Meghan row explodes: Journalist at centre of book claim hits out – ‘She’s extraordinary’


MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry’s biographer has leapt to the defence of the Duchess of Sussex after she was accused of “manipulating” a magazine editor.

Mr Scobie, co-author of Finding Freedom, took to Twitter to hit back at the claims.

He posted: “Telling the truth. Buried deep within the letters section of today’s @thetimes is a note from journalist Sam Kashner, who denies biographer Tom Bower’s negative account of his experience interviewing Meghan Markle for Vanity Fair in 2017.”

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Meghan Markle was accused of ‘manipulating’ a magazine editor (Image: GETTY )

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Meghan and Harry’s biographer leapt to the defence of the Duchess (Image: GETTY )

In a letter entitled ‘My interview with Meghan Markle’ to The Times, Mr Kashner paid tribute to Meghan and Prince Harry calling the pair a “love match” and urged critics to let them “live their life in peace”.

The letter said: “Sir, 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.

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

“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.

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Meghan Markle was described as an ‘extraordinary woman’ (Image: GETTY )

“A belated congratulations to Prince Harry for taking such an extraordinary woman as his bride.

Describing that particular moment during their interview, Mr Bower writes, according to the extract: “After lunch, she kicked off her shoes. Tucking her legs on to the seat, Meghan visibly relaxed and, to Kashner, appeared sexy. This was the moment to pry.

“‘Tell me about Harry,’ said Kashner, not expecting an answer. ‘We’re a couple. We’re in love,’ Meghan replied into the recording device.“Clearly prepared, she balked when asked, ‘What does love mean?’ Instead, she asked Kashner about his marriage.

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Meghan Markle has been defended by her biographer (Image: GETTY )

“Theirs is clearly a love match, so maybe we should stop piling on and let the couple live their life in peace.”

The letter was signed off with “Sam Kashner, Williamsburg, Virginia”.

Mr Bower claims the then Suits actress spoke about her relationship with the Prince with the editor by saying “we are a couple – we are in love”, and continued by pointing out how she wants to not publicise the relationship.

“Eventually she uttered, ‘I’m sure there will be a time when we will have to come forward and present ourselves and have stories to tell, but I hope what people will understand is that this is our time. This is for us. It’s part of what makes it so special, that it’s just ours. But we’re happy. I love a great love story.’

“Bullseye. Kashner was quietly elated. Tellingly, she added: ‘I’ve never defined myself by my relationship.’ She was an independent woman who would not be defined by her relationship with Harry.”

Then, when the magazine’s issue featuring her interview on the front page was published, Meghan was reportedly outraged that the focus was put on her relationship with Prince Harry.

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Sam Kashner described Meghan Markle as an “extraordinary woman” (Image: GETTY )

She expressed her disappointment to Kashner, who then reportedly told Bower that he felt “manipulated by her behaviour:

In the book extract, Kashner is quoted saying of Meghan: “She complained because she wasn’t presented in the way she wanted.

“She demanded that the media do what she expects. I felt manipulated.”


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