Meghan Indirectly Blamed for Feeding Eugenie's 'Hunger for Publicity'—Book

Meghan Markle was "indirectly blamed for feeding Eugenie's hunger for publicity" after Prince Andrew's daughter took inspiration from the Sussexes royal wedding.

Tom Bower's biography Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the War Between the Windsors created a tidal wave of headlines when it was serialized in U.K. broadsheet The Times and it hit book shops for the first time on July 21.

The full manuscript includes more claims about the Sussexes, including around the time of their wedding.

Meghan and Harry's star-studded ceremony was watched by 29 million people in America alone as the couple tied the knot at St George's Chapel before a carriage procession around Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018.

Princess Eugenie and Meghan's Wedding
Princess Eugenie, left, is pictured on her wedding day, October 12, 2018, at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. Meghan Markle, right, is shown during her wedding at the same venue on May 19, 2018. A new book suggests Meghan was blamed for fuelling Eugenie's "hunger for publicity." Chris Jackson/Getty Images and Karwai Tang/WireImage

The couple chose to marry outside of London, following the path of Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, rather than Prince William and Kate Middleton, Princess Diana or Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip who were all married in the capital.

Months later, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank had their own royal wedding on October 12, 2018, and mirrored many of the details of the Sussex nuptials.

The venue, again, was St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, and the wedding made the front pages of British newspapers.

Bower wrote: "Guilt by association extended to Buckingham Palace's announcement that Princess Eugenie's marriage to Jack Brooksbank would mirror Meghan's ceremony.

"It would include a carriage ride around Windsor. Meghan was indirectly blamed for feeding Eugenie's hunger for publicity."

Princess Eugenie—Harry's cousin—was friends with Meghan before she began her relationship with her future husband and helped the duchess to feel comfortable during her first meeting with Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan told Oprah Winfrey in March 2021.

Bower's memoir does not make clear who was blaming Meghan for Eugenie's wedding ceremony, though the passage immediately before deals with media reaction to the Duchess of Sussex's 2018 visit to Ireland.

It read: "During the 24-hour trip the media delighted in reporting that she wore four outfits worth £28,000, mostly from Givenchy.

"A quick survey of her last 15 outings showed that she had worn clothes by Dior, Givenchy, Prada and Chanel, and never the same one twice. She was unfavourably compared to Kate, whose annual expenditure on clothes was about £100,000."

The book also describes how tensions grew as Thomas Markle—who had fallen out with his daughter days before her wedding—gave a series of hostile media interviews.

Bower wrote: "'I tell you. I've just about reached my limit on Meghan and the Royal
Family,' Thomas said in yet another interview at the end of July 2018. 'I'm about to unload on them.' Angered by Meghan's latest denial that her father had paid her college fees, he was also infuriated by her assertion to have financed him out of her earnings from Suits.

"Thomas produced the bank statements to show that he was still repaying the loans for her college fees after she joined Suits.

"In reply, Meghan would later reproach him. 'You've said I never helped you financially and you've never asked me for help which is also untrue; you sent me
an email last October that said: "If I've depended too much on you for financial help then I'm sorry, but please could you help me more, not as a bargaining chip for my loyalty.'"

For more royal news and commentary check out Newsweek's The Royal Report podcast: