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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry accused of 'extraordinary claim' with Finding Freedom book

Meghan Markle, 39, and Prince Harry, 35, are the subject of a highly anticipated book whose authors have said they want to be a "definitive story" about the couple. The two authors behind the book said they interviewed over 100 people but insisted Meghan and Harry were not involved and the couple's spokesman issued a statement to that effect when extracts were published. However, royal expert Russell Myers believes the Duke and Duchess of Sussex must have corroborated with the writers. Mr Myers said it speaks volumes that the Sussex team said the royals were relaxed about the book.

Speaking to True Royalty TV, Mr Myers said: "Most interestingly the authors said they interviewed over 100 sources from the Sussexes inner circle.

"But all the allegation and claims have been corroborated by two people and one may wonder who those two people actually are.

"Harry and Meghan or certainly their team went to great lengths to say they hadn't corroborated with this book but I think from the outside looking in that seems like quite an extraordinary claim to be honest."

Host Kate Thornton asked: "You think there was some level of corroboration?"

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been criticised for and "extraordinary claim" (Image: GETTY)

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Meghan and Harry at their last royal engagement (Image: GETTY)

Mr Myers continued: "I think there must be really because the Sussexes are firing off a number of lawsuits at the moment.

"They're certainly unhappy endless reams of coverage that interestingly in the book 99 percent of this coverage has been proved to be true.

"I think that fact that their team said they were very relaxed about this book coming out speaks absolute volumes."

Thomas Markle also responded to the new book about Meghan and Harry by criticising the timing of its publication, saying it comes across as a collection of complaints at a time when thousands of people are dying from COVID-19.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are facing privacy challenges (Image: GETTY)

Speaking to The Sun, Mr Markle said: "I love my daughter but I really don't appreciate what she's become right now."

In reaction to the release of Finding Freedom, by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, the 76-year-old told the paper: "This is the worst time in the world for them to be whining and complaining about anything - because people everywhere are suffering due to the coronavirus pandemic."

While some media commentators have alleged collusion between the Sussexes and the book's authors, a spokesman for Harry and Meghan has said the couple did not contribute.

Finding Freedom also details the drama leading up to Meghan's wedding to Harry, when it was revealed Mr Markle was paid for helping to set up paparazzi photos of himself near his Mexico home.


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Mr Markle responded by saying his daughter was not above colluding with the media in the same way and that she had arranged paparazzi shots while acting in TV drama Suits before she met Harry.

Mr Markle told The Sun, which stressed it did not pay him for the brief interview: "Apparently Meghan has made deals with the paparazzi. She planned it.

Mr Markle did not attend his daughter's wedding. The book says Meghan was still desperate for him to be there, despite publicity over his involvement with the paparazzi, but that he did not respond to her texts and voicemail messages in the days before the event.

Meghan's father suffered a heart attack around the same time, which he said would have prevented him from flying to London in any case.

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