The Duchess of Sussex was left "distraught" after palace aides advised her that wearing a necklace with Prince Harry's initial on it shortly after their relationship was confirmed could draw the attention of photographers, according to a new biography.
Meghan Markle, as she was known then, was left "frustrated and emotional" after the phone conversation with a palace aide, the book Finding Freedom claims, after it was pointed out jewellery bearing the letters "H" and "M" may encourage headlines.
A new extract of the biography has been serialised in 'People' this week, the same US celebrity magazine that is now at the centre of the Duchess's High Court privacy case. In an extract from 'Finding Freedom', authors Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie write of an episode in December 2016: "She was advised that wearing such a necklace only served to encourage the photographers to keep pursuing such images."
After a conversation with Kensington Palace, Ms Markle "knew the aide had good intentions" but felt "the surreal experience of having someone from her boyfriend's office tell her what kind of jewellery to wear or not to smile at a photographer was too much".
According to the book, a "distraught" Ms Markle told a friend: "I can't win."