Court documents reveal that the Duchess of Sussex felt “unprotected” and “silenced” by the royal family over her treatment by British tabloids
Forget the Kardashian-Jenners. When it comes to high-profile family drama, there’s a new royal family in town—the literal royal family. In court documents filed back in October 2019, but only recently made public, the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle allegedly stated that she felt “unprotected by the institution” when it came to defending herself in the British press. Markle also allegedly revealed that she felt “silenced” in being unable to speak out in her own defence.
The comments from the duchess are the latest in an ongoing back and forth between the royal family, the British media and the Sussexes. ICYMI, since joining the royal family in 2016, Markle has been subjected to overt and subtle racism and bullying by the media and much of the general public, not to mention within the royal family itself. After years of abuse, and of being unable to speak out about it, the couple announced in January that they would be stepping down as senior members of the royal family, officially moving to Los Angeles to focus on their philanthropy this past March. The court documents in question are from a case in which Markle is suing the Mail on Sunday and its publisher, Associated Newspapers, for the 2018 publication of a handwritten letter from the duchess to her estranged father, Thomas Markle.
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And as sad as it is to read about how distressed Markle was during her time in London, we can’t also help but be a little excited (especially now that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have extricated themselves from the royal mess). Because, if these court docs are anything to go off of, the upcoming royal tell-all is going to be *super* juicy—and we can’t wait to crack it open. Here’s why.
First of all, we’ll get some major tea on the royal family
Set to be released on August 11, Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family by royal reporters Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand is billed as a tell-all that sets the record straight on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s life in the royal family and their January 2020 decision to step back as senior members and move to Los Angeles. Which means, it’ll probably also set the record straight on some *serious* family gossip—of which there is plenty.
Not only will we get to learn more about what exactly went on behind the scenes with Megs and Harry, but we’ll also probably get some intel into some of our other burning questions, like: Did Prince William actually have an affair with one of he and Kate’s BFFs? Is Prince Phillip actually as bro-y as people make him out to be? What did everyone think of the now-infamous Reverend at the Sussex’s 2018 wedding? And why, for the love of God, does Prince Charles not buy rings that fit his fingers?!
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Meghan and Harry will *finally* get to share at least some of their experience
Probably the most important reason for reading the book is the fact that it’ll lay out the famous couple’s experience, in a positive light. While Finding Freedom isn’t an *official* tell-all by the couple (and in fact, there are differing reports regarding whether or not the couple approved parts of the book or sat down for interviews), the fact remains that this book is being published by authors—and populated with sources—who are at least alleging to be committed to offer a fair and truthful account of the Sussex’s experience. In a press release at the time of the book’s announcement in May, Scobie and Durand said: “The aim of this book is to portray the real Harry and Meghan, a couple who continue to inspire many around the world through their humanitarian and charitable work but are often inaccurately portrayed. Our mission has been motivated by a desire to tell an accurate version of their journey and finally present the truth of misreported stories that have become gospel simply because of the amount of times they have been repeated. It is thanks to our sources that we have been able to share the definitive story of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.”
While some may say that taking a clear angle of supporting the royal couple will skew the book (and they’re not wrong), considering the fact that most of the reporting thus far has been *against* the couple and aiming to paint Markle in a negative light, it feels like a book like Finding Freedom will offer a bit of balance to the narrative that’s already out there.
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For everyone who dragged Markle as being a power-hungry, social climber, called her racist names or criticized her for cradling her baby bump (seriously)—there’ll at least be one document that doesn’t vilify her as such and offers another perspective on the events that have transpired since she first joined the royal family. TBH, something tells me this’ll be the 2020 version of Princess Diana’s infamous “Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded” quote.
The Meghan and Harry tell-all will be hold the royal family accountable
And while the monarchy is still standing relatively strong, Finding Freedom probably couldn’t have come at a better time (or worse, depending who you’re asking). The royal family has long been problematic (looking at you, Prince Andrew!) and the existence of a single, un-elected ruling family in 2020 has long been questioned. And while I love looking at super cute photos of the Cambridge’s kids, and will binge The Crown in one sitting, it’s always healthy to be critical of those in power—or at least not hold them up on a pedestal. If anything, hearing the Sussexes’ side of the story—one that I’m sure *is* critical of the family and the monarchy, even if unintentionally so—is good for anyone to consider.
Bring on our soon-to-be favourite summer read!