Meghan Markle has reportedly been advised not to pursue legal action over a damning new book, as its author provides more insight into what he calls the “unraveling” of the so-called Harry and Meghan show.
Royal biographer Tom Bower made a series of claims in his book – Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the War Between the Windsors – and he appeared on Channel 7’s Sunrise on Tuesday to spill new secrets.
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Bower doesn’t hold back in the unauthorized biography, for which he says he interviewed more than 80 sources.
The author claims it was difficult to speak with people who viewed the Duchess of Sussex in a positive light.
Bower spoke with Sunrise hosts David “Kochie” Koch and Natalie Barr on Tuesday, and was asked a question he does not usually encounter.
Does he have anything nice to say about Meghan Markle?
“I think she’s an ambitious, successful woman in her own right, I think that she can be nice if she wants to be,” the author said from the UK.
“She’s intelligent, she’s sassy, I think she’s one of those people you take with a pinch of salt.
“Sometimes she can be nice … depending on how she wants to behave.”
Bower said that, while researching the book, he had spoken to people who worked on Meghan’s show Suits, her school friends and London friends.
While friends of the duchess painted her in a positive light, the author said her “victims” told a “different story about her than the one she wanted published”.
Barr asked the author why attitudes towards Meghan were now different from when she married Prince Harry in 2018.
“She voluntarily came to England and married into the Royal Family and she must have known what that required,” the author told Sunrise.
“She had to be part of the team and support the Queen and play her part.
“And all she really did was complain because she wanted the spotlight, she wanted to be number one.
“She wanted to turn the royal family into a Hollywood celebrity game.”
Bower said he believes Meghan never wanted to stay in Britain.
“I think she wanted the title, she wanted the fame, and then go back to California,” said Sunrise.
“It was really because of that, and because she allegedly bullied a lot of her staff, she made them very unhappy,” he claimed.”
Bower also alleges Meghan “turned Harry against his family and Harry was the most popular of all the royals, besides the Queen”.
“On the whole (she) did what Meghan wanted, and not what the royal family expected… and it all quickly unraveled,” he said.
“And it didn’t unravel because she wasn’t being helped, it didn’t unravel because of racism, it unraveled because Meghan didn’t get what she wanted, which was the spotlight on her.”
Bower also makes other intriguing allegations in his book, including that Meghan made Kate Middleton cry before Meghan’s wedding in 2018 – contrary to what Meghan said in her Oprah interview.
He claimed the Queen was relieved when Meghan did not attend Prince Phillip’s funeral in April 2021.
Another claim he makes is that Meghan suspected Victoria Beckham was leaking stories to the media.
Meanwhile, UK publication Express has reported that Bower claims in the book that Prince Harry’s pals from Eton had thought he was “f***ing nuts” for dating Meghan.
During a “shooting” weekend, the couple had joined 16 of Harry’s friends for dinner on Friday.
Bower claimed in the book that, like other such weekends, “Harry was looking forward to endless banter, jokes — and a lot of drinking.”
The jokes involved “sexism, feminism and transgender people”, and “Meghan challenged every guest whose conversation contravened her values”, Bower wrote.
“’She lacked any sense of humour,” he wrote.
”Driving home after Sunday lunch, the texts pinged between the cars: ‘OMG, what about HER?’ said one. ‘Harry must be f***ing nuts’.”
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