This biography was supposed to represent the final say for Meghan Markle on her cup of coffee as a working royal. Her chance, via her favorite journalist, to read the riot act to the royals and ensure that if this “financial freedom” project fails, it will be Prince Harry who is blamed.
Meghan was supposed to come out of this looking like a million dollars. The supportive wife who gave everything to her in-laws only to receive distrust and thinly veiled racism in return from a family who both despise and are jealous of her immense talent and popularity.
It’s incredibly ironic that the parting shot supposed to provide Meghan Markle with closure on her failed stint as a royal could end up being the very thing that costs her in the long-run.
The book’s authors probably never thought twice when they listed both Meghan and her husband, Prince Harry, as sources in the author’s notes.
Sometimes it is the little things that count.
Buried in an “author’s note” at the back of the book, is the intriguing admission: “We have spoken with close friends of Harry and Meghan, royal aides and palace staff (past and present), the charities and organizations they have built long-lasting relationships with and, when appropriate, the couple themselves.
Watch: Omid Scobie speaks to Good Morning America about Finding Freedom biography!
Following the revelation of the couple’s involvement, The Telegraph reports that the Mail on Sunday’s legal team is examining the book to determine if it could be included as evidence that Meghan Markle permits friends to speak to the media on her behalf.
Mark Stephens is a media lawyer at Howard Kennedy solicitors, and he claims:
Essentially, that’s a confession that this is as near as damn it to an authorised biography.
This could all end up with Meghan Markle being asked to take the stand and answer an important question: Did she permit her friends to contribute to the book in an attempt to curate her reputation and control the media narrative?
While Meghan won the right to keep her friend’s names private for the time being, the odds of her coming out of this case with anything resembling a win are dwindling.
The most ironic thing is that the issues working against her aren’t due to the defense lawyers but rather those in her camp.
For example, the entire basis of Meghan’s court case against the Mail on Sunday is built around breach of privacy and her not authorizing friends to speak to People magazine about details in a letter she sent to her father.
Having co-author of her biography, and close confidante Omid Scobie, then proclaim to the contrary via Good Morning America was far from ideal:
[Meghan] knew in her heart of hearts that this was going to be released to the papers. Many of those things in that letter were written with the public in mind. She very much wanted to set the record straight.
With friends like that, who needs enemies?