People.com Royals Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Friends Speak Out in New Book, Finding Freedom Insiders share new details about the couple's whirlwind romance and stunning exit from the royal family By Michelle Tauber Michelle Tauber Twitter Michelle Tauber is the Senior Editor overseeing Royals coverage at PEOPLE. She has been covering the royal family for PEOPLE since 2000, including William and Kate's wedding, Meghan and Harry's wedding and the births of the royal children. Formerly PEOPLE's first and only Head Writer, she has written a record-breaking 250+ cover stories spanning celebrity, crime and human interest. A graduate of the University of Florida, she lives in Orlando. People Editorial Guidelines Published on July 25, 2020 09:40 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Photo: Gareth Fuller-Pool/Getty Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are the subjects of a new book that sheds light on the couple's quest for "freedom." A first look at Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family, the buzzy new book being published in the U.S. on August 11, appeared in the U.K. newspaper The Times on Saturday. The book — which features new interviews with friends of the couple — explores the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's journey, from the early days of their fast-moving romance to the intense tabloid scrutiny they faced and ultimately to their decision to step down as senior royals and move to Los Angeles with 14-month-old son Archie. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle participate in a recent call with the Queen's Commonwealth Trust. Queen's Commonwealth Trust A spokesperson for the couple said in a statement, “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not interviewed and did not contribute to Finding Freedom. This book is based on the authors’ own experiences as members of the royal press corps and their own independent reporting.” The excerpt published in The Times on Saturday explores tensions within the royal family that preceded the couple's departure. Harry, a source tells authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, "feels that there were so many occasions when the institution and his family could have helped them, stood up for them, backed them up, and never did." Can't get enough of PEOPLE's Royals coverage? Sign up for our free Royals newsletter to get the latest updates on Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and more! This isn't the first time friends of the couple have chosen to break their silence. In February 2019, five of the Duchess of Sussex's closest friends spoke to PEOPLE magazine about the "global bullying" they saw Meghan facing in her royal role. Meghan Markle Felt 'Unprotected' by the Royal Family While Pregnant, Court Documents Claim "Meg has silently sat back and endured the lies and untruths," a friend told PEOPLE at the time. The Times is publishing portions of the book in three installments beginning today.