Meghan Markle was hysterical’ after Buckingham Palace reacted to her Vanity Fair interview

Pictured: Vanity Fair's September 2017 edition cover, featuring Meghan Markle and the headline 'Wild About Harry!', which reportedly angered Buckingham Palace

Pictured: Vanity Fair’s September 2017 edition cover, featuring Meghan Markle and the headline ‘Wild About Harry!’, which reportedly angered Buckingham Palace

Meghan Markle called her PR team in hysterics after Buckingham Palace reacted with ‘fury’ to her Vanity Fair interview about Prince Harry, a bombshell new book has claimed.

Tom Bower, journalist and author of ‘Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the war between the Windsors’, says Meghan was ‘ecstatic’ when she was asked to appear on the cover of Vanity Fair’s September 2017 issue and do an interview with the magazine.

But when the magazine ran with the headline ‘Wild About Harry’ on its cover –  focusing on Meghan’s relationship with the British prince rather than her work as an actor, activist and philanthropist – Bower says the Palace was taken aback.

Within hours of the magazine’s pre-publication copies being sent to Buckingham Palace, Bower says Meghan phoned her PR firm and ‘hysterically’ told them of the Palace’s fury.

Keleigh Thomas Morgan, a partner at Meghan’s PR firm Sunshine Sachs, organised the interview, which was conducted by Sam Kashner – a long-standing contributing editor at Vanity Fair, who admitted before the interview that he had no idea who Meghan was.

According to Bower, Kashner was told Meghan was under strict orders from both Harry and her PR firm to steer clear of sensitive subjects – such as race, Donald Trump and her relationship with the prince.

The interview was done at Meghan’s home. Bower says Kashner was uneasy knowing that Meghan had been told to be careful with what she told him.

‘Both knew that a lot was riding on the interview, and both understood that the critical issue of Harry had been vetoed,’ Bower says in his new book, according to The Sun newspaper.

‘Meghan spoke, he realised, knowing that she had the winning ticket but avoiding giving an impression of triumphalism.’

After first discussing Meghan’s speech at the United Nations and a letter she sent to Procter & Gamble as an 11-year-old requesting that they change a slogan promoting washing-up liquid that was deemed sexist, Kashner asked her about Harry.

Pictured: Prince Harry (right) and Meghan Markle (centre) appear alongside the Queen in July 2018. For her interview with Vanity Fair in 2017, Meghan was reportedly told by Harry not to disclose their relationship

Pictured: Prince Harry (right) and Meghan Markle (centre) appear alongside the Queen in July 2018. For her interview with Vanity Fair in 2017, Meghan was reportedly told by Harry not to disclose their relationship

To Kashner’s surprise, Bower writes, Meghan replied: ‘We’re a couple. We’re in love.’

As reported by Vanity Fair in 2017, Meghan said: ‘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. Personally, I love a great love story.’

Bower says Kashner was ‘quietly elated’ with the actress’s comments.

Bower says over the next few days Kashner called those who Meghan had recommended as her friends. Serena Williams denied she was Meghan’s friend but just an acquaintance, saying ‘You’ve got to be who you are, Meghan. You can’t hide.’ 

Pre-publication copies of Vanity Fair’s September 2017 edition were released to Megan’s PR agency and Buckingham Palace. Her unexpected openness about Harry took the Palace by surprise, Bower writes.

Harry and Meghan are pictured at St Paul's Cathedral for the Queen's Thanksgiving mass, June

Harry and Meghan are pictured at St Paul’s Cathedral for the Queen’s Thanksgiving mass, June

‘Like a thunderclap, the interview triggered sensational reactions: Meghan had used her relationship with Harry to promote herself,’ he says.

‘The Hollywoodisation of the royal family had sealed Meghan’s fate as Harry’s fiancée.’

According to Bower, within hours of the pre-publication release, Meghan rang Ken Sunshine and Keleigh Thomas Morgan telling them of the Palace’s ‘fury’.

She said the agency should have had her comments about her relationship with Harry removed, raising fears she would fire them over the cover, and questions were asked about why there was not more about her philanthropy and activism in the piece.

Bower reports that the piece omitted comments on this because Vanity Fair researchers were unable to prove her claims were accurate.

Specifically, the could find no evidence that she had played a significant role in persuading Procter & Gamble to change their slogan, nor could they prove she received a reply after writing to then-First Lady Hillary Clinton.

According to Bower, Kashner later recalled: ‘She complained because she wasn’t presented in the way she wanted. She demanded the media do what she expected. I felt manipulated.’ 

Ken Sunshine reportedly told Vanity Fair’s editor that he would have to ‘deal with the Queen on this’.

Sunshine was told that Meghan only got the cover ‘because of who she was likely to marry,’ Bower writes, and not on her own merit.

MailOnline has contacted Meghan Markel’s representatives, Sunshine Sachs and Buckingham Palace for comment.

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