Queen Elizabeth Put Prince Harry ‘Firmly in His Place’ After Meghan Markle ‘Snub,’ Book Claims

Prince Harry reportedly got into some trouble with Queen Elizabeth in the lead up to his wedding to Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. Meghan had wanted to try on a tiara when her hairdresser came to practice her look for the big day and was told “that’s not how it works.” Prince Harry was upset by the snub and reportedly was rude, prompting his grandmother to scold him.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wave from the Ascot Landau Carriage during their carriage procession after their wedding ceremony
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Meghan Markle wanted the tiara to practice her wedding hairstyle

In a report from The Mail on Sunday, Meghan demanded to visit Buckingham Palace with her hairdresser Serge Normant in order to practice her wedding hairstyle. Making a sudden request like that, however, isn’t the way it’s done.

The queen’s dresser, Angela Kelly, could not accept the request due to protocol that requires an appointment and she told the couple as much. According to the report, Prince Harry used offensive language about Kelly, who found out about it and told the queen.

The queen didn’t hold back with Harry, as a royal source explained, “He was put firmly in his place. He had been downright rude.”

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The book ‘Finding Freedom’ reportedly got the incident wrong

In the new biography Finding Freedom, sources claim that Kelly was “deliberately dragging her feet” when Meghan requested to have the tiara before the wedding.

The book’s authors write that Prince Harry thought the “old guard” at the palace “simply didn’t like Meghan and would stop at nothing to make her life difficult” and believed the incident to be “a huge snub.”

“The book’s version of what happened would not be everyone else’s recollection of events and certainly not those who were close to it,” a source told The Mail.

A friend explained, “Meg had flown her hairdresser over from Paris for a hair practice and they needed the tiara. Angela Kelly said she couldn’t come to London and Harry went ballistic. He was furious at the treatment of his then fiancée. Such a snub.”

A source shared how the matter played out, explaining, “Meghan demanded access to the tiara. She didn’t make an appointment with Angela, but said, ‘We’re at Buckingham Palace, we want the tiara. Can we have it now please?’”

There are protocols for jewels

There was no snub intended, as it was a protocol issue. “Angela essentially said, ‘I’m very sorry, that’s not how it works.’ There’s protocol in place over these jewels,” the insider shared. “They’re kept under very tight lock and key. You can’t turn up and demand to have the tiara just because your hairdresser happens to be in town.”

The snub didn’t sit well with Prince Harry, as another royal source explained, “Harry was very quick to let everybody know of his anger and frustration. He let lots of people know that he was unhappy. He tried to get what Meghan wanted by ringing others to put pressure on Angela to bend the rules.”

“He was insistent on getting his own way,” they added. “There was never an appointment that Angela didn’t turn up to.”

An insider also shared that the couple “may have wrongly interpreted being told she couldn’t have immediate access to the tiara as a snub” as it is “just the way the institution works.”