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Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family

3.21  ·  Rating details ·  11,108 ratings  ·  1,486 reviews
The first, epic and true story of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s life together, finally revealing why they chose to pursue a more independent path and the reasons behind their unprecedented decision to step away from their royal lives, from two top royal reporters who have been behind the scenes since the couple first met. Finding Freedom is complete with full color phot ...more
Hardcover, 354 pages
Published August 11th 2020 by Dey Street Books
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Petra X is enjoying a road trip across the NE USA
I switched to the audio book to do a final review - more about the author's motives for writing the book and how it has backfired on him. This review was written as I read the book and events emerged. For less opinion and more reaction, read

This book, meant to show the world that Meghan (and Harry, but he doesn't really count) are truly wonderful people. But it's all backfiring on them as they've thrown the authors under the bus. HarryMarkle has it that the authors are between a
Jul 27, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Warning ⚠️ MAJOR CRINGE FEST: Very Strong Stomach Needed

There is just no way imaginable that Meghan was not very intimately involved in the writing of this drivel. It smacks of her self serving, innocent, ingenue me me me persona. Too many very intimate details and then nothing we haven't all already read in the tabloids already. This is the start of Meghan's slow revenge war against the BRF as she singles out and personally attacks HMTQ, TRH'S The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Unfortunately it
Jul 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
Dire and I'm being kind. Advance copy donated by cousin who is journo on UK broadsheet. Quite apart from where you stand on the whole Harry & Meghan story, this book is hilarious. The writing style is so syrupy, the cover should have a diabetes warning on it. I'm no fan of the royal family but even I could pick out the factual errors in the book. If your idea of a hard hitting, factually based film is The Sound of Music then this is the book for you. If not, then spend the book price on a splurg ...more
Syeda Kazmi
Jul 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
The book does more damage to the reputation of its subjects than it does good. In trying to gain sympathy and paint the royals, particularly the Cambridges, as villians, the writers present both Harry (probably more than his wife) and Meghan as whiny, resentful and full of themselves while also contradicting the authors own past stories, turning this supposedly "their side of the story" into an embarrassing account of illusions of grandeur, self importance, complains and mudslinging!
P.S. I am a
Jul 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
FINDING FREEBIES - THE MAKING OF A MODERN VICTIM. So tired of these two whingers releasing books and docos and smoke signals telling world how great they are, while they couch surf and torch their own families behind their backs. Megan will play the Race Card and Harry will play the Diana card until the cards disintegrate. Let's hope that happens sooner rather than later. If these two losers are reading this review: SHAME ON YOU for selling out your families and disrespecting The Queen of Englan ...more
Karen Breuer
Apr 29, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It’s crap, but what can one expect from a book about Meghan Markle and Just call me Harry.
Jul 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
For all the media hype that was made around this book, it turned out to be a collection of independent reporting made by other royal reporters, opinions from different sides of the royal fandom, sickly sweet sycophancy from the author who happens to be their mouthpiece.
Furthermore, this has Meghan Markle's calligraphy written all over it as we can see her writing style, reminiscent of her Tig blog.
If you're a book collector, then knock yourself out. otherwise it's just an upgraded gossip diary.
Celia Hyde
Apr 26, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Much ado about nothing.
May 05, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Omid Scobie is MeGain's pet. So, what are you expecting from this book about MeGain: "MeGain, me, me, me...! I am the most wonderful woman in the world!"
Just useful as toilet paper when in need!
Petra X is enjoying a road trip across the NE USA
Why was this book written? The author has called Meghan's detractors, "morons", was it to right that situation since the author is such a fan? Would anyone devote a couple of years of their life to writing something like that without any other benefit? Now being the mouthpiece of or ghostwriting implies a much closer connection to the subjects, Meghan and Harry. That would make sense. But I don't think it was quite that.

Omid Scobie is "'s Royal Editor at Large and has covered the lives
Jul 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
Harry married a fraud. A book of lies and bitterness.
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't think I would purchase this, however, parts of the excerpts and Omid's and Carolyn's post-release interviews were intriguing.

Mostly, I found this book to be a more balanced look at the couple, Harry and Meghan, the royal palaces and their courtiers, and also the events leading up to the dissolution of William and Harry's working relationship.
Frankly, I think the blame lies with the person on whom the crown lays since she alone could have reined in all parties involved.

This entire situ
Jul 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
What a load of bol*&%ks. Obviously co written by Meghan who is trying to be the next Diana it seems. William and Kate are in line to be King and Queen consort and Harry was always the spare. That didn't sit well with special snowflake Meghan. And before people start dropping the race card, I couldn't care if she was pink with yellow spots on. ...more
Aug 11, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
To anyone who believes the lie that Meghan and Harry had nothing to do with this book, read this...

The first week of August 2020, the Justice in her lawsuit, Justice Warby, said reporter Mr. Scobie (the author of this book) tweeted about the applications in court just 58 minutes after they were filed. I quote, “The record shows that the application notice and supporting witness statements were all submitted for filing at 8:06am and finding at 8:32am. The evidence of Mr. Mathieson is that they we
Amy Murdoch
Jul 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
Rehashed tabloid drivel featuring their side. Been called a hagiography in the press and that team is apropos. Nothing revealing. One wonders the authenticity of the content as the author, Omid purposely lied about his age to a Times reporter. He said he was 33 but is in fact 38 or 39. It isn’t even written well. Hard to get through the book. Was hoping for new revelations. Was hoping to see the couple in a new, favorable light. But the book did the opposite. Don’t buy this book until it’s at Po ...more
Aug 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
Nothing is EVER their fault. People believe Meghan to be fake because she is so perfect. Charles thinks shes confident beautiful self aware and impeccable. VERY DETAILED description of her meeting with the Queen. Details no one else would know but Meghan or Harry. It almost reads as if she was writing every detail in a journal and gave snippets to Scooby Do for this book. William and Catherine are bullies and snobbish. Harry is irrational and emotional. The rest of the royals are jealous. But Me ...more
Jul 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
After finding out the author himself tells porky pies have no reason to believe this book is anything more then fiction. All lies and drama. Pity party book.
Sergio Cordo
Jul 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
Anything that has MeGains hands in the content is just a bunch of lies to make her look good. Its trash and not worth your money
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
UPDATE: I finally read the book. Yes, it is praising them. But I actually think they are also criticized on occasion. If there wasn’t a full on smear hate racist campaing in the brit tabloids, then I would’ve said it is a bit much. But as it is, with them still vilified and the duke and duchess of Lazy still touted as “perfect”, this book is a pertinent defence. It actually makes me happy that they escaped such a toxic environment. Looking forward to what they do, because it’s heaps more interes ...more
Aug 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
More like Funding Freedom. H&M claim they had nothing to do with this book. So why aren't they suing the book for unauthorized approval or for "lies". She's suing the Magazine, why not the authors of this book? Even Scobie acknowledged in an interview that they were very involved in the book. Now they are denying it. Furthermore, where is the 2nd Author at?? Why is no one interviewing her? Why is she hiding?
Why doesn't H & M realize no one cares for them. Especially MegNuts! Wish they would jus
Jul 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
Don’t waste your money on this whinge fest.
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
As expected with the reviews--those that like H&M are giving it five stars and those that don't care for the couple are giving it one star.

I started out really loving this couple, but as they complained and whined from their position of monetary and social status privilege I began to like them less and less which made me sad because Harry was always my favorite plus the potential Meghan brought as a breath of fresh air to the royal family.

After reading excerpts of the book I meant to cancel my
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I see a lot of racist reviewing a book that isn’t even out yet.
The spoiler for this book is that you will see a lot of racist leaving fake reviews for a book they didn’t read and mascarade that as indignation. When in reality if FACTS were brought to be debated they all would be trying to come up with excuses. Pathetic. But that’s what is expected of racists and ignorant people that instead of facts spend their little lifes away reading tabloids. Good luck with your hatred. Karma is a bitch, ju
British tabloids: print, online and TV, have been complaining nonstop and demanding Meghan go home.
Calling her 'duchess difficult', british for 'uppity'.
So she leaves and now they are big mad and screaming abandonment.
Make it make sense.

The claims that she, a WOC, 'stole' a white man from a former slave trading and violently colonizing tribe....

The jokes write themselves.

I believe Harry, Meghan, Charles, the queen, and other royals, all indirectly probably contributed some info using their frie
Without this book, gossip would have mellowed down and they would have been able to come and go as they please, as they intended, while maintaining a somewhat healthy relationship with their families and countries. I can only imagine the welcome they'll receive now.

This book is written in the style of a saint in the making, a "leftist saint." With the amount of times this book mentions Obama, you'd think he was running again. I understand the authors' need to defend Meghan after all the negativ
Aug 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
Regardless of where one stands on royalty and it’s members. This book is written terribly. The author goes over the top and it is really just full of petty things. It is completely one sided and I think quite unkind to the Cambridges (especially Kate who appears to be a villain because she’s a busy working royal with three kids and so can’t take Meghan to the shops when Meghan wants to go). It should have and could have been a more interesting story about bigger issues. But really it’s just a hi ...more
Jul 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
Hannah Nagle
Aug 13, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
Note: My friend lent me her copy of this book because she knows I have an interest in the media storm that has surrounded MM and Prince Harry stepping down as royals. I am not well educated in royal culture, nor do I know (or understand) royal etiquette. I know the basics, and I always enjoy looking at the wedding dresses chosen for royal weddings. Prior to her life as a royal, I did really enjoy watching MM on Suits as Rachel Zane - and I will admit I 100% had a crush on the character. That asi ...more
Elsa Rajan Pradhananga
Freedom is so subjective and to Harry and Meghan it means living a financially independent life unanswerable to the public and not abiding to the royal protocol. But the choice of provocative words for a title implying that the couple lived under scrutiny in a golden cage reeks of a much detested whining.

Finding Freedom is a very biased book almost akin to fan fiction written in tabloid language and it’s gullible of the duo to think that readers would believe that they had no involvement in the
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Aug 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
It's a book about the worlds greatest hypocrites. ...more
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