According to royal biographer Tom Bower, Meghan Markle accused Victoria Beckham of “indiscretion”, leading to a rift between the two friends.
In an interview with The Sun, Bower claimed that Meghan’s accusations led to an “awkward” phone call between Prince Harry and David Beckham, who are also close friends.
Bower alleges that Meghan and Harry were “addicted” to negative press coverage and spent hours reading newspaper articles and scrolling through social media.
Meghan reportedly believed that Victoria was leaking stories to the press, which prompted Harry to confront David about the possibility.
In his new book, Revenge, Bower writes, “Every night they scoured the internet to read the newspaper reports and the trolls’ posting on social media.
Irrationally, they grouped the two together and fed each other’s frenzy about the media.”
Bower suggests that Harry’s instability fed Meghan’s fears that their friends were leaking stories to the media.
“In particular, she suspected Victoria Beckham of indiscretion,” he wrote.
Harry then called David Beckham to repeat the accusation, but the former soccer star denied it, damaging their relationship.
The author also suggests that Meghan and Harry saw themselves as champions of goodness and felt victimized by even the mildest criticism.
“Convinced that as champions of goodness they were being persecuted by mendacity and racism, they felt victimised by the mildest criticism,” he wrote.
Bower also claims that the Sussexes were not fond of the Beckhams, despite their previous friendly interactions.
“Harry and Meghan were equally puzzled and irritated by Victoria and David Beckham’s rush to associate themselves with the royals,” he wrote.
However, Bower acknowledged that his book was not authorized by the couple and that they did not speak to him for it.
“I have tried to be fair,” he said. “This is not a hagiography, it’s not a puff piece.
It’s a tough book, a challenging book, a book that I think tells the truth about the couple.”
The book, Revenge, is set to be released on April 7.