Many books have been written about the events that transpired between Queen Elizabeth II and her grandson, Prince Harry, before his lavish royal wedding.
According to multiple royal authors and journalists, Meghan Markle had her heart set on a stunning wedding tiara that features gorgeous emeralds.
The former Hollywood actress was left heartbroken when Queen Elizabeth slapped down her request to borrow the one-of-a-kind headpiece.
Prince Harry got into a verbal brawl with the Queen’s staff because he felt that Meghan was being mistreated.
A book by reporter Robert Jobson claimed that an angry Harry told employees before the wedding: “What Meghan wants, Meghan gets.”
According to Jobson, this is how the Queen reacted: “There was a very heated exchange that prompted the Queen to speak to Harry. She said, “Meghan cannot have whatever she wants. She gets what tiara she’s given by me.”
The book also revealed: “The Queen also questioned why Meghan needed a veil for the wedding, given it was to be her second marriage. Meghan can be difficult.”
Instead, Meghan was given the Queen Mary’s Sapphire Bandeau. The fight shed light on an embarrassing family secret that the Queen would have preferred to remain hidden.
Robert Lacey has a new book entitled Battle of Brothers: William and Harry – The Inside Story of a Family in Tumult; and it reveals that there is a humiliating reason why the Queen did not want Meghan wearing the tiara.
Lacey claimed: “Unconfirmed by the palace – but not denied – we were told that the Queen felt that she had to say ‘no’ to Meghan’s first choice, a beautiful emerald headdress that was said ‘to have come from Russia. This was code for a sensitive origin, meaning that the treasure was one of those that had found its way into Windsor’s hands through ‘undefined’ not to say dodgy channels—and for an undisclosed price—in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution.”
He added: “There was a scandal attached. For this reason, the emerald tiara was seldom, if ever, put on public display, and it would suit neither the palace nor Meghan herself that spring if newspapers started speculating about which Tsarist princess had worn the tiara and how she had been assassinated.”
According to Lacey, Prince Harry’s ignorance played a part in the scandal. Lacey wrote: “Unfortunately, Harry’s ignorance of both history and family tradition meant that he had no understanding of this subtlety.”
Some experts say this episode made things even more complicated for Harry’s relationship with his family.