Meghan Markle: Vanity Fair reporter issues statement as book author makes ‘intriguing’ claim

The journalist who interviewed Meghan Markle for the cover of vanity lounge in 2017 hailed her as an “extraordinary woman”, despite claims in a new book that the Duchess of Sussex hated the story he wrote.

In excerpts from a book called Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the war between the Windsors Posted in The temperature last weekend, author Tom Bower claims Meghan “hated” the article written by Sam Kashner.

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Bower claimed that the Duchess particularly hated the cover title, “She’s Just Crazy About Harry!”, because she wanted the story to focus on her philanthropy.

The author also claimed that Markle’s behavior during the interview, which took place while she was still living in Toronto and filming the TV show Combinationsleft Kashner feeling “manipulated”.

“(Kashner) felt he was being played,” Bower writes in the book.

“It was a game of cat and mouse, he reasoned, and she was calculating how to take advantage of the cards played.”

Bower even claims that Markle told the reporter she liked his “stutter” – a claim that Kashner denied, saying he doesn’t stutter.

In an open letter to the editor published in The temperature, Kashner hit back at some of Bower’s claims, saying the writer failed to convey the “admiration and respect” he had for Markle.

Meghan Markle’s Vanity Fair 2017 cover. The interview was conducted by Sam Kashner. Credit: vanity lounge

“I found Ms. Markle exceptionally warm and gracious and admired her remarkable intelligence and courage, as I always do,” Kashner wrote.

“I regretted that the oft-published account of the Proctor & Gamble (P&G) challenge had been removed from my vanity lounge article, because I wanted to highlight her lifelong activism,” he added, referring to Markle writing a letter to the company as a young schoolgirl shouting out a sexist ad.

“The piece was quite complimentary.”

Bower claims in her book that Markle spoke to Kashner at length about her youthful complaint to the company and was furious at the story’s omission from the final published article.

He goes on to allege that the story was left out because it probably didn’t happen.

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex. Credit: chris jackson/Getty Images

“Vanity Fair fact-checkers had raised questions about its accuracy and, after consulting with P&G and advertising historians, concluded they could not prove the whole story,” Bower writes.

“They also could not find any evidence, as claimed by Meghan, that she had received a response from (Hillary) Clinton.

“Unknown to Kashner, Thomas Markle knew that Clinton and P&G had not responded to Meghan.

“The success of his ‘campaign’ was fictional, invented by a doting father.”

But Kashner said it was time to stop “piling up” on Markle and Prince Harry and leave them alone.

“Belated congratulations to Prince Harry for taking such an amazing woman as his wife,” Kashner wrote in his letter to the editor.

“It’s clearly a love match, so maybe we should stop piling on and let the couple live their lives in peace.”

Prince Harry and Meghan at the United Nations General Assembly during its annual Nelson Mandela International Day celebration on July 18, 2022 in New York City. Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

But it looks like Tom Bower, for his part, isn’t willing to do that.

Speaking to famed Markle critic Piers Morgan, he said the Duchess was a “scheming” and “smart” woman who calculated how to get what she wanted.

“And by marrying Prince Harry, she did,” he told Morgan, who is well known for his dislike of the Duchess.

“Here’s a woman who was nothing… a broken family, all that, an unknown actress, all the rest, becoming a world star, that’s what she wanted.”

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Grover Z. Barnes