Finding Freedom by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand
Publisher: Dey Street Books • Published On: August 11, 2019
Full disclosure, I’m a fan of Harry and Meghan. Prior to their engagement, I never really paid much attention to the royal family, but when they got engaged there was just something refreshing about their relationship and I couldn’t help put become a fan of the two of them. After hearing about Finding Freedom and all of the little previews on the news prior to the release, I knew I needed to get a copy and get an inside look of the journey they have gone on.
As an American, I’m definitely an outsider of what the monarchy really means to those who live in England. What I don’t understand is the hatred towards a couple that want to use their power to do good on this world. So what if they do that not living in England? If they have the means to start, fund and be the face of organizations that can affect positive change, shouldn’t people support them? These are two people who are not only saying they want to make a difference in the world, they are working with places that do and shining a light on organizations people may never have heard of before, we should be applauding them instead of trying to tear them down.
For all the negativity thrown Meghan’s way for people saying she destroyed the royal family, Finding Freedom paints a better picture of what really goes on behind the gates of Buckingham Palace. Harry and William were growing apart before Meghan was in the picture because they are on two very different paths for their future. How can Meghan and Kate be the best of friends when they barely saw each other? And it wasn’t like the opportunities weren’t there, but if one person is seeking the other out for guidance and support in navigating this new terrain and the other isn’t there, you can’t expect them to be anything other than cordial sisters-in-law. I understand William and Kate have to present themselves very differently since one day he will be the King of England, but at the end of the day, Harry and Meghan are still their family and by not showing their support for them publicly and hiding behind rumors, they are only making the situation worse than it needs to be. I hope that the life they want of service and normal everyday moments, Harry and Meghan find living in the United States.
Scobie and Durand do a great job of clearing up a lot of rumors that have followed the couple ever since the press found out they were together. For a family that has suffered great loss over the years and had an opportunity to become more forward thinking, there was a lot more they could’ve done to not only protect the mental health of Harry and Meghan, but to support them as well through everything.