Meghan Markle, the royal family upset by the profile Vanity Fair 2017: Book

  • A new book claims Meghan Markle’s 2017 Vanity Fair profile angered her because it mentioned Prince Harry.
  • Markle, 40, was reportedly upset because the profile didn’t focus on her philanthropy.
  • The book says she was told to avoid specific topics before the interview, including Prince Harry.

Meghan Markle and the British royal family have fallen into anger after her 2017 Vanity Fair profile focused on her relationship with Prince Harry, according to a new book from The Times of London.

The excerpt is from British biographer Tom Bower’s forthcoming book, “Revenge: Meghan, Harry, and the War between the Windsors”, which will be released on Thursday. According to Bower, Prince Harry, 37, gave Markle, 40, a list of sensitive topics to avoid before the Vanity Fair interview: Donald Trump, race, their relationship and him.

The book says the interview with Vanity Fair reporter Sam Kashner was supposed to focus on Markle’s philanthropy and the 100th episode of the American series “Suits.” According to the book, Kashner asked Markle about her relationship at one point without expecting her to answer, but she did.

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Tom Bower’s book claims Meghan Markle was told to avoid specific topics before the interview.

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“Tell me about Harry,” Kashner said, according to the excerpt, to which Markle replied, “We’re a couple. We’re in love.”

She added: “I’m sure there will be a time when we have to show up and have stories to tell, but hopefully what people will understand is that this is our time. is for us. That’s part of what makes it so special, that it’s just ours. But we’re happy. I love a great love story.

Shortly after, Vanity Fair published the profile and featured Markle on its cover with the caption, “She’s just mad about Harry! Meghan Markle and the sudden shine of the spotlight that comes with Being Prince Harry’s daughter.”

The Vanity Fair profile sparked a backlash from British media and the royal family, according to the book.

“Meghan’s unprecedented audacity took Buckingham Palace by surprise and electrified the British media. The interview sparked sensational reactions: Meghan had used her relationship to promote herself. Hollywoodization of the royal family had sealed the fate of Meghan as Harry’s fiancee,” the excerpt read, according to The Times.

Meghan in a red dress with cape sleeves and Harry in a red military jacket with badges, ropes and a bow tie.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.

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When Markle saw pre-publication copies of her profile, the book claims she called her PR team at Sunshine Sachs and “hysterically” described Buckingham Palace’s “fury” over the headline.

According to the book, Sunshine Sachs initially wanted Vanity Fair to meet Markle’s requirement that she be portrayed as a philanthropist and activist.

“Sunshine Sachs had demanded that the magazine meet Meghan’s demand to be portrayed as a philanthropist and activist, regardless of one issue: Vanity Fair’s scrupulous researchers have found no evidence of his philanthropy and activism on a global scale,” the excerpt read, according to the Times.

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Meghan Markle was upset because the article mentioned Prince Harry and did not focus on his philanthropy, according to Bower’s book.

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The book claims Vanity Fair fact checkers struggled to verify some of Markle’s anecdotes, including that she campaigned for P&G to change a slogan and got a response from former first lady Hillary Clinton.

Representatives for Markle and Buckingham Palace did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

In the same book, Bower also claimed Markle told Kashner they couldn’t be friends after the profile was posted. Additionally, he wrote that Queen Elizabeth was relieved when Markle – who was pregnant with daughter Lilibet at the time – did not attend Prince Philip’s funeral.

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