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Meghan, Harry Biographer Warns Duchess Not to Sue Over Bombshell Book

The author of a new biography about Meghan Markle has said it would “be best if she didn’t sue” him over claims made in his recently published book during an interview for British television.

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Tom Bower, author of Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the War Between the Windsors told Christine Lampard on the Lorraine show on Thursday that if the duchess were to choose to sue him regarding a number of bombshell claims in his book, “she won’t want to appear in court being cross-examined by my [lawyer].”

“So, it’s best if she doesn’t sue,” he added.

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Tom Bower (R) told a UK morning show that Meghan Markle (L) “won’t want to appear in court being cross-examined by my barrister” if she were to sue over claims made in his new book.
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This statement comes as a number of sensational claims made about Meghan and other members of the royal family by Bower in Revenge have been widely reported by the media, including that Meghan made Kate Middleton cry before the 2018 royal wedding and that Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall allegedly made a joke about Harry’s future children having a “Ginger afro.”

A palace source previously told Newsweek this last claim was “nonsense.”

So far there has been no official comment on the book by either Buckingham Palace or Harry and Meghan’s representatives.

Meghan, alongside husband Prince Harryhas launched a number of lawsuits against media outlets since marrying into the royal family four years ago, winning a privacy battle against the Mail on Sunday in 2021 when a court found the newspaper violated her copyright by publishing extracts from a private letter she sent to her father.

Harry is currently in an ongoing lawsuit Against the same publication for an article written about his security arrangements which he claimed contained defamatory statements.

Bower is a well-known biographer in the UK for the highly critical observations he makes of his subjects, which have included politicians and public figures including Prince Charles.

Speaking to Lampard about his own feelings towards the Monarchy, Bower said:

“I’m a monarchist, I believe in the monarchy. I believe in, obviously, the queen, and I think it’s marvelous that we have this terrific family.”

“I wrote a very critical book of Prince Charles four years ago,” he continued, “that he hated, but it was true and was a pretty good sale. But I didn’t really begin thinking about Meghan, other than interest, until the Oprah Winfrey interview. That’s what sparked it. I thought that was just such a disgrace.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle married at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018. Shortly before the wedding day, Meghan’s father suffered a reported heart attack after it was revealed he collaborated with a paparazzi member to stage photographs.
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Despite his stated respect for the institution of the monarchy, Bower rebuffed claims that his work was biased against Meghan stating that he did his best to bring “balance” into the book but that Meghan had prevented him from speaking to her close friends who would have given a broader picture of her good qualities.

One key person close to Meghan who was interviewed for the book was her father Thomas Markle, from whom the duchess has been estranged since 2018. It was announced in May that Markle had suffered a stroke that had reportedly left him struggling to speak.

Bower, who met with Markle at his Mexican home before the stroke, told Lampard that he was “an old man who doesn’t think he’s got much longer to live who loves his daughter.”

“He told me whatever [Meghan] has done to me ‘I still love my daughter,'” the author continued.

The estrangement between Meghan and her father in part dates to the weeks leading up to her May 2018 wedding when it was reported that Markle had collaborated with a member of the paparazzi to stage photographs. Shortly after this was reported in newspapers in Britain, Markle is alleged to have suffered a heart attack which prevented him from flying to the UK for the wedding.

Along with praise for Revenge has come equal shares of criticism with a number of issues being picked up by readers including spelling errors and inaccuracies.

In essence, Bower said that the book tells the tale “of a girl who came from a broken family, who struggled very hard and in her terms has made it” but concedes that what happened along the way makes it “such a compelling story. “

Newsweek has reached out to representatives of Bower and Meghan for comment.

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