Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Royal Family is set to be published on 5 August with additional content which will reportedly incorporate the dramatic details of the past year.
Originally released in August 2020, the book by Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie covered the period from the couple first meeting in 2016 to their departure from royal life and subsequent move to the US.
Since then, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have experienced a tumultuous year, which includes the news that Meghan suffered a miscarriage last summer, the couple’s sensational interview with Oprah Winfrey, allegations that Meghan bullied royal staff, which she denies, the announcement that they are expecting their first daughter, and the death of Prince Philip.
Details of Harry and Meghan’s Netflix and Spotify deals may also be featured, alongside facts about their new life in California.
A senior courtier told The Sunday Times: “The Oprah interview detonated a bomb under the royal family and most of them are still reeling in shock. The book will not help.”
Palace conversations about “how dark” baby Archie’s skin would be, a rift between brothers Prince Harry and Prince William, Harry’s comments that he had felt “really let down” by his father Prince Charles and Meghan’s struggle with suicidal thoughts during her short time as a royal were all discussed during the couple’s explosive interview with Oprah, which created shockwaves across the globe.
While the book’s authors claimed to have had “unique access” to those closest to the couple, the Sussexes have denied their involvement.
The news comes as Prince Charles and son Prince William are reported to be “more united than ever” in their vision for the future of the monarchy following the death of Prince Philip.
Speaking on True Royalty TV’s programme, The Royal Beat, Katie Nicholl explained that while the Duke of Edinburgh’s death marked “the end of an era”, it would “open up a conversation that would tiptoe around those big future issues about where the monarchy is going to go and that inevitable handing over of power”.
She revealed to host Kate Thornton: “The sources I speak to say that the notion of ‘sovereign’ is what has reunited them in the wake of Andrew and ‘Megxit’ - that they are stronger now than ever and more focused.”
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