Meghan Markle wants the biography on her and Prince Harry‘s life to be released sooner rather than later because she believes the book will set the record straight on why they chose to leave the royal family and help give them a clean slate, an insider exclusively told DailyMail.com.
The upcoming book titled Finding Freedom: Harry, Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family by journalists Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand is set to be released worldwide online on August 11, with the hard copy on sale from August 20.
But Meghan, 38, wants the publication date bumped up, with a friend explaining: ‘If Meghan had it her way, the book would be released tomorrow instead of three months from now.
‘She said the book will finally set the record straight and show the world why they were left with no other choice than to leave the royal life.’
Meghan wants readers to understand her life hasn’t been a fairy tale, see ‘the genuine person that she is’ and wants to ‘shatter this image of being a demanding diva,’ the insider added.
Meghan and Harry shocked the world back in January when they announced they would be stepping away from their royal duties and instead work to become financially independent, splitting their time between the United Kingdom and North America.
They were originally living at a waterfront mansion on Vancouver Island in Canada before making a beeline for California after Canada announced it would be restricting its borders due to COVID-19.
DailyMail.com revealed last week that Hollywood tycoon Tyler Perry had sent his $150 million private plane to pick up the couple and their one-year-old son Archie from Canada in mid-March and brought them to live at his $18 million Beverly Hills pad, where they are now staying.
Despite their mega-rich friends and high-flying lifestyle, Meghan ‘desperately wants to shatter this image of being a demanding diva who was rude to royal staffers and others on her quest for fame and power,’ the insider said.
‘She said the book will help give her and Harry a clean slate. Meghan seems to think that readers will finally understand the monumental anguish and turmoil she had to endure with a stiff upper lip.
‘Meghan said people need to see her vulnerable side, something the book does in great detail.’
The friend added: ‘I think [Meghan] 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 insider also revealed the Duchess ‘had plenty to say about what went into the book, much more than the public is being led to believe.
‘The only way Finding Freedom was ever going to be published, was if Meghan had the final say and gave her seal of approval.’
Co-author Omid Scobie recently said the biography gives a real inside account of the royals’ story, saying: ‘I’ve been on so many engagements and around them as much as possible, and spoken to so many people in their lives, so no stone has been left un-turned.
‘I’ve seen the couple remain faithful in their own beliefs and stand strong in the face of adversities which have been publicly played out in the press, and I would like to think this tells the definitive version of their lives together.’
The book’s description says that ‘few know the true story of Harry and Meghan’.
It promises to go ‘beyond the headlines to reveal unknown details of Harry and Meghan’s life together, dispelling the many rumours and misconceptions that plague the couple on both sides of the pond’.
It continues: ‘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.’
Last week, DailyMail.com exclusively revealed the royals were staying at Tyler Perry’s ultra-exclusive mansion in Beverly Hills, and that they were whisked away by the producer and actor on an early morning flight.
The couple have never been seen in public with Perry — best known for his cross-dressing portrayal of feisty Madea in his series of hit films — but are believed to have met him through their mutual close friend Oprah Winfrey.
Fifty-year-old Perry’s eight-bedroom, 12-bathroom Tuscan-style villa sits on 22 acres on the top of a hill in the guard-gated community and offers sweeping views of the city from the backyard.
It is not known whether Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, are renting Perry’s property or staying there as guests, but there is no record of the mansion having been sold.
A source told DailyMail.com: ‘Meghan and Harry have been extremely cautious to keep their base in LA under wraps.
‘Their team helped them choose the location for their transition to Los Angeles wisely.
‘Beverly Ridge has its own guarded gate and Tyler’s property has a gate of its own which is watched by their security team.
‘Beverly Ridge is an excellent place to keep out of view. The neighbors are mostly old money and mega rich business types rather than show business gossips.
‘It goes without saying that the location is stunning — just one of the most beautiful and desirable areas in LA.’
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Cheyenne Roundtree