Thursday 18 April 2019

Prince Charles 'warned Meghan Markle not to wear a tiara during royal tour of Fiji'

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend Unveiling of The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy at Tupou College on October 26, 2018 in Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend Unveiling of The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy at Tupou College on October 26, 2018 in Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, raises her glass as she attends a state dinner at Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva, Fiji October 23, 2018. Ian Vogler/Pool via REUTERS
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive for the State dinner on October 23, 2018 in Suva, Fiji
Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, arrive for a reception and state dinner at Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva, Fiji October 23, 2018. Ian Vogler/Pool via REUTERS
Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Prince Charles gave daughter-in-law Meghan Markle some worthwhile fashion advice during her first major tour since marrying into the British royal family.

Since marrying Prince Harry last May, Meghan has been thrown into a whirlwind of protocols and expected behaviours and Charles has taken her under his wing in order to best lead her through the course of public life.

A new report in the Mail on Sunday details an exchange between the two after Meghan said she wanted to wear a tiara to a state dinner during the couple's time touring Fiji as part of their tour in Tonga, New Zealand and Australia.

"Meghan did not understand all of this because she was new to the role and so Prince Charles told her that it would not be appropriate," a source said. "It was very kindly done."

Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, raises her glass as she attends a state dinner at Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva, Fiji October 23, 2018. Ian Vogler/Pool via REUTERS
Britain's Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, raises her glass as she attends a state dinner at Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva, Fiji October 23, 2018. Ian Vogler/Pool via REUTERS

She asked to borrow a tiara from the family's Royal Collection but it was deemed too "extravagant" for the occasion and Charles thought it would "not be in keeping with modern monarchy".

In recent years, the Prince of Wales' desire to be more frugal with the family's spending - or at least a perception of it - has been well documented.

The Sussexes are moving into their new home at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor over the coming days as they prepare for the arrival of their first child over the next few weeks.

"It's been all hands to the pump. The builders have worked all week whatever the weather. But they keep making changes, particularly on the layout," a source told The Sun.

"The word is they've been quite demanding, which is understandable as what homeowner doesn't want their house to be perfect?

"Given the scale of the project, a three or four-week delay isn't too bad. The couple are pleased with how it's all going."

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