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Harry and Meghan - update on book + Smartworks shares Zoom meeting

Just as other members of the royal family have done in the past, Vanity Fair reports that Harry and Meghan cooperated with two journalists on a biography. It might not be as juicy as some of its predecessors, but it could set the record straight on a few burning questions.

  • Provisional title is Thoroughly Modern Royals: The Real World of Meghan and Harry.

  • Members of the royal family have go-to journalists when they want to get a story out there. They've been known to cooperate with people like Robert Jobson, Katie Nicholl, Richard Kay, Rebecca English and Dan Wootton, etc. in some form or another. Following in their footsteps, Harry and Meghan are reportedly cooperating with Carolyn Durand (Elle Magazine) and Omid Scobie (Harper's Bazaar & Good Morning America) for a book now set to come out in August.

  • What the book will cover: According to a source with knowledge of the deal, the book will cover the period from Meghan and Harry’s introduction to their royal exit in March, including details about her deteriorating relationship with the Markle family. It will approach those years from the perspective of the couple and cast Meghan in a more flattering light than many tabloid stories have. Their cooperation tracks with some of their motivations from stepping back from the royal family earlier this year.

  • There are conflicting reports on how much access Durand and Scobie had: Vanity Fair (per the Mail on Sunday, so take it with a grain of salt) reports that Harry and Meghan sat down with the journalists before announcing they were leaving their roles as working royals. However, Carly Ledbetter (Huffington Post) wrote: "the book does not claim to feature interviews with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex."

  • The biography does NOT appear to be a bombshell tell-all. It is not going to be like the Andrew Morton book on Diana, Princess of Wales. They're not going to put the royals on blast.
    Meghan and Harry’s choice to go public doesn’t seem to have as much to do with their feelings about the family’s state of affairs. When they stepped back as senior royals, Meghan and Harry were hoping they could find a more progressive role within the family, but were only able to achieve that by leaving their roles behind entirely.

    In charting their careers outside of the royal family, the couple have reportedly taken pains to stay on the monarchy’s good side. There’s no reason to believe that Thoroughly Modern Royals will drop any information that will leave the queen fuming, though there’s a chance that their choice could backfire. But by working with Durand and Scobie, two British journalists who write for American outlets, they’re making a point about who this book is aimed at. Meghan and Harry don’t seem to be trying to set the house on fire—just looking for an opportunity to get a few things off their chests.

Smartworks is one of Meghan's patronages. On March 27th, she volunteered to speak with a young woman ahead of her job interview, offering words of advice and encouragement. Today, the charity released footage from that day.

“It’s been such an honour to meet and learn from so many talented women in the Smart Works network over the years, and recently to see the amazing work they’re doing to adapt their programs to the reality of this pandemic. Their ability to continue to empower women and help them harness the confidence they need to succeed during this time is inspiring." – a message to our clients from the Duchess of Sussex. ⠀ Since moving to a virtual service six weeks ago we have delivered 200 hours of support to our clients. ⠀ From the volunteers who have been delivering coaching online to the staff working behind the scenes to make everything run smoothly - the energy, passion and commitment has been overwhelming. ⠀ We couldn’t do this without the support of our community and on the 27th March we were honoured that our patron, The Duchess of Sussex kindly volunteered some time to speak with one of our clients ahead of her interview, offering words of advice and encouragement. During the session the Duchess praised her for being “such a beacon of hope” and “focusing on getting through this”. ⠀ When asked about her patronage she said, “it’s a pleasure to support them, you see how great they do and how many people they help and that’s what it’s all about. I’ve been really proud to be able to be their patron, but it’s an easy yes when you have such incredible women helping you.” ⠀ After her session with the Duchess our client had this to say: ⠀ “I just wanted to say a big 'thank you' to you, the Duchess and the whole team at Smart Works for making this possible for women all around the UK, because to see such work is truly inspiring and uplifting. And thank you for the super useful interview tips - I will be using them for years to come!.” ⠀ The Smart Works service is available for any woman who is unemployed and has a confirmed job interview, referrals are made by our employment support partners including women’s charities and Job Centre Plus. Our mission is to help anyone who needs it, no matter the circumstances.

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Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4.
Tags: books / authors, charity, royalty / royal family
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