A highly anticipated new book about Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and their dispute with the British royal family reports on the behind-the-scenes drama leading to the momentous September 2017 Vanity Fair cover story, which announced to the world that the then little-known American TV actress was dating Britain’s most eligible bachelor.
Some of the drama involved the unsuccessful efforts of Vanity Fair’s fact-checkers to verify some of the future Duchess of Sussex’s claims about her work as an activist and philanthropist, according to an excerpt of the book “Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the War Between the Windsors,” which appeared in the Times U.K. Friday.
But there was other drama as well, according to the book by Tom Bower, a biographer who is known to be “excoriating of his subjects,” as Newsweek said. With this excerpt, it looks like Meghan won’t be let off easy, as Bower has previously said in interviews that Harry’s wife is someone who “trampled on all those others on the way.”
When it came to Vanity Fair’s big scoop in 2017 — being able to confirm rumors that Harry was dating Meghan, a supporting actor in the TV show “Suits” — she herself spread the news. “We’re a couple. We’re in love,” Meghan proclaimed into writer Sam Kashner’s “recording device.”
But Meghan’s revelation was among several issues with the final story that caused headaches for Harry, the royal family and Meghan herself, according to Bower.