How self-styled anti-paparazzi Queen Meghan Markle used to conspire with them to set up shots herself, new book claims

ANTI-paparazzi Meghan Markle used to tip off the press and work with photographers for shots, a new book has revealed.

She and Prince Harry are now furiously private, but before the former actor dated the royal she would happily "set up a paparazzi photo here and there".

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Just this week it was reported she and the Duke of Sussex are suing photographers over claims they took pictures of their one-year-old son Archie with a drone.

And the couple are embroiled in a legal battle over published letters sent to her father in the Mail on Sunday, in which they have blamed the press for relationship troubles.

The most recent claims says the pair  "seek no special treatment" and want "the private life to which any family or individual has the right".

But Finding Freedom, serialised by The Times, reveals the 38-year-old would court the press before beginning the relationship with Harry.

It says: "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 that keeping things quiet meant that they could get to know each other without pressure or further worries that came from reporters covering and commenting on their burgeoning romance."

She was disappointed when their relationship was found out, and an article due to be published, the book claims, but there was a "part of her that was relieved".

Royal expert Omid Scobie has written the 320-page biography of the couple with journalist Catherine Durand.


A spokesman for Harry and Meghan said the pair did not contribute to Finding Freedom, but he did not deny the content of The Times's extracts.

The spokesman said: "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not interviewed and did not contribute to Finding Freedom.

"This book is based on the authors' own experiences as members of the royal press corps and their own independent reporting."

This weekend we told how Harry and Meghan were branded a pair of “whingers” over their long list of gripes in a bombshell biography.

As Buckingham Palace stayed silent, more details emerged of the Sussexes’ complaints about royal life.

They were said to have been ­furious at Harry losing his military titles and being snubbed by William and Kate, among other issues.

The book says the Sussexes, who were given Frogmore Cottage, were also angry at being barred from establishing their own team in Windsor, separate from all others.

It says: “Senior officials quickly ruled out that option.”

More offence was taken at Harry and Meghan’s final joint royal engagement — for the Commonwealth Day Service in Westminster Abbey on March 9.

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