The first excerpt of Finding Freedom – the new book from royal reporters Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand – reads decidedly in favour of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step back as senior members of the British Royal family. Interestingly, it claims it was indeed the Duke of Sussex – and not his wife – who wanted to leave that world.
“Fundamentally, Harry wanted out,” a source told Durand and Scobie. “Deep down he was always struggling within that world. She’s [Meghan] opened the door for him on that.’”
“[Prince Harry] wanted to get away from the goldfish bowl that was Kensington Palace,” the source said of the couple’s decision to move their family to Windsor. “Everywhere you turn, you’re surrounded by staff and family. He was at a point in his life where he was working with his brother, doing the foundation with his brother and living by his brother. It was too much.”
“I don’t need to have that movie moment where we get out of a car and wave to a hundred photographers before going into a building,” Prince Harry reportedly told a friend after the couple flew to Canada in 2019. “It should just be about the work happening inside. Let’s focus on what really matters.”
According to the reporters’ sources, the couple did attempt to air their grievances with the institution but it fell on deaf ears ultimately resulting in the couple growing impatient. “If other members of the family and those working with the households had taken their requests more seriously, it wouldn’t have reached that point,” the authors write.
“While they both respected the hierarchy of the institution, it was difficult when they wanted to focus on a project and were told that a more senior ranking family member, be it Prince William or Prince Charles, had an initiative or tour being announced at the same time – so they would just have to wait,” the book reads.
With little support from those around her, including Kate Middleton, Markle became very sad and reportedly tearfully told a friend in March. “I gave up my entire life for this family. I was willing to do whatever it takes. But here we are. It’s very sad.”
According to the authors, Markle found it difficult to see her husband stripped of his honorary military appointments. “It’s the one that made Harry emotional,” writes the reporters.