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Finding Freedom’s new chapters could be ‘final straw’ for Prince Harry and royals, says royal expert

Finding Freedom’s new chapters could be ‘final straw’ for Prince Harry and royals, says royal expert
Finding Freedom’s new chapters could be ‘final straw’ for Prince Harry and royals, says royal expert


Finding Freedom’s new chapters will be ‘extremely telling’ about the state of the royal rift between Prince Harry and his family and could blow any chance of a reconciliation, a royal expert has claimed.

An updated version of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s biography by authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand is set to be released this summer.

The first edition was published on August 11 last year and painted a flattering picture of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex from when they met in 2016 to their departure from the Firm in early 2020. 

According to The Sunday Times, it is now being updated with new chapters which will cover their tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, the allegations that Meghan, 39, bullied royal staff – which she denies – and the death of Prince Philip.

Finding Freedom’s new chapters could be ‘final straw’ for Prince Harry and royals, says royal expert

An updated version of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s biography by authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand is set to be released this summer

Duncan Larcombe, author of Prince Harry: The Inside Story, warned there will be ‘no chance’ of a reconciliation if the book divulges more negative information about the royals or in-depth details of any personal conversations between Harry and his family after the funeral.

‘That really will be the final straw,’ he told Closer magazine. ‘That’ll be it – there will be no chance of a reconciliation ever and all trust will be broken. 

‘How could anyone from the Royal Family trust them again if the intimate details of conversations were leaked. Why would they want anything more to do with them? Those chapters will be extremely telling as to the state of the royal rift as it stands now, and to where it’ll head in the future.’  

The updated Finding Freedom, which is also expected to discuss their multi-million pound deals with Netflix and Spotify, their new life in California and the Queen’s decision to strip them of their royal patronages including Harry’s military roles, will go on sale on August 5. 

Finding Freedom is being updated with new chapters which will cover their tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, the allegations that Meghan, 39, bullied royal staff - which she denies - and the death of Prince Philip (pictured: Harry and William at the funeral)

Finding Freedom is being updated with new chapters which will cover their tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, the allegations that Meghan, 39, bullied royal staff – which she denies – and the death of Prince Philip (pictured: Harry and William at the funeral)

It was hoped that Harry and his brother William would start to build bridges following the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, but the reissue of Finding Freedom is only likely to aggravate tension between the Sussexes and the Firm, it has been claimed.

‘The Oprah interview detonated a bomb under the Royal Family and most of them are still reeling in shock. The book will not help,’ a senior courtier told The Sunday Times.

Another senior royal source added: ‘After Oprah, what else is there to say?’ 

While he admitted it ‘makes sense’ for there to be more chapters to address unanswered questions about the Oprah interview, what was said to Gayle King and what was said in the wake of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, Duncan added that he hopes the recent rebuilding of bridges will have deterred the Sussexes from worsening the rift.

‘Whatever’s said will be a bombshell – everyone is just so gripped by the situation,’ he told Closer.

Duncan Larcombe, author of Prince Harry: The Inside Story, got to know the Duke of Sussex, 36, during his decade-long stint as a royal editor and described him as 'hot-headed' (pictured with Harry in 2008 in Buthe Buthe, Lesotho)

Duncan Larcombe, author of Prince Harry: The Inside Story, got to know the Duke of Sussex, 36, during his decade-long stint as a royal editor and described him as ‘hot-headed’ (pictured with Harry in 2008 in Buthe Buthe, Lesotho)

‘But we have to hope Harry and Meghan have been encouraged by the recent progress made during Harry’s trip to the UK… so that they don’t do any more damage.’

He added that if it appears Harry and Meghan have worked with the authors this time and made negative claims or revealed private discussions, it could be ‘over for them’ with the Firm.

‘If the content isn’t vague or neutral, it could cause another huge fallout,’ Duncan warned.

Last week Duncan claimed Harry was ‘hurt and angry’ over how his wife was treated by the Royal Family and used their Oprah Winfrey interview to ‘get it out’ – but is now ‘regretful and embarrassed’.

Finding Freedom, which was spotted on sale for 99p in January just five months after its release at £20, raised eyebrows for its gushing praise and intimate knowledge of Harry and Meghan, but the couple claimed they were not interviewed and did not contribute to the book. 

It was declared a bestseller, with 31,000 copies sold in the UK in the first five days of its release, according to figures from data provider Nielsen Book.

While he admitted it 'makes sense' for there to be more chapters to address unanswered questions about the Oprah interview, what was said to Gayle King and what was said in the wake of the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral, Duncan added that he hopes the recent rebuilding of bridges will have deterred the Sussexes from worsening the rift

While he admitted it ‘makes sense’ for there to be more chapters to address unanswered questions about the Oprah interview, what was said to Gayle King and what was said in the wake of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, Duncan added that he hopes the recent rebuilding of bridges will have deterred the Sussexes from worsening the rift 

The book offers a window into Meghan and Harry’s lives during their time as senior royals, and is full of details on their shock exit from the royal family. 

It addresses the alleged rift between brothers Harry and William – with the former being ‘p****d off’ by his ‘snobbish’ sibling’s suggestion he take ‘as much time’ as he needed to get to know Meghan before proposing, as well as the relationship between their wives. 

The book alleged that Meghan was ‘disappointed’ that Kate, 39, wasn’t ‘welcoming enough’. 

Scobie said that while they did not interview the couple, ‘many’ friends gave them insights – providing ‘a lens to the couple through their friends and their circle of aides’.

Royal expert Katie Nicholl said the authors may be the ‘only winners’ from the publication of Finding Freedom. Writing in Vanity Fair, she asked if the book was ‘worth it for Harry and Meghan’ before adding: ‘The irony of Finding Freedom is that, locked down in their rented mansion in LA, the Sussexes have less freedom than they did when they lived in Windsor.’

Meanwhile she added that the book’s authors write that the monarchy had lost two of its greatest assets.

She concluded: ‘They, perhaps, might be the only winners in this rather sad story.’

After the emotional funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh, William and Harry took ‘baby steps’ towards healing their relationship when they walked back to Windsor Castle from St George’s Chapel together after being pushed together by peacemaker Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.

Later there was a face-to-face meeting within the grounds of the castle between the brothers and their father Prince Charles. Harry had been widely reported to have been planning to stay for the Queen’s birthday, although sources said he was ‘conflicted’ about the decision and wanted to get home to Meghan, who is pregnant with their second child, a girl.  



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‘Explosive Diarrhea’ Causes NBC’s ‘Ultimate Slip ‘N Slide’ To Pause Production: Report

‘Explosive Diarrhea’ Causes NBC’s ‘Ultimate Slip ‘N Slide’ To Pause Production: Report
‘Explosive Diarrhea’ Causes NBC’s ‘Ultimate Slip ‘N Slide’ To Pause Production: Report



NBC has indefinitely paused production of its upcoming competition show “Ultimate Slip ’N Slide,” reportedly after multiple people on set came down with diarrhea.

The Wrap reported Thursday that “up to 40 crew members fell violently ill,” citing a “person with knowledge of the production.” That person said people were “collapsing” and “being forced to run into port-o-potties” due to “awful explosive diarrhea.”

TMZ also cited an anonymous source “close to production” as saying that multiple people were ill with gastrointestinal symptoms.

Spokespeople for NBC did not immediately respond to a request for comment from HuffPost. However, People confirmed that a shutdown began on June 2 and that at least one crew member tested positive for Giardia, a parasite that can cause diarrhea.

A spokesperson for Universal Television Alternative Studios, which is producing the show for NBC, told People that it is “in the process of determining next steps in order to complete production.”

The show, which was being filmed in California’s Simi Valley, was described in a May press release as a “wet-and-wild new series [that] takes the spirit of the classic backyard slide and transforms it into a real-life water park full of gigantic slippery rides with the chance to take home a big cash prize.”

It is scheduled to premiere Aug. 8, though it’s unclear how the diarrheal delay might affect this.

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Dog Ejected From Car Crash Found Safe On Farm Herding Sheep

Dog Ejected From Car Crash Found Safe On Farm Herding Sheep
Dog Ejected From Car Crash Found Safe On Farm Herding Sheep


SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A pet dog who vanished for two days after being ejected from a vehicle during an accident has been found apparently doing the job it was bred to do — herding sheep.

Linda Oswald’s family and their dog, Tilly, were driving along Idaho State Highway 41 on Sunday when they crashed into another car, launching the dog through the rear window, The Spokesman-Review reported.

This undated photo provided by Linda Oswald shows Linda Oswald's family dog, Tilly. (Linda Oswald via AP)



This undated photo provided by Linda Oswald shows Linda Oswald’s family dog, Tilly. (Linda Oswald via AP)

The unharmed but stunned dog then ran away, prompting an immediate search with at least six complete strangers who witnessed the crash and pulled over along the highway to help, Oswald said.

“People just kept going out,” Oswald said, noting that the search lasted about 10 hours on Sunday before the family went home. “We were sore and exhausted.”

Linda Oswald hugs 2-year-old dog Tilly at their home in Hayden, Idaho on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. (Kathy Plonka/The Spokesman-R



Linda Oswald hugs 2-year-old dog Tilly at their home in Hayden, Idaho on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. (Kathy Plonka/The Spokesman-Review via AP)

Oswald said the family then wrote a Facebook post that included a picture of the 2-year-old border collie and red heeler mix and more than 3,000 people shared the post. That’s when Tyler, Travis and Zane Potter recognized the dog in the photo as the same dog they saw on their family farm south of Rathdrum on Tuesday.

Both the Potters and Oswald think Tilly was drawn to the farm and their sheep.

“I think that dog was trying to herd,” Travis Potter said.

Oswald said if it weren’t for the post, he would still be out there.

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Pilot Finds Colleague’s Poignant Note Left In Plane Grounded At Start Of Pandemic

Pilot Finds Colleague’s Poignant Note Left In Plane Grounded At Start Of Pandemic
Pilot Finds Colleague’s Poignant Note Left In Plane Grounded At Start Of Pandemic



A Delta Air Lines pilot left a note on board an aircraft he placed in storage at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, and the message was discovered earlier this month as the plane was prepared for flight once again. 

First Officer Chris Dennis tucked a letter into a cockpit tray table on the Airbus A321 he parked at Southern California Logistics Airport in March 2020. The desert location was used to temporarily house hundreds of aircraft that were grounded during the global health crisis.

“Hey pilots, it’s March 23rd and we just arrived from [Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport]. Very chilling to see so much of our fleet here in the desert,” Dennis wrote. “If you are here to pick it up then the light must be at the end of the tunnel. Amazing how fast it changed. Have a safe flight bringing it out of storage.”

First Officer Nick Perez found the letter 435 days later, just before reintroducing the aircraft back into service.

“He had to have been thinking he was leaving his job,” Perez said of Dennis in a statement released by Delta. “Back in March, I was 100% certain I was going to lose my job.” 

“I kept thinking about my mindset now compared to his when he left this note,” Perez added. “We were getting good at landing empty airplanes, now we’re going in the right direction. I’m in good spirits. I’m very optimistic.”





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13 Injured In Downtown Austin Shooting, Suspected Shooter Not In Custody

13 Injured In Downtown Austin Shooting, Suspected Shooter Not In Custody
13 Injured In Downtown Austin Shooting, Suspected Shooter Not In Custody



AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A shooting in a busy entertainment district in downtown Austin, Texas injured 13 people early Saturday, and police said the suspected shooter was not in custody.

Two of the injured people were in critical condition but as of the news conference at 4 a.m. local time, no one had died, interim Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon said.

Gunfire erupted just before 1:30 a.m. along 6th Street, a popular area filled with bars and restaurants. The street was barricaded to keep out vehicle traffic at the time of the shooting, Chacon said.

It was unclear what sparked the shooting.

Eleven of the injured people were taken to one local hospital, another person was taken to a different hospital, and the other person went to an urgent care facility with gunshot wounds, Chacon said.

“Our officers responded very quickly,” the interim chief said. “They were able to immediately begin life-saving measures for many of these patients, including applications of tourniquets; applications of chest seals.”

Chacon also said some officers transported patients to hospitals in their police cruisers due to the nature of the scene, where it was hard to contain the crowd and get ambulances to those who were injured.

The shooter was not immediately arrested. Chacon said the description that police had of the suspect was “not very detailed,” but said the person was believed to be a man.

Investigators were reviewing surveillance video and other evidence from the area, Chacon said. He asked anyone with information on the shooting to contact police.





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Alicia Silverstone Says We’ve Been Pronouncing Her Name All Wrong

Alicia Silverstone Says We’ve Been Pronouncing Her Name All Wrong
Alicia Silverstone Says We’ve Been Pronouncing Her Name All Wrong




“Just an FYI,” the “Clueless” star captioned an explainer video on TikTok.



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Lobster Diver Swallowed By Humpback Has A Whale Of A Tale To Tell

Lobster Diver Swallowed By Humpback Has A Whale Of A Tale To Tell
Lobster Diver Swallowed By Humpback Has A Whale Of A Tale To Tell



Michael Packard has a whale of a tale to tell: He survived being swallowed by a humpback whale early Friday morning.

Around 8 a.m., the 56-year-old lobster diver jumped from his boat off the coast of Provincetown, Massachusetts, to check one of his traps.

Packard was 45 feet below the ocean’s surface when he suddenly “felt this huge bump and everything went dark,” he told Boston-based CBS affiliate WBZ.

At first, Packard said, he feared he was the victim of a shark attack, but after noticing a lack of sharp teeth, he realized he was in the mouth of a whale that he believes was trying to swallow him.

“All of a sudden, I felt this huge shove and the next thing I knew it was completely black,” Packard told the Cape Cod Times. “I thought to myself, ‘there’s no way I’m getting out of here. I’m done, I’m dead.’ All I could think of was my boys, they’re 12 and 15 years old.”

Packard, who was still breathing through his regulator, said he struggled to get free. That apparently caused the whale to shake its head. Within 30 or 40 seconds, he said, the animal surfaced and ejected Packard from its mouth.

Packard’s shipmate, Josiah Mayo, says he saw Packard being expelled from the whale and fished him out of the water.

“My first thought was I can’t believe I got out of that situation. My second thought was for how injured I was,” Packard told the Cape Cod Times.

Although Packard was taken to a local hospital, his injuries turned out to be less severe than he first thought ― just a lot of soft tissue damage.

Marine mammal expert Peter Corkeron of the New England Aquarium told the Boston Herald that whales like the one that apparently swallowed Packard don’t actually eat people: They are “gulp feeders” that “slurp up as much as they can and then swallow it down.”

Corkeron suspects the whale was just trying to get fish and had no intention of turning Packard into breakfast.

He also said there’s evidence suggesting that humpbacks can be “altruistic” toward humans, which may be why the creature swam to the surface before spitting out Packard.

“It’s perfectly believable that the whale was trying to help him,” Corkeron said.





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