Not another one! Royals brace for Meghan Markle and Harry TV show after The Crown chaos
Meghan Markle and Harry: Experts discuss 'spread of positivity'
Meghan and Prince Harry’s blossoming romance and struggles with palace aides and royals alike have been the focus of a biography, Finding Freedom, by royal correspondents Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie. The book, which claimed to go “beyond the headlines to reveal unknown details of Harry and Meghan’s life together” was released in August and has quickly become a bestseller.
Now one of its authors, Mr Scobie, is understood to be in talks with Hollywood executives to develop a scripted TV drama inspired by the book, the Evening Standard has reported.
Mr Scobie has been a long-time contributor for ABC’s Good Morning America as well as the royal editor at large at Harper’s Bazaar.
Last year, the royal expert hinted at future projects saying he had taken part in “interesting” talks.
He said: “We have had some interesting conversations in recent weeks.
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“Personally, I’m not a huge fan of these stories entering the big or small screen until a bit more time passes.”
Express.co.uk has contacted Mr Scobie for comment.
Shortly before Finding Freedom was released, a spokesman for the Sussexes made it clear the couple had not been interviewed for this book.
He said: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not interviewed and did not contribute to Finding Freedom.
“This book is based on the authors’ own experiences as members of the royal press corps and their own independent reporting.”
The book was dragged into the privacy lawsuit launched by Meghan in October 2019.
In October last year, lawyers of Associated Newspapers were granted the request to amend the publisher’s defence to argue Meghan had “co-operated with the authors of the recently published book ‘Finding Freedom’ to put out their version of certain events”.
In her response, Meghan made clear she did not provide a copy of the letter she sent to her father or its contents, extracts of which were published by the Mail on Sunday in February 2019.
In her statement, Meghan said she only gave her own version of the story to be passed on to the authors to prevent any further misrepresentation.
Her lawyers were adamant in stating she never gave Mr Scobie or Ms Durand an interview, saying: “Neither the Claimant nor her husband wished to be involved in any way with the Book.”
The claim of a possible TV drama based on Finding Freedom comes a few months after the fourth season of The Crown aired.
This latest instalment of the Netflix show depicts the events taking place between 1979 and 1990.
It heavily focuses on the relationship between Princess Diana and Prince Charles and his affair with Camilla, the now-Duchess of Cornwall.
While the show has been hailed by many for its lavish production, some royal watchers and experts have warned it could be harmful to the Royal Family as it has portrayed falsehoods or distorted version of real-life events.
One royal biographer, Sally Bedell Smith, said the show leads to believe Charles and Camilla were involved in an affair throughout his marriage.
However, she said, the pair are believed to have had little contact between 1981 and 1986, when his relationship with Diana broke down.
Another expert, Richard Fitzwilliams, recently explained why The Crown can be dangerous to the Royal Family’s image, telling Express.co.uk: “The idea that all publicity is good publicity is totally bogus.
“Much of The Crown is now turning out to be bogus.
“And from that point of view, I think it is dangerous because I think a lot of people watch it and they don’t know the truth.
“What we are watching is something that is decidedly hostile to the Royal Family.”
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