Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex will officially step down as senior members of the royal family on March 31. When that date arrives, the couple will have to adjust to the new norm as there will be a lot they could do when they were working royals that they will no longer be able to do.
There have been a ton of questions about Harry’s wife specifically since she is still a member of the family but won’t be representing the crown going forward. Read on to find out if Meghan will be banned from wearing any of the queen’s jewelry again and what other privileges the pair will lose in the future.
Was Meghan always allowed to wear Queen Elizabeth’s jewelry?
There have been multiple reports claiming that the duchess was always banned from wearing her grandmother-in-law’s jewelry. However, that is not true.
You may recall she has worn jewels belonging to the queen in the past including on her wedding day when she wore the bandeau diamond tiara, which was made in 1932 for Queen Mary.
“It is worth noting that the queen lent Meghan a tiara for the wedding and gave her earrings for her first royal engagement,” said a royal source who claimed Prince Harry was angered by the reports Meghan was not permitted to wear any crown jewels.
Will she be banned from wearing crown jewels after stepping down?
Now that the former actress is leaving royal life behind, many have wondered if she’ll ever be able to get her hands on any of those precious jewels again.
The Express spoke to James Constantinou, the founder of Prestige Pawnbrokers for the show Posh Pawn, who said, “Meghan wore the platinum Queen Mary diamond bandeau tiara on her wedding day and has worn several pieces of Princess Diana’s jewelry. Meghan’s engagement ring has two diamonds once owned by the late princess which now forms part of her engagement ring. If the occasion is right, Meghan may opt to wear something from the royal collection again with the queen’s approval.”
But getting that approval may not happen since Queen Elizabeth rarely lends her jewels out to non-senior royals.
Other privileges the duchess will lose following Megxit
There are a few other privileges the Duchess of Sussex is going to lose after Megxit.
She and Harry will have to start funding a number of their own expenses including the cost of their armed security and staff members such as nannies and housekeepers. In addition, any future children they have won’t be considered “royal babies.” Therefore, there will not be a celebration like there was with Archie after his birth and the Buckingham Palace gift shop won’t carry any memorabilia of their new arrival.
Finally, the paparazzi will have free reign to photograph them and use those images. According to Vanity Fair, British newspapers have an agreement with the palace and will not use pap photos of members of the royal family. However, that is not the case with the press agencies in North America where the Sussexes will be spending much of their time after they step down.