Harry and Meghan: Finding Freedom by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand is an intimate insight in to the couple’s relationship and their decision to step back from life as senior royals.
When news of the budding romance between a beloved English prince and an American actress broke, it captured the world’s attention and sparked an international media frenzy.
But while the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have continued to make headlines – from their engagement, wedding, and birth of their son Archie to their unprecedented decision to step back from their royal lives – few know the true story of Harry and Meghan.
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 rumours and misconceptions that plague the couple on both sides of the pond. As members of the select group of reporters that cover the British Royal Family and their engagements, Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand have witnessed the young couple’s lives as few outsiders can.
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.
There is no doubt this biography which was written with help of those closest to Meghan and Harry will delight their loyal fans across the world but will it change the opinions of those who have critisised them in the past, probably not.
One of the problems with the book is in the authors pursuit of wanting to tell the truth about the couple and their relationship, clearing up the misconceptions about them, it doesn’t portray the couple in the most positive way.
Yes their love story is lovely and stuff that dreams are made of but the writers have depicted as if it’s the love story to end all love stories. It’s not a Mills and Boons novel with a happy ending. It’s two people trying to find their way in life while being under the harsh glare of the media and public spotlight.
Harry has been part of the royal family from birth, he knows how it works, the back and forth between offices isn’t something that would be new to him. Meghan yes of course, the problem was both dismissed advice they were given from those closest to them choosing to commit fully to their relationship and each other, which given how quick it progressed would rightly cause those closest to them to raise eyebrows and express concern. The writers of Finding Freedom brush this off as if those who expressed their concern for the couple were in the wrong.
It’s chronicles the couples entire relationship where private members club Soho House plays a huge part, and it sometimes feels like an promo for the exclusive establishment. With lots of name dropping to show how Meghan appears to be a social climber who networked extensively to position herself in certain circles.
This does huge disservice to Meghan as they gloss over her humanitarian work and her career where in both she has done fantastic things that deserved far more of an in-depth mention, rather devoting pages to she met X who introduced her to Y, who knew Z.
Finding Freedom does dispel misconceptions, such as the story of Meghan supposedly making Kate cry( didn’t happen), but it’s not an unbiased account, it’s very much in favour of the couple and it shows with how they portray others in the book.
It’s an interesting read as it shows events from Meghan and Harry’s point of view and how they felt, rather than just what has been played out in the media.
You can pick up a copy of the book here.