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THE author of a Meghan Markle biography criticised commentary surrounding the release of the book, but admitted his work was 'unauthorised and unofficial'.

Omid Scobie, author of Finding Freedom which will be released next week, spoke publicly for the first time to the On Heir podcast after the extracts it were released.

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6Meghan Markle's arrival into the Royal Family has been documented by Scobie in Finding FreedomCredit: Getty Images - Getty 6Omid Scobie has criticiseCredit: Harper Collins

He said he wanted to 'humanise' the Duchess and said he and co-author Carolyn Durand had spoken to '100 sources' over two years to write the book.

Fundamentally, Scobie said, the book was a "beautiful love story" - adding he felt it was a mistake for the Royal family to lose the couple as working Royals.

But he went onto distance himself from the couple and was adamant it was "unauthorised and unofficial".

Calling its publication the "the elephant in the room", he said: "It's been a couple of years in the making.

6Scobie says the book was years in the making

"We are really used to see Royal sources and palace sources in stories about the duke and duchess," he said. "It was very clear to many that those in their lives were increasingly frustrated by the treatment of the couple.

"We feel it [Finding Freedom] really accurately depicts what went on.

"It takes you from the first days they met."

The book so far has been awash with allegations including that:

  • Meghan and Harry felt "cut adrift" and were frustrated at Prince William and Kate Middleton getting the 'plum' jobs
  • The former actress moaned she had given up her life for the Royal Family
  • Prince Harry compared fronting up to the royal institution to being in front of a firing squad
  • The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were frustrated the Queen would not meet them earlier to discuss their demands

Scobie said: "It's unofficial and unauthorised." He added there was "some distance from the couple."

But he was adamant he had historically spent a lot of time with Prince Harry and Meghan, as part of the press pack - of which many media are members.

"I spent time with Prince Harry even before he and Meghan were married," he added.

"I hope it [the book] humanisies the Duchess of Sussex," he added.

6Meghan said she had given up everything to join the Royal Family

"[It's] a beautiful love story [and] allows them to thrive in a space where they weren't thriving before.

The biographers quote Meghan claiming: “I gave up my entire life for this family. I was willing to do whatever it takes. But here we are. It’s very sad.”

And the authors claim the couple grew frustrated when the Queen and Charles refused to bow to their demands for change.

6Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are seen at their final royal engagementCredit: Getty - Pool The book details claims of why Meghan and Harry decided to leave the Royal Family

The book says Harry and Meghan even considered driving straight to see the Queen after returning from Canada in January because they had failed to secure an appointment with the monarch.

It was also claimed that the couple were left “with a bad taste”, feeling William and Kate ignored Meghan at the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in March — the Sussexes’ final duty as senior royals.

The authors add of Meghan and Kate: “The Duchesses struggled to move past the distant politeness of when they first met.

“Their cordial but distant rapport was apparent when they appeared with each other."

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The Sun exclusively revealed their Megxit plans to spend more time in Canada in January.

That led to the Sandringham ­summit with the Queen which ­formalised how the Sussexes would step down.

The couple are now living in a rented mansion in LA with their son Archie.

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Prince Harry says sport can ‘bring you back from the darkest places’ as he praises Paralympics in new Netflix doc

PRINCE Harry tributes sport in being able to "bring you back from the darkest places" as he praises the Paralympics in a new Netflix documentary.

The Duke of Sussex, 35, appears in the film Rising Phoenix, which is set to air August 26 - the same date the Paralympic Games were set to go ahead before coronavirus hit.

8Prince Harry tributes sport in being able to "bring you back from the darkest places" in a new Netflix documentary Credit: Netflix 8The royal has reportedly been involved in the film since it was just an idea 8Prince Harry talks with athletes during the official launch of the one year countdown to the Invictus Games Credit: Reuters

The documentary is set to tell the history of the Paralympics Games movement and the incredible stories of the athletes featured, including Ellie Cole, Jonnie Peacock and Tatyana McFadden.

In a trailer for the film, Prince Harry says: "There isn't anything else in the world that can bring you back from the darkest places than sport."

"Yes, lives are being changed on the track," he adds.

"But lives are also being changed on the stands."

There isn't anything else in the world that can bring you back from the darkest places than sport.

Prince Harry

A description for the documentary reads: "Featuring Paralympians from across the world, Rising Phoenix tells the extraordinary story of the Paralympic Games.

"From the rubble of World War II to the third biggest sporting event on the planet, the Paralympics sparked a global movement which continues to change the way the world thinks about disability, diversity & human potential".

8Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a wheelchair tennis event at the Invictus Games in Toronto in 2017 Credit: AP:Associated Press LIFELONG PASSION

Sport has been a lifelong passion of Prince Harry's, with the royal setting up the Invictus Games in 2014.

The event for wounded service personnel sees thousands of fans flock in from over 20 countries.

It was due to be held in The Hague, Holland, this month.

In an inspiring speech about Invictus athletes in 2019, Harry said: "I think, in the last five years, these guys have completely changed how we view disability, how we view mental health. This is all them.

"We merely created a platform in order for them to shine and it’s genuinely been one of the greatest honours of my life to get to know all you guys and to see you through this process.

"We’ve had some laughs, we’ve had some tears, and I can’t ever thank you enough for the impact that you have had across the world, to be able to create better understanding for those people who put the uniform on."

The royal has reportedly been involved in the documentary project since it was just an idea.

"The Duke is proud to have been one of the people contributed to this film, which is a unique and powerful documentary that hopes to change the way people view disability — and tell the incredible story of the Paralympics," a spokesperson for Prince Harry said.

FILM CAREER?

Harry's film appearance may be the start of a burgeoning career in providing voiceovers and producing documentaries after he and wife Meghan stepped back from official public duties in March.

Sources revealed in January that the couple plan to make a living by being part of ‘worthy’ issues such as mental health and climate change.

Former actress Meghan also agreed to do the narration for a Disney documentary Elephant after a direct request from filmmakers.

Her fee for the project went entirely to the Elephants Without Borders charity - an organisation dedicated to conserving wildlife and helps protect the animals from poaching.

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The coronavirus pandemic meant that both the Olympics and Paralympics have been postponed until 2021, although they will still take place in Tokyo.

Harry is currently living in a $18 million mansion in Santa Barbara with his wife Meghan and baby son.

The couple launched a legal bid this month in an attempt to ban the publication of photos of their son Archie that they claimed were taken by a drone that flew above the mansion.

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