A new book claims Meghan Markle insisted on a fiery statement comparing her to Prince Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana.
According to author Tom Bower in his book “Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the War Between the Windsor,” the prince agreed—as he was terrified that he would lose a barely known actress after just five months together.
In her book, Bower describes a crisis that erupted in 2016 after news broke that Meghan was dating Britain’s then-favourite royal.
Amid a multitude of headlines Meghan and the prince felt were racist undertones, Harry’s then-press secretary Jason Knauf agreed issue a statement on behalf of the prince “The media be damned for their details about Meghan.”
This was done, writes Bower, to calm him down.
“Harry dictated feelings for Knauf in a statement to fashion. Committing Knauf to an enigma, Meghan demanded that the statement reflect the parallel between her potential fate and that of Diana,” says Bower. Huh.
According to Bower, Knauf tried to warn the couple against comparing Megan to the late Diana.
“Knauf suggested that over-dramaticizing Meghan’s distress would backfire, but Harry was adamant. If Meghan’s desire to be on par with Diana was not satisfied, Harry insisted, he would probably lose her. Knauf agreed.”
Harry sought support from his older brother, Prince William, Bower says, but William “hesitated … to William’s regret, Harry was following Meghan’s orders. It was unwise.”
Ultimately, the statement, released in November 2016, five months after she and Meghan met, did not name Princess Diana, but pointed to the tragedies that had happened to her—including the paparazzi before her 1997 car accident. in which he died. ,
“My girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment,” the statement read. “Prince Harry is concerned about Ms Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her … this is not a game – it is him and his life.”
In 2019, Harry directly compared Meghan to his mother in a statement about Markle’s private letters being published by the British press.
“My deepest fear is history repeating itself. I have seen what happens when someone I love is commoditized to such an extent that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person. I have lost my mother and now I see my wife falling prey to the same powerful forces.”