Has Queen Elizabeth Banned Meghan Markle from Wearing a Tiara?

Meghan Markle joined the royal family after tying the knot with Prince Harry in May of 2018, yet she has not dressed like a United Kingdom princess since then. The Duchess of Sussex rocked a tiara on her wedding day, but unlike other members of the royal family, she has not worn one a second time. So why hasn’t Meghan worn a tiara after exchanging vows with Harry?

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This is why Meghan Markle has not worn a tiara

A tiara is a common sighting amongst the female members of the royal family. Kate Middleton has worn a tiara on a number of different occasions. The Duchess of Cambridge, for instance, wore one of her favorite tiaras during this year’s holiday reception for diplomats at Buckingham Palace.

Queen Elizabeth also wore a tiara at the event and has donned similar headpieces throughout her royal career.

While Meghan Markle has not showcased a tiara following her wedding day in 2018, it turns out there is a good reason why — and it has something to do with strict rules governing when royals get to wear them.

According to Insider, royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams says that Meghan has not worn a tiara because she has not attended an event that required one.

“Tiaras are worn by royals at weddings, state banquets, and other white-tie events,” Fitzwilliams explained.

Will the Duchess of Sussex eventually wear a tiara?

There have been several events in Meghan’s schedule where fans expected her to wear a tiara. This includes a series of state dinners last year in Fiji and Tonga. But Prince Charles reportedly advised against her wearing one because of the dress code.

At the time, an inside source revealed that Meghan was unsure about the dress code at the event and so Charles let her know that a tiara would have been out of place.

“Meghan did not understand all of this because she was new to the role and so Prince Charles told her that it would not be appropriate,” a source shared.

The events in Fiji and Tonga were much more relaxed than typical state dinners, which is why Meghan Markle got away with not wearing a tiara. Although there are clear rules regarding the wearing of tiaras, there is little doubt that Meghan will eventually get the opportunity to wear one again.

That, of course, depends on if she and Harry decide to continue with their royal duties following their Christmas break and if engagements like state banquets are in their future. If that happens, then perhaps Meghan will get to wear the tiara she requested for her wedding day.

Meghan Markle was denied this tiara

When Meghan was planning her wedding in 2018, she reportedly requested to wear Queen Elizabeth’s favorite tiara of all time: the Vladimir Tiara.

Sources, however, say that Her Majesty denied the request, which did not sit well with Harry. The Duke of Sussex allegedly got angry with Her Majesty, who told him that Meghan is not entitled to everything under the sun.

We cannot say for sure if Meghan Markle really wanted to wear the Vladimir Tiara (which is truly gorgeous), but she ended up wearing the Queen Mary Lozenge Tiara on her big day.

We also do not know why Meghan was denied the Vladimir Tiara, though it is Queen Elizabeth’s go-to headpiece for important events. It also has an interesting history that dates back to Russian royalty.

A short history of the Vladimir Tiara

Queen Mary acquired the Vladimir Tiara in 1921. She purchased the piece from the Grand Duchess Elena, who was the daughter of Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna, the person who smuggled the tiara out of Russia in the first place.

Maria Pavlovna reportedly took the tiara following the revolution in 1917, though its origins date back to 1897, when Marie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin received the tiara when she tied the knot with Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich (hence its namesake).

Queen Mary bought the headpiece when it was pretty banged up and had it restored. She also modified the tiara by replacing the original pearl drops emeralds. In total, there are 15 emerald drops in the tiara, which really sets it apart from other pieces in the collection.

Queen Elizabeth took possession of the Vladimir Tiara per Queen Mary’s will in 1953. She has not commented on the reports that Meghan wanted to wear it for her wedding with Harry.

Meghan Markle has never commented on the rumors surrounding her choice of tiara for her wedding.