- Meghan Markle was criticized by Kensington Palace aides (opens in new tab)shortly after she and Prince Harry went public with their relationship, for wearing a necklace with the couple's initials.
- A senior palace aide called Meghan and told her the jewelry would encourage paparazzi, according to royal correspondents Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand.
- Meghan "felt damned if she did and damned if she didn't," Scobie and Durand report.
Well, this sounds incredibly unpleasant. According to royal correspondents Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, Meghan Markle was criticized by palace aides (opens in new tab) a few months after she and Prince Harry went public with their relationship—for wearing a necklace featuring the couple's initials. "She was advised that wearing such a necklace only served to encourage the photographers to keep pursuing such images—and new headlines," Scobie and Durand report in their new book Finding Freedom, in an excerpt published by People (opens in new tab).
Said necklace, which you can see Meghan wearing here (opens in new tab), is positively miniscule, by the way, and must have required a pretty intense zoom for paparazzi to spot in the first place. Not, of course, that that should matter—can't a woman in love wear a cute necklace in peace?!
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The incident upset Meghan, Scobie and Durand recount in the book. Contacted by a senior Kensington Palace aide, she "said little during the call, choosing instead to simply listen to the counsel," they write. "But after hanging up, she felt frustrated and emotional. While she knew the aide had good intentions, the surreal experience of having someone from her boyfriend's office tell her what kind of jewelry to wear or not to smile at a photographer was too much."
Subsequently, Meghan called a friend, saying, "I can't win. They make out like I'm to blame for these pictures, that it looks like I'm encouraging them, that me even acknowledging the cameras may not be sending the right message. I don't know what to say. It was only yesterday that people online were saying I look miserable in pictures, because I was trying to just ignore the [photographer]."
The future Duchess of Sussex "felt damned if she did and damned if she didn't," according to Scobie and Durand. And seriously, who could blame her?
Meghan Markle's Most Iconic Fashion Moments
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Meghan Markle arrives to the One Young World Summit in an Aritzia dress paired with Manolo Blahnik pumps (opens in new tab).
September 25, 2019
Meghan and Archie step out for Archie's first royal engagement during the tour in South Africa. She wore a Club Monaco dress and a pair of Jennifer Meyer turquoise earrings (opens in new tab).
September 23, 2019
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit District 6 Museum in Cape Town, South Africa. Meghan wore a Veronica Beard blue button-down dress and Castañer espadrilles (opens in new tab).
September 12, 2019
The Duchess Of Sussex attends the launch of the Smart Works Capsule Collection, while wearing a Misha Nonoo button-down (opens in new tab) and wearing butterfly earrings and a cuff that once belonged to Princess Diana.
June 8, 2019
Meghan Markle steps out for her first royal appearance since giving birth. She attends the 2019 Trooping the Colour with Prince Harry in a Givenchy dress and hat by Noelle Stewart.
February 24, 2019
The Duchess Of Sussex wore Dior head to toe and Birks earrings (opens in new tab) while visiting Morocco.
February 24, 2019
The Duke and Duchess arrive to the "Education For All" boarding house in Atlas Mountains in Morocco. Meghan wore an Alice and Olivia blazer and Birdies slippers (opens in new tab).