LONDON – Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, have walked away from a new book about their time with the British royal family.
Due to be published in August, “Finding Freedom” describes a culture of growing tension between the couple and other members of the royal family, including Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.
Written by royal journalists Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie, the book is serialized by London newspapers, The Times and The Sunday Times.
The authors write that the Sussexes felt their complaints were not taken seriously and that other royal households were leaking stories about them to the press.
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“As their popularity grew, Harry and Meghan’s difficulty in understanding why so few people inside the palace were looking out for their interests also increased. They were a major draw for the royal family, ”they add.
However, a spokesperson for the couple said in a statement Friday evening that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex “had not been questioned and had not helped ‘find freedom’.”
He added: “This book is based on the authors’ own experiences as members of the royal press and their own independent reporting.”
Harry and Meghan, a former actress, tied the knot in May 2018 in a wedding heralded at the time as infusing an explosion of Hollywood glamor and modernity into the monarchy, and which helped make it one of the most great celebrity couples in the world.
Earlier this year, however, the couple stunned the country by announcing that they would “step back as senior members of the royal family”, intending to divide their time between North America and the Kingdom. -United.
While their January announcement came as a surprise, it was no secret that the couple were feeling the strain of the constant barrage of media attention and endless negative headlines.
Despite this, the couple’s struggles with the media have followed them across the Atlantic. In May, Meghan lost the first round of her legal battle with a British tabloid over the publication of excerpts from a ‘private and confidential’ handwritten letter she had written to her father.
Last Thursday, the couple filed a privacy breach complaint against anonymous paparazzi, accusing photographers of taking drastic measures to obtain images of the couple and their son Archie at their home in California.