Tom Bower’s ‘Revenge’ book on Meghan Markle faces criticism

  • A new book about Meghan Markle – Tom Bower’s Revenge – was released on July 21.
  • Bower faced criticism from some of the people featured in the book.
  • For example, the claim that it was difficult to work with Markle contradicts her costars in Suits.

Tom Bower’s new book “Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the war between Windsors” is facing criticism after some of the people mentioned in it accused the author of making inaccurate claims.

The book, released July 21, shares details of Markle’s life before and after joining the royal family in 2018. Several details were disputed by some of those featured in the book, including journalist Sam Kashner, who denied Bower’s claim. that Kashner felt manipulated. by Markle when he interviewed her for the Vanity Fair cover story in 2017.

Bower wrote that Kashner felt “played” by the Duchess and that Markle told him, “You’re not like a typical journalist.”

Kashner, however, disputes this. Writing in the letters section of The Times of London on July 19, Kashner said that Bower’s book did not convey his “admiration and respect” for Markle and that Bower falsely wrote that the Duchess liked him because of his stutter, which he said yes. there is not.

“I may be a little hesitant, but stuttering is not stuttering, and as far as I know, Markle never said he liked me because of it,” Kashner wrote.

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Author Tom Bower photographed in July 2022.

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Then, on July 22, royal commentator Kristen Meinzer wrote on twitter that she was wrongly named in the book as a friend of the Duchess and that she was never interviewed by Bower.

Meinzer previously told Insider that Bower recycled his quotes used in the book from an interview with a news outlet without crediting the publication.

“‘Nobody,’ agreed Kristen Meinzer, a friend and writer, ‘could have been prepared for the level of racism, misogyny and vitriol she faced,'” Bower wrote.

“He/she, as Meinzer describes himself, blamed the ‘pure, messy, dysfunctional family’ who were facing a ‘highly educated self-taught millionaire who knew how to play the PR game… you were so lucky to catch him/her and ruined everything,'” the book added.

Meinzer told Insider that Bower got his pronouns wrong. Meinzer said her pronouns, “She/she”, are in her twitter biographyand before that, they were included in her Twitter profile name as: “Kristen Meinzer, she/she”.

Tom Bower did not respond to Insider’s request for comment about the criticism his book has faced.

The book also appears to contradict accounts from Markle’s former co-workers.

Bower wrote that it became difficult to work with Markle on the set of “Suits” after meeting Prince Harry, which seems to contradict what her co-workers have said about her in the past.

“Some actors and staff found that Meghan’s attitude would occasionally change. Sometimes she would arrive late and her empathy would turn into almost arrogance,” writes Bower, adding that co-workers felt that Markle’s tone had become sharper and stronger. aggressive during the show’s sixth season.

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Mike Ross played by Patrick J Adams and Rachel Zane played by Meghan Markle in “Suits”.

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But Markle’s “Suits” co-workers came to her defense in March 2021 after the palace announced it would investigate allegations made in a Times of London report that the Duchess bullied two senior staff during her time with the real family. Representatives for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have denied these allegations, and in June 2022 the palace said the results of its investigation would not be published to protect those involved.

At the time, Derek Ursacki, the show’s assistant director, wrote on Instagram: “She was always a pleasure to work with and was always kind with a huge heart, easy going, humble, even after the show’s fame and popularity. shot, so full of life, so generous, supportive and funny.”

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Patrick J. Adamswho played Mike in Suits, also defended the Duchess on Twitter: “Meghan Markle and I spent the better part of a decade working together on Suits. A member of our television family. She has remained that person and colleague with accumulated fame, prestige and power.”

Derek Ursacki and Patrick J. Adams did not respond to Insider’s request for comment.

It’s worth noting that several “Suits” cast members were in attendance at the Duke and Duchess’s wedding in May 2018, including Adams, Gabriel Macht, Rick Hoffman, Sarah Rafferty, and Gina Torres.

Actor Patrick J. Adams and his wife Troian Bellisario arrive at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle ahead of Prince Harry's wedding to Meghan Markle.

Actor Patrick J. Adams and his wife Troian Bellisario arrive at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle ahead of Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle.

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Bower wrote in the book’s endnotes that he interviewed more than 80 people, many of whom chose to remain anonymous.

He also said he was “unapologetic” for citing the various public sources and journalists who have written about the Duchess in the past. The sources he said he used most often included British tabloids like the Daily Mail, as well as several books that had already been published, including “The Princess Pushy’s Sister” by the Duchess’s sister Samantha Markle.

Harry and Markle’s press team cut off all contact with British tabloids after they left royal duties in April 2020 (the royal family continues to work with these publications). Markle also previously told Oprah Winfrey that she has no relationship with Samantha and that she grew up an “only child”.

Bower said the Sussexes ‘pose a real threat to the royal family’

Speaking at “Piers Morgan Uncensored” on July 18 ahead of the book’s release, Bower told the TV personality – who is known for being critical of the Sussexes – he believes the book could harm the Sussex brand.

“This book may accelerate the downward trend, which I wouldn’t be sad about because they pose a real threat to the royal family,” Bower said.

“This woman is really doing something terrible for Britain and Harry fell in love with her in a ridiculous way and was her accomplice,” he added.

Representatives for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex did not respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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