Meghan Markle and Queen Elizabeth Never Clashed Over Wedding Tiara But Prince Harry Wasn’t Happy, Royal Authors Say

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex officially stepped down from royal duties on March 31, 2020 and have been residing in California ever since. Now, a new book is putting the spotlight back on what their lives were reportedly like as senior royals.

Biographers Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand discuss the Sussexes’ relationship and rifts with other royals including a rumored clash between Meghan and Queen Elizabeth II when the duchess chose her wedding tiara.

(L to R) Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry
(L to R): Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

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The tiara Meghan Markle wanted to wear caused friction with queen?

There have been several reports that Meghan wasn’t on the same page about what tiaras the queen was willing to loan her for her big day.

The Sun reported that the former Suits star had her heart set on a tiara with emeralds but was told that borrowing that specific headpiece wasn’t an option. The tabloid claimed that Harry and his bride weren’t happy to hear that and the prince reacted by saying, “what Meghan wants, Meghan gets.” The monarch then reportedly stepped in and stated that the bride-to-be “cannot have whatever she wants.” 

Meghan ended up wearing the Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau. It was created in 1932 for Queen Elizabeth II’s grandmother and prior to the Sussexes’ wedding the last time anyone saw it was in 1965 when Princess Margaret donned it.

Meghan and the queen didn’t argue, but Harry had an issue?

Meghan Markle's wedding day
Meghan Markle’s wedding day | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

In Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family, Scobie and Durand tell a different story about Meghan choosing a tiara.

The authors say that there were disagreements but not with Meghan and the queen. People noted that the authors claim the conflict was between Harry and his grandmother’s dressmaker Angela Kelly.

Scobie and Durand wrote that Harry was upset with Kelly because he felt like she was “dragging her feet in helping Meghan obtain access to her chosen tiara for a hair trial” before the wedding.

The duchess previously spoke to Harper’s Bazaar UK about the day she picked out the accessory, calling it “surreal.”

“Harry and I had gone to Buckingham Palace to meet with Her Majesty the Queen to select one of the options that were there which was an incredibly surreal day,” she recalled.

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, and Queen Elizabeth II
Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, and Queen Elizabeth II | John Stillwell – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Did Meghan and Harry contribute to the book?

Some royal fans have concluded that because the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are friendly with Scobie and Durand that a majority of the information in the book came directly from the couple and read like their “tell-all.”

However, a spokesperson for the pair denied that they had any involvement in a statement via the BBC that said, “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not interviewed and did not contribute… This book is based on the authors’s own experiences as members of the royal press corps and their own independent reporting.”

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