Finding Freedom

Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family

by Omid Scobie , Carolyn Durand

Number of pages: 368

Publisher: Dey Street Books

BBB Library: Booklets

ISBN: 978-0063046108

About the Authors

Omid Scobie : Omid Scobie is a London-based writer, royal editor for Harper's Bazaar,


Carolyn Durand : Carolyn Durand is a producer and writer who has spent nearly


Editorial Review

Three years into their marriage, Harry and Megan decided to take a six-week vacation in a mansion in Victoria, Canada, in order to escape media criticism and harassment. While there, they decided to take the time to sort things out with their lives, making sure to follow their hearts in the process. This is their story, and their path towards freedom.

Book Reviews

"If you're looking for a primer to the saga of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, this book is a good place to start." —New York Times

"Required reading for any modern royal family fan." —Buzzfeed

[Scobie and Durand] go deep behind the scenes. —Washington Post

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Wisdom to Share

A good friend of Meghan’s called her Grace Under Fire, because despite whatever pressure she was under she didn’t fall apart.

Meghan’s willingness to help others and her drive to excel meant she often was deemed "fake" by classmates at school who felt it was impossible for anyone to be that "perfect"

She spent so many years, whether on campus, on TV, or advocating for women to be empowered, speaking out. And she’s respected that. She does have a lot of respect for tradition, a lot of respect for the family and the institution that she has joined. But it’s just a different way of living. We’d missed hearing her speak.

Not having a platform of her own to talk directly to the public was one of the toughest changes for her, especially after building so much of her own brand on Instagram and her blog.

The entire event was classic Meghan: simple yet indulgent, fun in a quiet and intimate way – and all meticulously planned.

Harry is admittedly tough to impress, but he almost froze when he walked into the room and saw Meghan.

Meghan wasn’t just beautiful. She was also different from women he was used to meeting, and Harry was intimidated by new situations.

Meghan is someone who works a room very well. In social settings, all eyes are drawn to her. She laughs a little louder, glows a little brighter. She’s self-assured in a way that attracts attention.

Harry was unusually candid for someone with his title, but he was also every bit the gentleman. Wherever they went, and to this day, he gestures for Meghan to go first. The short walk from the living room would have been no different.

He liked what he saw but didn’t necessarily think of drinks as anything more than a chance to be introduced to a woman he found attractive.

The prince wasn’t having it. He wasn’t budging. If things were going to get tricky, there was nowhere else he’d rather be than at Meghan’s side.

Although Meghan was a trained actress, this was an audition like no other, and she wanted to impress her future royal relatives.