Re­port: Queen irked over tiara de­mand

The Mercury News - - News - By Martha Ross mross@ba­yare­anews­group.com

Is it pos­si­ble that Meghan Markle’s gig­gle­fest with Queen Eliz­a­beth II dur­ing their first royal out­ing to­gether in June was all for show? Is it con­ceiv­able that Prince Harry’s Amer­i­can bride re­ally didn’t charm his grand­mother with her friendly, down-to-earth per­son­al­ity or their shared love of dogs?

Two sources paint Meghan, 37, as a bridezilla in the lead-up to her May 19 wed­ding, with one source al­leg­ing she de­manded to wear a par­tic­u­lar tiara from the queen’s col­lec­tion. That source claims Meghan’s de­mands be­came so irk­some that the monarch had to have words with Harry and tell him, “Meghan can­not have what­ever she wants. She gets what tiara she’s given by me.”

The bridezilla por­trait be­gins with a new book by re­porter Robert John­son, which re­veals that Harry, 34, be­came “pe­tu­lant and short-tem­pered” be­fore the wed­ding at Wind­sor Cas­tle, the Daily Mail re­ported.

Ac­cord­ing to the book, “Charles at Sev­enty: Thoughts, Hopes and Dreams,” Harry al­legedly told Kens­ing­ton Palace staff in a raised voice, “What Meghan wants, Meghan gets.”

One of the things Meghan re­port­edly had her heart set on was to wear a par­tic­u­lar emer­ald tiara, ac­cord­ing to an­other re­port by The Sun, cred­it­ing “a royal in­sider.”

Meghan had picked out the emer­ald head­piece dur­ing a visit to Buck­ing­ham Palace. But Meghan, who is now ex­pect­ing her first child with Harry, was told that wear­ing this tiara wasn’t pos­si­ble be­cause its prove­nance could not be es­tab­lished. “There were con­cerns it could have come from Rus­sia orig­i­nally,” the source told The Sun.

Meghan ended up wear­ing the Queen Mary di­a­mond ban­deau, a plat­inum head­piece made in 1932, ac­cord­ing to Kens­ing­ton Palace.

If this drama did oc­cur, Meghan and the queen cer­tainly made it look like they had patched up their dif­fer­ences and were get­ting along swim­mingly a month after the wed­ding. That’s when the Duchess of Sus­sex charmed the crowds and her grand­mother-in­law when they trav­eled to­gether to north­ern Eng­land to at­tend an event mark­ing the open­ing of a new bridge.

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Bri­tain’s Prince Harry and his bride, Meghan Markle, ride in a car­riage after their wed­ding cer­e­mony at St. Ge­orge’s Chapel in Wind­sor Cas­tle near Lon­don in May.

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