Journalist Omid Scobie will publish a sequel to his bestseller Finding Freedom, an unofficial biography of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.
Scobie, co-author of Finding Freedom with journalist Carolyn Durand, has yet to reveal the title of the second book, which is due out next year.
Its UK publisher HarperCollins said the book will focus on “a new chapter in royal history and feature unique insight, in-depth access and exclusive revelations”, and will “get the world talking”.
Finding Freedom, which was a hit in the UK and US, was described in its blurb as “an honest, close and disarming portrait of a confident, influential and forward-thinking couple who have no not afraid to break with tradition”. ”.
Although it has been revealed that Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has authorized a senior assistant to brief Scobie and Durand for the first book, there is no indication so far that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be involved in this. second volume.
Reviewing Finding Freedom for the Guardian, Hadley Freeman wrote that “given the deluge of personal minutia – from Harry’s emoji habit to Meghan’s favorite shades of hair highlights – as well as their contentiousness regarding concerns unwanted invasions of privacy,” the claim that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not involved did not seem credible.
In his review, Freeman wrote: “The Sussexes have been run dry by the palace and the press; the question the book doesn’t answer is why, when they were such a boon to the brand…Finding Freedom has the space to address all the other media claims, but on this point it remains schtum.
Scobie is Editor-in-Chief (Royals) at Yahoo News UK and Editor-in-Chief at Harpers Bazaar US. The book is one of a number of publications about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex over the coming year.
Prince Harry’s own memoir is expected to be released later this year, although it currently has no title or official release date. Publisher Penguin Random House, when it announced the book in the summer of 2021, said it was “tentatively scheduled for release in late 2022”. Prince Harry said he wrote the book “not as the prince I was born but as the man I became”, and described it as “a first-hand account of my life which is accurate and entirely truthful”.
News of Scobie’s new book comes just after the publication of biographer Tom Bower’s Revenge, subtitled Meghan, Harry and the War Between the Windsors. The blurb for the book says Bower – who has also written biographies of Boris Johnson, Prince Charles and Tony Blair – “unravels the tangled web of court drama, courtier politics and thwarted childhood dreams to uncover an amazing story of love, betrayal, secrets and revenge. ”. Markle’s estranged father, Thomas Markle, was interviewed for Bower’s book.