The 49 details in Finding Freedom that could have only come from Meghan Markle, claim Mail on Sunday

MEGHAN Markle used her friends as “de facto media relations agents” to secretly feed personal information to the authors of her gushing biography, it was claimed today.

The Duchess of Sussex allegedly colluded with the writers of Finding Freedom as part of “a media strategy to improve or enhance her image” which started shortly after she married Prince Harry in 2018.

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Meghan, 39, is suing the Mail on Sunday for printing extracts from a letter she sent her dad Thomas, saying it breached her privacy.

But in new papers filed today the newspaper says the Duchess of Sussex does not have “any reasonable expectation of privacy” because she secretly shared intimate secrets with Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand.

It claims Meghan “does not object to details of her personal relationships and correspondence being publicly disclosed, provided it is couched in terms that are favourable and flattering to her”.

The paper says Meghan became “increasingly frustrated that the press coverage she received was not to her liking and did not do her justice” and “wanted to take more active steps to promote a positive image of herself”.

It says: “She began to feel that the British press was in some way acting against her, so much so that she believed (and still believes) that there were ‘hundreds of thousands’ of inaccurate articles about her.

“She therefore decided that she would by-pass or augment the efforts of the Palace communications team and pass information to the media and to the authors herself, using her friends as her de facto media relations agents or conduits.

“She and her husband co-operated with the authors to put out their version of the events by means of the book.

“They permitted the authors to observe them and interact with them, their friends and associates, and permitted their friends and associates to speak to and pass information to the authors.”

The paper says much of the information in the bestselling book “could have originated only from Meghan and/or her husband”.

It goes on to list 49 details in the book which it says must have come directly from Meghan herself, including:

  • A detailed account of her relationship with Prince Harry – including who said 'I love you' first
  • Her feelings towards Kate Middleton
  • Her birth plan for Archie
  • Detailed accounts of holidays that she took with Prince Harry

It adds Finding Freedom contains several photographs originally published on the Harry and Meghan’s Instagram account, SussexRoyal.

The paper points out that Meghan has previously complained to the media about its use of these pictures, but not to the authors of Finding Freedom.

It says: “It is inferred that Meghan gave the authors permission to republish these images in the book.”

Mail on Sunday claims the level of detail in Finding Freedom shows Meghan ‘cooperated’

THE Mail on Sunday this week won a bid to use Finding Freedom as part of its defence against Meghan Markle’s privacy claim.

Today, the publisher revealed 49 details from the book they allege show the duchess cooperated with the authors of the biography.

The details include:

  1. Personal correspondence between Meghan and her mother Doria Ragland
  2. Details of Doria's employment and educational history
  3. Meghan's personal conversations with a co-worker at a soup kitchen in Los Angeles
  4. Her weekly routine while at Northwestern University
  5. How Meghan felt about having to shoot a sex scene while she was a struggling actor in 2008
  6. Her feelings around her relationship with her ex-husband, Trevor Engelson, who has never spoken publicly about their marriage
  7. Detailed account of Meghan's relationship with Cory Vitiello
  8. Details about Meghan and Prince Harry's first date – including whether they kissed goodnight and what they drank
  9. Information about their second date at Prince Harry's then home, Nottingham Cottage – including details of the decor of the house
  10. Who said 'I love you' first
  11. Detailed account of their holiday in Botswana in 2016 including where they stayed and her bathroom routines
  12. Prince Harry's relationship with Prince William before and after he met Meghan
  13. A report on the advice Thomas Markle gave Meghan Markle about money management
  14. An account of Prince Harry's first meeting with Doria
  15. Text messages Meghan sent to friend Jessica Mulroney
  16. Details about Prince Harry's conversations with Thomas Markle
  17. What happened when Meghan met Prince William as well as a description of Prince William's home
  18. Meghan's feelings about finding out a Suits love scene she had starred in was uploaded to Pornhub
  19. Advice given by the Palace communications team and Meghan's reaction
  20. Prince Harry's daily routine during Christmas time in 2017
  21. Meghan's relationship with Kate Middleton and how she felt about the duchess
  22. Prince Harry's feelings about being photographed at a wedding in Jamaica in 2017
  23. Details about the wedding reception of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews
  24. Details of their holidays to Turkey and Botswana in 2017 – including who hosted them and what they ate
  25. Information about a conversation between Prince William and Prince Harry about the Duke of Cambridge's feelings about Meghan Markle and the impact on their relationship
  26. Meghan's feelings about Harry's proposal
  27. How Meghan felt about leaving Toronto to move to London
  28. How Meghan felt about meeting the Queen for the first time in October 2017
  29. Meghan's communications with her mum after moving to London
  30. Details about Christmas celebrations in 2017 including how Meghan felt about the brooch worn byPrincess Michael of Kent
  31. Meghan's feelings about a friend Ninaki Priddy speaking to the press about her
  32. Meghan's faith and private conversation with Justin Wlby, the Archbishop of Canterbury
  33. What Prince Harry said at the altar to his father and Meghan Markle just before the wedding ceremony
  34. Detailed account of speeches at the couple's wedding along with what was on the menu
  35. Details of the couple's visit to Lake Como to spend time with George and Amal Clooney
  36. Information about a private meeting between Meghan, Harry and the Queen to pick the duchess' wedding tiara
  37. An account of a disagreement between Prince Harry and one of the Queen's assistants, Angela Kelly
  38. Details around Prince Harry and Prince William's estrangement
  39. Details about Meghan Markle's baby shower and the Palace's reaction
  40. Meghan's birth plan
  41. Private correspondence from Prince Harry and Meghan to their friends after Archie's birth
  42. Details of gifts after Achie's birth
  43. Prince William and Kate Middleton's childcare arrangements
  44. Meghan's work on the SussexRoyal Instagram account
  45. Meghan and Harry's feelings about the Palace communications team
  46. Meghan and Harry's living arrangements while in Canada in 2019
  47. Details about the Sandringham summit
  48. How Prince Harry felt about the split from the royal family
  49. Meghan's feelings about her last engagement as a royal at Westminster Abbey

Earlier this week, the Mail on Sunday won a bid to use Finding Freedom as part of its defence against Meghan’s privacy claim.

Meghan strongly denies collaborating with the authors or any other media.

Last week her lawyer even described the stories in Finding Freedom as “extremely anodyne, the product of creative licence and/or inaccurate” in a bid to distance her from it.

The case continues.

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