Meghan Markle’s biographer backtracks as he claims Queen quote was ‘twisted’

Omid Scobie, one of the authors of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s biography Finding Freedom, says his comments were twisted.

Scobie and co-writer Carolyn Durand have added a new epilogue to the Unauthorized Biography for its paperback release.

It suggests the couple were unhappy with Buckingham Palace’s reaction to their explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.

TV legend Oprah conducted the husband and wife’s first TV interview after leaving the UK, during which the couple dropped several jaw-dropping claims.

Meghan and Harry have alleged that when the former actress was pregnant with their first son, Archie, they were told there were concerns about the baby’s “dark” skin.

This was followed by a statement from the Palace saying the Queen was “saddened” by the allegations, but added that “some memories may vary”.

Author of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s unauthorized biography Finding Freedom says his words were twisted

This week, the new excerpt added to Finding Freedom was revealed by PEOPLE magazine in the US and it appears to comment on the Palace’s response to the racism allegations.

The excerpt reads: “Those three words, ‘memories may vary’, did not go unnoticed by the couple, who, according to a close source, were ‘not surprised’ that full ownership had not not been taken.

“‘Months and little responsibility has been taken,’ added a friend of Meghan’s. ‘How can you move forward without this?’.”

Reacting to reports that the pair were critical of the Queen, Omid took to social media and tweeted: “Back to that rodeo and as you would expect the words are already twisted.

“One SOURCE’s comments (a detail some outlets deliberately ignored) concerned a lack of ownership of the royal institution as a whole. There is ‘no attack’ on the Queen anywhere in the book.”

Omid Scobie co-wrote the unofficial biography alongside Carolyn Durand
Omid Scobie co-wrote the unofficial biography alongside Carolyn Durand

Harry and Meghan’s lawyers yesterday released a statement from their lawyers, Schillings, in London, in which they said it was ‘false and defamatory to claim that our clients had ‘reignited a rift’ with Her Majesty the Queen or to suggest or imply that our customers have made statements to that effect.

“The inaccurate claim appears to be based on an excerpt from an epilogue to the unauthorized biography, Finding Freedom.

“It is dishonest to suggest that there has been any sort of new development on this subject.”

Finding Freedom is said to have been written with input from those closest to the Sussexes but Harry and Megan were not involved.

The paperback version of the biography Finding Freedom will be released on August 31, coinciding with the anniversary of Princess Diana’s death.

Publisher HarperCollins said the new epilogue will also chronicle “Meghan’s emotional healing journey, from the loss of a child to the birth of their daughter.”

Finding Freedom will be released in paperback on August 31.
Finding Freedom will be released in paperback on August 31.

The rest of the book chronicles the Duke and Duchess’ romance and brief time as members of the monarchy before they split up to forge a new life with their son Archie in the United States.

HarperCollins said the paperback’s epilogue will share: “Behind the scenes of Harry and Meghan’s groundbreaking interview with Oprah, details of the couple’s move to California (and) the various philanthropic and business endeavors to which the Sussex have been involved since their move and what’s to come with Archewell Productions.”

It will also feature: “The continuing challenges the couple face relating to privacy and the British press (and) the grief the couple have felt at the death of Prince Philip.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their interview with Oprah Winfrey
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their interview with Oprah Winfrey

In March, Prince Harry told Oprah that it was neither the Queen nor Prince Philip who made the racist comment about Archie’s dark skin before he was born.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex declined to reveal who made the racist comment – ​​leaving many to wonder who the couple were referring to, but then Oprah said that behind the scenes Prince Harry confirmed that the questions and the “concerns” about baby Archie’s skin didn’t stem from Harry’s grandparents.

Speaking on CBS, Oprah, who attended Harry and Meghan’s wedding in May 2018, said: “He didn’t share the identity with me but he wanted to make sure I knew, and if I had the opportunity to share it, that it was not his grandmother or his grandfather who were part of these conversations.

“He didn’t tell me who was part of those conversations.”

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