Harry and Meghan festered with fury after Queen blocked Jubilee demands

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Further revelations from Tom Bower’s hard-hitting book about the “war” between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the rest of the Royal Family have emerged.

They include the claim that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were left "festering with fury" after their plans for Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee weekend were all scuppered by the Palace.

In the book, Bower writes that Harry asked Her Majesty the Queen to help him secure a "prominent" position for himself and Meghan, but was blocked at every turn by Prince Charles.

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The couple flew to Netherlands for the Invictus Games “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,” Bower says.

Bower’s book goes into forensic detail about Meghan’s relationships with Vanity Fair magazine in the US and British Vogue.

Bower says that as part of an in-depth profile with Vanity Fair shortly after her relationship with Harry became public, the soon-to-be Duchess insisted that she be presented “as a philanthropist and activist”.

However, Bower writes, there was one problem: “Vanity Fair’s scrupulous researchers could find no evidence of her global philanthropy and activism."

Meghan also reportedly refused to allow any mention of her royal boyfriend in the article, saying she refused to be defined by her relationships.

Sam Kashner, a long-standing contributing editor at the magazine, “understood that the critical issue of Harry had been vetoed,” Bower says

But the eventual publication of the article was a disaster, says Bower. The Suits actress appeared on the magazine’s cover with the line “Wild about Harry”.

“Meghan’s unprecedented brazenness took Buckingham Palace by surprise,” writes Bower, saying “Meghan had used her relationship to promote herself. The Hollywood-isation of the royal family had sealed Meghan’s fate as Harry’s fiancée”.

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Within hours of the magazine's pre-publication copies being sent to Buckingham Palace, the author adds, Meghan phoned her PR firm and “hysterically” told them of the Palace's fury.

Vanity Fair were unruffled.

Meghan “didn’t get the cover in her own name,” they told her PR representative, “but because of who she was likely to marry”.

Tom Bower’s Book, Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the War Between the Windsors, will be published by Blink Publishing, on July 21 at £22.


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  • Meghan Markle
  • Prince Harry
  • The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
  • Prince Charles
  • Royal Family

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