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The first, epic and true story of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s life together, finally revealing why they chose to pursue a more independent path and the reasons behind their unprecedented decision to step away from their royal lives, from two top royal reporters who have been behind the scenes since the couple first met. 

When news of the budding romance between a beloved English prince and an American actress broke, it captured the world’s attention and sparked an international media frenzy. But while the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have continued to make headlines - from their engagement, wedding, and birth of their son Archie to their unprecedented decision to step back from their royal lives - few know the true story of Harry and Meghan.

For the very first time, Finding Freedom goes beyond the headlines to reveal unknown details of Harry and Meghan’s life together, dispelling the many rumors and misconceptions that plague the couple on both sides of the pond. As members of the select group of reporters that cover the British Royal Family and their engagements, Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand have witnessed the young couple’s lives as few outsiders can.

With unique access and written with the participation of those closest to the couple, Finding Freedom is an honest, up-close, and disarming portrait of a confident, influential, and forward-thinking couple who are unafraid to break with tradition, determined to create a new path away from the spotlight, and dedicated to building a humanitarian legacy that will make a profound difference in the world. 

©2020 Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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easy read

It was an easy read. Nothing new as for information but flows nicely and good audio book.

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Changed my perception of Meghan for the worst

I first want to say this book was easy to get through and the naration was good. Prior to reading this book, I was very pro Meghan and Harry. However after reading this book, unfortunately it has changed my mind about Meghan for the worst. The book reads as if she was always this sweet and innocent do-gooder who never did a single bad thing in her life and all the drama surrounding her was in no way her fault. Basically she was a bystander and all these horrible things just happened around her while she was doing only noble things in life. She had no explanation why or how drama started because she did nothing wrong. It was always someone else's vendetta against her. Meghan is so perfect that everyone on the planet who met her was forever impressed and in awe. The book goes on and on about her virtues and how blameless she is. Did you ever have that one teenage friend in highschool who acted like she was so "innocent" and didn't know why "drama always followed her" But in reality you knew that she was the instigator of all the drama but then she pretended like it was never her fault? That is how this book made me feel about meghan. I do feel as though she had a part in writing this book becuase it is not very objective and it seemed to be the perspective of one person. She was the only person in the book who had zero flaws. Everyone else was low key shaded at some point (even Harry). Either Meghan played a strong role in this book or Omid is so obsessed with her that in his eyes she is perfect. The other thing in this book that was quite nauseating was the constant name dropping. Endless name dropping that came across like the author (or meghan) was trying so hard to seem like Meghan was always part of the "cool kids". If this book was meant to humanize Meghan, it did the opposite for me. It made me think that she is gravely lacking in self awareness and also values the vapid qualities of celebrity. I felt like the person described in the book did not showcase the life and values of a woman but rather described how an immature teenage girl desperately wants to portray herself - Perfect, popular. Now I have my doubts about whether I actually want to continue to support meghan's charities and causes. It left me with a terrible impression of her.

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Balance and fair

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. I thought the view was balanced and fair. It was great getting glimpses behind scenes. I am recommending this book. You weren’t be disappointed

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Same old stuff

I found this book to be very boring. The whole thing was basically same news heard and read the news media for several years so there was no real revelation and I don’t get the finding freedom part I think they’re a very immature couple that just didn’t want to have to do boring tasks that the royal family sometimes has to do. I think Megan has stars in her eyes and Harry yes seems to follow along whatever she wants. So sad he had to give up the military stuff. I expected a lot more in this book but it really wasn’t worth my time

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Boring

I simply could not get through this snore fest. I've watched BBC docs with more life than this. Honestly this book sounds phony. This is what the couple wants you to believe.

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A very interesting book on the Royal life

I found this 2 B a fast paced book. A very enjoyable listen & very informative about what Royal Life is like. 🌟⭐🌟⭐🌟⭐

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Loved this first hand account

It was nice to hear another perspective of what Harry and Meghan have gone thru. Their story of finding each other is so beautiful and one that I someday hope to experience. I am so inspired at how they made the difficult decision together to do what was right for them and their lives. Yes they may have sacrificed their duties to the monarch, but it was well worth it to have the peace that they longed for. Isn't that what we all want? No amount of money will ever bring you happiness because happiness cannot be purchased. It's what's inside you and this can only be achieved by reaching a level of peace. I wish them well and Godspeed. I hope one day that our paths will cross working on mutually important causes.

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Aspirational, detailed, and well researched

This book was amazing. Omid’s voice is lovely, just like on Heir Pod. The book was so well researched I felt like I had such a clear picture of the events in this book or at least the vibe. I missed so much of this narrative in the media, and this book truly helped me fill in the gaps on Meghan’s time as a Royal for me. I hope you write more books about the Royals and some narratives we need the other side of.

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Respect the truth

It was wonderful to tear back the untruths and find two young gems, just trying to shine in a way that is true to them.

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Very interesting, captivating, and well read

I honestly have not followed the story of Harry and Meghan beyond watching their wedding live - so hearing the book was spectacular. I normally see through garbage but I truly felt this book properly captured what the couple went through. I didn’t feel there was any filler or garbage in here. I would like to believe most of it is truth. I highly recommend it. They’ve won me over for sure!

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  • 2020-08-12

Take it with a grain of salt

It appears to be told from Meghan’s perspective and it’s her defending herself, taking no responsibility for anything wrong that happened.

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  • Dog Republica
  • 2020-08-12

Don”t buy this book

While I hoped to learn how H&M we’re ‘Finding Freedom’ this book appears to be an ego filled, victim based narrative - provided by them - and is not an edifying or redemptive experience. Save your $ and read the news headlines instead.

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  • Kitty Donnelly
  • 2020-08-12

Funding Freedom

The audible version I believe is the most entertaining version as Omid Scobie reads his book and he has a nice cadence in his voice. However the content of the book is fluff, adoring tome to saints Meghan and Harry. Really no new bits. Minutiae regarding what dinners they had, their luxe trips, their friendships and rolling out this relationship of Meghan and Harry. But the characters are incredibly shallow.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-08-13

Don’t buy it!

This book was written by Meghan Markle. I could not believe the way she portrays herself in chapter one. She writes about her life as if she is a mixture of Mother Teressa, Joan of Arc, and Princess Diana. Absolutely self absorbed and a disgrace. Do not waste your time on this one. Poor Harry

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  • Morethanlooks79
  • 2020-08-11

Great book

Well written... heartbreaking for what Harry and Meghan had to endure but I'm proud of them for standing up for their marriage and family. wishing them all the best

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  • marlene grippin
  • 2020-08-12

yuck.

I'm not sure which i found more nauseating..the content or or choice of narrarator.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-08-12

An absolute page turner!

It’s disheartening to see comments about how this is a “poor me” type of book and perspective. What this book offers, in my opinion, is the unfortunate truth of what two people in love had to endure, while together and prior to that. Shaming them for “breaking tradition” or “modernizing the Royal family”. Does anyone know that when Princess Diana died in 1997, it was Charles who pushed for the Queen to make a public statement, with the intention of modernizing the traditions or rules set in place? Does anyone care to see how a human being, having their entire life planned out for them, could seriously affect their mental state? Or for any newcomer, with no intention to change or compromise the traditions set in place, could also be affected by being completely slandered solely due to her race and upbringing? If you don’t see any of that, then clearly your own views are skewed and not the other way around. This book is eye-opening and unapologetic about the realities of being a royal and what comes with it. So, for that, I thank the authors for bringing to light just another example that, not only the United States, but the world has A LOT of work to do in terms of acceptance of others different from themselves. My ONLY complaint was the misinformation being narrated by the author versus what was printed in the actual book. I.e. Diana died in 1997 versus him saying in 1996 and the boys’ nanny resigned in 1999 versus 1997.

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  • Victoria Taveras
  • 2020-08-12

They made the right choice

I enjoyed the matter of fact reporting of both sides of this story. The context and specific examples of certain events, it is clear that Harry & Meghan made the right choice in leaving "The Firm" as with every explanation on why they wouldn't support the couple it was obvious that they just didn't want to. Could the transition could've been smoother? Probably but at the end of the day I see a couple that was left unprotected and a family that cares more about ranking then do about people, no wonder they call the British Royal Family , "The Firm". My respects to Harry & Meghan, can't wait to see how they change the world

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  • carol
  • 2020-08-13

Utter sickly sweet drivel

I don’t know why I finished this book. This book is 95 percent about Meghan as in “ Meghan is wonderful , Meghan is perfect , Meghan is compassionate , Meghan is this ,Meghan is that” . The other 5 percent is about either how in love Harry is or how enraged Harry is. They come off as a bunch of spoilt twits. What a waste of my time . Don’t bother. There isn’t anything in here that hasn’t been already in the press .

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  • Kindle Customer Rey50
  • 2020-08-11

Wonderful Love Story

At the heart of this book is a beautiful love story. I now understand so much more about these two people and their love for each other.

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