Picking out her wedding day tiara should have been a memorable day for Meghan Markle, and one of the many incredible experiences that only comes by planning a royal wedding.
But according to insiders, the day was far from straightforward and resulted in upset and a “rage” from Prince Harry.
There have been numerous different accounts of the now infamous day, but a new book claims the Queen wasn’t happy when Harry said “what Meghan wants, Meghan gets” after she was denied her first option.
In his biography, Battle of Brothers, which hit the shelves today, royal expert Robert Lacey claims the Monarch had a few firm words for her grandson.
He writes: “Not for the first time, nor sadly the last, the word ‘no’ pushed a button inside him and he flew into a rage. There were dressers and flunkies present, guarding and organizing the jewels, so it was inevitable that his now-famous exclamation should find its way to the outside world – What Meghan wants, Meghan gets! Her Majesty did not approve. Meghan cannot have whatever she wants,’ was was reported to have replied”.
“‘She gets the tiara that she’s given by me.”
However, another bombshell biography released recently tells a very different story. In their book, Finding Freedom, Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand claim the meeting was actually a lovely occasion.
In an interview to promote the book, Scobie claimed Meghan enjoyed the day so much that she was very disappointed when she saw the negative press reports about the alleged row.
Speaking to True Royalty TV’s The Royal Beat, he said: “The tiara selection went wonderfully. The Queen was very happy, Meghan was very happy.
“In fact Meghan’s words when that story came out were ‘how sad, I love my tiara’.”
However Scobie says that while the decision itself went smoothly, there was “drama” in the weeks that followed – but it had nothing to do with the Queen.
He claims that the Monarch’s dressmaker and close friend made things very difficult when it came to arranging practice fittings.
He said: “The drama took place afterwards, when Meghan wanted to try that tiara on with her hair stylist, because there is a lot of tech that goes into this. They had to do an experiment with that before the wedding day. The hairstylist came in from overseas, there was an appointment at Buckingham Palalce, but nobody was there.”
Scobie claims that Meghan kept trying to book in a day to do the trial run, but struggled to pin Angela down.
He said: “Each time Angela Kelly isn’t available to arrange this, to facility this, despite agreeing to. It got to the point where staff around Harry and Meghan were tearing their hair out because the wedding was a couple of weeks away, months had passed at this point. Harry had to intervene. He called his grandmother and said, ‘I don’t know what the hell is going on, but this woman needs to make this work for my future wife’. We can see kind of see now where this ‘what Meghan wants, Meghan gets’ narrative came from.”
He goes on: “Harry felt that there were those within the institution that would stop at nothing to at the very least to make Meghan’s life difficult. Meghan didn’t get to try the tiara on again until a few days before the wedding.”