With these pair, and the way they knock out headlines, drama and crisis, I really don't think there is any need to hold back anything for further volumes. Now people's patience and interest, that may get a bit scarce in future.
Her multiple wardrobe changes when attending tragic events are getting noticed for the wrong reasons and you're right , they are becoming irrelevant .With these pair, and the way they knock out headlines, drama and crisis, I really don't think there is any need to hold back anything for further volumes. Now people's patience and interest, that may get a bit scarce in future.
If there are any details of how Meghan met Jessica Mulroney and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau that may be interesting, as well as when Harry would use the Mulroney house in Toronto to visit Meghan.Well, here we go.
The end of first 3 chapters seemed a good place to take a breather, getting the first marriage, its break up and her subsequent overseas manhunt.
So far Bower has expertly and meticulously set the scene from before she was born. It's an easy, but not a fast read as GRB said, you have to keep go back and rereading bits to make sure you haven't imagined what you've just read.
It starts with Thomas Markle's unsuccessful first marriage which produced her half brother and sister, his relationship with Meghan's slightly flaky, rather self absorbed Mother and the highlight of his life, the day Rachel Meghan was born. Thomas Markle says mixed marriages were something of a novelty then and he was asked what colour the baby was likely to be - sounds familiar - although I daresay it's a common enough question.
Young Meghan, it seems, supported by her totally besotted father, learned to manipulate people into doing exactly what she wanted them to. Capable of acts of great kindness and empathy (whether genuinely or to gain favourable attention is not certain), she became increasingly adept as she grew older of sickly sweet wheedling and shows of affection, interspersed with meltdowns worthy of the attention of an expert exorcist.
She appears to have been popular and intelligent, if controlling at school, honing her craft for later years.
Those first couple of chapters filled a gap for me as I knew very little about her early life, other than her description, which has been blown out of the water. Thomas was totally aghast at some of the discrepancies between fact and 'her truth' when she described events.
Fair enough, ask someone to describe an event just after it happened, then again several years later and there will be small discrepancies as memory fades, but not something that bears no relation whatsoever to the original event. Recollections may vary indeed.
Frequent after school visits to the film studio where her Father worked as a lighting director gave her the idea (one her half sister Samantha had had previously) of becoming an actress.
In her second year of college, during a rare moment of self doubt, she asked her Uncle to arrange a 5 week internship for her. As has been reported elsewhere she failed the first exams and returned to college,
The next chapters are devoted to her single minded pursuit becoming with very little success as she remained herself and seemed unable to immerse herself in the character she was supposed to be portraying.
Thomas financed a rented apartment and bought her a second hand car while she pursued the actress dream, during this time she took various part time jobs
No mention of seafaring pursuits,
After several short relationships with the wrong type of man, or those unwilling to commit, she met Trevor, already on the fringes of the film business who set out to charm her, and she allowed herself to be charmed as she thought he could further her career.
Fairly soon afterwards, having shown him off to all her friends she moved in with him. According to 'her truth' they lived an idyllic if slightly unlikely life.
A brief summary of her time as a Deal or no Deal Briefcase wielder, the infamous BBQ ad and various small film appearances which were nothing special but at least gave her a history of work handy for auditions.
Than came 'the audition' for the role of Rachel in Suits, which she got. This was followed by the realisation that it was to be filmed in Toronto.
That seems as good a place as any to pause for now, more to follow, up to the break up of the marriage.
I expect it will come up, I'll see what I can findIf there are any details of how Meghan met Jessica Mulroney and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau that may be interesting, as well as when Harry would use the Mulroney house in Toronto to visit Meghan.
Jessica and Sophie Grégoire both have connections with the highest levels of politics, business, and society in Canada, while Meghan was very much an unknown and a hanger-on.
The three women were supposedly very close at one time, but there were reports that Meghan dropped the other two like a hot potato once their usefulness had come to an end.
The story of how that friendship developed and, by some reports, came to an end would make for an interesting example of how Meghan can turn on the charm when it suits her and then turn 180 degrees once she has what she wants.
I'd imagine that's in the many bits Bower said he had to leave out. The lawyers will have crawled all over this before it was released.There doesn't appear to be a chapter on her sailing days. Is that important part of her career absent? or should I say. 'over the side'?
I'd imagine that's in the many bits Bower said he had to leave out. The lawyers will have crawled all over this before it was released.
There are some pretty interesting dits out there on the web about the practice of yachting. Never sure how much to believe as some of it reads like it was written by a bad airport novelist.I don't expect many of her fellow sailors would like to admit to their families just what their 'team building' week away was and where. Shame, I would have enjoyed thumbing through that chapter.
does it state what her mothers very hazy history is? - the women in my family say that she was in jail for quite a few years and that she had a very shaky relationship with megain to the point it was pretty shocking that the only person who she invited to the wedding was her mum and lots of A listers who she never knewMorning all. So far I am impressed with this volume. The chapters are laid out in a sequence, and are named
Reitmans - Take Two
all about Meghan and her family, going back to grandparents. Like many modern families, it's complicated, but she does seem to have had the best of the deal and had an upbringing that I and many here would envy. She was loved by both parents, and rarely did anyone ever deny her what she wanted.
Of course her own version of this is different. For example her Friday after school treat of being taken to film sets by her father is portrayed as being made to be there after school every day.
The next two chapters, A Troubled Prince and The Catch, give an insight into Harry's upbringing, including the questions over his father. As @CrashTestDummy has requested no spoilers, I'll say that I learnt several things here, but can confirm that rumours about James Hewitt being The Daddy are indeed untrue.
have been very informative about how the secret was leaked by Meghan and her people whilst still being embargoed by the Royal Family, how quickly she started to milk her 'soon to be Royal' status to publicise her political ambitions, and the start of the breakdown in relationships with the Duchess of Cambridge and other Royals.
Chapters to come
Remain to be read in quiet moments today, the chapter titles already causing wry smiles here.
Suffice to say that Bower holds nothing back about Meghans's now-known behaviour to those who can help her, those she considers should be her minions, and those of whom she is jealous.
It's written in an easy style, quick to read. Yet some pages I have to read twice because I just can't believe this stuff happened. For example her desire to be a UN Ambassador and how that panned out. Her trip to Rwanda where she took numerous outfits and did a long fashion shoot, spending a tiny amount of time with the poor children she was supposedly there to support, and then being photographed in many outfits whilst talking to them.
I cannot, from what is written here, believe that any self-respecting man would ever become involved with this woman. And that includes the previous husbands/long term boyfriends. The Irishman had a very lucky escape!
No more for now, back to the reading.....