Meghan Markle there’s no trust: relations at an all-time low between the warring royals

She’s ready for Prince Harry to drop some truth bombs

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by Heat |

It’s been yet another week of high drama in the royal family, following the joy of the Queen celebrating her Platinum Jubilee. Her Majesty used that momentous occasion to announce that Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will be Queen Consort when Prince Charles becomes King, which was widely met with a positive reaction, as well as a touching tribute from Charles himself.

But with fresh claims about Camilla’s relationship with Meghan Markle from a royal biographer, there were two particular ex-royals who remained noticeably silent on the news.

Harry seemed to have had a good relationship with his stepmother, as an adult at least, once calling her “a wonderful woman” who “made our father very, very happy”. In 2005, just after Charles married Camilla, he said that he and Prince William were “grateful” for her, and that she was very much not the “wicked stepmother”.

However, his feelings may have changed after Tom Bower – who is currently working on a biography of Meghan – claimed that Camilla would refer to Meghan as “that minx”, and that she’d “found it hard to believe that Meghan would sacrifice her career and independence to serve silently as a team player devoted to the monarchy”.

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And Bower added that Meghan, 40, and Harry’s silence over the Queen’s declaration that Camilla would one day be Queen Consort was “Meghan’s way of declaring war”.

Now, an insider close to Prince Harry and Meghan tells heat that Meghan is furious about the claims and is looking forward, more than ever, to Harry being able to publish his memoirs and spill all on his relationships with his family.

“This book will be Harry’s moment to highlight the things he’s proud of, hit back at the people he disrespects, and settle some scores, all while promoting his relationship with Meghan and their vision,” our source says.

“He’s insisting she comes with him on the book tour and, unlike the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations, it’s something she’s more than willing to do, because they’ll be the centre of attention with everything on her terms. It’s Harry’s book, but Meghan’s planning it all out alongside him, down to the tiniest detail, since Harry counts on her advice now more than ever.”

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Due to be published later this year, Harry’s memoir – rumoured to be part of a £14.7million deal – has been described by the publishers as “the definitive account of the experiences, adventures, losses, and life lessons that have helped shape him”.

With sources saying the book will “shake the monarchy to the core”, we’re told Meghan is very much involved, alongside her husband of four years.

“She’s been sitting in on all the strategy meetings and brainstorming sessions, and Harry doesn’t sign anything or give verbal approval without her consent,” our source says.

“The same goes for reviewing the final manuscript, approving which cities and bookshops he’ll visit on the tour and, of course, all the publicity and interviews that are being lined up many months in advance. It’s Harry’s story and the focus will be primarily on him, but wherever possible, Meghan wants to come along, too, since she’s been such a huge part of his journey. It only feels right for both of them that she’s by his side when he comes to promoting his book.”

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While Harry and Meghan’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey last year detailed some of the tensions between family members, a royal source recently hinted the book will be “a really intimate take on his feelings about his family and what has gone in the breakdown of the relationship”.

“He’s got lots to say. People think he’s keeping a low profile to respect the family, but it’s not that – he’s writing a book and he’s keeping a lot of his opinions for that.

The memoir deal states it should include personal and family arrangements,” the insider added.

In the Oprah interview, Harry specifically called out his father for the way he was raised. “My father used to say to me when I was younger, he used to say to both William and I, ‘Well, it was like that for me, so it’s going to be like that for you.’ That doesn’t make sense! Just because you suffered, that doesn’t mean that your kids have to suffer. In fact, quite the opposite. If you suffered, do everything you can to make sure that whatever… negative experiences that you had, that you can make it right for your kids.”

And our insider tells us the 37-year-old prince – who shares son Archie, two, and eight-month-old daughter Lilibet with Meghan – isn’t planning on holding back in the book, either.

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“He may have spoken to Oprah in vivid detail, but he only scratched the surface of many issues and frustrations,” says the source, adding, “But the book hasn’t been written with the express intention of tearing people to pieces or reopening old wounds – he’s not setting out to burn any more bridges. He’s had to be careful about naming names for legal reasons, so not everything he’d like to write will get to be covered, but there are individuals who will be singled out.”

It had been said recently that Harry had extended an olive branch to Prince Charles in the hope of repairing their relationship in time for the Jubilee celebrations, so the Prince of Wales might want to avoid watching any promotional interviews for Harry’s memoirs.

“The book is likely to be quite subtle – there won’t be chapters or large passages tearing into Camilla or Kate and William, per se. Harry will touch on their issues and differences, but any juicier comments are likely to be left for the interview circuit,” says our insider.

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“That’s where Meghan comes in, because she’s helping him figure out how far to go and who to call out. She also wants to make sure he can give shout-outs to the people, institutions, charities and so on that deserve more attention.”

The source adds, “The bottom line is that they want this to be a cathartic experience, but on their terms. Harry’s the first to admit he’d be lost without Meghan being there to help him, so he’s just relieved and grateful she’s taking this on.

“It’s a good thing, too – since he wouldn’t have much of a choice, anyway.”

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