- Markle ended a friendship with a journalist over her 2017 Vanity Fair profile, a new book says.
- Markle was reportedly angry that a flattering anecdote about her had not been included.
- She had claimed that as a child, she successfully urged P&G to change the wording of a campaign.
Meghan Markle told a journalist that their friendship was over after he did not include a flattering anecdote in her Vanity Fair profile, according to a new book excerpted by The Times of London.
The excerpt comes from "Revenge: Meghan, Harry, and the War between the Windsors" by the British biographer Tom Bower, which is set to be published on Thursday.
"I thought this could have been an actual friendship," Markle told Vanity Fair reporter Sam Kashner after reading the September 2017 profile, according to the book. "I don't now think that can happen."
Kashner, a longtime Vanity Fair contributor, was assigned to interview Markle in June 2017, the book said.
During their interview, Markle spoke about her speech at the United Nations Women's Conference in 2015 and an anecdote about her campaigning success as a child against Procter & Gamble, the book said.
In the speech, she said that when she was a child, she wrote to Procter & Gamble's chairman and then-first lady Hillary Clinton to complain about the anti-feminist wording of an advertising campaign.
She said she successfully urged Ivory, a dishwashing-liquid company owned by Procter & Gamble, to change the slogan from "Women all over America are fighting greasy pots and pan" to say "people" and not "women."
She was also interviewed by Nick News in 1993 to discuss the campaign.
But according to the book, Kashner said that Vanity Fair's fact-checkers had raised questions about its accuracy, and could not find evidence that she received a reply from Clinton or corroborate her claims with Procter & Gamble. The final version of the profile ultimately did not include the anecdote.
When a pre-publication copy of the profile was sent to Meghan's publicists and Buckingham Palace in early September, Markle was furious, the book said. She was also upset by the profile's title, "Wild About Harry," the book said.
The omission of the anecdote ultimately caused Markle to tell Kashner that their blossoming friendship was over and to complain about how she had been presented, Kashner said, according to the book.
The book also suggested said that her father, Thomas Markle, knew that Clinton and Procter & Gamble had not replied to Meghan, as she had claimed, and that he had invented the success story.
Representatives for Markle and Buckingham Palace did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.