HomeWorld NewsThe 49 details in Finding Freedom that could have only come from Meghan Markle, claim Mail on Sunday
The 49 details in Finding Freedom that could have only come from Meghan Markle, claim Mail on Sunday
MEGHAN Markle used her friends as “de facto media relations agents” to secretly feed personal information to the authors of her gushing biography, it was claimed today.
The Duchess of Sussex allegedly colluded with the writers of Finding Freedom as part of “a media strategy to improve or enhance her image” which started shortly after she married Prince Harry in 2018.
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Meghan, 39, is suing the Mail on Sunday for printing extracts from a letter she sent her dad Thomas, saying it breached her privacy.
But in new papers filed today the newspaper says the Duchess of Sussex does not have “any reasonable expectation of privacy” because she secretly shared intimate secrets with Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand.
It claims Meghan “does not object to details of her personal relationships and correspondence being publicly disclosed, provided it is couched in terms that are favourable and flattering to her”.
The paper says Meghan became “increasingly frustrated that the press coverage she received was not to her liking and did not do her justice” and “wanted to take more active steps to promote a positive image of herself”.
It says: “She began to feel that the British press was in some way acting against her, so much so that she believed (and still believes) that there were ‘hundreds of thousands’ of inaccurate articles about her.
“She therefore decided that she would by-pass or augment the efforts of the Palace communications team and pass information to the media and to the authors herself, using her friends as her de facto media relations agents or conduits.
“She and her husband co-operated with the authors to put out their version of the events by means of the book.
“They permitted the authors to observe them and interact with them, their friends and associates, and permitted their friends and associates to speak to and pass information to the authors.”
The paper says much of the information in the bestselling book “could have originated only from Meghan and/or her husband”.
It goes on to list 49 details in the book which it says must have come directly from Meghan herself, including:
A detailed account of her relationship with Prince Harry – including who said 'I love you' first
Her feelings towards Kate Middleton
Her birth plan for Archie
Detailed accounts of holidays that she took with Prince Harry
It adds Finding Freedom contains several photographs originally published on the Harry and Meghan’s Instagram account, SussexRoyal.
The paper points out that Meghan has previously complained to the media about its use of these pictures, but not to the authors of Finding Freedom.
It says: “It is inferred that Meghan gave the authors permission to republish these images in the book.”
Mail on Sunday claims the level of detail in Finding Freedom shows Meghan ‘cooperated’
THE Mail on Sunday this week won a bid to use Finding Freedom as part of its defence against Meghan Markle’s privacy claim.
Today, the publisher revealed 49 details from the book they allege show the duchess cooperated with the authors of the biography.
The details include:
Personal correspondence between Meghan and her mother Doria Ragland
Details of Doria's employment and educational history
Meghan's personal conversations with a co-worker at a soup kitchen in Los Angeles
Her weekly routine while at Northwestern University
How Meghan felt about having to shoot a sex scene while she was a struggling actor in 2008
Her feelings around her relationship with her ex-husband, Trevor Engelson, who has never spoken publicly about their marriage
Detailed account of Meghan's relationship with Cory Vitiello
Details about Meghan and Prince Harry's first date – including whether they kissed goodnight and what they drank
Information about their second date at Prince Harry's then home, Nottingham Cottage – including details of the decor of the house
Who said 'I love you' first
Detailed account of their holiday in Botswana in 2016 including where they stayed and her bathroom routines
Prince Harry's relationship with Prince William before and after he met Meghan
A report on the advice Thomas Markle gave Meghan Markle about money management
An account of Prince Harry's first meeting with Doria
Text messages Meghan sent to friend Jessica Mulroney
Details about Prince Harry's conversations with Thomas Markle
What happened when Meghan met Prince William as well as a description of Prince William's home
Meghan's feelings about finding out a Suits love scene she had starred in was uploaded to Pornhub
Advice given by the Palace communications team and Meghan's reaction
Prince Harry's daily routine during Christmas time in 2017
Meghan's relationship with Kate Middleton and how she felt about the duchess
Prince Harry's feelings about being photographed at a wedding in Jamaica in 2017
Details about the wedding reception of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews
Details of their holidays to Turkey and Botswana in 2017 – including who hosted them and what they ate
Information about a conversation between Prince William and Prince Harry about the Duke of Cambridge's feelings about Meghan Markle and the impact on their relationship
Meghan's feelings about Harry's proposal
How Meghan felt about leaving Toronto to move to London
How Meghan felt about meeting the Queen for the first time in October 2017
Meghan's communications with her mum after moving to London
Details about Christmas celebrations in 2017 including how Meghan felt about the brooch worn byPrincess Michael of Kent
Meghan's feelings about a friend Ninaki Priddy speaking to the press about her
Meghan's faith and private conversation with Justin Wlby, the Archbishop of Canterbury
What Prince Harry said at the altar to his father and Meghan Markle just before the wedding ceremony
Detailed account of speeches at the couple's wedding along with what was on the menu
Details of the couple's visit to Lake Como to spend time with George and Amal Clooney
Information about a private meeting between Meghan, Harry and the Queen to pick the duchess' wedding tiara
An account of a disagreement between Prince Harry and one of the Queen's assistants, Angela Kelly
Details around Prince Harry and Prince William's estrangement
Details about Meghan Markle's baby shower and the Palace's reaction
Meghan's birth plan
Private correspondence from Prince Harry and Meghan to their friends after Archie's birth
Details of gifts after Achie's birth
Prince William and Kate Middleton's childcare arrangements
Meghan's work on the SussexRoyal Instagram account
Meghan and Harry's feelings about the Palace communications team
Meghan and Harry's living arrangements while in Canada in 2019
Details about the Sandringham summit
How Prince Harry felt about the split from the royal family
Meghan's feelings about her last engagement as a royal at Westminster Abbey
Earlier this week, the Mail on Sunday won a bid to use Finding Freedom as part of its defence against Meghan’s privacy claim.
Meghan strongly denies collaborating with the authors or any other media.
Last week her lawyer even described the stories in Finding Freedom as “extremely anodyne, the product of creative licence and/or inaccurate” in a bid to distance her from it.