Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Catalyst Inc science park in Belfast, Northern Ireland March 23, 2018. Reuters/Niall Carson/Pool

A new book talks about how Prince Harry’s bride-to-be Meghan Markle ended her marriage with her first husband. Written by a well-known royal biographer, the book also contains claims that Markle is a “social climber.”

Royal biographer Andrew Morton, who originally wrote the late Princess Diana’s biography, wrote a new book titled “Meghan: A Hollywood Princess.” He reportedly spoke to a number of sources who shared their moments and memories with Prince Harry’s fiancée.

UK newspapers The Sunday Times and The Sun released excerpts from the book, which is expected to be released on April 17. Excerpts claim how Markle and her first husband Trevor Engleson went their separate ways, with a former friend saying she was tired of Engleson’s “scattered approach to life.”

Markle’s announcement of their breakup in 2013 came “totally out of the blue,” it has been said. Engleson went from cherishing Markle to, as one friend observed, “feeling like he was a piece of something stuck to the bottom of her shoe.” The book also tells of a friend claiming Markle had sent Engelson back her diamond wedding and engagement rings “by registered mail.”

Some friends were reported as saying that Markle opted to cancel lunches with old pals in favour of friendships with “those who could develop her career.” She was reportedly described by a former classmate as a “party animal” while attending Northwestern University in Chicago.

The author also claims in the book that Markle wants to be “Princess Diana 2.0.” As a Los Angeles schoolgirl, she was said to be so intrigued by Diana. She had watched clips of her 1981 wedding to Prince Charles and kept a copy of “Morton’s Diana: Her True Story.” A photo of young Markle outside Buckingham Palace with friend Ninaki Priddy earlier found its way online.

Harry and Markle are set to marry at St George’s Chapel on May 19. Police said more than 100,000 visitors are expected in Windsor, west of London, for the royal wedding.

The force said in a statement that policing operation will be among the largest in Thames Valley Police’s history. “This national celebration is expected to attract in excess of 100,000 people from around the world to Windsor,” it said. Thames Valley Police has announced some security measures as well, which include number-plate-recognition technology and road barriers.