Here’s Why Harry Blamed The Queen’s Dresser After Meghan Markle Was Refused Her First Choice Of Wedding Tiara

The Queen reportedly said no to an emerald tiara Meghan had her heart set on.

Meghan Markle wedding tiara

by Phoebe Parke |
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Just over two years ago, we were all watching Prince Harry and Meghan Markle get married in St. George’s chapel.

Who can forget the moment we saw the Clare Waight Keller-designed dress, the veil embroidered with flowers representing each of the Commonwealth countries, and the glittering Queen Mary Lozenge Tiara?

But the picture could have been very different if Meghan had her way, according to The Sun.

Rumour has it that Meghan had her heart set on a very different tiara for her wedding day, one that featured emeralds, but Harry and Meghan were told that wasn’t possible as no one knew where the tiara came from, and that it could possibly be Russian.

‘What Meghan wants, Meghan gets,’ came Prince Harry’s response to staff – apparently causing the Queen herself to become involved in the negotiations.

These rumours come from a book by reporter Robert Jobson, with a ‘well-placed royal insider’ claiming ‘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,’ according to The Sun.

‘The provenance of the tiara could not be established. There were concerns it could have come from Russia originally.

‘There was a very heated exchange that prompted the Queen to speak to Harry. She said, ‘Meghan cannot have whatever she wants. She gets what tiara she’s given by me’.

Now, however, a new book - Finding Freedom - adds more detail to the story. A new report in The Sun states new claims, that Harry felt the Queen's dresser - Angela Kelly - was 'deliberately dragged her feet' during the process.

There were other disputes over what Meghan wore. Robert's book also added that there was a discussion concerning the veil: tradition would not necessarily dictate one is required for someone who has already been married. ‘The Queen also questioned why Meghan needed a veil for the wedding, given it was to be her second marriage', the book claims.

‘The message from the Queen was very much Meghan needed to think about how she speaks to staff members and be careful to follow family protocols.’

READ MORE: A Brief History Of The Very Best Royal Wedding Tiaras


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Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, 2011

On her wedding day, Kate Middleton wore the Cartier 'halo' tiara. It was lent to her by the Queen and was originally bought by The Duke of York for Th Queen Mother and handed down to the Queen for her 18th birthday.

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Meghan Markle, 2018

All eyes were on Meghan Markle, as she approached St George's Chapel wearing Oueen Mary's tiara from 1932. It was last worn by Princess Margaret in 1965. Only a 53 year wait before this tiara had its time to shine again.

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Princess Eugenie Of York, 2018

Princess Eugenie did not follow suit when it came to her tiara. Everyone was certain she would wear the York family tiara, however she opted for the gorgeous Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara, her something borrowed from the Queen.

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Lady Gabriella Windsor, 2019

Lady Gabriella Windsor kept it in the family when choosing her tiara. The Kent City of London Fringe tiara, was also worn by her mother, Princess Michael of Kent, her auntie, Princess Alexandra of Kent, and her grandmother, Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent.

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Zara Philips, 2011

Zara Philips, grand-daughter to the queen, married England rugby captain Mike Tindall a little after Kate Middleton and Prince William's ceremony. She wore The Meander tiara which originally belonged to Princess Andrew of Greece.

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Lady Rose Windsor, 2008

For her wedding to George Gilman, Lady Rose Windsor wore the Iveagh tiara, also sometimes known as the Gloucester Leafage.

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Autumn Kelly, 2008

Autumn married Princess Anne's son, Peter Philips, wearing the Festoon tiara. Anne, who was given the tiara by the World Wide Shipping Group back in the 70s, lent the tiara to Autumn especially for the wedding.

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Sophie Rhys Jones, 1999

Sophie wore a newly modeled tiara for her wedding to Prince Edward. It was a gift from the Queen and was apparently made from four pieces of a crown that was once owned by Queen Victoria.

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Lady Sarah Chatto, 1994

The three brooches that Princess Margaret was given as wedding gifts in 1960 were turned into a tiara - the Snowdon Floral Tiara - for her daughter's wedding to Daniel Chatto.

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Lady Helen Taylor, 1992

The Kent Diamond and Pearl Fringe Tiara was the item of choice for Lady Helen's wedding to Timothy Verner Taylor.

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Sarah Ferguson, 1986

When Sarah married Prince Andrew, she wore the tiara often known as the York Diamond tiara. It's a combination of platinum and diamond that also comprises parts of a necklace, bracelet and earring trio that was given to her as a wedding gift from the Queen.

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Princess Diana, 1981

Of all the royal tiaras, you're probably most familiar with the iconic Spencer tiara that Diana (formerly Diana Spencer) wore on her wedding day. It was a family heirloom that had been passed down between the Spencers since the 1930s.

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Princess Michael of Kent, 1978

Marie Christie only actually wore a tiara for the ball that followed her wedding to Prince Michael, and went without for the ceremony. The tiara she did eventually wear was the Kent City of London Fringe tiara which was given to her by her mother in law, Princess Marina.

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Princess Anne, 1973

The Queen's only daughter Princess Anne had the honor of wearing the Russian Fringe tiara - a particularly special piece that her mother, Queen Elizabeth, wore on her wedding day.

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Princess Alexandra of Kent, 1963

The Kent City of London Fringe tiara was also worn by Princess Alexandra of Kent on her wedding day. It was borrowed from her mother Princess Marina before Princess Alexandra passed it down to Princess Micheal of Kent for her wedding 15 years later.

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Katherine Worsley, 1961

The Kent Diamond and Pearl Fringe Tiara was Katharine's tiara of choice for her wedding to Prince Edward, Duke of Kent.

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Princess Margaret, 1960

The tall and floral inspired Poltimore tiara was worn by Princess Margaret on for her wedding. Apparently it can be broken dow into eleven individual brooches as well as a tiara. After Margaret's death in 2002 the tiara was later auctioned at Christies for $1.7million.

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Queen Elizabeth II, 1947

The big story around Queen Elizabeth's famed Russian Fringe tiara is that it snapped only hours before her wedding to Prince Philip. Evidently it was swiftly mended by a court jeweler leaving a slight gap between the middle spike and the one to it's right.

Finding Freedom may not even be out yet, but its impact has already been explosive. As the couple, and their baby Archie, stay in California, they may be glad to have an ocean between them and the rest of the family.

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