Royal biographer slammed after claiming Meghan Markle 'was only crying for herself' at Queen's funeral

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Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, reacts as she attends the state funeral and burial of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, in London, Britain, September 19, 2022 REUTERS/Toby Melville
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, at the state funeral of the Queen. (Reuters)

A royal biographer has been criticised after claiming Meghan Markle “was only crying for herself” during the Queen’s funeral.

Tom Bower was called “vile” and a “bully” after suggesting the Duchess of Sussex was not being genuine as she mourned Her Majesty with the rest of the Royal Family.

Bower, who has previously been heavily critical of Meghan, made the unsubstantiated claim while being interviewed on GB News on the same day the Queen was buried.

The monarch was laid to rest alongside her husband the Duke of Edinburgh, who died in April 2021, during a private evening service in Windsor on Monday.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave after a service for the reception of Queen Elizabeth II's coffin at Westminster Hall, in the Palace of Westminster in London on September 14, 2022, where the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, will Lie in State. - Queen Elizabeth II will lie in state in Westminster Hall inside the Palace of Westminster, from Wednesday until a few hours before her funeral on Monday, with huge queues expected to file past her coffin to pay their respects. (Photo by Richard Heathcote / POOL / AFP) (Photo by RICHARD HEATHCOTE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Meghan after a service for the reception of the Queen's coffin at Westminster Hall. (Getty)

GB presenter Dan Wootton asked Bower: “Meghan – someone who, obviously, you have spent the last couple of years reporting on – she was very emotional today at the service. Was she close to the Queen?”

Bower replied: “Well, was she emotional back then? I mean, when she allegedly touched a tear, or was it the act of a Hollywood actress thinking it'd be a good gesture to suggest a tear?

“I think the only person that Meghan, I think at the moment, is crying for, is for herself – certainly not for the Queen."

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Baroness Hussein-Ece, a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords, criticised both Wootton and Bower, tweeting: “Princess Diana was maligned and hounded until her death, mirroring exactly what’s happening now to Meghan Markle. This vile abuse has to stop.”

Former chief prosecutor Nazir Afzal added: “On this day... of all days... Dan Wooton and Tom Bowers could have had a 'moment of quiet reflection' instead of continuing to bully #HarryandMeghan.”

Broadcaster India Willoughby wrote: "Revolting. Night of the funeral. If Dan Wootton and GB News don’t like you, you’re probably a nice person."

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Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, reacts as she and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, attend the state funeral and burial of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, in London, Britain, September 19, 2022 REUTERS/Toby Melville
Herry and Meghan and other members of the Royal Family have been united in grief. (Reuters)

Harry and Meghan have in recent years received critical coverage in parts of the British press, which he has described as "toxic".

Former BBC editor Jon Sopel also slammed the coverage the couple received during the royal mourning period.

He told MSNBC: “I think some of the coverage about Meghan and Harry has been bitchy and unpleasant.

"They’ve had to accept some humiliation, but they do look like they're second tier, sitting in the second row [at the funeral] behind other members of the royal family."

Britain's Prince Harry, and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, follow the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as it is carried out of Westminster Abbey during her funeral in central London, Monday, Sept. 19, 2022. The Queen, who died aged 96 on Sept. 8, will be buried at Windsor alongside her late husband, Prince Philip, who died last year.     Frank Augstein/Pool via REUTERS
Harry and Meghan follow the coffin of the Queen as it is carried out of Westminster Abbey. (Reuters)

In July, Bower released the unauthorised biography Revenge: Meghan, Harry And The War Between The Windsors, which included controversial claims.

But some of those quoted in the book said he made inaccurate claims about the duchess.

Despite a turbulent relationship over the past few years, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and other Royal Family members have been united in grief after the Queen’s death.

Although the duke has stepped back from royal duties and was not permitted to wear uniform on Monday, he took his place alongside his brother the Prince of Wales during their late grandmother’s state funeral.

Harry and Meghan also joined the group of royals who made their way to Windsor and took part in the committal service and interment.