The author of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's new biography, Finding Freedom, hit back, claiming he had long conversations with the couple before their explosive bio was released.
Omid Scobie, who co-wrote Finding Freedom with Carolyn Durand, took to Twitter to make it clear that when he got engaged, he'd only exchanged a few words instead of doing a full interview.
A note from the authors on the back of the book, published yesterday, seems to recognize some involvement from Harry, 35) and Meghan, 39, in the biography, who raised eyebrows for their bubbling praise and intimate knowledge of their lives.
The affirmation reads, "We spoke to close friends of Harry and Meghan, royal aides and palace staff (past and present), the charities and organizations they have long established relationships with, and the couple themselves, if applicable."
The authors of Prince Harry (35) and Meghan Markles (39), explosive biography Finding Freedom, revealed in the author's note of the book that they spoke to the couple "when appropriate"
Omid Scobie, who co-wrote Finding Freedom with Carolyn Durand, took to Twitter to make it clear that he'd only exchanged a few words on engagements rather than doing a full interview.
Scobie today downplayed every involvement of the couple and tweeted, "Let's get one thing straight: there's a huge difference between exchanging a few words with a member of the royal family on an official engagement or tour to actually interview them."
He added, "The amount of nonsense that's going around right now is unreal."
Scobie's comment comes from widespread speculation by royal commentators and experts on whether Harry and Meghan gave their inner circle consent to speak to Scobie and Durand about the biography.
The authors publicly stated before publication that they had not interviewed the couple directly.
Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand admit they spoke to "close friends of Harry and Meghan, royal aides and palace staff (past and present), the charities and organizations they have long established relationships with, and, where appropriate, the couple themselves" .
However, royal writer Penny Junor was among those who asked if Harry and Meghan had "collaborated" with the writers.
The explosive new biography Finding Freedom was released yesterday
She said the couple would have made a big fuss about the book if they weren't involved.
Penny, author of Prince Harry: Brother, Soldier, Son, Husband, told MailOnline: & # 39; The writers have some extraordinarily personal and private details about Harry and Meghan, but the couple have said they haven't spoken to them directly have and we have to take your word for it.
“What seems absolutely clear, however, is that they worked together.
“If not, they would have made a big fuss about this book.
"I suspect they wanted to get their story and their feelings about how they were treated publicly and did so through friends who sound like they are very well and carefully informed."
Palace insiders have described the book as a "score settling" after Harry and Meghan left the royal family to live in Los Angeles – after suddenly announcing their intentions in January, which "hurt" the queen.
The book gives a dramatic account of the events that led to the Sussexes' departure from royal life and offers new insights into Harry's argument with William.
The fraternal quarrel reportedly broke out after the Duke of Cambridge referred to Meghan as "that girl" and raised concerns that his younger brother might fall into romance.
The book provides a detailed and dramatic account of the events that led to the Sussexes' departure from royal life (pictured at Canada House in January just before their announcement).
The authors say Harry "felt that people who work with his brother put things out to make William look good, even if it meant throwing Harry under the bus."
Meghan's favorite author is quoted in the epigraph
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's explosive new biography is preceded by a quote accredited by American essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson.
The quote is: "Do not go where the path might lead, but where there is no path and leave a trail."
The essayist is a favorite of the Duchess of Sussex, who once called another quote from "my all-time favorite of favorites".
In an interview with Liz Earle magazine, the then-actress said that she loved the quote so much that she kept it in her trailer while filming, and recalled "when she felt overwhelmed".
Excerpts from the book have already revealed many inside details about the couple's departure from the royal family, including how the couple considered going direct against the "destroyed" queen over Megxit after their return from Canada in January .
Among the extraordinary personal details littered everywhere are details of the moment Meghan confessed that she wrote one final message to her estranged father, Thomas Markle, while in a bathtub on FaceTime.
Sources close to the couple also claim in the book that royal aides feared Meghan and Harry's popularity dwarfed that of the royal family themselves – and that the couple were jealous that William and Kate got the best roles and "didn't felt supported "the royal.
Yesterday, Scobie said the couple felt unable to defend themselves against reports in the media they believed were untrue.
He said to Lorraine, “Harry is very aware of what goes on behind the scenes behind the palace walls and I think the couple really found themselves in a position where they were told they couldn't defend themselves.
"We kept hearing 'no comment' from the palace, but their reputation was ruined by the words of other people using third, fourth and fifth hand information that was not always true."
Scobie also told Lorraine that the process of writing the book began two years ago and the story of what he wrote changed dramatically during that time.
He added that he and Meghan were "in no way friends" and that there was "always that line" between journalists and members of the royal family.
The controversial biography of Omid Scobie (left) and Carolyn Durand (right) raised eyebrows for the bubbling praise and intimate knowledge of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex
He denied asking for an interview, adding that "it is important to have a little distance with the couple" in order to have a balanced and objective view of who they are.
Scobie said, "The really unique situation that resulted was that a lot of the people who worked for Harry and Meghan were frustrated with what was being printed."
He said the couple's friends became "desperate" to defend them, so they could "recreate the narrative a little" and "shed some light on who they really are".
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