Explosive new book about Harry and Meghan’s royal exit

Omid Scobie, co-author of “Finding Freedom,” gives an inside look at the couple’s side of the story.
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We'll do 90 degrees during To that explosive new book about the royal family making headlines. "Finding freedom." Deborah Roberts spoke to the co-author back with more on what may have led Harry's rocky exit. Hello again, deb. Reporter: Hey there. This book has caused quite a stir in and outside of royal circles with this detail on the family drama that led Harry and Meghan to walk away from it all. The authors said biting gossip but they're serving up the truth about the duke and duchess of Sussex who are soon to be former Royals. Why so abruptly? Why couldn't very this done it in a way that was a little more deliberate and in some minds maybe more respectful? 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. Reporter: Royal correspondent and ABC news contributor mid Scobie says he's hoping his new book, "Finding freedom," will finally offer a true picture of the duke and duchess of Sussex. The book seems to tell their story almost in their voices. Did they give their approval? Did they somehow weigh in? 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. Reporter: The book he co-authored he says is based on 100 interviews with those who know Harry and Meghan best, close friends and even Buckingham palace aides. There was such excitement about this couple and what they stood for and the modernity of the monarchy. When did things take a turn. I think we had a series of ups and downs with the couple. Only look back in the early days of Harry's relationship with Meghan around November 2016 when he issued that statement lambasing sections of the media. Reporter: The harsh British tabloids were largely to blame for prince Harry's frustrations and ultimate desire to leave royal life and race he says was no small factor with jabs often aimed at Harry's biracial wife. Do you boil this down to a racial issue or was it really more complicated than that? In terms of ticking boxes that may ruffle feathers within an institution that's ancient, I myself had them within the royal institution. I'll never forget the moment a senior aide said to me I never would have expected you to speak like that and that level of ignorance I think that perhaps made it very difficult for Meghan. Reporter: The prince opening up about racial inequality from his home in California in an online talk with Rashad Robinson head of a civil rights organization color of change. We have to go to the root of the problem, to the source of the problem and actually fix it there and as we've discussed before, it's going to take every single one of us. This is not down to the black community. Reporter: Before he could speak his mind so freely the prince was coping with family strife, the you authorizes say offering details into the royal family drama notably the reported falling out between William and Harry. 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. Both men in their 30s and Harry not wanting to play that role of sort of the younger more subservient brother anymore. Do Meghan and Kate get along? These are two women that have very little in common. Being a newcomer and knowing Kate was once a newcomer there were times where she knew Meghan felt she could have or needed a little bit more support from Kate and didn't get it in some of those important moments. Is the story of Kate breaking down in tears at the wedding and Meghan being very difficult, is that true? When I spoke to the people who were actually there and involved, the first thing they all said, well, there were no That story is not true? Couldn't be further from the truth. How are Meghan and Harry going to be remembered in History will remember them as a couple failed by the monarchy where there was a chance to have a woman of color in the house of Windsor representing the monarchy just as much as her husband was a chance for the royal family to have diversity, inclusivity and representation in a way that no other moment in their live cost have brought and for them to not have harnessed that is something I'm sure historians will be looking at for years to come. No comment from Buckingham palace on the book this morning. As for Meghan and Harry, one of their spokespeople said they were not interviewed and did not contribute to "Finding freedom." It is based on the authors' own experiences as members of the roirl press corps and their own independent reporting. T.J.

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