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Happily Ever After? Harry and Meghan Will Settle for Normal

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In "Finding Freedom," the veteran reporters Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand show how the British royal family's fairy tale turned into a cautionary one.
While the book offers no new bombshells, it does add small details to stories everyone thinks they already know. Markle and Prince Harry were secretly engaged for months before the world knew; Prince Harry had a secret Instagram account with the handle @SpikeyMau5; the prince said "I love you" first and she responded immediately.

However, a visit to George and Amal Clooney's Lake Como home seems to serve only as a reminder that the royal couple is friends with the Clooneys. Too much space is dedicated to clarifying that, counter to what the British press claimed, Markle did not make the Duchess of Cambridge cry at a bridesmaid dress fitting. Five pages are spent explaining that Markle did not demand and then fail to receive the emerald tiara that she supposedly wanted for her wedding, another viral story from 2018. It's clarified that Markle and the duchess (the former Kate Middleton) were together only a handful of times before the 2018 wedding and that, instead of sending flowers for her birthday,…
Tariro Mzezewa
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