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The first in-depth biography of the American actress and humanitarian campaigner who married Prince Harry in May 2018, written by the world’s best-known royal biographer.

When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were set up by a mutual friend on a blind date in June 2016, little could they know that just sixteen months later the resulting whirlwind romance would lead to their en
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 12th 2018 by Michael O'Mara
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Erin
Apr 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hollywood, may-2018
Meghan: A Hollywood Princess is the first of what I'm sure will be hundreds of Biographies written about Bi-Racial American actress and humanitarian Meghan Markle who on May 19 will marry England's Prince Harry. I am of course obsessed with Meghan, though I have yet to watch her former show Suits(its not on Hulu or Netflix) I plan on setting my alarm so I can wake up early to watch the wedding.

I know Andrew Morton is a top Royal biographer but I think he should have maybe waited a little bit be
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L.A. Barnes
Apr 26, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Morton has provided so little insight into Markle's life that I can't help but call this a cash grab of a book. His entire research seems to be 1) reading her old blog posts and 2) speaking to some very peripheral people in her life. That's it. He has nothing to share on Markle's first marriage or her divorce. He offers little about her first two years on Suits. She's cast and then a couple of pages later the show is established and in it's second or third season. And as a really awful bonus, Mo ...more
Lois
Largely unsubstantiated gossip and tabloid standard. I like gossip and am nosey. Honestly this was not really that good.
Amy Leigh
This biography wasn't at all what I expected and felt very thrown together (even the picture sections were opposite of where they should have been).
I wanted to come out of this feeling like I knew more about the person but it was mostly tabloid info and the biographers opinion stated as fact. I was really disappointed at how poorly written this was.
I don't care about which celebrities were at which events or how much everything costed with every little thing. This kind of filler info gutted the
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Natasha
This book is a series of chapters based on Meghan's Blog,newspaper and magazine articles and not much more. However as someone living in Toronto where Meghan lived during her time filming Suits,is far from affluent. It's a middle class area not the Bridle Path where Toronto's rich and affluent live. Her family life is interesting but on the whole this book was just rushed and a bit boring. ...more
Jerry
Jan 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some interesting information, but a bit too many sultry details.
Carmen
Jun 18, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carmen by: The New Yorker
Not only did Tom spend every waking minute with his daughter, in his own quirky fashion he tried to impose a little discipline on the somewhat laissez-faire household in order to protect his little "Flower." Though he had always said to his son that if he and his friends wanted to smoke weed they should do so only in the house, this instruction changed on the arrival of the baby. On one occasion Tom Junior and his friends were smoking a spliff in the sitting room while Meghan was in the nursery ...more
Gigi
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I truly am a fan of Meghan Markle. I have been for nearly a decade, long before Harry entered her life.

That said, I am NOT a fan of this book.

It's not so terrible that I would discourage everyone I know from reading it. However, it's important people know what they're getting: repackaged information from other sources, repetitive writing, and more speculation than is appropriate for a biography.

For instance, sentences like "As she relived that fateful evening in her mind, she perhaps wondered i
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Sarah
Jul 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good introduction to Meghan Markle. I did not know much about her life or career before reading this book. If you are already a fan of Meghan or know a lot about her, this book will probably cover things you already know. I was impressed by her commitment to feminism and the causes she supports. I was surprised that she gave up her website The Tig so quickly since it was something very important to her. I wonder how she will fare in the long term now that she has joined the royal famil ...more
Ja'Nean Palacios
Meh. I much preferred the Lifetime movie, “Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance.”
farmwifetwo
Just what's been covered in the news. ...more
chucklesthescot
Andrew Morton was determined to get the first biography of Meghan Markle out on the bookshelves, in the same way that he quickly got a book out about the state of Diana's marriage after being asked to do so. I have no idea if this book was done with Meghan's permission or not but it was rushed out before the wedding had even taken place. In my personal view it might have been in his best interests to take a bit more time over it and get a more balanced biography, rather than this somewhat dull, ...more
Jess
3.5 stars for Meghan: An American Princess by Andrew Morton. Since he boasts a lengthy list of having written other biographies of the royals, I had high hopes for this one. Interestingly, he included bits in which she was portrayed wonderfully (mainly in keeping with her empathic and compassionate nature, her humanitarian work) but also elements in which she was definitely portrayed as not-so-perfect (ditching friends as she got more famous, leaving her ex-husband callously). It's almost shocki ...more
Caity
Nov 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meghan Markle is a controversial figure. She has received criticism for her ethnicity, career choices and previous failed relationship. She is not perfect. Yet who is? Morton does a beautiful job of eloquently describing events throughout Meghan’s life. I was invested in the story and inspired by Markle’s determination to succeed and make a difference with her new found celebrity status. Nobody can help who they fall in love with or the timing of love. Meghan and Harry seem very happy together a ...more
Lucy-May
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I felt this was a very balanced insight into Meghan's life before Harry, & a very positive look at how their relationship first blossomed. Some people think Meghan isn't fit to be royalty, but in my opinion she's everything I would want a princess to be. I throughly enjoyed this book & recommend it to anyone interested in Meghan.

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Fefyy Antela
I found this interesting but a little decaffeinated 🤭

I wanted more...
Dana
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nothing groundbreaking, but a good enough audiobook to pass the time on my commute. I've liked her since the beginning of Suits, and Harry was my first ginger crush, so why not! ...more
ilo.reads
Meghan’s life before Henry. Love this book
Katie
May 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: royal-reads
Andrew Morton is usually the go to author on all things royal and he delivers a decent biography of Prince Harry's fiance, now new bride, Meghan Markle. Most of the information you can get on the internet but if you need it all fast in one read, here it is.

Meghan is definitely a 21rst century Princess and an interesting person. The product of an African American mother and white father who met on the set of "General Hospital," Meghan was adored by her father who seemingly spent most of his money
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Rachel Lief
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kend
May 31, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
A fairly tepid biography, which more or less reads like a combination of Meghan Markle's Wikipedia page plus some biographical material pulled straight from Ancestry.com. Maybe I'm being unfair to Andrew Morton, who has written many other biographies (many of which are well-liked), but this really reads like a rush job or the product of being fully phoned-in. Either that, or Markle's command and control over her friends and family is sublime in its completion; she has some practice, given her ca ...more
Darlene Foster
Andrew Morton gives us an often contradictory sometimes confusing profile of the now Duchess of Sussex. On one hand Morton describes her as a philanthropist concerned about women's rights and the plight of the poor while on the other hand she's a cold calculating social climber. A portrait of this dichotomy leaves the reader with a sense that with Meghan it's all in the perspective of the person interviewed. Those left behind bitter about their experiences or those still in her good graces with ...more
Michelle Ruiz Andrews
Nothing too groundbreaking here. If you’ve read her relatives selling her out as a “social climber” to The Daily Mail, you pretty much get the jist. Morton’s is not a totally negative portrait of Meghan; there are glowing accounts of her as an excellent and kind model high school student and the most dignified of Deal or No Deal briefcase girls. But, a lot of fluff and no one who is actually still close to her that participated. ultimately I agree with the Fug Girls’ post reviewing this book, wh ...more
Carolyn Harris
This biography of Meghan Markle, clearly written in anticipation of the royal wedding, contains some interesting facts. Meghan, now Duchess of Sussex, one took part in a USO holiday tour and appeared in a school play with Scarlett Johansson. The tone of the book is sometimes judgmental though, with references to Meghan having a love of selfies or having a reputation as a "thirsty socialite." There are interviews with people who only knew Meghan in passing (Deal or No Deal co-stars) or clearly ha ...more
Yusuf Nasrullah
Highly waffle-oriented book. Makes the subject far more interesting than she really is. Liked Morton's earlier books on Princess Diana and Tom Cruise, but this one is a half-hearted 'paid commission' undertaking. Meghan is neither beautiful nor gloriously nor particularly accomplished, and very few people have seen Suits or care about her career. This is an overwritten bag of air, the two stars are only for the delicious and tangential social commentary I enjoyed. ...more
Maggie
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not as ghastly as I expected, but definitely bad.
Christina McLain
This was a fairly run of the mill book on one of the newest members of the Royal Family. I found the biography to be mildly interesting but didn't provide the reader with any major dirt on Meghan Markle, possibly because there isn't any. Meghan comes across as a funloving but very focused young woman who knew what she wanted from the get go: to support humanitarian causes but also to live the good life. And in order to achieve those goals it would appear that she never put a foot wrong. Luckily ...more
Deedee
Disappointing celebrity biography of Meghan Markle. The author talked to a small number of people who were acquainted with Meghan Markle, did a web search for sites that mentioned Meghan, read the interviews conducted and published by other people, and mashed it all together into this book, ending on a syrupy optimistic note. (Princess Diana is mentioned frequently in the last two chapters.) It seemed very slap-dash and non-authoritative.

Back in the 1990s I read his celebrity biography Diana: H
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Ashley
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was entertaining but redundant especially toward the end. The book was uneven in its portrayal of Meghan. On one end of the spectrum, Meghan is hardworking, driven, educated, and considerate. The other end of the spectrum has Morton's writing portraying Meghan as manipulative, cold, and distant. Much of the book pulled from the now archived pages of The Tig (which are supremely informative and have a chill vibe complete with a stay-cation playlist that I personally listen to regular ...more
Willow Rankin
Dec 06, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This reads like a bad fictionalised version of Meghans life. God only knows why I bought this book, hopefully in a Kindle 99p sale rather than full price.
The chapter that really annoyed me, was the one where she went for tea with the Queen of England (technically Queen Elizabeth is Queen of more that just England, but this book clearly written by American, ironically knows very little about the United Kingdom). This chapter, from the car ride where Meghan perhaps had a dry mouth and makes vast
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Andrew David Morton (born 1953) is one of the world's best-known biographers and a leading authority on modern celebrity. His groundbreaking biography Diana: Her True Story was a #1 New York Times bestseller, as was Monica's Story, an authorized biography of Monica Lewinsky, and Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography. The winner of numerous awards, including Author of the Year, his other New York T ...more

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