Will the Public Sympathize With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle After Their Biography Is Released? Here’s Why 1 Expert Does Not Think So
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex have had a tough time in the public eye these past couple of years. Ever since they tied the knot in 2018, the press has constantly published stories painting them in a negative light.
Now, new tell-all book, Finding Freedom by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, could be the solution to the Sussexes’ problem. However, one expert does not believe it will help Harry and Meghan gain sympathy like many might think.
‘Finding Freedom’ is aiming to tell Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s side of the story
Since royals are usually not allowed to speak directly to the press even in the face of reputation-shattering news report, Harry and Meghan were expected to keep quiet while the press raged on and published stories about them.
Now it seems Finding Freedom could be a way for the couple to get their side of the story out. According to the book’s sypnosis on Amazon, it “goes beyond the headlines to reveal unknown details of Harry and Meghan’s life together, dispelling the many rumors and misconceptions that plague the couple on both sides of the pond.”
Meanwhile royal expert Katie Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight, “I think what’s very clear is that Meghan and Harry have wanted to get their side of the story across. This is clearly a couple who feel quite aggrieved by the fact that they’ve never been able to answer their critics. They have never been able to address incorrect reporting.”
Harry and Meghan reportedly did not contribute to the book
While Finding Freedom claims to give readers insights into Harry and Meghan’s lives, the authors have maintained that the couple themselves did not contribute to the book.
“The book doesn’t claim to have any interviews with Harry and Meghan,” Scobie told The Times. “And nor do we.”
Meghan and Harry’s media team also backed up Scobie’s comments, telling USA Today, “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not interviewed and did not contribute to ‘Finding Freedom.’ This book is based on the authors’ own experiences as members of the royal press corps and their own independent reporting.”
A royal expert does not think the book will evoke much sympathy for the Sussexes
While fans of the Sussexes can hope the book will improve the couple’s image among the public, a royal expert does not believe it will evoke a lot of sympathy.
As reported by Express.co.uk, royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams noted that Finding Freedom is published during a pandemic, which is a time when many people around the world are experiencing hardships. As such, Fitzwilliams thinks the public probably won’t respond well the perceived injustices Harry and Meghan experienced.
“The highlighting of what Harry and Meghan perceive as slights by courtiers, or even by William and Kate, are not likely to gain them much sympathy with the public at this desperately difficult time,” Fitzwilliams said.
He also speculated Queen Elizabeth will “see this as whingeing and be disappointed that her grandson has involved himself in such a selfish and ill-timed endeavour.”