Meghan Markle brought ‘suitcases of outfits’ and ‘disappeared’ for ‘hours’ with a fashion photographer during trip to Rwanda, explosive biography claims
- Meghan Markle, 40, travelled to Rwanda in 2016 with World Vision Canada
- Biography claims she ‘insisted’ on going with fashion photographer Gabor Jurina
- Duchess also took a hair and makeup artist and ‘several suitcases of clothes’
- Tom Bower claims Meghan ‘disappeared with Jurina’ to take photos with kids
- Said Jurina ‘spent hours photographing the perfectly coiffured actress’
- Film producer Brenda Surminski was ‘puzzled’, with Bower writing: ‘Celebs using a desolate African village as the backdrop for a fashion shoot was ‘mind-blowing’
Meghan Markle brought a ‘suitcases of clothes’ and ‘insisted’ she could bring a Canadian photographer with her, an explosive biography has claimed today.
Writing in his new book Revenge, Tom Bower detailed how the Duchess of Sussex, 40, was invited on the trip in January 2016 by World Vision Canada to be part of a film to promote the charity’s work building water wells in the African country.
However Bower claims Meghan flew to Rwanda first class, was accompanied by fashion photographer Gabor Jurina and had her own hair and makeup artist.
Brenda Surminski, a producer who had been due to film the trip, could no longer travel to Rwanda and a Canadian camera man joined the group instead.
However Bower claims that after filming with the children playing with a water tap, Meghan ‘disappeared’ with Jurina to take photographs with some of the youngsters.
He penned: ‘At the end, Surminski was puzzled. Celebrities using a desolate African village as the backdrop for a fashion shoot was ‘mind-blowing.’
The Duchess of Sussex hasn’t commented on the claims in the book.
Meghan Markle ‘used a charity trip to Rwanda as a backdrop for a fashion shoot’ after bringing ‘suitcases of clothes’ and ‘insisting’ she could bring a Canadian photographer with her, an explosive biography has claimed today
According to Bower, the connection between the Duchess and the charity came through advertising agency KBS, after Matt Hassell, the creative director in Toronto, suggested she would be ‘ideal’ to promote WVC.
He wrote that Surminski only spoke to Meghan for ’30 minutes’ before the actress agreed to promote the project building water wells in destitute villages.
The film’s producer Surminski could no longer travel to the country and instead, Meghan arrived with a team of World Vision marketing executives and a Canadian camera man.
Bower wrote that after filming with the children playing with clean water, Meghan ‘disappeared’ with the fashion photographer.
Writing in his new book Revenge, Tom Bower detailed how the Duchess of Sussex was invited on the trip in January 2016 by World Vision Canada to be part of a film to promote the charity’s work building water wells in the African country
He penned: ‘For hours, Jurina photographed the perfectly coiffuered actress hugging, squeezing and smiling at village children.’
Meanwhile he wrote Surminksi felt the Duchess was ‘on a path with visions of something good happening at the end, but her destination was unknown.’
Jurina would later post the fashion photographs on his website, with Bower noting how eight months later, they would be ‘more valuable.’
Writing on her website The Tig at the time, she discussed her time in Rwanda where she volunteered at a refugee camp.
Bower claims Meghan flew to Rwanda first class and was accompanied by fashion photographer Gabor Jurina
In the emotional piece Meghan said that she split her time between Hollywood and humanitarian work.
Writing on her website she said: ‘My life shifts from refugee camps to red carpets, I choose them both because these worlds can, in fact, coexist.’
She continued: ‘I’ve never wanted to be a lady who lunches – I’ve always wanted to be a woman who works. And this type of work is what feeds my soul, and fuels my purpose.’
Bower claimed Meghan changed outfits between ‘poses’ and brought a fashion photographer on the charity trip to Rwanda
She added: ‘Guiding my heart though the swinging pendulum from excess to lack of access is sometimes challenging.’
Other bombshells from the book claim Meghan allegedly made the Duchess of Cambridge cry leading up to her wedding to Prince Harry in a row over bridesmaids dresses – a claim that Meghan has denied.
Bower wrote that Kate Middleton ‘burst into tears’ after Meghan ‘compared Princess Charlotte unfavourably to her best friend Jessica Mulroney’s daughter’.
The claims are the latest in a long line of disputed accounts over an alleged disagreement between Meghan and Kate over bridesmaids dresses.
Speaking to Oprah Winfrey about the incident in an explosive interview last year, the Duchess of Sussex said: ‘She (Kate) was upset about something, but she owned it, and she apologised. And she brought me flowers.’
Appearing on Good Morning Britain to discuss his book, Bower said Meghan had warned those closest to her not to speak to him.
He said: ‘She made it pretty clear to all her friends and people who work for her not to talk to me, so it was quite an uphill struggle but I got enough people to speak to me, more than enough, I got about 80 people.’
Presenter Ben Shephard asked how the story could be an unbiased account if the author had interviewed people who dislike the Duchess of Sussex.
Bower responded: ‘Because I sifted through, I never put in stuff that isn’t true and can’t be checked.’
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