Seven biggest bombshells we know so far from explosive new Meghan Markle book
A new book about the Royal Family is due for release this week with Meghan Markle said to be "dreading" what it contains.
The book, Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the war between the Windsors, pulls in “interviews from insiders who have never spoken before”.
Due for release on Thursday, July 21, its author, Tom Bower is known for his fearless observations on the people he writes about, earning him the nickname "Witchfinder General of contemporary biographers".
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The book claims to contain information from Meghan’s allies and enemies – but she herself hasn’t added any information to it.
It has previously been described as a release Meghan “will be dreading” coming from an author who “doesn’t pull his punches”, an unnamed source told the Sun.
Filled with bombshells, it sheds light on huge events that were previously unclear. Here are the seven bombshells reportedly revealed in the book so far:
Queen's delight at Meghan not being at Philip's funeral
Prince Philip’s funeral in April 2021 drew the eyes of the world. But according to the Mirror, one pair of eyes his wife the Queen may not have wanted on it – at least not in person – were those of Meghan.
Bower writes: “‘Thank goodness Meghan is not coming,’ the monarch said in a clear voice to her trusted aides.”
The funeral came a month after Harry and Meghan’s infamous Oprah interview.
Meghan almost appeared on Strictly Come Dancing
Meghan is thought to have said a reluctant ‘no’ to Strictly Come Dancing before she met Harry.
According to theSunshe flew to the UK in 2013 where she met TV agent Jonathan Shalit.
To him, she explained she wanted to be a celebrity chef but when she was told it wouldn't work, he arranged an interview with Strictly instead. However, it had to be turned down due to her contract with the TV show Suits.
Bower writes: “Shalit was excited. She was charming, good-looking and admired by the small audience for Suits. He was unaware that while Meghan liked eating good food, her cooking skills were limited.
“Other than blender-made vegetable soup, her specialities were plain pasta, roast chicken, barbecued hamburgers and steak. The rest of her food was bought ready-made.
“Rather than cook, she imagined fronting a TV programme to tour the world tasting food. A short video of her tasting pickles in Brooklyn for Ora TV exposed her limitations. There was neither magic nor magnetism.
“The programme idea evaporated. Undeterred, Shalit arranged an audition for Strictly Come Dancing. Reluctantly she declined. Tied to a Suits contract for nine months in the year, the timing clashed with filming in Britain.
"Disappointed, Shalit bid her farewell.”
Charles wanted Meghan 'to visit her father in Mexico' to ease tension
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Harry and Meghan got married in 2018 and shortly after the father of the groom, Prince Charles, suggested that his new daughter-in-law go to Mexico to reconcile with her own father, Thomas Markle.
In a conference just weeks after their wedding, Charles is thought to have tried to persuade them. Bower writes that Charles said: “Can’t she just go and see him and make this stop?”
Meghan is understood by the book to have shot down the idea quickly. Bower writes she said was it was “completely unrealistic” for her to fly over “and somehow hope to speak privately to my father without causing a frenzy of media attention and intrusion that could bring more embarrassment to the royal family.”
Thomas, who missed the wedding due to illness, has spoken often about his daughter although she has not responded officially, writes OK.
Palace's fury at Meg's Vanity Fair cover
The Oprah interview wasn’t the first time that an interview with Meghan had brought fury to the Palace.
In a piece called “She’s just wild about Harry”, a 2017 interview with Vanity Fair caused rage, according to the Sun and the upcoming book.
Bower penned: "Within hours, Meghan called Ken Sunshine and Keleigh Thomas Morgan. Hysterically, she described Buckingham Palace's fury at 'Wild About Harry'.
"Sunshine Sachs, said Meghan, should have ensured that her comments about Harry were removed. Why wasn't the focus on her philanthropy and activism?
"Ken Sunshine feared that Meghan would fire his agency. Puzzled why Buckingham Palace was angry, he called the magazine's editor to deliver what he imagined to be the ultimate threat.
"'You're going to have to deal with the Queen on this,' he said.
"The furious monarch, he imagined, like Trump, would pick up the phone and berate the editor. The editor was bemused."
Prince Charles vetoed Sussex's Jubilee balcony moment
Harry and Meghan are said in the book to have had their plans for the Jubilee largely denied, leaving them "festering with fury".
Bower said they headed to the Invictus Games in the Netherlands “but festering was their fury that the Palace had refused all of their demands for a prominent role at the Jubilee in return for returning to Britain with their children”.
The couple did attend the Queen's Jubilee but in a low key role and their children were never publicly seen.
Meghan tried to airbrush Prince Harry out of a magazine interview
Asked to appear on the cover of Vanity Fair, Meghan is said by Bower to have been "ecstatic". However, it is understood she tried to guide the interview with contributing editor Sam Kashner away from her relationship with Harry.
Bower writes: "Kashner arrived at Meghan’s home and told that his interviewee was under strict orders from both Harry and Keleigh Thomas Morgan.
"Aware that Diana and Sarah Ferguson had destroyed themselves in interviews, Harry had asked Meghan to maintain tight-lipped silence about sensitive subjects – Donald Trump, race, their relationship and especially himself. He was not to be mentioned."
Meghan's 'abrasive' behaviour towards palace staff
Bower writes that Meghan was accused of acting "abrasively" towards palace staff during a tour.
He writes that, according to the Mirror, the couple "bombarded their staff with demands for retribution and removal of the criticism”.
On one occasion, Megan is said to have "[thrown] a cup of tea in the air" – she has not commented on this.
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