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Meghan Markle’s attitude ‘alarmed’ Michelle Obama after royal wedding – Book

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Michelle Obama was reportedly “disturbed” by Meghan Markle’s “demeanour” during their first encounter at a 2018 book event, according to a new biography detailing the royal’s public and private life.

 

The publication of Tom Bowers Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the War Between the Windsors has attracted widespread attention in the UK, where it was published on Thursday.

 

Excerpts from the author’s biography, dubbed by the “witchfinder general”, were serialised. The Daily Mail made sensational claims such as that Queen Elizabeth II is said to have told a close aide at Prince Philip’s funeral, “Thank God Meghan isn’t coming”, and that the King is jealous of Kate Middleton.

At least one of those claims has been disputed, a source close to the Queen previously said latestpagenews.com that it was “unlikely” that the Queen was thinking of anyone other than Philip at the time of his funeral.

 

In a chapter of Revenge Bower assessed Meghan’s struggles with life in the royal spotlight following her marriage to Prince Harry in May 2018, claiming the Duchess had sought friendship with former first lady Michelle Obama and hoped to form a connection while the global personality was in London, to promote her memoir.

 

“Meghan saw an opportunity after Michelle Obama arrived in London to promote her best-selling autobiography,” writes Bower of King’s intention to meet Obama.

 

“After securing tickets for her inspirational speech from the former first lady at the Royal Festival Hall on December 3, 2018, she went backstage to meet her hero.

 

“Determined to forge a special relationship, Meghan had also arranged a dinner reunion at George Clooney’s home near Windsor,” he continued.

 

“As an idol to emulate, Michelle Obama has also been a great source of guidance and comfort to Meghan.”

 

Bower then goes on to claim that Obama was somewhat surprised by the duchess’ outspoken attitude, which underestimated the high level of respect the former first lady had for the queen, someone she has praised on multiple occasions since leaving the White House .

 

“The Duchess,” Bower wrote, “doesn’t seem to have realized how much the Obamas admired the Queen.

 

“Meghan’s attitude alarmed Michelle. Her advice to Meghan has been made public.”

 

“‘Take some time,’ Obama said in an interview, ‘and don’t be in a hurry to do anything.’

 

“In a cautionary note, she added: ‘Like me, Meghan probably never dreamed that she would have a life like this. Meghan, Obama suggested, should be sensible: “What I would say is that there are so many ways to do good with a platform like this and I think Meghan can maximize her impact on others as well as her own.” Happiness when she does something that speaks to her personally.'”

 

Since they first met, and despite Bower’s claim that Obama was “alarmed” by Meghan’s attitude, the women have since had several public interactions that have demonstrated a mutual respect and sense of intimacy.

 

In 2019, Meghan met with executives from the Obama Foundation during her official tour of South Africa with Harry at the British High Commissioner’s residence. A photo of the Duchess posing with the group was posted to Instagram by Obama, with a glowing caption calling Meghan a “friend” and an “inspiration.”

 

It read: “Thank you to my friend Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex @sussexroyal, a thoughtful leader who is breaking new ground and making our world a better place in return. Whether it’s meeting our @ObamaFoundation leaders or helping girls around the world find the education they deserve, she’s an inspiration to so many.”

 

Also in 2019, Meghan interviewed Obama for her special guest edition of British Fashion She called the global figure “loveably open” and “down to earth”.

 

Bower devotes an entire chapter of his book to Meghan Fashion Collaboration in which he alleges there was animosity between the Duchess and the editorial staff, who found their demands “perfunctory” and “devoid of rhyme or reason”.

 

Responding in an interview with NBC, her comments focused on the role of public servants and her hope that the royal family would find a way to learn from their diverse experiences.

 

“Public service, it’s a bright, sharp, hot spotlight and most people don’t understand it and they shouldn’t,” Obama told Jenna Bush Hagar.

 

“I always keep in mind that this is not about us, in public service, but about the people we serve. I’m always trying to turn the light back on and shine it on the people that we are actually here to serve.”

 

She then added, “What I hope and think about is that this is a family first and I pray for forgiveness and healing for them so that they can use this as a learning moment for all of us.”

 

latestpagenews.com has reached out to representatives from Meghan Markle and Michelle Obama for comment.

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