Meghan and Harry Biographer Says He Hopes His Book ‘Hastens’ Their Downfall

A Meghan Markle and Prince Harry biographer said he “wouldn’t be sad” if his book were to “hasten” their “downward trend” as they pose “a real threat to the royal family.”


Tom Bower’s book Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the War between the Windsors paints Meghan as overly demanding in her work life and a “woke” killjoy socially while Harry is described as having “contempt” for Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Extracts printed in UK broadsheet The Times I suggest the couple come off as badly as all his previous subjects from a career defined by relentless takedowns of the rich and famous.

And Bower—unusually for a royal biographer—went so far as to state that he would welcome the book harming the Sussexes reputationally, citing the damage he believes they have done to the monarchy.

Piers Morgan asked the biographer during an interview: “Are they in trouble now though? Is the Sussex brand on the downward slope? A lot of American friends of mine are completely done with them, which they weren’t even a year ago.”

During the appearance on Piers Morgan UncensoredBower replied: “And this book may hasten the downward trend, over which I wouldn’t be sad at all because they pose a real threat to the royal family.”

He did not, however, account for the potential threat his last royal book posed to the monarchy after it was so critical of Britain’s next king that one reviewer nicknamed him the “undisputed Witchfinder General of modern biographers.”

Tom Bower’s Assessment of Charles in Rebel Prince

In Rebel Prince, Powersaid of Prince Charles: “My quest was to discover how he manipulated those levers of power.

“To my surprise, I found that Charles’ conduct has created a substantial number of victims, many of whom are saddened over how he acted, both in general and towards them.

“His loyalty, like his attention span, is limited. Embraced today, a favorite can be cast out tomorrow. Like some feudal lord, he presides at the center of a court with no place for democracy or dissenting views.

“Unlike the queen, with her genius in being able to unite the nation, especially in difficult times, Charles divides his countrymen.”

Journalist Craig Brown reviews Rebel Prince for The Mail on Sunday in 2018: “Tom Bower is the undisputed Witchfinder General of contemporary biographers. Before his next subject is led quivering into the dock, Bower tends to don his black cap, just to save time.

“This year’s accused is Prince Charles. A handy summary of the charges against him can be obtained by turning into ‘Charles, Prince of Wales’ in the book’s index, and then looking under ‘Character’.

The categories listed are: refusal to accept blame; self-doubt; disloyalty; victims of; dislike of criticism/dissenting views; scapegoats; self-pity; intolerance/bad temper; sense of superiority; grudges; selfishness; resentment of Diana; derogatory comments about Diana; on himself; discourteousness.

Tom Bower and Harry, Meghan at UN
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the United Nations Headquarters, on July 18, 2022, after three days of extracts from Tom Bower’s (inset) biography ‘Revenge’. Bower is seen at Spear’s Book Awards, in London, on June 27, 2011.
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Brown added: “The accusations keep tumbling down, drowning out the handful of words in his defense. He is, according to the Witchfinder General, ‘the most unpopular heir for generations… shame and guilt seem foreign to him… self -destructive… thin-skinned and over-eager to find fault with others, especially his parents… a bad enemy…’ and so on, and on, and on.

“On those rare occasions when a sentence kicks off with a compliment, you can be sure that Bower is just dutifully trudging up the hill, all the better to enjoy the slide back down again.”

He rounds off the review with: “Somehow his prose is so hyper-charged and his tone is so relentlessly accusatory that it is hard to see the wood for the trees.”

Reaction to Tom Bower’s Revenge

Brown’s characterization is particularly relevant to a surprise intervention from a man Bower quoted in Revenge.

Sam Kashner, a Vanity Fair contributing editor, was quoted in the book stating that he felt manipulated by Meghan during the process of putting together a cover interview in the months before her engagement to Prince Harry was announced in 2017.

Since the account was published, the journalist wrote a letter to UK broadsheet The Timeswhich has been serializing the biography.

Kashner wrote: “I’m afraid Tom Bower didn’t convey my admiration and respect for Meghan Markle in the excerpt from his new book in The Times on saturday. (“Writer ‘felt manipulated’ by Meghan”).

“I found Ms. Markle to be exceptionally warm and gracious and admired her intelligence and her remarkable courage, as I still do.”

Bower’s account had described how the interview sparked palace fury while fact-checkers had stripped out a story Meghan told about a challenging sexist Procter & Gamble advert for dishwasher soap.

Kashner wrote: “I regretted the oft-published account of challenging Proctor & Gamble being edited out of my Vanity Fair article, because I’d wanted to highlight her lifelong activism. The piece itself was quite laudatory.”

Supporters of Harry and Meghan have seized on the letter as a disavowal of that whole section of Bower’s book.

Kashner does not, in reality, challenge many of the factual claims Revenge makes and appears to confirm that the advertising story was pulled, though much to his regret.

What Kashner does suggest, however, is that Bower’s presentation of his experiences conveyed only the negative and failed to relate his positive feelings towards the duchess—the same allegation Brown made in his review of Rebel Prince.

Bower said in a statement released to Newsweek: “During a long telephone conversation with Sam Kashner on May 31, I read out to him all the quotations I had used of his interview with me for my book—and also conveyed to him much of the chapter. He did not make a single objection or correction.”

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