Meghan Markle “emboldened” Prince Harry and helped him use his royal platform to make a difference, the authors behind a new book have claimed.
Royal journalists Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand have teamed up to write an extraordinary new book, Finding Freedom, about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, which claims to tell the couple’s story of quitting the royal family.
Speaking to People magazine ahead of the release next month, Scobie talks about how the couple have chosen to do things their own way rather than sticking to royal tradition and protocol.
He says: “Meghan emboldened Harry. He needed someone by his side that is strong enough to weather the same storms, but also someone who wasn’t afraid of breaking the rules and going against the norm.
“What we see now is a couple doing things their own way.”
The book also stresses that while many believe the decision to quit the royal family was Meghan’s, Harry was keen to step back from the sportlight.
Meghan and Harry’s team have released a statement saying they were not involved in the book and were not interviewed for it, however many royal experts have questioned this due to the level of detail.
Durand also speaks about how Meghan has helped Harry with his charity work.
She says: “What has struck me is Harry’s commitment to put his royal birthright aside and use his voice to make a difference.
“In Meghan he found a partner in that.”
Extracts from Finding Freedom printed in the Times gave an insight in what we can expect from the book.
It discusses a reported fallout between Harry and William, saying the Duke of Sussex was angered by what he perceived as his brother’s “snobbish” attitude to his bride.
Harry was offended by William’s unwanted advice to “take as much time as you need to get to know this girl”, it is alleged.
It also claims that things were tough between Kate and Meghan, saying the strain was evident at the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day last year.
“While the doting mothers were photographed next to each other with their children, the two appeared to barely exchange a word,” write the authors.
Tensions peaked at their final joint engagement, the Commonwealth service at Westminster, in March. It’s claimed: “although Meghan tried to make eye contact with Kate, the duchess barely acknowledged her”.
The book also features details of the couple’s first date and the night news of their relationship was leaked.
They write: “One night late in October in Toronto, Harry was happy, and so was Meghan. Until their received a call from one of Harry’s aides at Kensington Palace. It wasn’t good news.
“A tabloid was going to run with the story of their relationship. Their main worry was that her place would be besieged by photographers within 24 hours.
“They had little time to think, because there were only a couple of paparrazi in Toronto but it wouldn’t be long before photographers flew in from New York and LA, all hoping to get that first picture of the happy couple.”
The Duke was inundated with calls from his staff, many of them trying to get him to return to London early as they were concerned about his slimmed down security team.
However, he refused to leave.
It also claims that the couple got engaged in secret two months before they told the world their happy news.