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Biography Finding Freedom is imprecise and anodyne, says the Duchess' OWN attorney in court


Now Meghan is blowing up a book that has insulted her and Harry: The biography is imprecise and anodyne, says the Duchess's OWN lawyer in court

  • Jenny Afia said the Finding Freedom writers relied on a creative license
  • According to the book, Harry and Meghan stayed at the Meno A Kwena safari camp on the edge of the Makgadikgadi pans
  • Afia said Meghan has never visited the Makgadikgadi pans or has been on safari.

A bubbly biography of the Duchess of Sussex is inaccurate and anodyne, her lawyer said yesterday.

In court records, Jenny Afia said the authors of Finding Freedom relied on a creative license to produce their best-selling account of Meghan's and Harry's lives.

Miss Afia represents the 39-year-old Duchess in her data protection fight against the Post on Sunday. Meghan is suing the newspaper for publishing excerpts from a letter she sent to her estranged father, Thomas Markle.

The newspaper argues that the letter is included in the biography, as well as photos and other personal information – which shows that the Duchess had allowed details of her life to be shared.

In court records, Jenny Afia said the authors of Finding Freedom relied on a creative license to create their bestseller about Meghan's and Harry's lives

But Miss Afia described many of the book's intimate anecdotes as "either extremely anodyne and / or, I understand, are the product of a creative license and / or are inaccurate".

As an example, she said the book detailed the Duchess's “hygiene and bathroom routines” while on vacation in Botswana.

According to Finding Freedom, the two stayed at Meno A Kwena Safari Camp on the edge of Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.

But Miss Afia said Meghan had "never visited the Makgadikgadi pans or on safari" and the couple "had never been together at Meno A Kwena – only the Duke of Sussex has".

A report on their first date included what they were drinking – a beer for him, martini for her – what they talked about, and whether or not they kissed along with the contents of their subsequent text messages. Miss Afia insisted the book's account was wrong.

It provided a long list of other alleged inaccuracies as part of a testimony in the High Court case. Authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand claim to have spoken to 100 sources "close" to the couple and to the couple themselves.

The lawyers of Mail on Sunday told the court that Meghan had "no objection to the disclosure of details … provided that disclosure is formulated in favorable and flattering terms".

They told the court on Monday that the book contained details that could only have come from Harry and Meghan themselves. In response, Miss Afia's testimony included examples of errors in the book, which she said there was no collusion between the royals and the authors.

She said many alleged findings were simply copied from public sources such as newspapers, social media and television.

Quotes about the couple's first date – how Harry thought, "I'm really going to have to improve my game here" – were taken from their engagement interview on BBC1 in November 2017.

Best seller: find freedom

Best seller: find freedom

A passage about Harry's feelings after the birth of his son Archie appears to be the product of a creative license, said Miss Afia.

The book says the Duke texted his father with details of the birth, but the lawyer said, "I understand that it is common knowledge that the Prince of Wales does not have a cell phone."

She also littered a description of Meghan calling a friend from the bathroom on FaceTime and talking about sending her father a "final message." Miss Afia said this was wrong because it wasn't the last time Meghan had sent Thomas Markle a message.

A report about 36-year-old Harry, who met his future mother-in-law Doria Ragland in Los Angeles and enjoyed "the most delicious sashimi", was again based on the authors' creative license, according to Miss Afia.

She added: "I understand that the first time the Duke of Sussex failed to meet Meghan's mother in Los Angeles. The first time he and the Duchess were in Los Angeles was in 2020 when they moved with their son. "

Meghan has declined to work with Mr Scobie and Ms Durand, who say they did not interview the couple directly.

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