Last week, Omid Scobie, the co-author of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s unofficial biography, revealed that a sequel was in the works. “Finding Freedom”, co-written with journalist Carolyn Durand, was published in 2020.
Mr Scobie said he was ‘so excited’ to ‘finally share’ the news of the sequel to the hit biography, which is due out next year.
The official title of the sequel has not been made public.
He tweeted, “Finally can say I’m working on a BRAND NEW BOOK!!
“So excited to be working again with Carrie Thornton at @deystreet @harpercollins (USA) and MsLisaMilton at @hqstories.”
HarperCollins, publishing the book in the UK, said it will “get the world talking” with its “exclusive revelations”.
The publisher added that it will look at a ‘new chapter in royal history and feature unique insight, in-depth access and exclusive reveals’.
Professor Pauline MacLaran of Royal Holloway, University of London, called the announcement of the new book a “rattling saber”, likely to have input from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Mr Scobie did not say whether the Duke and Duchess would have an active contribution, but it emerged Meghan had given the go-ahead for a senior assistant to speak to Mr Scobie as part of the ‘Finding Freedom’ research .
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“Although we don’t know that they will directly authorize future work by Omid, we can assume that they might intend to play an unspoken role in their support.”
‘Revenge’ had been touted as the post Meghan would have ‘dreaded’ by a source speaking to The Sun.
They added: “Tom doesn’t take his shots and is terribly thorough in his research. No stone will be left unturned.
“Tom has worked with some of his subjects before, and even spent time tracking them, but it’s been made abundantly clear to him that this will not be an option with Meghan.”
Bower claimed the Duchess of Sussex “did everything she could” to prevent people in her life from speaking to the biographer for her research.
He added, “It was stupid of him to ignore me because they’d probably be happier with the book if they could tell their story.”
The book’s claims attracted media attention, although Bower admitted he was sticking to interviewees who were not on good terms with the Duchess.
The book has already been published ahead of Prince Harry’s tell-all memoir, which is “tentatively” reaching the public this fall.