Author Of Updated Harry & Meghan Biography Takes Us Through Latest Royal Revelations | This Morning

Author Of Updated Harry & Meghan Biography Takes Us Through Latest Royal Revelations | This Morning

[Music] it’s been just over a year since the initial release of finding freedom the bombshell biography about prince harry and meghan markle’s exit from royal life but now an updated version of the book which hit shall’s yesterday is giving readers a further insight into the couple’s lives including the aftermath of their interview with oprah winfrey yes we’re joined now by the books author omid scobee now it’s so lovely to have you here today emma thanks so much for coming and talking to us i always wonder how i suppose biographies work so harry and megan were unable to release their own biography so sort of that’s where you come in how do you get to find out so much about their lives you know because obviously we we we untold amounts of press and you know different sort of views on what it might be like to be them to be around them to work for them but how do you how do you come in how did what’s the sort of level of access you get yeah well i’ve been covering royals since william and kate got married so over the years you get close with the palace staff the people working around members of the royal family and that was kind of really how it started with the sussex is you know you sort of build that relationship but of course my background’s also entertainment news so i knew a lot of people that knew megan as well and so the idea for this book really came around when we started to see that a lot of the papers were sort of building this caricature of harry and megan that i wasn’t seeing in front of me so there was this opportunity here to sort of tell the other side of the story but what’s been really frustrating throughout this process is that the papers or the tabloids i should say constantly refer to me as the friend of the couple the cheerleader the mouthpiece for the couple they claim that harry and megan were behind the book and quite frankly that’s just not true the reality is that this was a book written by two royal correspondents that felt that relying just on palace sources wasn’t enough because there was clearly another side to the story so it’s something that you are prompted to do yourself so it’s not something you get asked to do no you do it and it’s unauthorized so whether really whether harry and megan liked it or not we wanted to tell that other side to the story so have you not heard from harry and megan whether they like it or if at all they’ve read the book well the couple were aware that obviously you know they know what the journalists are doing around them as they’re working and i was there of course every step of the way throughout their lives as working members of the royal family so they’re aware of what’s going on but obviously they have no control over it so there are certain things in the book that do challenge some of the decisions that they’ve made that maybe the couple might not agree with i would imagine that like most sane people in the public eye they stay away from reading this kind of thing but obviously the book was dragged into a very high profile court case where megan was taking on the daily mail and this book was dragged into that and so of course it sort of forced the couple to be aware of pretty much what was on every single page and i i always wondered with these things as well because i know for example if i was going to write a tell-all book as it were on my friend allison’s life you know we know each other we work with i’ve had access to you like that’s something that i could do if that but also you would i would get a letter saying rochelle has said all this about me are you happy with it there’d be a level of approval to it right so you would say okay that’s you know does that process happen do they approve what you say well firstly i would 100 read that book literally she’s doing her own she beat me to it yeah i think there’s a sort of a there’s a courtesy call that comes into play when you’re a royal correspondent you’re around the palace staff you’re going to write a book about a member of the royal family and this has happened with every biography that we’ve had unauthorized over the years you tell the palace what you’re doing you tell the palace roughly what your hopes are with the book and they can choose to either sort of play along with that or they can keep you at arm’s length because they’re worried about the contents of it right what we found is that although the palace weren’t particularly keen to always be involved throughout the process friends of the couple who saw a pair that were constantly being written about talked about and couldn’t defend themselves because of that famous palace mantra never complained never explained they felt that perhaps there was an opportunity for them to set some of the records straight on some of the really damaging things we’ve read about megan you know that duchess difficult character that was created on the pages of the tabloids were so far from the person that the people that knew megan or work with me and felt that they saw and they i think many people including myself felt that that really leaned heavily on some really ugly racist and sexist stereotypes that were kind of getting out of control and taking on a life of their own so that was kind of the hope for the book that we could provide the other side to the story so out in the public domain it sits alongside all the other tabloids stuff well i do actually feel with the oprah winfrey interview in particular that it was a massive eye-opener and i think you did get that feeling of oh my goodness what have they been through and obviously the palace did respond yeah the allegations of racism and but what i’m saying is was you quite surprised at some of the things they had said or did you kind of expect it no i think you know one of the things that we really went heavy on in the book was the difficulties they faced from the institution of the monarchy the palisades that were leaking stories to the british tabloids that some cases did not make them look good and there was an agenda there and you know we heard a lot about that from the couple themselves in the open feed you have to remember when we wrote this book they were unable to speak they were unable to say yes to things like oprah and we didn’t know this is technically a complete turn i suppose isn’t it it’s not the book that you initially set out writing exactly this was going to set some rumors straight and it was also going to i guess give the story of their love story their romance which is in itself is an incredible read but as time went on and it was around the wedding we started to hear from sources that there were conversations between the couple their staff about some of the grievances they felt with the institution and i say the institution because that’s a sort of business um rather than always confuses me this is what always sort of blows my mind a little bit you know when you refer to the palace i i’m always i’m never sure who you mean you know it’s just it’s so the people it’s sort of unknown isn’t it to us so were you as allison said were you surprised about the things that were mentioned or were you already very aware of those would would that have all been in your book anyway no there were things that surprised me i think hearing the depths of megan’s mental health struggles you know that was something we really stayed away from in the book was to speculate on someone’s mental health or their feelings you know that’s a story for them to tell so to actually hear it was news to us as well right i think we really knew that it was as bad until she had shared that information with the world and of course the racism allegations which we knew they had contended with issues surrounding race within the institution i myself have experienced some prejudice from one or two royal aids in the past so you can kind of know what megan was entering and so it didn’t surprise me but i think for it to mention a family member that was kind of the moment that even myself my jaw was on the floor just just like oprah you know it’s the same reaction yeah me too what about the palace response to that was you was you happy with that response and also uh do you think both megan and harry expected that response yeah you know it took a while for that response to come out you know the show aired and it was like a day and a half went by and we were told by palisade that it was to sort of gauge the mood of the nation before they actually put what the the pause was the you know reason of them waiting um and also for people within the family to actually see the show itself at the interview but i think as we say in the updates of the book you know that phrase recollections may vary which is firstly not the queen saying that that’s having spoken to people within the family within the institution and they’re the ones saying that actually that’s not how we remember it she’s kind of the messenger in this one yeah yeah but unfortunately that those were words that stood out to the couple because it didn’t take full ownership of something potentially grotesque that took place and we’ve not heard anything from it since you know let’s not forget the energy that we saw when megan was accused of being an office bully basically you know there was a press statement that went out to all the journalists around the world saying that there’s going to be an internal investigation there have been off the record updates and briefings since then yeah to various journalists but if you ask about the racism the lips are sealed and i think that that’s a missed opportunity because at the very least the monarchy could have at least condemned racism we heard william say that they’re not a racist family and that’s a really respectable response in that moment that he was asked you know there have been moments since to perhaps speak up on the matter um there was also the resurgence of the black lives matter movement we did not hear the royal family speak in that moment too so you know it’s sort of that silence speaks volumes you you you touched on before race and prejudice you said someone was racist to you i wouldn’t say racist but i just experienced prejudice you know i mixed race there aren’t many mixed-race raw correspondents out there but to be by by who i would not name that person a family member or an aide someone very senior within the palace who found it really peculiar that i spoke as well as i do and that was pretty much how they said that to me and you know i’m used to kind of where are you from where you really from and all that kind of stuff but that was a very loaded comment and i’m sure it came from a not from a nasty place but it just shows perhaps a level of unawareness within certain courses of the institution and when you think of megan the first biracial senior or family member of course she’s going to deal with that on a like 100 times bigger scale yeah exactly absolutely what about the rift between um the alleged rift between william and harry do you think that’s been resolved now since he came back for his grandad’s funeral yeah you know i think one thing i really wanted to give in this update was a positive update on the family fractures and how they’ve mended unfortunately that hasn’t really happened and i think a lot of that’s down to do with the pandemic you know none of us have been going anywhere harry and megan live almost four thousand miles away yeah so when harry’s here for those really important family moments and they’ve been two of them the unveiling of the statue for diana but also prince philip’s funeral those moments everyone involved has made sure that the focus remains on that and nothing else so there hasn’t really been that opportunity that’s the respectful thing to do isn’t it and i think family situations are hard in anybody’s family right and everybody has you know those moments and those periods of time that aren’t very nice but to have the world looking at you and to be on the world stage and you’re grieving as well and grieving and you know dealing with pregnancies and you know it’s it can’t be the easiest you know not the time or the place but i wish that there was a you know look we’ve all experienced family squabbles there’s always a senior member of the family that sort of like clips you around the ear and pulls you all together and says talk and i haven’t heard that from any source connected to the family that there has been someone that’s played that role i’m sure if diana was here today that’s exactly what she would do but i’ve certainly not heard that from any of the others well i could sit and talk to you all day long i find this so so interesting it’s out now uh the sunday times number one best seller well done uh finding freedom harry and megan it’s out now thank you thank you so much thank you
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