Meghan set up photo opportunities with paparazzi before meeting Harry, book claims

Telegraph reports the Duchess of Sussex set up “a paparazzi photo here and there” before she met the Duke of Sussex, according to the controversial new biography.

The book also suggests that the Duchess had “let info slip” to newspapers when working as an actress on the hit legal drama Suits. The claims come as the Duke and Duchess are striving to protect their right to privacy as they start a new life in California. Only last week they announced they were taking legal action to prevent the sale of photographs of their son, Archie, taken by a drone flying over their home.

In the final extract of the biography, Finding Freedom, the authors allege the Sussexes shared a “main worry” that the Duchess’s then home in Toronto would be “besieged by photographers” after news of their relationship broke in the UK in October 2016.

Per DailyMail, the Suits star allegedly told photographers where she would be so they could get pictures and ‘let info slip out to the press’, the bombshell biography claims.

Recalling the moment the couple’s relationship became public in October 2016 while they were in Toronto, it claims they were ‘tipped off’ that a tabloid was planning to run the story.

There is no suggestion that Meghan was involved in the pair’s relationship becoming public. The book states: ‘The following day Meghan felt somewhat bittersweet. On the one hand, she was disappointed that their secret was out.

‘It was no longer just the two of them. 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 keeping things quiet meant they could get to know each other without pressure or further worries that came from reporters covering their romance.’

But it added there was ‘also a part of her that was relieved’. The claims about Meghan’s previous relationship with the media come amid questions over the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s involvement with the book. The couple have denied they sat down with authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand to be interviewed for the biography – serialised in The Times and Sunday Times – that lays bare their battle with the royals.

But its pages contain intimate anecdotes which would only be known by those closest to them. In one excerpt, the authors tell how the night before her wedding, Meghan was ‘sitting in a bath…FaceTiming with a friend’.

Another section describes the ‘perfect [yoga] pose’ she stretched her body into after discussing marriage with Harry while on holiday in Africa.

It also reveals texts between the couple and the details of the meal eaten by the prince and the Queen when they met at Windsor for a final heart-to-heart.

In another extract, a source close to the couple defends the fast pace of their relationship, saying: ‘Their love was real and their feelings for each other were genuine. Everything else was noise.’ The comment echoes Meghan’s own words from an interview in Vanity Fair in 2017 when she discussed the impact of her relationship with Harry.

‘The people who are close to me anchor me in knowing who I am. The rest is noise,’ she said.

Some commentators have drawn comparisons to Andrew Morton’s biography of Diana, the late Princess of Wales.

The book was criticised on publication but it later emerged that Diana was the source.