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For several weeks now, we’ve been updating you on the shocking allegations contained in author Tom Bower’s scandalous new book Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the war between the Windsors.

In excerpts published last week, Bower claimed that Meghan had a reputation as a short-tempered diva during her years as a Hollywood actress.

The journalist made a number of scandalous claims about the Duchess’ relationships with her in-laws, including the allegation that the Queen was relieved when Meghan was unable to attend Prince Philip’s funeral.

Now that Bower’s book has been published, we finally know the full array of charges he’s leveled against Meghan.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in 2018
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are sharing an intimate moment with each other in this photo.

And one of the most shocking involves the circumstances under which she started dating Prince Harry.

At the start of the relationship, the royals were reportedly shocked to learn that Harry was dating a divorcee.

What they didn’t know — indeed, what very few knew until this week — was that Meghan was still living her longterm boyfriend, Toronto-based chef Corey Vitiello, when she went on her first date with Harry.

Meghan Markle: A Photograph
Meghan Markle looks on lovingly here, staring at her very hot husband, Prince Harry.

According to Bower, the ball started rolling when Meghan hatched a plan to gain clout by befriending a group of wealthy and influential Londoners.

One of those A-list Brits was Ralph Lauren publicist Violet von Westenholz, a childhood friend of Harry’s.

The two met at Wimbledon, and Meghan implored Violet to set her up on a blind date with Harry.

Meghan Markle at Wimbledon
Go tennis! Here’s Meghan Markle in attendance at Wimbledon.

Meghan’s interest in the prince went beyond romantic attraction, Bower claims, as Meghan was plagued by the feeling that her acting career had stalled and showed no signs of imminent improvement.

“Her problems were familiar to all unknown, unmarried actors in their mid-thirties — fear of loneliness and personal and financial insecurity,” Bower writes.

“Unsurprisingly, Meghan was preoccupied by her own financial security — and finding a husband.”

Meghan Markle with a Very Large Hat
Meghan Markle is wearing quite a hat in this photo. Not sure if we like it or not.

Violet sent Harry some pics of Meghan, and not surprisingly, he expressed an interest in getting to know her.

The two of them hit it off immediately, and it wasn’t long before Harry was visiting Meghan in Toronto, where she lived during her years as an actress on Suits.

The only problem was, Meghan was still sharing an apartment with Vitiello.

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“Harry secretly flew to Toronto. He stayed for about one week in the house of a friend of Meghan’s, probably Jessica Mulroney,” Bower writes.

“With Cory still sharing [Meghan’s] home, the situation for Meghan was tricky but manageable.”

In one of his rare concessions to Meghan’s basic human decency, Bower admits that Meghan and Vitiello’s relationship was in its final throes before she met Harry.

Still, the two of them were still living together, which is a little messy.

“At the end of the week, after he returned to London, Meghan was convinced that her spell was cast and the relationship with Harry would be sealed. She told Cory that their affair was over,” Bower writes.

Bower writes that far from being heartbroken, Vitiello “was relieved. The final months had been unpleasant.”

Pretty benign stuff, all-in-all — but still, it’s not hard to see how people as image- and decorum-obsessed as the royals might be upset by all of this.

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