Buckingham Palace Responds to Rumors the Queen 'Banned' Meghan Markle from Wearing Her Jewelry
According to reports, a palace insider started rumors after claiming that the jewelry from the Queen would not be borrowed out to Duchess Meghan. Now, Buckingham Palace has addressed this rumor.
The palace clarified the Queen’s position on the matter revealing that Meghan had access to a certain point.
Buckingham Palace has addressed the rumors that the Queen “banned” Duchess Meghan from wearing some of the jewelry from her own private collection. A palace source started the rumor stating that the priceless items “would not be made available to Meghan.”
A Buckingham Palace insider corrected the false statement revealing that the Queen still borrowed her gems to Meghan. This included the headpiece that the Duchess of Sussex wore at her wedding in May 2018.
Last June, Meghan was also allowed to wear a pair of pearl earrings gifted to her by the Queen. She wore the jewelry during her first joint engagement with the monarch.
The Royal Collection is held in trust by the Sovereign for her successors and the nation. The items aren’t owned by the Queen as a private individual.
However, the monarch does own a number of items which include some crowns, tiaras, necklaces, and earrings. These items are kept in her private property and in her own collection.
At her own discretion, she could loan them out to members of the Royal Family for formal occasions and state visits. The new rules have now been applied to Meghan in an effort to “maintain order, hierarchy and precedence” within the Royal Family.
It’s alleged that these rules were applied after the Queen became “unimpressed by Meghan's demanding behavior” ahead of her marriage to Prince Harry. Rumors state that Harry told the staff, “What Meghan wants Meghan gets.”
However, a source at Buckingham Palace said:
“It is worth noting that the Queen lent Meghan a tiara for the wedding, gave her earrings for her first royal engagement, and had just agreed to partly fund her new household.”
The insider added:
“The jewellery in question is only usually worn at extremely special functions or state occasions and there simply haven't been many of those since Meghan became a member of the Royal Family.”
The palace shared that the Duchess hadn’t attended any major or state events recently, hence the absence of the jewelry. Last month, it was alleged that Prince Charles had advised Meghan not to wear a tiara to her first overseas state dinner.
At the time, the Duchess had hoped to borrow a jeweled tiara from the Royal Collection for the dinner hosted by the president of Fiji, Jioji Konrote. However, her father-in-law warned that such a display was avoided in parts of the Commonwealth where it could be seen as reminiscent of a bygone era or “extravagant.”
At her wedding, Meghan paid homage to her new Royal Family by wearing the Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau tiara which came from the Queen’s jewelry vault. Kensington Palace revealed that the English tiara featured diamonds set in platinum.
It was made in 1932 and also features a center detachable brooch made of ten diamonds that were discovered in 1893.