Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand’s unauthorised biography, titled “Finding Freedom”, has caused a stir with claims made in its new epilogue. The new chapters chart what has happened to the Sussexes in the last 12 months since the hardback version of Finding Freedom came out. It examines everything from their life in Santa Barbara, California and Meghan’s miscarriage to the Oprah Winfrey interview and alleged family tensions at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral in April.
Harry and Meghan’s legal team has previously said that Mr Scobie and Ms Durand do not speak for them, and that they “did not collaborate with the authors on the book, nor were they interviewed for it”.
The biography claims, however, that there has been “little progress” in mending the relations between Harry and his brother Prince William.
Mr Scobie spoke about the breakdown in the relationship between the couple and the Royal Family during his appearance on Good Morning America on Tuesday.
While he said there was “little progress” on reconciliation among the family, the writer said time had healed “some of the feelings” involved.
He said: “When we speak to sources close to the couple and also sources close to the Royal Family, there is this feeling that very little progress is being made.
“However, some feelings have subsided because time has done its things, so the door is very much open for those conversations to happen at some point.”
The ongoing tension was also discussed on this week’s edition of Pod Save the Queen – a podcast about the Royal Family.
Host Ann Gripper was joined by the Mirror’s royal editor Russell Myers, who said that Prince William was “deeply hurt” by accusations made in the Sussexes interview with Oprah in March.
As they analysed what stood out from the latest epilogue of Finding Freedom, Mr Myers said: “The issues about whether they (Harry and Meghan) were prepared to name the so-called ‘royal racist’ – the member of the Royal Family Harry and Meghan had claimed had made derogatory comments about the skin colour of their unborn child.
“They were then persuaded not to (Finding Freedom claims), that would have been particularly explosive, especially because Harry said in the Oprah Winfrey interview he was choosing not to name that person because it would be very damaging to their reputation.”
“And I don’t think you are seeing any cooling of relations since then. We are several months down now and still you have a degree of beef shall we say, because the issues are still there and haven’t been sorted out.”
Following the interview between Oprah and the Sussexes, the Queen put out a statement.
The Buckingham Palace statement said: “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.
“The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.
“Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much-loved family members.”
— to www.express.co.uk