Omid Scobie: We wanted to tell the other side of the story
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Omid Scobie was praised for the new success achieved by Finding Freedom, the biography of Meghan and Harry he co-wrote. The unauthorised account was released yesterday in paperback and included an epilogue focusing on the royal events concerning the Duke and Duchess of Sussex taking place between 2020 and 2021.
And, according to a Twitter account which monitors the best selling books over a 24 hours period, the updated Finding Freedom proved to be a hit with the public in the US.
Twitter account Top10Books wrote yesterday the biography was the fifth best selling book in the States in the 24 hour period it analysed.
This sparked excitement among supporters of the royal author.
One Twitter user wrote: “Congratulations Omid! Just received mine. Can’t wait to read the epilogue.”
Another said: “Good for Omid. He must be overjoyed.”
And a third added: “Can’t wait to read!”
Mr Scobie, who has also proven to be an outspoken supporter of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, collaborated with Carolyn Durand in writing Finding Freedom.
The first edition of the book was released in August 2020 and detailed the blossoming romance of Meghan and Harry, their struggles within the Royal Family and their decision to step down to pursue a new life as non-working members of the Firm.
The original edition of the biography proved to be hugely popular with the public and secured the title of New York Times bestseller within the month of its launch.
Prior to last year’s publication, a spokesman for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stressed the two royals “were not interviewed and did not contribute to Finding Freedom”.
He added: “This book is based on the authors’ own experiences as members of the royal press corps and their own independent reporting.”
Ahead of yesterday’s release, Meghan and Harry’s representatives also said the authors of the book do not speak for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Meghan and Prince Harry got married in May 2018 after meeting during a blind date in the summer of 2016.
During her time as a senior royal, the Duchess of Sussex became patron of four organisations – including Smart Works and Mayhew, which she retained even after stepping down from full-time royal duties.
Moreover, she collaborated with Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in projects focusing on mental health, including the launch of 24/7 messaging support platform Shout.
And in 2019 she guest-edited the September edition of UK Vogue magazine, titled Forces for Change.
After stepping down from their role at the end of March 2020 and relocating to the US, the Sussexes struck multi-year deals with Netflix and Spotify, which will see Meghan and Harry produce video and audio content exclusively for these platforms.
Meghan and Harry have so far announced they are working on two shows for Netflix – Pearl and Heart of Invictus – and have released a holiday special episode of their podcast series.
They also launched their new organisation Archewell, which comprises a not-for-profit foundation and a production powerhouse.
Earlier this year, Prince Harry announced he is writing a memoir set to cover his life from childhood to fatherhood.
This book, a statement shared on Archewell.com said, will be a “definitive account of the experiences, adventures, losses, and life lessons that have helped shape him”.
While shaping their post-royal future, the couple also welcomed a baby daughter, Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana, which joined Meghan and Harry’s firstborn Archie.
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