Harry and Meghan have been collaborating with journalists, perhaps to set the record straight https://t.co/kfM6DySGoD— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) April 27, 2020
- 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.
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