The highly-anticipated biography, Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family, was out last week.
So what are some of the new insights that Finding Freedom offers?
It is said to comprise of ‘unique introduction’. It is also said to be written with the assistance of those closest to the couple,’ the book has been billed as ‘the true story of Harry and Meghan’, revealing hitherto ‘unknown details’.
1. Prince Harry is the fun uncle you always wanted
The biography gives details about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s early courtship. The Duke of Cambridge, William, is said to have initially felt a little protective over his younger brother, who he ‘has always felt he needs to look out for’. Long before becoming a father himself, Prince Harry played a very keen role in the lives of his nieces and nephews. And – apparently not one for gifting 100-piece puzzles or encyclopaedias – Harry is clearly a ‘ very cool’ uncle. Some of his presents include an electric SUV for his nephew and a tricycle for his niece.’
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2. Harry’s relationship with Meghan helped him on his ‘journey to woke-ness’
We all will agree that Prince Harry has undergone quite a maturation in recent years. Most prominent among his evolution is his strong advocacy for a number of social causes. It includes mental health campaigning and speaking against racism. Finding Freedom credits much of this transformation to Meghan. It also states that Harry felt ‘extremely protective of Meghan’. Prince Harry was shocked by the way she was treated by those in her own circle & in the press.
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3. The Queen and Harry continue to have a special relationship
The book Finding Freedom further claims that the duo, Meghan and Harry, tried to organise a meeting with Queen Elizabeth before planning their departure. They wanted to talk with the monarch before leaving for Christmas in Canada at the end of 2019. But, unfortunately, they were told she was not available until the end of January 2020. “The Queen was still one of the most important women in [Harry’s] life’. Queen Elizabeth made it very clear to Prince Harry that she would always be by his side and always support him in whatever he decided to do.’
4. Meghan did have ‘royal lessons’ from the Queen
There has always been speculation that those who marry into the Royal Family are given appropriate guidance to help them acclimatise to their new role. Same was the case for Meghan. The authors even wrote about Meghan’s first solo engagement with the Queen to Chester. ‘The Queen was kind, warm and generous toward Meghan, a source close to Her Majesty said. She made sure Meghan knew what was going on and made her feel very much at home because it was her first trip. The Queen even gifted Meghan with a delicate pair of pearl-and-diamond earrings. Meghan, an avid learner was often seen carrying binders full of research so she didn’t put a foot wrong.
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5. Prince Harry was ‘delightfully surprised’ at Meghan’s down-to-earth nature on Botswana trip
While a lot of the revelations in Finding Freedom have already been reported in some way, this is a tit-bit that we weren’t aware of. According to the authors, Harry was won over by Hollywood star Meghan’s down-to-earth attitude while the couple were in Botswana on a camping trip, just six weeks after their first date. ‘While camping she cleaned her face with baby wipes and happily wandered into the woodlands if she needed a bathroom break.’
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