From Amazon: Meghan Misunderstood is a pioneering book that sets the record straight on the most talked about, unfairly vilified and misrepresented woman in the world. Meghan Markle was eleven when she first advocated for women’s rights; a teenager when she worked in a soup kitchen feeding the homeless; a popular actress when she campaigned for clean water in Africa and passionately championed gender equality in a speech to a United Nations Women’s Conference. Even before she met Prince Harry, hers was an extraordinarily accomplished life. Meghan’s wedding to Harry was a joyful occasion, marking happiness at last for the Queen’s grandson who had captured our hearts twenty years earlier when he bravely walked behind his mother Diana’s coffin. Theirs was a story that the screenwriters of Hollywood – where Meghan had made her name – could scarcely have imagined. The rom-com fantasy, however, soon turned into disturbing drama: any expectation of a life happily-ever-after was cruelly dashed by bullying tabloid newspapers and their allies, both on social media and within the walls of the Palace itself. Meghan was targeted for her gender, her race, her nationality and her profession. The abuse became so bad that seventy-two female MPs signed a letter of solidarity against the ‘often distasteful and misleading press’, calling out the ‘outdated colonial undertones’ of the stories. Now, Sean Smith, the UK’s leading celebrity biographer, pulls no punches as he reveals the remarkable and powerful story of this self-made, intelligent American woman with a strong social conscience who has made such an impact on our lives.
My Review: I found this book to be rather one sided. I didn’t research every comment or assertion described within, but I must say, that from what I’ve read in the past, Meghan has been bullied and faces racism everywhere she goes. So wrong for others to do this. The parts about Meghan growing up and her schooling was informative and insightful. Parts in England were left out. I think this book would’ve set a greater stance with the public if her time when “she didn’t want to live” had been written in this book. That is a huge learning point the author failed to capture. Depression and feelings are what strikes the heart of the reader. The author missed that point. More teaching and learning must be done in this area. Of note, the fact that Meghan miscarried a baby was left out in the Monticeto part of this book. WOMEN, especially, would’ve benefitted from this inclusion. Mother’s need validation that their baby mattered. Their child mattered. Their children mattered. This is an enormous area that could’ve helped other’s in their similar time of need, hurt, and loss. To me, Archewell doesn’t care, either. I’ve written to them on this subject and its importance, but not even a form email back to say it was received. Obviously, not all topics can be dealt with, but crushing blows due to child loss, miscarriage, and the entire gamet of this realm was sorely non-existent in this book. Four stars for not being inclusive, for being one sided, and not touching men and women on matters as I’ve described above. The golden opportunities were missed. All in all, racism has NO place in this world.