Meghan and Prince Harry’s upcoming biography Finding Freedom may be seen by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as a way to set the record straight on issues they were not able to speak for themselves, according to royal commentator Katie Nicholl. The expert said the Duchess of Sussex felt muted during her 18 months as a full-time working royal.
While the couple have distanced themselves from the book and have stated they did not collaborate with the authors, it is clear Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand have spoken with sources very close to the Sussexes, allowing Meghan and Harry’s true voice to be heard, Ms Nicholl added.
Arguing this book may be used by the Sussexes to correct some of the stories they deem incorrect, Ms Nicholl told ET online: “To give Meghan and Harry the chance, if not through their own voices, then through the voices of friends, confidants and people that they trust, to get their side of the story out there.
“They feel – Meghan, particularly – that she has been muted for most of her royal life, as short as it was.
“She didn’t have the opportunity to speak out to address her critics to get her side of events out.”
Meghan herself said she could not defend herself against criticism in legal documents filed as part of the ongoing case between the Duchess of Sussex and Associated Newspapers.
Meghan is suing this publisher after the Mail on Sunday printed extracts of her private letter to her father on the Mail on Sunday on February 2019.
Asked to explain by the legal team of Associated Newspapers, publisher of the Mail on Sunday as well as the Daily Mail and MailOnline, why the Duchess was “vulnerable” at the time of the newspaper printed her private letter to her father Thomas Markle Snr, Meghan’s legal team said: “The Claimant had become the subject of a large number of false and damaging articles by the UK tabloid media, specifically by the Defendant, which caused tremendous emotional distress and damage to her mental health.
“As her friends had never seen her in this state before, they were rightly concerned for her welfare, specifically as she was pregnant, unprotected by the Institution, and prohibited from defending herself.”
The level of details included in Finding Freedom has led many commentators to think Meghan and Harry may be two of the sources Mr Scobie and Ms Durand spoke to.
Ms Nicholl said: “There is a lot of speculation that they have spoken to Harry and Meghan themselves, something that the authors have denied, and something the Sussexes’ team have been keen to also play down.
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“They say that Meghan and Harry have had no official involvement with this biography, but it’s very clear that the authors have had access to sources incredibly close to Meghan and Harry.
“We get some really remarkable details about those first dates.
“Just the level of detail, that, for me, has been most impressive.
“I think the story is familiar to all of us now, but this is the first time we are really hearing it from Harry and Meghan’s perspective, and reading it in its entirety.
“This has made the book compelling and fascinating, but for the Royal Family, this book has been damaging because it has opened up old wounds.
“I think what’s very clear is that Meghan and Harry have wanted to get their side of the story across.
“This is clearly a couple who feel quite aggrieved by the fact that they’ve never been able to answer their critics.”
In regards to Prince Harry and Meghan’s collaboration with the book’s author, a spokesman for the couple said: He said: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not interviewed and did not contribute to Finding Freedom.
“This book is based on the authors’ own experiences as members of the royal press corps and their own independent reporting.”