Royal biographer sparks controversy after saying 'it's Meghan I'm after'

Watch: Royal biographer sparks controversy after admitting 'It's Meghan I'm after'

Royal biographer Tom Bower has launched a blistering attack on Meghan Markle during an appearance on Good Morning Britain.

"It's Meghan I'm after," he admitted during the segment, which focussed on the status of the Sussexes royal titles in light of Prince Harry's upcoming memoir, Spare.

Bower added, "I don't mind Harry" and claimed the late Queen "didn't like [Meghan], she saw right through her."

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The author also alleged that the Queen had been "glad" Meghan was unable to attend the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral last year.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex is seen during The State Funeral Of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was born in Bruton Street, Mayfair, London on 21 April 1926. She married Prince Philip in 1947 and ascended the throne of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth on 6 February 1952 after the death of her Father, King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Sussex was last seen at the Queen's state funeral in London in September. (Getty Images) (Chris Jackson via Getty Images)

Bower cast aspersions on how involved Harry has been in the creation of his upcoming memoir, saying: "do you think he has read it? [...] it's ghostwritten."

On the other hand Bower said he believed that "Meghan has actually read every word," of the memoir saying she is "highly intelligent, very sophisticated."

Another guest, author and historian Tessa Dunlop, pushed back against Bower's claims, saying: "You can't bear a woman to be in control Tom."

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Bower, 76, is the author of over twenty unauthorised biographies of high profile figures including businessmen, politicians and members of the Royal Family.

The recently released Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the War between the Windsors attracted controversy when a subject that Bower had interviewed for the book publicly distanced themselves from how Bower had portrayed his experiences with Meghan.

CHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 14:  Queen Elizabeth II sitts and laughs with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a ceremony to open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in the town of Widnes in Halton, Cheshire, England. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry last month to become The Duchess of Sussex and this is her first engagement with the Queen. During the visit the pair will open a road bridge in Widnes and visit The Storyhouse and Town Hall in Chester.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth accompanied by Meghan Markle during a visit to Cheshire in June 2018, the Duchess of Sussex's first engagement with the monarch. (Getty Images) (Jeff J Mitchell via Getty Images)

Sam Kashner — a journalist for Vanity Fair — was quoted in an extract of Revenge published in The Times as saying he "felt manipulated" by Meghan and that he "felt played" when interviewing her.

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After the extract appeared in The Times, Kashner wrote a letter to the editor in which he clarified that "Tom Bower didn't convey my admiration and respect for Meghan Markle in the excerpt from his new book [...] I found Ms. Markle to be exceptionally warm and gracious and admired her intelligence and remarkable courage, as I still do."

Kashner added his "belated congratulations to Prince Harry for taking such an extraordinary woman as his bride. Theirs is clearly a love match, so maybe we should stop piling on and let the couple live their life in peace."

A review for Revenge that appeared in the Times called the book an "eye-popping character demolition" of Markle.