One of the first big moves planned by Team Sussex, following their exit from the monarchy, is an authorized biography. While journalists and historians write books about the Royal Family frequently, those books rarely get the Royal stamp of approval. And they especially don’t get the participation of the subjects.
That’s just one of the reasons “Finding Freedom: Harry, Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family” is such a big deal.
Their Side of the Story
Written by journalists Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, the book is Harry and Meghan’s chance to tell their side of the story. It will reportedly cover everything from their courtship to their decision to cut ties with the Royal Family.
According to promotional copy for the book, Scobie and Durand worked with the Sussexes to set the record straight. Consider “Finding Freedom” to be their latest move in a lengthy battle with both the press and their families.
Here’s what we can look forward to from the biography when it drops on August 11: “For the very first time, Finding Freedom goes beyond the headlines to reveal unknown details of Harry and Meghan’s life together, dispelling the many rumors and misconceptions that plague the couple on both sides of the pond.”
Juicier Than Diana’s Authorized Biography?
How much tea will be spilled? It’s difficult to say. The closest comparison is “Diana: Her True Story” by Andrew Morton. Published in 1992, the biography was written with her cooperation. Diana provided Morton with dozens of hours of taped interviews, where she revealed the darkest secrets of her marriage, her battle with mental illness and disordered eating, and her desperate unhappiness.
“Finding Freedom” promises to be candid. How much Harry and Meghan choose to reveal within those pages will prove a good barometer for their relationship with the Queen and Prince Charles. If they go for a scorched-earth tell-all, then it means the Sussexes have no intention of working with the House of Windsor in the future.
It’s more likely that they’ll keep things more diplomatic. Harry and Meghan often try to pivot the conversation to their work instead of their personal lives. But the pair have also proved to be surprisingly open in interview, especially as it relates to their mental health.
But, as they used to say on “Reading Rainbow,” you don’t have to take my word for it. Here’s what Del Street Books promises you’ll get for the bargain price of $25 for a hardcover copy:
“With unique access and written with the participation of those closest to the couple, Finding Freedom is an honest, up-close, and disarming portrait of a confident, influential, and forward-thinking couple who are unafraid to break with tradition, determined to create a new path away from the spotlight, and dedicated to building a humanitarian legacy that will make a profound difference in the world.”