Prince Harry Never Texted Prince Charles, Plus Other ‘Finding Freedom’ Inaccuracies Uncovered By Meghan Markle’s Lawyer
The relationship of Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is the subject of the royal biography Finding Freedom, by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand. When the book hit stores last month the Sussexes made it clear that they did not contribute to it. Now, new court documents prove that the bio included a number of inaccuracies.
Meghan Markle is suing Associated Newspapers over privacy violations
According to Hello! Magazine, Meghan is in the middle of a privacy case in the UK High Court. She is suing Associated Newspapers (ANL), the publisher of the Mail on Sunday and MailOnline over articles she claimed violated her privacy. The articles included excerpts from a “private and confidential” letter that the duchess wrote to her estranged father, Thomas Markle.
During a recent preliminary hearing, Meghan’s attorney Jessie Bowhill, revealed that the legal battle could cost Meghan £1.8 million (approximately $2.3 million). Bowhill explained this was a “reasonable and proportionate amount for a seven to 10-day trial in the High Court.” Especially in cases concerning a high-profile individual, private information, personal data, and intellectual property rights.
Meghan’s legal team also denied that she and Prince Harry collaborated with Scobie and Durand for Finding Freedom. Justin Rushbrooke QC stated that Harry and Meghan were never interviewed by the authors, nor did they provide photographs.
Prince Harry has never texted Prince Charles, according to court docs
Hello! Magazine also reports that court proceedings revealed a surprising fact about Prince Charles. Lawyer Jenny Afia referred to a passage in Finding Freedom that claimed Prince Harry called and texted his friends and family when Meghan gave birth to Archie Harrison in May 2019.
“He started with the Queen and Prince Philip, who were the first to hear the news about the arrival of their eighth great-grandchild,” the book reads. “He then sent his father and brother texts alongside a photo of his new son, before notifying other family members.”
Afia countered the book’s claims by saying that it is “widely known that the Prince of Wales does not have a mobile phone.” If Charles doesn’t have a cellphone, it would be impossible for Harry to text him baby pics.
Filmmaker John Birdcut spent a year with Charles while filming the BBC documentary Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70. He claims that Charles gets irritated by people shoving camera phones in his face.
‘Finding Freedom’ has a long list of inaccuracies about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Another report from Hello! Magazine revealed that Meghan’s legal team submitted a detailed list of all the inaccuracies in Finding Freedom. In a witness statement, Afia accused Scobie and Durand of using information that was already available in the tabloids.
The list includes the book’s description of Harry and Meghan’s first date in London. Afia argued that the details of Harry’s thoughts in the book about the date came from his engagement interview.
She added that “the remainder of the content… including what they drank, what they talked about and the contents of their texts after the date” was “incorrect.”
The authors allegedly used “creative license” when telling the story of Harry’s first meeting with his future mother-in-law, Doria Ragland. The book claimed that it happened in Los Angeles.
“I understand that in fact The Duke of Sussex did not meet the Claimant’s mother for the first time in Los Angeles,” Afia claimed. “Indeed, the first time he and the Claimant were ever in Los Angeles together was in 2020 when they relocated with their son.”
Other inaccuracies included the book’s “very detailed” account of Prince Harry and Meghan’s supposed safari in Botswana in 2016. They also dismissed the claim that Meghan sent her father a “final message.”