Meghan Markle set up paparazzi photos and leaked information to the press before meeting Prince Harry and joining the royal family, a new book has claimed.
The couple have spoken about the difficulty of being in the royal spotlight, with sources saying she and Harry have struggled with the amount of interest in their lives, and the couple are suing a newspaper for a breach of privacy.
However before Meghan found the ultimate fame by marrying a prince, she reportedly gave the press tip offs for stories and photo opportunities.
An extraordinary new book on the couple’s lives, Finding Freedom, states: “While Meghan, before she met Harry, had occasionally set up a paparazzi photo here and there or let info slip out to the press, she did everything in her power to protect the privacy of her relationship with the prince.
“She knew that keeping things quiet meant that they could get to know each other without pressure of further worries that came from reporters covering annd commenting on their burgeoning romance.”
In their new book, which has been serialised by the Times before its release next month, authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand discuss the moment the couple discovered their secret relationship was about to be splashed on the front pages.
They write: “Harry’s phone wouldn’t stop pinging with work from the Palace. Aides suggested it would best for Harry to cut his trip short and quietly return to London, his minimal security now something of an issue.
“But the prince wasn’t having it. He wasn’t budging.”
They also claim that while concerned about the media attention that was about to land on her doorstep, Meghan was relieved.
In keeping her relationship secret, Meghan had been forced to lie to many of her friends and family.
When rumours started to fly, a photographer from Toronto messaged Meghan asking if it was true, but she did not reply.
Despite their efforts to keep things quiet, news of Meghan and Harry’s relationship fascinated fans around the world.
However, the book also reports on the tensions their blossoming romance caused behind Palace walls.
The Duke of Cambridge feared his brother had been “blindsided by lust” in his haste to wed Meghan, Finding Freedom claims, but Harry felt he was being “snobbish”.
Durand and Scobie claim Harry was offended by William’s advice to “take as much time as you need to get to know this girl”.
According to the pair, William was happy for his brother, but “just wanted to make sure that Harry wasn’t blindsided by lust”.
The book quotes a friend of Harry as saying: “Harry could see through William’s words. He was being a snob.”
His younger brother allegedly took offence to the phrase “this girl”, and interpreted it as “snobbish and condescending”.
The rest of the royals were also apparently less than welcoming, with one senior royal allegedly referring to Meghan as “Harry’s showgirl” – and another saying “she comes with a lot of baggage”.
Another senior courtier is said to have told a colleague: “There’s just something about her I don’t trust.”
However, many sources have claimed that the Cambridges in particular were extremely welcoming.