Becoming Parents to Archie Gave Meghan and Harry the 'Energy to Stand Up for What Was Right for Them'
The arrival of their son, Archie, in May 2019 gave the Duke and Duchess of Sussex "that energy to stand up for what was right for them, regardless of what the consequences were," Omid Scobie tells PEOPLE in this week's issue.
Adds the co-author of Finding Freedom; Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family: "As we have seen, those consequences have been pretty major."
Some of those consequences — and the conflicts underlying them — were previously been chronicled in the book Scobie co-wrote with fellow longtime royal reporter Carolyn Durand, the paperback edition of which comes out on August 31 and features a new epilogue excerpted in this week's issue of PEOPLE.
For more on the lessons that the couple has learned in a tumultuous year, pick up a copy of the latest issue of PEOPLE on newsstands on Friday.
Speaking with the couple's friends and close associates, Scobie and Durand wrote about the couple's whirlwind courtship and the mounting tensions that ultimately led Harry, 36, and Meghan, 40, to leave the U.K. and carve a groundbreaking path outside of royal duty. Where that path would lead, no one knew — not even the couple themselves.
Says Scobie, "They were quite afraid of the consequences of stepping away and challenging the system."
Since settling in California, the Sussexes have welcomed daughter Lilibet Diana in June and are "really excited" not only to step up their public appearances on behalf of their Archewell Foundation, but also to deliver some of the projects planned with the multi-million dollar streaming and book deals.
"They say that the proof is in the pudding," Scobie tells PEOPLE, "and what we are about to see is that pudding."
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