagerly awaited biography ‘Finding Freedom’ which is published today.
The authors said the couple spent much of their time during the early days of their romance ‘curled up’ in Harry’s modest living room watching TV.
They said they would emerge ‘from time to time’ to visit a nearby cinema in Notting Hill and afterwards grab a bite to eat.
The authors write:’ London was starting to feel like home. On many nights, she and Harry curled up in his modest living room, binge-watching TV (Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad were favourites).
‘They also had the same taste in films. Fans of Disney, they loved to watch movies like Moana and The Lion King.
‘And thanks to the arrival of awards season in the United States, Meghan was also in possession of a stack of screeners sent out to voters and SAG-AFTRA members. Because Meghan was a member, the pair were able to view the year’s best cinema from the comfort of their own home.
‘They emerged from time to time, visiting the Notting Hill movie theatre the Electric Cinema to see Hidden Figures or grabbing a bite to eat.
They had their tried-and-true spots, including Soho House, the site of their first meeting, and the Sands End, a rustic style gastropub in Fulham owned by Mark Dyer. The former Welsh Guards officer—who accompanied Harry on his gap year—had always been on hand to offer the prince advice and support.’
The book reveals that while in London Meghan was able to fly under the radar and make regular shopping trips to Whole Foods in Kensington High Streeti n West London.
The book reveals that while in London Meghan was able to fly under the radar and make regular shopping trips to Whole Foods in Kensington High Streetin West London.
The couple had flown out for the nuptial of Harry’s close friend Thomas Inskip and had purposely booked a secluded room at the Round Hill Hotel in Montego Bay.
As they embraced on the balcony a photographer was able to get his shots – despite Harry being assured all 110 acres of the resort would be closed to the public.
Meghan was also photographed in her tiny swimsuits’ frolicking in the sea with the prince, according to the book.
Harry was ‘apoplectic with rage and told palace aides to make sure the photos were never published.
‘Do whatever needs to be done’ Harry is reported in the book as saying.
The authors continue: ‘In their villa bedroom, Harry was angry and shouting while Meghan was concerned. She more than understood his feelings about media intrusion, how that deep distrust had formed after his mother’s death and had never gone away, bubbling up each time a reporter took their efforts to get a story too far.
‘But she had never seen him like this. In past incidents with the paparazzi, Meghan had usually been able to find the right words to soothe his anger.
‘Often, she was the only one able to calm Harry down when he got into one of his moods. In Jamaica, however, he remained frustrated for days. He was in such a state that even his buddies remarked on his dour mood.
‘Although Meghan had never seen this side of Harry before, she wasn’t put off by it. Instead, she was sad to see him so affected.’
The book also details how Harry cut off contact with his friend Inskip after he voiced concern that he was rushing into romance with Meghan.
The pair later got back on speaking terms.
The book also revealed the Prince of Wales’ official 70th birthday photograph with his family was a ‘nightmare’ to plan because his sons blew ‘hot and cold’ with their father.
But the book also comments on how when Charles contracted Covid-19, Harry immediately telephoned his father to find out how the 71-year-old was doing.
Co-authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand wrote in the book: ‘The boys can be hot and cold with their father’ disclosed a source, who gave the example of planning the photo session for Charles’ 70th birthday, which they called ‘an absolute nightmare’.
‘Neither William nor Harry made much of an effort to make themselves available’, the source said.’
Charles’ 70th birthday in 2018 was marked by the release of two official images, featuring the heir to the throne sat on a bench with Prince George on his knee, and sat next to him was the Duchess of Cornwall and Princess Charlotte.
Stood behind the prince and his wife were William and Kate, with the duchess holding Prince Louis, and Harry and Meghan.
The book also claims how the relationship between Charles and Harry was more complicated than a traditional father and son bond.
The authors wrote in Finding Freedom: ‘While Charles may be father to Harry, he’s also their boss, and that makes the relationship complex for a number of reasons’, a source added.
‘Charles is extremely focused on his public image, and there have been times Harry has felt that has taken precedence over everything else’, the source said.’
The book looks back over the events of the last few years, from when the couple first met and fell in love, their decision to step down as working royals in order to have financial freedom and the first few weeks of the coronavirus lockdown.
But the relationship between Harry and his father is understood to have moved on from the start of the year when the duke sat down to negotiate with the Queen, Charles and William about his future role.
When Charles caught coronavirus in March, the concern aroused in his son is thought to have brought the pair closer.
The book says: ‘The doctors described the Prince of Wales as in ‘good spirits’ and his symptoms as mild, it was still enough to fill Harry with worry.
‘He immediately called Charles at Birkhall, his Scottish home where he was now quarantined. Harry regularly checked in on his father until he was out of quarantine and recovered – as well as Camilla, who isolated herself as precaution.’
The Duchess of Sussex underwent SAS training after being sent ‘absolutely terrifying and stomach churning’ threats when she joined the royal family, according to the sensational book Finding Freedom.
She took part in a mock kidnapping and taught how to establish a relationship with her abductors as well as being ‘saved’ from a hostage situation by officers firing fake guns.
The book, which is published today, revealed that Meghan was rushed into her two day training session after she and Harry received a large number of threats when their relationship became public.
A source told authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand that Meghan found the experience ‘ extremely intense and scary’.
Senior members of the Royal family such as Prince Charles and Prince William have undergone the training course at the SAS HQ in Hereford.
The authors said Meghan’s took place before she was officially a member of the royal family due to the high level of threats received by Palace staff.
An aide said: ‘There have been some absolutely terrifying and stomach churning threats made to Meghan since she started dating Harry.
‘Unfortunately, they continued for some time.’
The hate mail culminated with security teams intercepting an envelope that was feared to contain the deadly toxin Anthrax.
The authors write:’ While on the outside it seemed to be much like any other piece of mail received by the busy mail room based at Clarence House, this one was filled with racist musings and unidentified white powder.
‘The material feared to be anthrax, turned out to be harmless. At least physically.
The bombshell biography also reveals how Russian hackers were able to steal hundreds of personal photos in September 2018 after gaining access to an online account set up to hold photos of the couple.
Among those stolen in the devastating data breach were unseen photos of Harry and Meghan and the Queen taken at their wedding.
While some of the images were leaked online they were dismissed as fake.
A source told the authors the data leak was a ‘wake up call’ for the couple and they improved security.
The authors wrote:’ On September 12 2018, a computer programmer based in Russia managed to hack an online cloud storage account that contained over two hundred unseen photos of Harry And Meghan that had been taken by the photographer Alexi Lubomirski.
‘Among the stole images were pictures of the couple sharing personal moments during their engagement photo series as well as others from their wedding day reception( including some of the Queen).
‘The large set also included outtakes with eyes half closed and other unflattering moments meant for the trash can.
‘The hacker leaked a handful of photos to Tumblr ( photo sharing site) Many fans assumed they were fake, photo shopped images but behind the scenes there was concern at Kensington Palace when they received a tip about the security breach.
‘Harry and Meghan were ‘alarmed to hear that it was so easy to get such personal files of theirs’.
Concern over their safety was also behind the move from rented country home in Oxfordshire to Nottingham Cottage,part of Kensington Palace in London.
A source told the authors pregnant Meghan felt ‘vulnerable’ in the countryside and it prompted their move back into London.
The source said while the area was safe ‘being out in the middle of the countryside, where you don’t know who is out there at night or if someone has managed to sneak nearby’ was enough for them to move out.
Meghan Markle’s faith plays a central role in her life while prayer and conversations with God have got her through the ‘darkest moments’, a source claims in Finding Freedom.
Discussing the perceived betrayal of her old school friend Ninaki Priddy, who claimed she wasn’t shocked at all by the news of Meghan’s engagement because ‘she was always fascinated by the Royal Family’, the friend of the duchess told the authors: ‘Part of what helped Meghan get through this difficult time was her faith.
‘Her relationship with God and with her church is extremely important to her. That’s something most people do not know about her. It plays a central role in her life, as an individual, as a woman.’
They added: ‘When I talk about her faith being a big part of her life, it’s her faith in God. It’s her faith in her family. Her faith in the people closest to her.’
Meghan Markle DID take offence to Princess Michael of Kent’s blackamoor brooch that she wore to Christmas lunch and thought it was ‘insensitive’ towards her African American heritage, biography claims
The Duchess of Sussex felt Princess Michael of Kent’s controversial ‘blackamoor’ brooch ‘sent a message’ after the royal wore the jewel to the Queen’s Christmas lunch, according to new biography Finding Freedom.
Princess Michael of Kent, 75, came under fire in for wearing the jewellery to the Queen’s event at Buckingham Palace in 2017, which was the first attended by Meghan Markle, 39.
The book, out today and co-authored by journalists Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, claims that ‘in the back of Meghan’s mind, she wondered if there wasn’t a message being sent in the pin of the torso of an African man wearing a gold turban and ornate clothing.’
Finding Freedom provides an intimately detailed and personalised version of the events leading up to the Sussexes’ dramatic departure from royal life, with co-authors Scobie and Durand insisting ‘all information in this book has at least two sources’.
Meghan Markle, 39, felt Princess Michael of Kent, 75, was ‘sending a message’ with her controversial ‘blackamoor’ brooch worn to the Duchess’ first Christmas lunch with the royal family (pictured, at the event in 2017)
Princess Michael of Kent found herself under fire in 2017 after she wore a ‘blackamoor’ brooch to the Queen’s Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, attended by Meghan
Princess Michael, who is married to the Queen’s cousin, Prince Michael, could clearly be seen wearing the jewellery on her coat as she drove through the gates days before Christmas.
She was not sat at the same table as Meghan but would have been introduced to her at the intimate, private gathering.
Blackamoor are a genre of figurines, small sculptures or jewellery which depict largely men, but sometimes women, with black skin usually from the 18th century.
Many will be worth £10,000 or more.
The princess lives in an apartment at Kensington Palace, just a stone’s throw from Harry and Meghan’s cottage in the grounds.
At the time, Princess Michael was roundly condemned on social media with comments ranging from: ‘Has no-one noticed the blackamoor pin that Princess Michael of Kent is wearing.? Really? Meghan Markle official meets the family and is greeted by THIS?’
Another attacked her for her ‘racist jewellery’, while a third added: ‘I hope the Queen is going to ban this horrible woman from any further gatherings. This woman is an embarrassment to the Royal Family.
The royal, who is married to the Queen’s cousin, Prince Michael, could clearly be seen wearing the jewellery on her coat as she drove through the gates (pictured, a similar brooch)
Blackamoor: 18th century art and jewellery linked to ‘racial conquest’
Princess Michael of Kent donned the blackamoor brooch for the monarch’s annual family lunch in December 2017
Blackamoor jewellery and art was extremely popular in the 18th Century.
But they are now considered to be highly racially insensitive and the word blackamoor has been condemned as a term of abuse for anyone with a dark skin.
In recent years there have been petitions for galleries and hotels to remove them,
Blackamoors first emerged during the Middle Ages when Europeans first encountered the Moors, dark-skinned Muslims from North Africa and the Middle East who came to occupy various parts of the continent.
The African figure is typically depicted with a turban, dressed in lavish jewels and are commonly fixed in positions of servitude—such as footmen or waiters. They are usually carved from ebony or painted black in the case of porcelain.
While they became an art form in the 17th and 18th centuries, particularly in Italy, many believe the figures suggest ‘racial conquest’.
According to the book, the choice to wear the the brooch to the event was ‘at the bare minimum’ an ‘insensitivity to Meghan’s African American Roots and the racism she had encountered since pairing up with Harry.’
The authors write: ‘When it comes to royal fashion, much thought goes into every detail.
‘Princess Michael’s choice of brooch could have simple been a mistake, but in the back of Meghan’s mind, she wondered if there wasn’t a message being sent in the pin of the torso of an African man wearing a gold turban and ornate clothing.’
A spokesperson for Princess Michael said at the time that she was ‘very sorry and distressed’ for wearing the brooch, adding it was a gift she’s worn many times before, without controversy.
The full statement said: ‘The brooch was a gift and has been worn many times before.
‘Princess Michael is very sorry and distressed that it has caused offence.’
However, the authors of Finding Freedom write that Meghan felt ‘the damage was done.’
They write: ‘Regardless, the damage had been done, particularly since the Queen’s purpose had been to make Meghan, who had just moved to England, feel at home for the holidays.’
It was not the first time that the royal, dubbed Princess Pushy, has found herself at the centre of a racist row.
In 2004 she was accused of insulting a party of black diners at a smart New York restaurant by allegedly telling them to ‘go back to the colonies’ in a row over noise.
The princess strongly denied the allegations, claiming to have said she would be ‘ready to go back to the colonies’ during a dispute about noise with the other table.
But she subsequently went on to make a series of toe-curling remarks in a television interview about the incident, referring to African people as ‘adorable’.
Talking of her extensive travels through Africa she said: ‘I even pretended years ago to be an African, a half-caste African, but because of my light eyes I did not get away with it, but I dyed my hair black.
‘I travelled on African buses. I wanted to be a writer. I wanted experiences from Cape Town to right up in northern Mozambique. I had this adventure with these absolutely adorable, special people and to call me racist: it’s a knife through the heart because I really love these people.’