Friday 18 October 2019

Royal clash: New book claims Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth had a 'heated exchange' over this eye-catching wedding detail

'Meghan gets what she's given by me'

Meghan has stepped out in asymmetric hems on numerous occasions, from the navy Roland Mouret she wore the night before her wedding to the double-breasted Prada skirt suit at last week's awards ceremony with the Queen. Photo: Getty Images
Meghan Markle (L) in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle for her wedding to Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, watched by (middle row L-R) Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Britain's Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Page boy James, Viscount Severn, Britain's Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Britain's Lady Louise Windsor, Britain's Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, (front row L-R) Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Duchess of Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York
Princess Diana wearing the same tiara to a visit by Spanish royals in 1986
Meghan and Queen Elizabeth share a joke. Picture: Getty
The tiara saved from the Lusitania (Cartier)
The precious Cartier tiara recovered from the sinking Lusitania in 1915 (David Mirzoeff/PA)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on day 1 of the Spanish State Visit on July 12, 2017 in London, England. This is the first state visit by the current King Felipe and Queen Letizia, the last being in 1986 with King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge leaves a diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace, wearing one of the late Princess of Wales's favourite tiaras, with her husband the Duke of Cambridge. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
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Diana with Charles. Photo: Getty
One Use Only. Can only be used in connection with the exhibition A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Handout image issued by the Royal Collection Trust of the diamond and platinum bandeau tiara, lent to the Duchess of Sussex by Queen Elizabeth II for her wedding, that will go on display as part of the exhibition A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, at Windsor Castle from October 26. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday August 29, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Outfit. Photo credit should read: Royal Collection Trust/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Queen Maxima of the Netherlands wears the Steward Tiara as she attends a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace in London, Britain October 23, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/Pool
Kate Middleton waves as she arrives at the West Door of Westminster Abbey in London for her wedding to Britain's Prince William, on April 29, 2011. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN
Karen Birney

Karen Birney

Anyone who followed the goings-on of the British royals around the time of the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's big day in May knows that he happy couple saw their fair share of stressful familial situations in their effort to make it up the aisle.

From step-siblings' gate-crashing threats to a hospitalised father-of-the-bride, no doubt there was enough on the couples' plate to contend with as they battled their way to St George's Chapel.

Queen Elizabeth II looks on during the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Queen Elizabeth II looks on during the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

And until now, it would appear that the well-behaved members of the groom's side of the family were stream of calm in the bride's stormy ocean, offering to step in to see Meghan up the aisle, choosing the couple's music and generally being a pillar of support for the happy couple to cling to.

However according to a new book, not everything was as it seemed behind palace doors.

Meghan Markle departs for her wedding to Britain's Prince Harry, in Taplow, Britain, May 19, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Staples TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Meghan Markle departs for her wedding to Britain's Prince Harry, in Taplow, Britain, May 19, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Staples TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan wave as they ride a horse-drawn carriage after their wedding ceremony at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, May 19, 2018. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
(L-R) Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge watch the RAF flypast on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, as members of the Royal Family attend events to mark the centenary of the RAF on July 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Charles at 70, by reporter Robert Jobson, claims that Meghan and her now grandmother-in-law Queen Elizabeth clashed over an important accessory the bride chose for the day; namely, the tiara.

While all was well on the dress front, Meghan's first choice of tiara - which included emeralds - was reportedly vetoed by the Queen, and Harry was none to happy about it.

Princess Eugenie during her wedding to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle
Princess Eugenie during her wedding to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle

"Meghan had her heart set on this tiara with emeralds and Prince Harry hit the roof when they were told it was impossible for her to wear it," a 'well placed' source said, according to The Sun, adding that after a 'very heated exchange' with staff, the Queen stepped in and told Prince Harry: "Meghan cannot have whatever she wants. She gets what tiara she's given by me."

According to the source, the tiara was out of bounds for the big day as the royals couldn't be certain of its origin - and were reportedly concerned it may have come from Russia.

The Duchess of Sussex and Queen Elizabeth attend the opening of the Mersey Gateway Bridge in Runcorn, Cheshire, yesterday. Photo: Jim Clarke/Pool via Reuters
The Duchess of Sussex and Queen Elizabeth attend the opening of the Mersey Gateway Bridge in Runcorn, Cheshire, yesterday. Photo: Jim Clarke/Pool via Reuters
Meghan and Queen Elizabeth share a joke. Picture: Getty

"The provenance of the tiara could not be established. There were concerns it could have come from Russia originally," The Sun quotes the source as saying.

It's interesting to note however that Princess Eugenie, who tied the knot with Jack Brooksbank four months after her cousin's big day, wore the Queen's Greville Emerald Kokoshnik tiara for her wedding, which consists of rose cut diamonds pave set in platinum, and six emeralds on either side.

So perhaps the piece was earmarked for the Queen's granddaughter's nuptials later in the year?

Related: Princess Eugenie's wedding dress: Bride beams in long sleeved, low back dress by designers Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos

The Duchess of Sussex and the Duke of Sussex after the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday October 12, 2018
The Duchess of Sussex and the Duke of Sussex after the wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday October 12, 2018

The royal source also added that the thinking around the royal camp was such that coming from a 'Hollywood' background, Meghan could be 'difficult' when it came to getting things her way.

"The message from the Queen was very much that Meghan needed to think about how she speaks to staff members and be careful to follow family protocols," the source said.

Related: Kate Middleton dazzles in Princess Diana's tiara at Buckingham Palace dinner

Of course, we know Meghan wore a diamond tiara with her Clare Waight Keller boat neck wedding dress, which she had on loan from the Queen's collection, so clearly appearances were well kept up.

The bride also opted to wear a long veil with her sparkly headpiece, which featured distinctive flora from the 53 countries of the Commonwealth.

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