Royal Rota reporter Omid Scobie has revealed new details about his relationship with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in an interview, following the release of the pocket version of Find freedom.
Talk to Tatler, Scobie, 38, spoke about his career and experience reporting on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as well as the book’s impact on his relationship with them.
The new edition of Find freedom, written by Scobie and Carolyn Durand, included a new epilogue that reflected how the couple had spent the past year.
Scobie, who is Anglo-Persian, told the magazine he was one of three journalists invited to Meghan’s last engagement as an active royal and shared a ‘big farewell hug’ with the Duchess .
According to the reporter, Meghan told her: ‘It couldn’t be like this’ as they kissed, before she left England to live in California with Harry and their son Archie in January 2020.
Scobie believed that his work for American publications US Weekly and Harper’s Bazaar led the Sussexes to trust him enough to share their final moments as senior royals.
“I think she wanted to share that last moment because it’s a moment in history,” he told the magazine. “But also to do it in an environment where she felt safe.”
Scobie said the narrative around Meghan ‘got out of shape’ drastically after Archie was born, when it looked like ‘nothing that Meghan could do was ever right’ and it’s up to that time that the Sussexes “realized there was no progress from there.”
When asked how he was able to get direct quotes from Meghan in the book, although the couple’s legal team insisted there had been no collaboration with them, Scobie said that it was the Duchess’s friends who reached out to “share a glimpse of how she felt”. .
“The people who said no at first, when they saw it getting worse, suddenly responded to an email we sent six or seven months to a year earlier – people who were increasingly frustrated. by the things they had seen and at what distance [different] that’s what’s really happening, ”he said.
However, Scobie is not sure about his relationship with the Sussexes now, after the book was published. He said he “didn’t even know if the Sussexes liked me, to be honest”, adding that “the press is the press”.
He also said the couple’s relationship with the tabloids was “completely dead” and that he didn’t think it would ever work.
On Harry’s break-up with Prince William, Scobie said things had not “progressed”, contrary to reports the brothers were ready to put their feud behind them after unveiling a statue of their mother , Diana, in July.