Meghan Markle has turned down Queen Elizabeth’s request to fly to see her estranged father

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Charles wanted Meghan to ‘stop’ her father

Prince Charles was so irritated by Thomas Markle’s TV appearances – particularly his criticism of the royal family – that he “scolded” Meghan Markle’s son Prince Harry, “Can’t she just go up to him and stop it?”

In his book Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the War Between the WindsorsTom Bower also writes that shortly after Harry and Meghan’s wedding in 2018, Charles and Queen Elizabeth “urged” Meghan to fly to America for a reconciliation. That request was turned down by Meghan as she feared “a frenzy of media attention and interference that could further embarrass the royal family.”

Bower writes, “Harry didn’t tell his father about Thomas’s anger because he was ignored by his daughter. Harry explained that Meghan refused to call Thomas Markle because she suspected “his phone was not in his possession” and “his email account was compromised”. The inconsistencies in Meghan’s excuses irritated not only Charles, but perhaps the Queen as well.” (Which seems strange considering some of those “excuses” were about protecting the royals themselves.)

In the latest excerpts from the book in the Sunday times, Bower also reports that Camilla “had a hard time believing that Meghan would sacrifice her independence to quietly serve as a team player” within the royal family, and details the anger the Sussexes felt towards the media when they not feeling it they were sufficiently idolized. Meghan was also upset at being criticized so much when Kate Middleton seemed able to wrong the media.

Bower writes: “Meghan was furious that palace officials refused to protect her image. She refused to accept that staff were not hired to promote her as an individual, but instead fitted her into the grid of the royal family as a whole. Meghan in particular was outraged by the refusal to officially criticize Thomas Markle. From her point of view, Meghan was isolated, vulnerable and stifled by convention.”

While touring Australia, Bower writes: “Every night Harry would scour social media, searching the internet for derogatory comments. Every morning he and Meghan turned on their phones to surf the internet. They were thin-skinned and ignited at the slightest criticism. Both bombarded their employees with demands for the criticism to be removed.”

Observant followers of the royal saga will recall that during their privacy and copyright litigation with the Daily MailMeghan’s texts to her former communications chief revealed that she only wrote her father a letter to “protect my husband from this constant abuse,” telling the royals “on principle.” [didn’t] understand” her reasons for her estrangement from her father.

Bower’s claim that Meghan was ordered to go to her father’s home in Mexico also appears to be based, at least in part, on one of her testimonies at the trial.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Bondi Beach on October 19, 2018 in Sydney, Australia.

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Heck, Prada, keep going…

Bower also writes to the staff Fashion The UK was “upset” by Meghan’s demands when she guest-edited an issue in September 2019. The issue’s theme was Game Changers who are “reshaping society in radical and positive ways”.

“I want to break the internet,” Meghan called out to the editor, Bower says. “Listening to the Duchess, the expression on the editorial staff’s face was one of quiet desperation. They felt most of their contributions were superficial, lacking in rhyme or reason.”

Meghan wanted to appear on the cover, just as Kate Middleton had done three years earlier to mark it Fashion‘s centenary. The editorial team are said to have persuaded Meghan not to do so as it would be “bragging”. Then came demands from Meghan to promote the magazine and demands from Buckingham Palace to stop advertising, Bower says — phone calls that left Sara Latham, Meghan and Prince Harry’s chief of communications, in tears, Bower says.

In any case, as Alaina Demopoulos wrote in the Daily Beast, the resulting output, while containing many worthy, inspirational female themes, could have benefited from a little more levity.

“Publicly, Enninful said that Meghan’s decision not to appear on the cover was because she wanted to remain ‘humble,'” Bower writes. “One of the credits for the cover was Salma Hayek, a Hollywood star who is married to François-Henri Pinault – a French billionaire who happened to be one of Vogue’s top advertisers.”

Royal Holiday

Kate Middleton, Prince William and their three children were spotted earlier this week jumping into a helicopter carrying what appeared to be holiday bags. As they were also accompanied by their dog, The Royalist surmises they made their way to the flower-filled island of Tresco in the Isles of Scilly off the coast of Cornwall, where they often holiday and which is conveniently theirs entirely owned by William’s father .

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Andrew reportedly struggled to keep a mystery photo a secret

As for royal mysteries, this must take some beating. A photographer claims to have snapped a shocking photo of Prince Andrew news night Team worked on the famous interview with Prince Andrew.

Mark Harrison, a freelance photographer who has worked for the BBC for years and often produces stills to support, promote and accompany shows, was quoted as saying Daily Mail He enigmatically said he took a picture that would “embarrass Prince Andrew and the royal family” if released.

“Of course, there’s a chance it might eventually come out for all to see, maybe if the price is right.”

— anonymous source

He did not respond to messages from The Daily Beast Sunday.

That post reports that Andrew “insisted that the picture never be released,” but Harrison seemed to hint that it could be recreated in an upcoming film about the interview, scoopshould go into production later this year.

An anonymous source commenting on where this story is headed provides a clue as to where this story is headed Post: “There is of course a possibility that it will eventually come out for all to see, maybe if the price is right. Of course, the film will be about the interview, so that’s a possibility.”


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Andrew’s interview with Emily Maitlis, in which he showed no sympathy for the victims of pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and said he had no regrets about his friendship with him, effectively ended Andrew’s royal career and forced him to retire from public life.

According to that Daily Mail, Harrison, an award-winning portrait photographer, said of his shot: “Few people saw it, but it would be a big deal for the royal family. There is much more of that day that is not yet public knowledge.”

This week in royal history

Today, Sunday, Camilla turns 75, on her way to becoming Queen (consort, whatever). She is the recipient of so many fluffy journalistic articles – the headline on the homepage for this one in the telegraph is a classic of the genre: “How Charming Camilla Won Us All Over” – clear that the media wants to be on their right side, even if polls show that the public actually still has to be convinced.

As per royal tradition, Camilla has released a new portrait to celebrate her birthday. She is sitting in her garden at Raymill in Wiltshire, wearing a floral blue dress. Strategically in front of her is a bowl of peaches, which the palace says she grew in her garden. Won’t her husband be proud!

Today is also the third wedding anniversary of Princess Beatrice and Eduardo Mapelli Mozzi. (Tom Bower reminds us that it was irritating that Meghan reportedly “told everyone she was pregnant” on the day of her sister Princess Eugenie’s ceremony in 2018.)

Unanswered questions

Tom Bower’s book about Meghan and Harry is soaking up all the headlines this weekend, and the excerpts are in The Sunday Times (cited above) and the Sun (including the story of her friendship with golfer Rory McIlroy) is this week’s homework. There’s also an intriguing account of Meghan growing her network of business interests, including registering a corporation called Loving Kindness Senior Care Management Inc in Delaware, run by Doria Ragland, Meghan’s mother.

With the book itself due for release next week, the unanswered question has to be: What else does Bower have up his sleeve?

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