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Meghan Markle Refused Queen Elizabeth’s Request to Fly to See Her Estranged Dad

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Charles wanted Meghan to make her dad “stop”

Prince Charles became so irritated by Thomas Markle’s TV appearances—especially his criticism of the royal family—that he “berated” son Prince Harry of wife Meghan Markle, “Can’t she just go and see him and make this stop?”

In his book, Revenge: Meghan, Harry, and the War Between the Windsors, Tom Bower also writes that shortly after Harry and Meghan’s 2018 wedding, Charles and Queen Elizabeth “urged” Meghan to fly to America for a reconciliation. This request was rejected by Meghan, fearing “a frenzy of media attention and intrusion that could bring more embarrassment to the royal family.”

Bower writes: “Harry did not tell his father about Thomas’s fury at being ignored by his daughter. Harry explained that Meghan refused to tele- phone Thomas Markle because she suspected that ‘his phone was not in his possession’ and ‘his email account was compromised.’ The inconsistencies of Meghan’s excuses not only irritated Charles but perhaps also the queen.” (Which seems strange, given some of those “excuses” were about protecting the royals themselves.)

In the latest extracts from the book in the Sunday Times, Bower also reports that Camilla “found it hard to believe that Meghan would sacrifice her independence to serve silently as a team player” within the royal family, and reports in granular detail the fury the Sussexes felt towards the media if they didn’t feel they were being sufficiently lionized. Meghan was also upset at being criticized so much when Kate Middleton seemed to be able to do media wrong.

Bower writes: “Meghan was angry that Palace officials refused to protect her image. She refused to accept that staff were not employed to promote her as an individual, but instead placed her within the grid of the entire Royal Family. In particular, Meghan fumed about the refusal officially to criticize Thomas........

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