Tom Bower’s book, Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the war between the Windsors, is expected to be, like all his books, excoriating of his subjects. In media interviews, he said Meghan “trampled on all those others on the way” and added that: “The victims are keen to talk and they have spoken.”
Publicity material reads: “Tom Bower, Britain’s leading investigative biographer, unpicks the tangled web surrounding the Sussexes and their relationship with the royal family. From courtroom dramas to courtier politics, using extensive research, sourcing and expert interviews from insiders who have never spoken before , this book uncovers an astonishing story of love, betrayal, secrets and revenge.”
Bower is famous in the United Kingdom for biographies that are relentlessly critical of their subjects, including one on Prince Charlestitled Rebel Prince.
A confirmed publication date was announced on July 14, with just a week to go before the book hits shelves and with little fanfare from the publisher, BLINK Publishing, an imprint of Bonnier Books Ltd.
A review in The Mail on Sunday described Bower as the “undisputed Witchfinder General of contemporary biographers.”
Bower himself has done little to quell speculation it will be a hatchet job on Meghan and told GB News in May: “I have found out things which are really quite extraordinary about her. And I think that the public perception of her will be either confirmed or outraged or in any case, it’ll be a great surprise.”
He added: “It has turned out to be…a very, very hard slog because people were pretty reluctant to speak and she and her lawyers had done very well to keep people silent, but I got through [to] enough.
“And it’s a great story. It is an astonishing story of a woman who came from nothing and is now a world figure and has trampled on all those others on the way which is classic for the sort of people I always choose, whether it’s a politician or a tycoon. The victims are keen to talk and they have spoken. And it’s a really gripping story.”
Bower gave no indication whether the “victims” he spoke of were the palace staff who Meghan was accused of bullying or people from further back in her life story.
The Duchess of Sussex was accused of driving two PAs out of the royal household in a 2018 email from her communications secretary Jason Knauf to a superior in Kensington Palace. Meghan denies the statements.
If Bower is preparing to publish the accounts of palace employees who say Meghan mistreated them it could reignite a saga that Buckingham Palace moved to sweep under the carpet as recently as June 2022.
The bullying accusations were leaked to UK broadsheet The Times in March 2021 days before CBS was due to broadcast Harry and Meghan’s Oprah Winfrey interview, which would contain claims of racism in the heart of the royal family.
At the time, Buckingham Palace launched a review of the handling of the complaint which were initially led to expect would be published in the Sovereign Grant report.
However, in June, Keeper of the Privy Purse Sir Michael Stevens confirmed it would not be published despite leading to a change in palace HR policy. Whatever comes out in Bowers’s book, if it inflames tensions between Harry and the palace it may not be long before the public gets to hear how he feels.
The Duke of Sussex has his own memory coming out with the original release date slated for late 2022.
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