- According to a new royal biography, Prince Harry and the Queen (opens in new tab) shared an awkward moment on the day of his royal wedding to Meghan Markle.
- The moment in question reportedly went down after Meghan was denied her first-choice tiara for the big day, prompting Harry to declare "what Meghan wants, Meghan gets."
- According to royal historian Robert Lacey (opens in new tab), the Queen stepped in with the final word, telling Harry in no uncertain terms that Meghan "gets the tiara that she's given by me."
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's (opens in new tab) time together in the royal family (opens in new tab) wasn't always perfect. But, according to a new royal biography, their awkward run-ins with the other royals began as early as their wedding.
In his new book Battle of Brothers: William and Harry – The Inside Story of a Family in Tumult (opens in new tab), royal historian Robert Lacey recounts a moment during the royal wedding (opens in new tab) when Harry butted heads with his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth (opens in new tab).
The awkward moment apparently went down after Harry told staff members working on the royal wedding that "what Meghan wants, Meghan gets" after she was told she couldn't wear her first-choice tiara for the big day. Apparently, the Queen wasn't a fan of the declaration. In a short excerpt shared by the Mirror (opens in new tab), Lacey writes:
"Not for the first time, nor sadly the last, the word 'no' pushed a button inside him and he flew into a rage. There were dressers and flunkies present, guarding and organizing the jewels, so it was inevitable that his now-famous exclamation should find its way to the outside world—What Meghan wants, Meghan gets!
Her Majesty did not approve. 'Meghan cannot have whatever she wants,' was was reported to have replied. 'She gets the tiara that she's given by me."
It's worth noting, of course, that there have been conflicting reports about Meghan and Tiaragate (opens in new tab) since the royal wedding. In their recent book Finding Freedom (opens in new tab), royal authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand offered a very different account of events. Scobie reiterated how well the tiara selection process went during an interview with True Royalty TV's The Royal Beat.
"The tiara selection went wonderfully. The Queen was very happy, Meghan was very happy," he said, according to the Mirror (opens in new tab). "In fact Meghan's words when that story came out were 'how sad, I love my tiara.'"
Meghan Markle's Most Iconic Fashion Moments
March 9, 2020
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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).