There has been much anticipation surrounding a new book about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, set to be released this summer. Titled Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family, the biography promises to offer unprecedented insight into the couple.
The forthcoming book is written by royal editor Omid Scobie and Emmy-winning producer and writer Carolyn Durand who describe their work as the "definitive story of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex," written with the intent to "tell an accurate version of their journey and finally present the truth of misreported stories that have become gospel simply because of the amount of times they have been repeated."
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have denied contributing to the book. A spokesman for the Sussexes, who now live in California, said in a statement: "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."
Now the book is being serialised in the Times with the first extracts suggesting tension behind the scenes as Prince Harry and Meghan planned their exit from royal life.
"There were just a handful of people working at the palace they could trust," the authors write. "A friend of the couple's referred to the old guard as 'the vipers'. Meanwhile, a frustrated palace staffer described the Sussexes' team as 'the squeaky third wheel' of the palace."
According to the excerpt, relations between the Sussexes and Cambridges deteriorated following Prince Harry and Meghan's decision in January to step back as working members of the royal family. By March, at the Commonwealth Service, the couple were excluded from the Queen's procession and tensions were clearly visible.
"The decision [to be excluded] had been made without their consultation, and they were informed long after the 2,000 orders of service had been printed for guests, with their names notably absent," the book says. "Although Meghan tried to make eye contact with Kate, the duchess barely acknowledged her."
As for the suggestion that the Sussexes' departure was due to the Duchess, the authors say: "The media speculated that Meghan was behind the decision for the couple to step back, but few knew how much she sacrificed to try to make it work. As Meghan tearfully told a friend in March: ‘I gave up my entire life for this family. I was willing to do whatever it takes. But here we are. It’s very sad’."
Finding Freedom is available to buy on 11th August. Extracts will be published in the Times and Sunday Times in the coming days.
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