Prince Harry ‘delightfully surprised’ when Meghan Markle was happy to go to the toilet in the woods

Prince Harry was ‘delightfully surprised’ when Meghan Markle was happy to go to the toilet in the woods while camping in Botswana, biography Finding Freedom reveals as it hits shops TODAY

  • The much-anticipated book lifts lid on the beginnings of the couple’s romance
  • It also reveals how the pair decided to take a step back from the royal family
  • Among the revelations is a tale about a secret luxury camping getaway in Africa 
  • Duke said to have been ‘delightfully surprised’ by her ‘down-to-earth attitude’

Prince Harry knew Meghan Markle was his soulmate when she went for a pee in the woods on their first trip abroad, it is revealed in their bombshell biography, Finding Freedom, which hits shelves today.

The much-anticipated book, co-written by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, lifts the lid on the the events that led to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex deciding to take a step back from the royal family

Among the revelations is a story about a trip the couple made to Botswana for a secret luxury camping getaway, six weeks after their first date in July 2016.

Prince Harry knew Meghan Markle was his soulmate when she went for a pee in the woods on their first trip abroad, it is revealed in their bombshell biography

The book says: ‘Harry was delightfully surprised by Meghan’s down-to-earth attitude.

‘While camping she cleaned her face with baby wipes and happily wandered into the woodlands if she needed a bathroom break.’

Harry, 35, and Meghan, 39, insist they had no input on the controversial publication, and were not spoken to directly by Scobie, who has close ties to the Duchess, but the book does contain intimate details from the beginning of their romance.

It adds that Harry enjoyed a classic bacon and egg breakfast on the glamping trip to Meno A Kwena, where they stayed in a £1,500-a-night tent complete with en-suite bathroom and private terrace.

His future wife, however, opted to begin the day with a bowl of fruit and yoghurt, with her morning ritual traditionally consisting of hot water with lemon followed by steel cut oats with bananas and agave syrup.

She is said to have encouraged the prince to adopt a healthier lifestyle right from the start of their relationship, introducing him to yoga and meditation.

Finding Freedom: Harry, Meghan, and the Making of a Modern Royal Family by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand is out today

Finding Freedom: Harry, Meghan, and the Making of a Modern Royal Family by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand is out today

The book claims Harry was impressed that she only brought one backpack for the entire trip, which included sunscreen to protect her fair-skinned new partner. 

Meghan is said to have told a friend after returning from Africa ‘just completely spellbound’ that ‘I’ve never felt that safe…close to someone in such a short amount of time’. 

The book also explores the couple’s first date, which they enjoyed at a luxury suite at Soho’s Dean Street Townhouse in the company of mutual friends.

Shortly after, Harry described her as ‘the most beautiful woman I’ve seen in my life’, as the pair then met again at the same venue the following night, but this time just the two of them, where they flirted throughout the evening before he went home alone.

The book says: ‘Still their chemistry had been electric throughout the meal as they both flirted. A touch of an arm here, direct eye contact there.’ 

This week it was revealed that Prince Charles has remained in regular contact with his son despite being being hurt by revelations in the upcoming biography.

The biography offers an insights into Harry and Meghan’s relationships with his brother and sister-in-law, his father and the Royal Family as a whole.

However, the Prince of Wales, who was said to have been hurt by some of the claims in the book, has been in regular contact with Prince Harry in the hope that the door can be kept open for a return, the Sun reports.

Prince William and Prince Harry are trying to mend their rift, Finding Freedom author claims

Princes William and Harry are working towards mending the ‘hurtful’ rift that has all but torn the once-inseparable brothers apart, the author of a new biography about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex has claimed. 

Carolyn Durand, who co-authored Finding Freedom alongside royal correspondent Omid Scobie, spoke to the Today show about some of the revelations within its pages, and opened up about what caused Harry, 35, and his brother William, 38, to fall out. 

According to Durand, the rift between the two brothers began in 2016, when Harry and Meghan first started dating – and was sparked by a conversation during which William urged his younger brother to slow the romance down and to ‘take some more time getting to know Meghan’. 

Expert: Finding Freedom co-author Carolyn Durand has opened up about the rift between Princes William and Harry, detailing how it was caused, and how they are repairing it

Expert: Finding Freedom co-author Carolyn Durand has opened up about the rift between Princes William and Harry, detailing how it was caused, and how they are repairing it

Problem: According to Durand, Harry and William (pictured in 2018 with their wives) fell out after the older brother urged his sibling to slow down his relationship with Meghan Markle

Problem: According to Durand, Harry and William (pictured in 2018 with their wives) fell out after the older brother urged his sibling to slow down his relationship with Meghan Markle 

'Hurt': The royal author says that the brothers (pictured as children with their father Prince Charles) are 'making their way back to each other', but that the process will 'take some time'

‘Hurt’: The royal author says that the brothers (pictured as children with their father Prince Charles) are ‘making their way back to each other’, but that the process will ‘take some time’ 

The royal expert suggests that these words of advice rubbed Harry the wrong way – and served as the straw that broke the camel’s back as far as the siblings’ relationship was concerned. 

‘He expressed to him, maybe he wanted to take some more time getting to know Meghan,’ Durand said. ‘It wasn’t because people didn’t trust Meghan. This was simply because the boys had watched our for each other since they were young children.’ 

Durand stresses that the falling out between the two brothers did not happen as a result of any anger or resentment on either part however, but rather feelings of ‘hurt’ on both sides. 

Opening up: Durand co-authored Finding Freedom with fellow royal expert Omid Scobie

Opening up: Durand co-authored Finding Freedom with fellow royal expert Omid Scobie

‘As we write in the book, it wasn’t anger,’ Durand said. ‘It was hurt.’  

The bombshell biography also reveals that the two siblings, who were once inseparable, ‘hardly spoke’ in the months after that tense chat, with sources close to the royals alleging that this bitter rift between the brothers only grew wider after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex tied the knot in 2018.  

Their already-fraught relationship then suffered another blow at the start of this year, the book details, when Harry and Meghan announced that they were quitting their roles as senior members of the royal family and would be splitting their time between the US and the UK.  

However, Durand and Scobie explain that the tension between the two siblings was most certainly borne out of concern on William’s part that Harry’s relationship with Meghan was moving so quickly – a fear that his brother refused to pay mind to. 

In fact, Finding Freedom also reveals just how intense the romance between Harry and Meghan was right from the get-go, claiming that the couple knew they ‘would be together’ after the second date, and that they were immediately ‘obsessed’ with one another from the very first meeting.  

And while Harry may have officially popped the question to Meghan at home at Kensington Palace, Durand says the royal actually ‘pledged’ to marry her when the couple were on their second trip to Botswana in 2017 – having ignored his brother’s advice to the romance slowly. 

‘They actually made a promise to each other in Botswana initially underneath the stars,’ Durand said. ‘And when Harry got back to London, then he did propose over a roast chicken.’  

Caution: '[William] expressed to [Harry], maybe he wanted to take some more time getting to know Meghan,' Durand said of the conversation that sparked the siblings' falling out

Caution: ‘[William] expressed to [Harry], maybe he wanted to take some more time getting to know Meghan,’ Durand said of the conversation that sparked the siblings’ falling out 

Priorities: The royal author said that Meghan and Harry, who are living in Los Angeles, are focusing their time on their one-year-old son Archie and their charitable work

Priorities: The royal author said that Meghan and Harry, who are living in Los Angeles, are focusing their time on their one-year-old son Archie and their charitable work 

But one silver lining to the COVID-19 pandemic is that it has pushed Harry and William to begin repairing their relationship, with Durand revealing that they are slowly ‘making their way back to each other’. 

‘Like in any family, there have been some ups and downs, but the brothers are making their way back to each other,’ Durand said. ‘And that will take some time.’ 

For now, the British author said that Harry and Meghan are enjoying their time in Los Angeles – where they have been living for several months with their son Archie – and are focused on their charity work, and spending as much time with their first-born as possible.  

‘When they do video-conferencing calls with their team and with members of the community, you will often see Archie pop into the camera,’ Durand revealed. ‘He’s now walking a bit. They’re very, very hands-on parents.’

The Today interview comes just as Durand’s co-author spoke to Good Morning America about William and Harry’s fallout, defending both Meghan and Kate Middleton against any suggestion that they were to blame for causing the rift between the brothers.   

Scobie insisted that any falling out between William and Harry was entirely due to the behavior of the brothers, and had nothing to do with Meghan or Kate , or indeed any uneasiness that may have existed between the two women. 

In fact, he believes that the change in the relationship between William and Harry actually came as a result of the younger sibling choosing to break out of the role of ‘subservient brother’ – which Scobie notes likely prompted the dramatic chilling of relations between the princes.  

‘I felt it was important to really dive into this in the book because we had seen Meghan and Kate really blamed for almost driving a wedge between them,’ he said.  

‘They are both men in their 30s and Harry not wanting to play that role of sort of the younger more subservient brother anymore.’  

Difficulties: While Durand was on Today, her co-author Scobie spoke to Good Morning America about the couple's decision to quit the royal family

Difficulties: While Durand was on Today, her co-author Scobie spoke to Good Morning America about the couple’s decision to quit the royal family

Motivation: He said that the monarchy's racial 'ignorance' did 'play a role' in the couple's decision to leave the UK and step down as senior royals

Motivation: He said that the monarchy’s racial ‘ignorance’ did ‘play a role’ in the couple’s decision to leave the UK and step down as senior royals 

But while frosty relations between Meghan and Kate may not have been to blame for Harry and William’s falling out, Scobie does not deny that the two women were never close – and that there was at least some resentment on the Duchess of Sussex’s side over how the Duchess of Cambridge treated her when she first joined the royal family.

‘These are two women that really have very little in common,’ he said. 

‘I think that being a newcomer and knowing that Kate was once a newcomer, I think there were times – speaking to sources – where Meghan felt she could have [had], or needed, a little bit more support from Kate and didn’t get it in some of those important moments.’

Still, he insisted that much of the tension between the two women has been over-dramatized in the court of public opinion, addressing one particular report that Meghan had pushed Kate to ‘tears’ at her wedding to Prince Harry, claiming that it has been completely over-exaggerated. 

‘When I spoke to the people who were actually there and involved, the first thing they all said, well, there were no tears,’ he said – although he did not deny that there was some tension between the two women on the day of the royal wedding. 

But as far as Kate breaking down, Scobie insisted it ‘couldn’t be further from the truth’.   

During his GMA interview, the royal correspondent also claimed that Meghan and Harry’s decision to quit the royal family for good was prompted by racial ‘ignorance’ within the monarchy. 

‘In terms of ticking those boxes that may ruffle feathers within an ancient institution such as that of the monarchy, she had really ticked all of them,’ he said, adding: ‘Race did play a role.’

Scobie suggests that Meghan never felt comfortable within the royal family – and that she was never made to feel as though she was entirely welcome.  

  

Speaking out: The author opened up about his own experiences with racial prejudice as a bi-racial royal correspondent, recalling one unpleasant interaction with a senior royal aide

Speaking out: The author opened up about his own experiences with racial prejudice as a bi-racial royal correspondent, recalling one unpleasant interaction with a senior royal aide

Speaking out: The author opened up about his own experiences with racial prejudice as a bi-racial royal correspondent, recalling one unpleasant interaction with a senior royal aide

'Failed': Scobie said that Meghan and Harry were 'failed by the monarchy' and insisted that the royal family missed the chance to embrace 'diversity, inclusivity and representation'

‘Failed’: Scobie said that Meghan and Harry were ‘failed by the monarchy’ and insisted that the royal family missed the chance to embrace ‘diversity, inclusivity and representation’

The author went on to detail his own experiences with racial prejudice as a bi-racial man working closely with the monarchy in his role as a royal correspondent, recalling one particularly unpleasant interaction with a senior aide to the Queen. 

‘I myself have also had moments as a bi-racial royal correspondent within the institution,’ he said. 

‘I’ll never forget the moment an aide, or a senior aide close to the Queen, said to me, ‘I never would have expected you to speak like that,’ and that level of ignorance I think perhaps made it very difficult for Meghan.’  

Scobie’s remarks come just as Prince Harry addressed the desperate need for more diversity and inclusivity, insisting that it will take ‘every single person on the planet’ to defeat racism in a candid new virtual interview for a civil rights organisation. 

Harry, who is currently living in Tyler Perry’s $14 million mansion in Beverly Hills with Meghan, 38, and their son Archie, one, is set to speak about the topic in further detail in a new interview for the Color of Change initiative – however in a short clip released on Instagram, he praised the younger generation for ‘acting, rather than just saying’.

Speaking with US civil rights leader Rashad Robinson, the royal said: ‘As we’ve discussed before, it is going to take every single one of us, this is not just down to the black community, it’s going to take every single person on the planet right now.’ 

Harry’s decision to speak so publicly about the battle against racism is all part of what Scobie recently described as his ‘journey to workeness’, which, the author says, was guided by Meghan. 

In a recent interview with the National Public Radio, Scobie noted that watching Meghan face racial bias was the first time that Harry had witnessed that kind of prejudice towards someone so close to him first-hand, explaining that this sparked the royal’s ‘journey to wokeness’. 

‘Harry’s journey to wokeness has been very public,’ he said. 

Tension: Scobie said that Meghan never felt entirely welcome in the royal family, and that she did not feel as though she received enough - or indeed any - support from Kate Middleton

Tension: Scobie said that Meghan never felt entirely welcome in the royal family, and that she did not feel as though she received enough – or indeed any – support from Kate Middleton 

Falling out: However the author denied that Meghan and Kate had anything to do with the rift between Princes Harry and William, insisting that the brothers fell out on their own

Falling out: However the author denied that Meghan and Kate had anything to do with the rift between Princes Harry and William, insisting that the brothers fell out on their own  

‘We’ve seen him learning and educating himself along the way, but this experience of witnessing Meghan face racist remarks and commentary would have been the first time he’d seen someone in his life or someone he was particularly close to affected by it in a certain way.

‘We talk about some of the more obvious examples in some of the media coverage but I think that the things that have flown under the radar are some of the othering of Meghan we’ve seen.

‘We’ve sort of seen it repeatedly that she’s not one of us. And now, what do they mean by not one of us?

‘And I think there are things like that which Harry’s really had to become more attuned to and learn to see when it happens in front of him. And Meghan would have been the person that guided him on that journey. ‘  

While Meghan and Harry’s decision to quit their roles as senior members of the royal family in favor of a more independent life in the US sparked serious controversy that continues to rage on – however Scobie insisted to GMA that the couple will come out on top in the history books. 

He placed blame on the royal family for the couple’s move, saying that he believes Harry and Meghan were ‘failed by the monarchy’, and insisting that when historians examine the moment in years to come, it will be viewed as a missed opportunity for the centuries-old institution to evolve and diversify. 

‘History will remember them as a couple that were perhaps failed by the institution of the monarchy, where there was this chance to have a woman of color, an American woman of color, in the house of Windsor representing the monarchy just as much as her husband,’ he explained. 

‘That was a chance for the royal family to have diversity, inclusivity and representation in a way that no other moment in their lives could have brought and for them to not have harnessed that is something I’m sure historians will be looking at for years to come.’ 

Scobie believes that the couple were left with ‘no choice other than to leave’, insisting that things had reached breaking point for both Meghan and Harry.  

False: Although Scobie admits that Meghan and Kate never saw eye to eye, he denied rumors that the Duchess of Sussex left her sister-in-law in tears at her wedding to Prince Harry

False: Although Scobie admits that Meghan and Kate never saw eye to eye, he denied rumors that the Duchess of Sussex left her sister-in-law in tears at her wedding to Prince Harry 

Rumors: It was reported that Kate had been 'reduced to tears' by Meghan's 'strict demands' for her wedding, but Scobie insists this 'could not be further from the truth'

 Rumors: It was reported that Kate had been ‘reduced to tears’ by Meghan’s ‘strict demands’ for her wedding, but Scobie insists this ‘could not be further from the truth’

‘They had no choice other than to leave because they both knew that it wasn’t going to continue should they just carry on as they were,’ he said.’

The royal correspondent also called out the ‘harsh British tabloids’ for the treatment of Meghan, insisting that this contributed, at least in part, to the couple’s departure, pointing back to November 2016 when Harry publicly blasted the media’s coverage of his then-girlfriend as a sign that the couple were already considering a move away from life within the monarchy. 

‘I think we had a series of ups and downs with the couple,’ Scobie said when asked when things ‘took a turn’ for Harry and Meghan. 

‘We only have to look back in the early days of Harry’s relationship with Meghan around November 2016 when he issued that statement lambasting sections of the media for racist and misogynistic reporting.’  

Scobie also address reports that Meghan and Harry ‘weighed in’ on Finding Freedom through ‘secret interviews’, insisting that the couple had nothing to do with the stories in the book. 

‘I know there’s a lot of speculation about the couple having sort of given secret interviews for the book and having weighed in, but it really couldn’t be further from the truth,’ he said. 

However, royal expert Victoria Arbiter told Today that, while Meghan and Harry may not have given direct quotes to Durand and Scobie, she believes the couple certainly had a hand in providing some of the information that is in the book. 

‘There were a lot of very personal texts that are mentioned in this book, personal feelings, personal accounts that really only could’ve come from Harry and Meghan,’ she said, adding that it’s likely the royal couple gave their friends the go-ahead to share certain stories with the authors. 

‘So though not directly, there’s a suggestion here really that their friends were given permission to talk. I don’t think anyone that’s a close friend to Harry and Meghan would want to talk without permission, so yes, I say that Harry Meghan’s fingerprints are on this, just not directly.” 

Prince Harry says it’s up to all of us to defeat racism

The Duke of Sussex revealed he and the Duchess of Sussex had spoken to a ‘number of CEOS’ to urge them to ‘put principles over profit’ in a candid new virtual interview for a civil rights organisation.

Prince Harry, 35, who is currently living in Tyler Perry’s $14 million mansion in Beverly Hills with Meghan Markle, 39, and their son Archie, one, having stepped back from royal duty in March, is set to speak about the topic in a new interview for the Colour of Change initiative.

In a clip released of the interview on Instagram, Prince Harry praised the younger generation for ‘acting, rather than just saying’, and insisted it would take ‘every single person on the planet’ to defeat racism.

Speaking with US civil rights leader Rashad Robinson, the royal continued: ‘As we’ve discussed before, it is going to take every single one of us, this is not just down to the black community, it’s going to take every single person on the planet right now.’

His comments come as the authors of the couple’s upcoming biography Finding Freedom claimed Meghan helped guide Prince Harry on his very public ‘woke’ journey. 

Prince Harry, 35, has declared it will take ‘every single person on the planet’ to change racism and inequality in a new interview 

Revealing that he had an ‘honest conversation with Meghan as parents, he said: ‘As we said to you the moment you said you were starting the Stop Hate for Profit Movement’ – “how come you didn’t mention this”!

‘We were like “guys this is what we’ve been working on separately for months, this is perfect how can we help”. 

‘We spoke to a number of CEOS, but we as a couple take no credit or responsibilty for the decision of companies, so our job was to inform, and to have an honest conversation as parents and say “this is principle over profit”. The real key now is to make sure this change lasts.’

The clip of the interview was shared over the weekend online, with the caption seemingly including a quote from Prince Harry: ”“Inequality is not unfortunate like a car accident, it has been manufactured”.

The caption continued: ‘Prince Harry and @iamrashadrobinson talked candidly about systemic racism, hate online and people with privilege, using their privilege for change. 

‘Here’s a sneak peek at what happened. Stay tuned for the full convo #ComingSoon!’

In the clip, Rashard said: ‘Part of this work, part of this moment that we’re in, is that making sure from analysis to action that we drive action toward structural and systemic change. Changing the rules that have held people back.’

Prince Harry and Meghan have been shifting their focus to the Black Lives Matter movement after stepping back from royal duty in March 

Harry added: ‘You say this so beautifully Rashard, and it’s so true.

‘There’s so much that has happened for so long and once those problems exist, charity is crucial in so many ways but it can’t fix the problem. The problems already exist, and are too big.

‘As I’ve said to you before, it’s like bringing a bucket of water to a forest fire.

He continued: ‘We have to go to the root of the problem, the source of the problem, and actually fix it there.’

Meanwhile he went on to praise the younger generation for ‘leading the movement’.

He said: ‘To be led by the younger generation and to act rather than just say, it’s like okay so you’ve said it and now you’ve got to follow through with it.’

According to authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, Meghan has played a pivotal role in helping her husband become more attuned to racism.

In the clip, the Duke of Sussex, who is currently living in Tyler Perry's $14 million mansion having stepped back from royal duty, said charity 'cannot fix the problem'

In the clip, the Duke of Sussex, who is currently living in Tyler Perry’s $14 million mansion having stepped back from royal duty, said charity ‘cannot fix the problem’ 

Speaking to the National Public Radio in the United States, Mr Scobie said: ‘Harry’s journey to wokeness has been very public. 

‘We’ve seen him learning and educating himself along the way, but this experience of witnessing Meghan face racist remarks and commentary would have been the first time he’d seen someone in his life or someone he was particularly close to affected by it in a certain way.

‘We talk about some of the more obvious examples in some of the media coverage but I think that the things that have flown under the radar are some of the othering of Meghan we’ve seen. 

‘We’ve sort of seen it repeatedly that she’s not one of us. And now, what do they mean by not one of us?  

The couple's upcoming biography Finding Freedom was written by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand

The couple’s upcoming biography Finding Freedom was written by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand

‘And I think there are things like that which Harry’s really had to become more attuned to and learn to see when it happens in front of him. And Meghan would have been the person that guided him on that journey. ‘

Who is Rashard Robinson? 

Rashad Robinson is an American civil rights leader. 

He is the president of Color of Change, having joined the organization in May 2011. 

The organization was founded after Hurricane Katrina and has a stated mission of strengthening political and cultural power for Black communities in America and making political and corporate leaders more responsive to the concerns of Black people. 

Days ago, the royal wrote that social media was stoking a ‘crisis of hate,’ and urged companies to rethink their roles in advertising on digital platforms.

In an opinion piece for U.S. business magazine Fast Company headlined ‘Social media is dividing us. Together, we can redesign it,’ Harry said that social media, as it currently stands, is ‘unwell’. 

‘The digital landscape is unwell and companies like yours have the chance to reconsider your role in funding and supporting online platforms that have contributed to, stoked, and created the conditions for a crisis of hate, a crisis of health, and a crisis of truth,’ he wrote.

He called for online communities to be ‘defined more by compassion than hate; by truth instead of misinformation; by equity and inclusiveness instead of injustice and fearmongering; by free, rather than weaponised, speech.’

The former senior royal said he and his wife, Meghan, have spent the past few weeks working with business leaders and marketing executives on the issue to try and introduce changes.

Harry said he and Meghan started their social media reform campaign at the same time as the launch of the Stop Hate for Profit movement in June.

That campaign was launched by a coalition of non-profits who urged companies to stop advertising on Facebook until the Mark Zuckerberg-owned firm more effectively tackled hate speech on its platform.

In the op-ed, seen above, Harry urged every social media platform to step up and take responsibility for creating new standards for hate speech, and to work more actively with consumers - not ad-buying corporations - to create a safe environment that isn't cashing in on misinformation and hate

In the op-ed, seen above, Harry urged every social media platform to step up and take responsibility for creating new standards for hate speech, and to work more actively with consumers – not ad-buying corporations – to create a safe environment that isn’t cashing in on misinformation and hate

Enlisting the support of more than 1,000 companies, the Stop Hate For Profit campaign ‘sent a $7 billion message through withheld ad dollars,’ Harry wrote.

Harry urged every social media platform to step up and take responsibility for creating new standards for hate speech, and to work more actively with consumers – not ad-buying corporations – to create a safe environment that isn’t cashing in on misinformation and hate.

It’s not the first time that Prince Harry has spoken out about these issues in recent months. 

Last month, the royal faced criticism after he appeared to take a swipe at the British Empire by saying the history of the Commonwealth ‘must be acknowledged’, even if it’s ‘uncomfortable’.

The Duke made the comment as he joined wife Meghan for a video call with young leaders from the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust last month.

The Duke of Sussex was criticised by some last month after saying the Commonwealth needs to follow others who have 'acknowledged the past'  as he joined wife Meghan for a video call with young leaders from the Queen's Commonwealth Trust

The Duke of Sussex was criticised by some last month after saying the Commonwealth needs to follow others who have ‘acknowledged the past’  as he joined wife Meghan for a video call with young leaders from the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust 

Prince Harry’s further quotes 

‘For me, based on the youth and the younger generation that I’ve met all over the world, the same thing keeps coming up, and from a privileged position, if they’re all  saying the same thing, then our job is to make that change. It’s not just a small group of people, it’s a whole generation saying this is unjust.

‘They are a generation that are more aware than previous generations, partly because of technology and the possibility to travel the world through YouTube probably. For me it’s about a reset, this is an opportunity for a reset and I’ve always said that we need the youth to lead and guide, because they have the solutions.

 ‘I tip my hat to them because this will inevitably be uncomfortable for a lot of people because it’s not been done before.’

 ‘It is a battle as these platforms bring so much connection for so many people, but at the same time it provides so much division. 

‘For so many young people I’ve spoken to it’s a love- hate relationship, and I guess that’s part of the addiction. But the danger of this addiction is that it’s tailored to the individual and there’s no rule book like with cigarettes or alcohol. 

‘It will take a lot having learnt what I have, it’s been an awakening for me. My biggest question is “why wouldn’t you want to be part of that change”? – if you are connected to social media through some form, why wouldn’t you want to be part of the change – I think you’re part of the problem if that’s the case. It’s way beyond a problem, it’s now a global crisis.’

As part of the discussion on ‘justice and equal rights’, Harry said the Commonwealth needs to follow others who have ‘acknowledged the past’ and are ‘trying to right their wrongs’, and also admitted to having his own ‘unconscious bias’.  

The intervention was criticised by Tory MP Andrew Rosindell, who told MailOnline Prince Harry’s comments were ‘disappointing’ and would not ‘please’ the Queen. 

Meanwhile London-based veteran royal photographer Arthur Edwards said Harry criticising the one thing the Queen ‘cherishes above all things’ – which is preserving the Commonwealth – is an ‘insult’.

Writing in The Sun, he said: ‘Harry should stop listening to his wife, who is obviously filling him full of these ideas. She is evidently no fan of Her Majesty’s beloved Commonwealth. 

Meghan and Prince Harry are 'shifting their focus' to the Black Lives Matter movement, according to Katie Nicholl

Meghan and Prince Harry are ‘shifting their focus’ to the Black Lives Matter movement, according to Katie Nicholl

It is the latest in a series of public steps taken by Harry and Meghan as they shift the focus of their royal work towards racial equality and social justice.

In June, Harry has also publicly apologised for ‘endemic’ institutionalised racism’, saying he is ‘sorry’ the world isn’t in the place where young people ‘deserve it to be’. 

The statement sparked calls for Harry to apologise for his own mistakes relating to racism. 

It comes after royal expert Katie Nicholl revealed how Prince Harry and Meghan, who have been ‘very busy’ focusing on the impact of COVID-19 on their charities, now plan to focus their energies on the Black Lives Matter movement.

The Duchess of Sussex spoke out in June about the death of George Floyd, which has sparked protests across the world

The Duchess of Sussex spoke out in June about the death of George Floyd, which has sparked protests across the world

Katie told Entertainment Tonight: ‘The Black Lives Matter movement matters to Meghan and it matters to Harry. And I understand that this is going to be an area where we’re going to see the couple doing a lot more work and taking a lot more interest.’ 

Katie said that Prince Harry and Meghan’s different backgrounds as an Englishman and a Californian gave them ‘different perspectives’ on the movement, and had helped them ‘keep abreast’ with what is happening on the ground in both countries.

According to the royal expert, Meghan in particular is ‘passionate’ about the movement and sees herself as ‘a role model’ who is able to speak on the issue of racial equality.

Finding Freedom author Omid Scobie blames racism for Megxit

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s decision to quit the royal family was prompted by racial ‘ignorance’ within the monarchy, the author of a new biography about the couple has claimed.

In an interview on Good Morning America, Omid Scobie, one of the co-authors of the hotly-anticipated book Finding Freedom, opened up about the couple’s move to the US, explaining that there was no sole reason for the decision – but that racism definitely ‘played a role’. 

‘In terms of ticking those boxes that may ruffle feathers within an ancient institution such as that of the monarchy, she had really ticked all of them,’ he said, adding: ‘Race did play a role.’

Difficulties: Omid Scobie, the co-author of an upcoming biography about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, has spoken out about the couple’s decision to quit the royal family

Motivation: Scobie says that the monarchy's racial 'ignorance' did 'play a role' in the couple's decision to leave the UK and step down as senior royals

Motivation: Scobie says that the monarchy’s racial ‘ignorance’ did ‘play a role’ in the couple’s decision to leave the UK and step down as senior royals  

Scobie suggests that Meghan never felt comfortable within the royal family – and that she was never made to feel as though she was entirely welcome. 

The author went on to detail his own experiences with racial prejudice as a bi-racial man working closely with the monarchy in his role as a royal correspondent, recalling one particularly unpleasant interaction with a senior aide to the Queen. 

‘I myself have also had moments as a bi-racial royal correspondent within the institution,’ he said. 

Opening up: Scobie, who co-wrote Finding Freedom with Carolyn Durand, insisted that the couple did not contribute to the book in any way

Opening up: Scobie, who co-wrote Finding Freedom with Carolyn Durand, insisted that the couple did not contribute to the book in any way 

‘I’ll never forget the moment an aide, or a senior aide close to the Queen, said to me, “I never would have expected you to speak like that,” and that level of ignorance I think perhaps made it very difficult for Meghan.’  

Scobie’s remarks come just as Prince Harry addressed the desperate need for more diversity and inclusivity, insisting that it will take ‘every single person on the planet’ to defeat racism in a candid new virtual interview for a civil rights organisation. 

Harry, 35, who is currently living in Tyler Perry’s $14 million mansion in Beverly Hills with Meghan, 38, and their son Archie, one, is set to speak about the topic in further detail in a new interview for the Color of Change initiative – however in a short clip released on Instagram, he praised the younger generation for ‘acting, rather than just saying’.

Speaking with US civil rights leader Rashad Robinson, the royal said: ‘As we’ve discussed before, it is going to take every single one of us, this is not just down to the black community, it’s going to take every single person on the planet right now.’ 

Harry’s decision to speak so publicly about the battle against racism is all part of what Scobie recently described as his ‘journey to workeness’, which, the author says, was guided by Meghan. 

In a recent interview with the National Public Radio, Scobie noted that watching Meghan face racial bias was the first time that Harry had witnessed that kind of prejudice towards someone so close to him first-hand, explaining that this sparked the royal’s ‘journey to wokeness’.   

Speaking out: The author opened up about his own experiences with racial prejudice as a bi-racial royal correspondent, recalling one unpleasant interaction with a senior royal aide

Speaking out: The author opened up about his own experiences with racial prejudice as a bi-racial royal correspondent, recalling one unpleasant interaction with a senior royal aide

Speaking out: The author opened up about his own experiences with racial prejudice as a bi-racial royal correspondent, recalling one unpleasant interaction with a senior royal aide

'Failed': Scobie said that Meghan and Harry were 'failed by the monarchy' and insisted that the royal family missed the chance to embrace 'diversity, inclusivity and representation'

‘Failed’: Scobie said that Meghan and Harry were ‘failed by the monarchy’ and insisted that the royal family missed the chance to embrace ‘diversity, inclusivity and representation’

‘Harry’s journey to wokeness has been very public,’ he said.

‘We’ve seen him learning and educating himself along the way, but this experience of witnessing Meghan face racist remarks and commentary would have been the first time he’d seen someone in his life or someone he was particularly close to affected by it in a certain way.

‘We talk about some of the more obvious examples in some of the media coverage but I think that the things that have flown under the radar are some of the othering of Meghan we’ve seen.

‘We’ve sort of seen it repeatedly that she’s not one of us. And now, what do they mean by not one of us?

‘And I think there are things like that which Harry’s really had to become more attuned to and learn to see when it happens in front of him. And Meghan would have been the person that guided him on that journey. ‘  

While Meghan and Harry’s decision to quit their roles as senior members of the royal family in favor of a more independent life in the US sparked serious controversy that continues to rage on – however Scobie insisted to GMA that the couple will come out on top in the history books. 

He placed blame on the royal family for the couple’s move, saying that he believes Harry and Meghan were ‘failed by the monarchy’, and insisting that when historians examine the moment in years to come, it will be viewed as a missed opportunity for the centuries-old institution to evolve and diversify. 

‘History will remember them as a couple that were perhaps failed by the institution of the monarchy, where there was this chance to have a woman of color, an American woman of color, in the house of Windsor representing the monarchy just as much as her husband,’ he explained. 

‘That was a chance for the royal family to have diversity, inclusivity and representation in a way that no other moment in their lives could have brought and for them to not have harnessed that is something I’m sure historians will be looking at for years to come.’ 

Tension: Scobie said that Meghan never felt entirely welcome in the royal family, and that she did not feel as though she received enough - or indeed any - support from Kate Middleton

Tension: Scobie said that Meghan never felt entirely welcome in the royal family, and that she did not feel as though she received enough – or indeed any – support from Kate Middleton 

Falling out: However the author denied that Meghan and Kate had anything to do with the rift between Princes Harry and William, insisting that the brothers fell out on their own

Falling out: However the author denied that Meghan and Kate had anything to do with the rift between Princes Harry and William, insisting that the brothers fell out on their own  

Scobie believes that the couple were left with ‘no choice other than to leave’, insisting that things had reached breaking point for both Meghan and Harry. 

‘They had no choice other than to leave because they both knew that it wasn’t going to continue should they just carry on as they were,’ he said.’

The royal correspondent also called out the ‘harsh British tabloids’ for the treatment of Meghan, insisting that this contributed, at least in part, to the couple’s departure, pointing back to November 2016 when Harry publicly blasted the media’s coverage of his then-girlfriend as a sign that the couple were already considering a move away from life within the monarchy. 

‘I think we had a series of ups and downs with the couple,’ Scobie said when asked when things ‘took a turn’ for Harry and Meghan. 

‘We only have to look back in the early days of Harry’s relationship with Meghan around November 2016 when he issued that statement lambasting sections of the media for racist and misogynistic reporting.’ 

Meghan and Harry’s move to the US also reignited rumors of a serious rift between the Duke of Sussex and his brother, Prince William, with many people suggesting that the Duchess of Sussex may have been to blame for any tension between the once-inseparable siblings. 

However Scobie suggests that any falling out between William and Harry was entirely due to the behavior of the brothers, and had nothing to do with Meghan or Kate Middleton, or indeed any uneasiness that may have existed between the two women. 

In fact, he believes that the change in the relationship between William and Harry actually came as a result of the younger sibling choosing to break out of the role of ‘subservient brother’ – which Scobie notes likely prompted a rift between the princes.  

‘I felt it was important to really dive into this in the book because we had seen Meghan and Kate really blamed for almost driving a wedge between them,’ he said.  

False: Although Scobie admits that Meghan and Kate never saw eye to eye, he denied rumors that the Duchess of Sussex left her sister-in-law in tears at her wedding to Prince Harry

False: Although Scobie admits that Meghan and Kate never saw eye to eye, he denied rumors that the Duchess of Sussex left her sister-in-law in tears at her wedding to Prince Harry 

Rumors: It was reported that Kate had been 'reduced to tears' by Meghan's 'strict demands' for her wedding, but Scobie insists this 'could not be further from the truth'

 Rumors: It was reported that Kate had been ‘reduced to tears’ by Meghan’s ‘strict demands’ for her wedding, but Scobie insists this ‘could not be further from the truth’

‘They are both men in their 30s and Harry not wanting to play that role of sort of the younger more subservient brother anymore.’ 

But while frosty relations between Meghan and Kate may not have been to blame for Harry and William’s falling out, Scobie does not deny that the two women were never close – and that there was at least some resentment on the Duchess of Sussex’s side over how the Duchess of Cambridge treated her when she first joined the royal family.

‘These are two women that really have very little in common,’ he said. 

‘I think that being a newcomer and knowing that Kate was once a newcomer, I think there were times – speaking to sources – where Meghan felt she could have [had], or needed, a little bit more support from Kate and didn’t get it in some of those important moments.’

Still, he insists that much of the tension between the two women has been over-dramatized in the court of public opinion, addressing one particular report that Meghan had pushed Kate to ‘tears’ at her wedding to Prince Harry, claiming that it has been completely over-exaggerated. 

‘When I spoke to the people who were actually there and involved, the first thing they all said, well, there were no tears,’ he said – although he did not deny that there was some tension between the two women on the day of the royal wedding. 

But as far as Kate breaking down, Scobie insisted it ‘couldn’t be further from the truth’.  

Scobie also address reports that Meghan and Harry ‘weighed in’ on Finding Freedom through ‘secret interviews’, insisting that the couple had nothing to do with the stories in the book.  

‘I know there’s a lot of speculation about the couple having sort of given secret interviews for the book and having weighed in, but it really couldn’t be further from the truth,’ he said. 

Meghan Markle sends her thanks and personally calls fan for charity work

Meghan Markle has sent her thanks and personally called a fan after they set up a campaign to raise funds in the duchess’ name for a charity which works to educate girls in rural Africa.

The Duchess of Sussex, 39, who is currently living in LA with Prince Harry, 35, and their son Archie, one, expressed her gratitude to the admirer after their social media effort, titled #InspiredByMeghan, saw $80,000 donations made to CAMFED. 

Meghan is a passionate advocate of the work of charity CAMFED – the Campaign for Female Education – which believes one of the best ways to alleviate poverty and inequality is through education.

Twitter user @freepeeper, who appears to be from America, shared the exciting news with their 8,000 followers, writing: ‘Omg! Meghan called me! I spoke to Meghan yesterday.’

Meghan Markle (pictured recently) has sent her thanks and personally called a fan after they set up a campaign to raise funds in the duchess’ name for a charity which works to educate girls in rural Africa

The Duchess of Sussex, 39, who is currently living in LA with Prince Harry, 35, and their son Archie, one, expressed her gratitude to the admirer after their social media effort, titled #InspiredByMeghan, saw $80,000 donations made to CAMFED. Pictured, the fan recalling the call with Meghan

The Duchess of Sussex, 39, who is currently living in LA with Prince Harry, 35, and their son Archie, one, expressed her gratitude to the admirer after their social media effort, titled #InspiredByMeghan, saw $80,000 donations made to CAMFED. Pictured, the fan recalling the call with Meghan

She recalled: ‘First, I heard from Harry & Meghan’s team. They contacted me to thank supporters for the @Camfed birthday fundraiser. It was so thoughtful. Their representative was lovely.

‘I was excited we’d made it onto their radar. That was enough for me. Then… Meghan called yesterday! She said their team heard about the fundraiser and flagged it for her. 

‘She and Harry were very touched. She asked me to pass on a big “Thank you” to everyone,’ the social media user said.

‘I told her that they have a lot of support out there. She thanked me. She said she felt it. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to tell her that their humanitarian work informed and inspired our fundraisers. 

‘She asked how much we’d raised, and I told her close to $80k (latest update). She said that was amazing. She was so gracious and humble. 

Meghan (pictured in March) is a passionate advocate of the work of charity CAMFED - the Campaign for Female Education - which believes one of the best ways to alleviate poverty and inequality is through education

Meghan (pictured in March) is a passionate advocate of the work of charity CAMFED – the Campaign for Female Education – which believes one of the best ways to alleviate poverty and inequality is through education

Twitter user @freepeeper, who appears to be from America, shared the exciting news (above) with their 8,000 followers, writing: 'Omg! Meghan called me! I spoke to Meghan yesterday.'

Twitter user @freepeeper, who appears to be from America, shared the exciting news (above) with their 8,000 followers, writing: ‘Omg! Meghan called me! I spoke to Meghan yesterday.’

‘Guys, she was delightful, kind, super-sweet. We spoke for about seven to eight minutes. It seemed much shorter though. There was so much more I wanted to say, but this wasn’t that type of call. 

‘She was engaging, the kind of person you talk to for hours and time escapes you. But the purpose of her call, and she said this a couple times, was to express gratitude to all of YOU for supporting them, for the fundraisers, and for your birthday wishes.

‘So, this is me delivering the message, as promised. From Meghan, to all of the supporters, donors, well wishers, “Thank you.”’

The call comes after the Luminary Bakery – which has long been supported by Meghan – launched a bake along with CAMFED and raffle to mark the royal’s birthday. 

The call comes after the Luminary Bakery - which has long been supported by Meghan - launched a bake along with CAMFED and raffle to mark the royal's birthday. Meghan made several visits, pictured, to the bakery while living in the UK

The call comes after the Luminary Bakery – which has long been supported by Meghan – launched a bake along with CAMFED and raffle to mark the royal’s birthday. Meghan made several visits, pictured, to the bakery while living in the UK

Meghan made several visits to the organisation while living in the UK, and promoted their work in her September issue of Vogue last year.   

Posting a picture of the duchess on Instagram, Luminary Bakery wrote they were partnering with CAMFED to mark the Duchess’ birthday. 

The bakery said: ‘To celebrate, one of our Luminary grads, Monica who is based in London, will be joining Tisiyenji, in Zambia to bake cakes “together” from across the globe to honour The Duchess of Sussex’s birthday & celebrate ALL women with through their beautiful bakes.’

The cake baked by Monica is now being raffled off, with the organisation asking royal fans for donations of £10 to be entered into the draw. 

They explained: ‘Today, we’re partnering with @Camfed to celebrate #WomenEmpoweringWomen and say a Happy Birthday Meghan, who has championed the work of both our organisations!’ 

The two charities featured are all close to the Duchess’ heart, and she has made her support clear by visiting them during her time as a working royal.