Finding Freedom author Omid Scobie claims Harry and Meghan wanted to be ‘half in, half out’ of the royal family – but ultimately cut all ties to avoid ‘constant issues’ with their ‘financial endeavors and business decisions’
- Scobie is publishing an updated version of Finding Freedom with a new chapter that chronicles Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s life over the past few months
- It covers their bombshell Oprah interview, Harry’s trip to the UK for Prince Philip’s funeral, and their plans for the future
- The royal author spoke to People ahead of the chapter’s release – which is scheduled for August 31 – and discussed the couple’s decision to quit royal roles
- Scobie claims the couple found it incredibly ‘hard’ to ‘take those initial steps away from their royal roles’, insisting they initially wanted to be ‘half in, half out’
- Says they made the decision to cut all ties because ‘there would have been issues’ about their finances and businesses had they kept ties to the monarchy
- Since moving to the US and quitting their royal roles, Harry and Meghan have inked multi-million-dollar deals with Netflix and Spotify
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle found it ‘harder than they would ever have imagined’ to quit their royal roles – but ultimately made the decision to cut all ties with the monarchy over fears that they wouldn’t be able to pursue their own ‘financial endeavors and business decisions’, according to Finding Freedom author Omid Scobie.
The royal author – who is set to release an updated version of the biography with a new chapter chronicling the Sussexes’ lives over the past few months – claimed that Harry, 36, and Meghan, 40, initially tried to ‘find a way to compromise’ with the royal family that would have allowed them to be ‘half in, half out’ as far as their roles were concerned.
However, Scobie told People that the couple made the ‘hard’ decision to walk away from the royal family because they knew that there ‘would have constantly been issues about financial endeavors and business decisions they made’ had they maintained any ties with the monarchy.
In the months since Harry and Meghan walked away from their royal roles, the couple has inked lucrative streaming and podcast deals with Netflix and Spotify, which are estimated to be worth more than $100 million.
Finding Freedom author Omid Scobie has claimed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chose to cut all ties with the royal family out of concern about scrutiny of their ‘financial endeavors’
According to Scobie, who is one of a handful of media trusted by the Sussexes, the couple initially wanted to be ‘half in, half out’ of the monarchy
Had they remained in their royal roles, the couple would not have been allowed to pursue any commercial money-making endeavors; senior members of the monarchy are paid for their official royal work through a taxpayer-funded grant and are therefore banned from earning any additional income through other jobs.
According to Scobie, this was the main reason behind Harry and Meghan’s decision to quit the royal family, rather than coming to a ‘compromise’ that might have allowed them to balance their official duties with more commercial opportunities.
The royal author made the claims in the new issue of People, in which he also promotes a new version of his biography about the couple, Finding Freedom, which is being released with new details about their lives over the past few months
However, the author, who is known to have a close relationship with the Sussexes and is among a small handful of media with whom they actively communicate, cutting ties with the monarchy – although financially motivated – was still ‘harder than they would ever have imagined’.
Speaking to People magazine ahead of the release of Finding Freedom’s new chapter, which is due to be published on August 31, the anniversary of Princess Diana’s death, Scobie said: ‘The hardest part for them was taking those initial steps away from their royal roles.’
He added that ‘they tried to find a way to compromise and find the half in, half out way’, but felt that ‘those ties to the institution would have still been strong, and there would have constantly been issues about financial endeavors and the business decisions they made’.
Scobie further claimed that this potential scrutiny of their business deals would have pushed Harry and Meghan to quit the royal family once and for all in the long term, insisting that this would have left them without the ‘level of happiness and security that they have today’.
His latest quotes about Harry and Meghan come as the couple hit back at claims made in the updated version of Finding Freedom, which states that they believe the Queen failed to act on their accusations of racism.
The new edition of the book suggests the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were ‘not surprised’ at a perceived lack of action over their claim that a senior royal expressed ‘concern’ about their unborn son’s skin color.
It says they took exception to a carefully-worded statement from the Queen, following their interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, in which she expressed concern for the couple but insisted that ‘some recollections may vary’.
Days later, Prince William told reporters that the royals were ‘very much not a racist family’ and admitted he was yet to speak to his estranged brother following the Oprah interview. Now, the updated edition of Finding Freedom has claimed that the Sussexes were far from happy at Buckingham Palace’s official response.
The updated version of Finding Freedom, which Scobie co-authored with Carolyn Durand, is due to be published on August 31 – the anniversary of Princess Diana’s death
But their legal team at Schillings told MailOnline today that it was false and defamatory to claim the couple have ‘reignited a rift’ with the Queen – or to suggest or imply that they have made any statements to that effect.
Their lawyers insisted there were no new developments on the topic and that the claims were from the authors of the book, Scobie and Carolyn Durand, who do not speak for the Sussexes and rely on unnamed sources.
Scobie also tried to clarify the situation, tweeting: ‘Back at this rodeo and, predictably, words are already being twisted. The comments made by a SOURCE (a detail some outlets have purposefully ignored) was about a lack of ownership from the royal institution as a whole. There’s no ‘attack’ against the Queen anywhere in the book.’
An excerpt from the new version of Finding Freedom, which is published in the new issue of People, states that the couple believe senior royals have not taken ‘accountability’ – preventing a major thaw in the rift between the Sussexes and the rest of the monarchy.
‘Those three words, “recollections may vary”, did not go unnoticed by the couple, who a close source said were “not surprised” that full ownership was not taken,’ the extract reads.
It then quotes a ‘pal of Meghan’s as saying: ‘Months later and little accountability has been taken. How can you move forward without that?’
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