Princess Diana worked with Andrew Morton on Diana: Her True Story — in Her Own Words, the publication of which sent the Royal Family into a panic.
The book revealed some insider information that ‘The Firm’, as Diana called them, would have preferred stay under wraps.
Buckingham Palace sought to have it banned, and the Spencer family took legal advice on whether they could claim ownership of the recordings used to construct part of the narrative.
The media has made a number of comparisons between Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Diana, especially when it comes to her and Harry’s relationship with the press.
Now, the Royals could be looking at another biography with the potential to hurt their brand.
Here’s The Tatler:
It was reported this week that the Duchess of Sussex is keen to see the upcoming Sussex biography published as soon as possible, in order to ‘set the record straight’. Now come further claims regarding Meghan’s wishes to control her own public narrative.
As the public awaits the release of Finding Freedom: Harry, Meghan, and the Making of a Modern Royal Family in August, Sebastian Shakespeare has revealed in the Daily Mail that the Duchess of Sussex could one day publish her own, first-hand account of her life as a royal.
Okay, before you get too excited, just remember that The Daily Mail isn’t known for universally accurate reporting.
Shakespeare claims that one of Meghan’s friends disclosed to him that the Duchess kept a diary during her time in the UK, which could be used to compose her own first-person chronicle.
Royal biographer Andrew Morton, author of Meghan: Hollywood Princess, offered his take on the claims, stating: ‘She is a good writer, with a nice turn of phrase… Remember she studied English in her first year at Northwestern College.’
He highlights that authoring her own version of events based on her diaries would grant Meghan ‘total control’ of the account.
If Morton is back in the mix, I’m sure the Royal Family is bracing themselves for a bit of drama.
A spokesman for the Sussexes didn’t respond to the request for comment, but the couple aren’t fans of the tabloids so that isn’t surprising.
Back to the mysterious “friends” and their “insider information”.
Meghan […] feels that ‘people need to see her vulnerable side, something the book does in great detail… I think [she] wants people to feel sorry for her, or at least have compassion for her and all she’s been through, which has been anything but a fairy tale.’
The upcoming book supposedly “goes beyond the headlines to reveal unknown details of Harry and Meghan’s life together, dispelling the many rumours and misconceptions”.
That should tide over fans of the couple for a while.
The rest of us will just carry on our lives, thank you very much.
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