Yesterday, The Independent published selected excerpts from the new epilogue included in the paperback edition of Finding Freedom. I had been wondering if Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand would drop any new tea, or whether the gossip would be somewhat lukewarm and the British media would just freak out about it anyway. It’s sort of in-between – most of the hysteria I’m seeing is over stuff we’ve known for months, stuff from the Oprah interview which has just been repackaged. But there are a few new details and of course the Daily Mail is trying to make this into the latest scandal of the year. Interestingly, the stuff that I find to be “new” is not expounded upon by the Mail. Weird! From the Mail:
The book alleges that palace courtiers had lied to the media over Meghan and Harry’s wishes on the issue of Archie not being made a prince, claiming that the couple did in fact want this option.
The epilogue also claims Meghan had no idea that diamond earrings given to her as a wedding present were from Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi prince accused of ordering the murder of a journalist.
The book also suggests that Meghan personally contacted one of the authors to see if they were OK after they allegedly received abuse on social media.
[From The Daily Mail]
Yeah, of course the Sussexes were interested in Archie getting a prince title. They associated the title (correctly) with security and protection. The Oprah interview didn’t delve into the specifics beyond the title issue when Charles is king, but I would guess that Harry and Meghan were told that Archie couldn’t have a title from the word go. As for those earrings – yeah, I believe Meghan had no idea. I think she was just told that the earrings were a wedding gift.
The big headline today – one which the Mail bungled in their own racist hysteria – is that Meghan apparently seriously considered naming “the royal racist” who asked about what the skin color would be of Meghan and Harry’s then-future children. Page Six had much better coverage:
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were on the brink of exposing the royal they claim made racist remarks before their son Archie’s birth — before deeming the detail too “damaging.” In an updated edition of the biography “Finding Freedom” seen by Page Six, authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand allege that the couple considered “sharing this detail” in their sensational TV interview with Oprah Winfrey. Markle, however, shut the idea down, and allegedly told Winfrey: “I think it would be very damaging to them.”
Scobie and Durand said the unaddressed race allegations have threatened the royal family’s reputation around the globe, with a Buckingham Palace staffer telling them: “There is a feeling that if it’s ignored it will go away, but surely by now they should have learned that never happens?”
Markle is said to have found the interview — in which she claimed to have been left suicidal at life behind Palace walls — “cathartic” and “liberating.” The Queen did not watch it, the book states.
While Harry and William have been in regular contact, Harry and his father Charles were only on “light speaking terms” at Prince Philip’s funeral, the book claims.
It adds that although emotions within the Royal Family are still “raw” over the Oprah interview, a source close to the couple allegedly said “it will force people to talk in order for the healing to begin,” although the source admitted that “it will take time to get past the hurt. There has to be some acknowledgment of understanding about what the Sussexes went through in order for there to be progress,” the source added.
However, another royal family source said: “Where we are today versus where we were six months ago, versus where we were twelve months ago … there is actually progress. There are efforts on all sides.” Speaking after Harry’s visit to the UK for the funeral, a friend of his said: “While there’s so much work to be done, this visit has broken the ice … pushed a closed door slightly ajar.”
At least two further conversations took place between the brothers during Harry’s eight-day trip, according to sources. This made for easier communication between the pair as they continue to plan another tribute to their mother, Princess Diana.
“Both brothers are deeply devoted to carrying on their mother’s legacy and no amount of hurt feelings would ever get in the way of that,” said Harry’s friend. “It is an absolute priority and even amidst this other stuff, they simply wouldn’t proceed without one another together.”
Harry also tried to be there for his father, Prince Charles, at the funeral, as a source said: “Though there were many unresolved issues, Harry wanted nothing more than to make sure Prince Charles felt supported in his time of need. However brief their conversations, they were steps forward in a necessary healing process for the pair.”
About the Sussexes’ move to California — the book says they have never once regretted it.
[From Page Six]
So, basically, Harry and William will always have some kind of contact because of their mom. And Harry would like to have some kind of relationship with his father but it sounds like Charles is holding him at arm’s length. As for naming the royal racist… it was probably smart to not name the person right away. Plus, I tend to believe that there were several members of the family making comments to and about Meghan anyway.
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