'Finding Freedom' Epilogue Reveals New Behind-The-Scenes Details From Prince Harry & Meghan Markle's Interview With Oprah Winfrey

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Aug. 31 2021, Published 2:15 p.m. ET

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The newly released version of Finding Freedom is shedding more light onto Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's tell-all with Oprah Winfrey.

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In the updated epilogue of the biography by royal experts Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, the coauthors claim that the Sussexes "felt some nerves" about their interview, as they were set to air out revelations that not even their closest confidantes were aware of.

"Now the shackles of the institution’s 'never complain, never explain' mantra were off," the authors write. "It was time to be honest, once and for all."

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The experts also reveal that due to the Coronavirus, "the crew kept a careful distance from Harry and Meghan during the taping."

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"There were no hugs when they arrived, but Oprah’s warm smile and words of encouragement put Meghan at ease. She would be the first of the couple to speak, having agreed to talk to the media mogul one-on-one before Harry joined for the second half of the chat," the new material reads. "As the cameras started recording, the duchess took a deep breath and started to share her truth."

During the tell-all, the parents-of-two made countless accusations against the royal family, claiming the institution didn't offer any help when they expressed concerns over their mental health or racism.

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Queen Elizabeth released a statement in response.

"The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan," she said. "The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. Whilst some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately."

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According to CBS, the special, which originally aired on March 7, was seen by over 49.1 million viewers around the globe.

In July, it was revealed that the interview was nominated at this year's Emmys for Outstanding Hosted Non-Fiction Series or Special.

The other shows in this category are My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman, United Shades of America W. Kamau Bell, Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy and VICE.

The Emmys air on September 19.

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