Meghan Markle felt "liberated" after her "cathartic" Oprah interview allowed her to give her side of the story, a friend claims.
A new epilogue of the latest edition of unauthorised biography Finding Freedom quotes a source close to the Duchess of Sussex, The Independent reported.
Meghan's friend said: “All the things she had kept to herself or been too afraid to say [as a working member of the royal family] she felt safe to finally share. It was liberating."
The pal added the experience was a "cathartic" one after she felt the media was conspiring against her.
Authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand focused on a Times article published four days before the interview about an ex-staffer who accused Meghan of bullying.
That struck a chord with Meghan, who allegedly hoped her side of the story could even the playing field.
With the Oprah interview, that ambition was complete, the authors say.
Scobie and Durand write: “Though the duchess was used to defamatory reports, this front-page story was more worrying.
“It felt like certain individuals at the Palace were doing their very best to undermine and discredit anything they worried the couple may or may not say during the interview.”
The authors also claim that Prince Harry was refused the chance to lay a wreath at the Remembrance Day memorial on Whitehall last year because he was no longer a "frontline royal".
Despite his decade in the military and an agreement with the Royal British Legion to mark his respects on November 11 2020, the wreath remained in a box, according to Finding Freedom.
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Scobie and Durand write: “But as the day came and went, Harry’s gesture remained in its box at the charity’s headquarters in Kent.”
A source close to Harry added: “Ten years of service and a lifetime commitment to the military community and this is how it’s been acknowledged by his family.”
Both the Palace and the Sussexes have been approached for comment.
The updated paperback edition of Finding Freedom will be published on August 31.
Neither Harry nor Meghan were involved in the book's publication.
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