Meghan Markle 'infuriated' after backlash to banana messages – and claimed criticism was 'clearly racist'
Meghan Markle was "infuriated" by criticism she felt was "racist" after she wrote personal messages on bananas for sex workers, a royal author claims
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have broken away from the Royal Family, living out their new life in Montecito, California.
Their 2018 wedding was a landmark moment in the history of the monarchy, but their spell as working royals was turbulent to say the least.
Investigative journalist and royal author Tom Bower has explored the time they spent in the UK in a new tell-all book.
In one section, he recalls when Meghan wrote personal messages of love and empowerment on bananas for street sex workers to find in their food parcels.
She wrote messages such as 'You are strong' and 'You are loved' on the fruit.
It came as Meghan and Harry had been visiting Bristol where they toured the Old Vic theatre and a boxing charity gym.
The Duchess came up with the idea during an unannounced visit to the charity One25 in February 2019.
She said at the time: "I was thinking about this the other day.
"I saw this programme this woman had started in the States on a school lunch programme when on each of the bananas she wrote an affirmation or something to make the kids feel really empowered.
"I thought it was the most incredible idea – this small gesture."
Meghan said she had been inspired by an American woman who wrote empowering messages on schoolchildren's bananas.
But, writing in his book 'Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the war between the Windsors', Mr Bower says Meghan was furious at the criticism her actions received.
He writes: "Visiting the One25 charity for marginalised women in Bristol, she wrote with a felt-tip pen on bananas 'You are strong', 'You are loved' and 'You are special'.
"Some were surprised by her sentiments. The media ridiculed her. She was infuriated.
"The criticism, she asserted, was clearly racist."
He doesn't stop there, though.
Mr Bower adds: "She was similarly provocative during a visit to Manchester University.
"Many of the staff, she was told by the activist Rachel Cowan, were white and male.
"'This is quite a shock to see and clearly we have some way to go,' Meghan replied.
"Once again, observers were puzzled."
Meghan and Harry now live in the US with their children Archie and Lilibet.