Prince Harry did not exchange strong words with the Queen over Meghan Markle’s wedding tiara, sources have insisted.
A source close to the Duke of Sussex, 35, has slammed claims that the royal asked the Queen ‘what the hell is going on’ during a phone call prior to his wedding day and called the allegations ‘completely ridiculous’.
It comes after Finding Freedom author Omid Scobie claimed that that Prince Harry had made an exasperated call to his grandmother, 94, following an alleged tussle with Her Majesty’s long-time dresser Angela Kelly.
During the alleged call the prince is claimed to have inquired about whether Meghan would be given time to try on her diamond bandeau tiara during a trial with her hairdresser ahead of the big day and reportedly said: ‘I don’t know what the hell is going on, but this woman needs to make this work for my future wife.’
Prince Harry did not shout at the Queen over Meghan Markle’s wedding tiara, a source close to the duke has said
The source insisted that the Queen is probably the person he respects and values most in the world
However a source has now refuted the claims over what has come to be known as ‘tiaragate’ as ‘totally untrue’, and told The Telegraph: ‘The Queen is probably the person he respects and values most in the world.’
They added that the suggestion the Duke ‘yelled’ at his grandmother was ‘totally untrue, and completely ridiculous’.
Mr Scobie said in an interview with True Royalty TV, broadcast today, that the Prince Harry was reportedly furious with Ms Kelly, a close confidante of the Queen, after she ‘deliberately dragged her feet’ when Meghan asked for access to the tiara before the couple’s nuptials in May 2018.
There were also reportedly issues surrounding Meghan’s choice of tiara. Her first choice is said to have been the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik tiara, which was worn by Princess Eugenie at her wedding six months after the Sussexes’ nuptials.
Although the issue surrounding the tiara has been documented in Mr Scobie’s biography, co-written with Carolyn Durand, it is the first time the alleged phone conversation with the Queen has been reported.
Mr Scobie said in the interview today: ‘Harry had to intervene. He called his grandmother and said, ”I don’t know what the hell is going on. This woman needs to make this work for my future wife”. And of course, we can kind of see now where this ‘what Meghan wants, Meghan gets’ narrative came from.
Meghan Markle arrives at the High Altar for the wedding at St George’s Chapel on May 19, 2018
Harry and the Queen at Lady Gabriella Windsor’s wedding at Windsor Castle on May 18, 2019
Queen Mary’s Diamond Bandeau, which was worn by Meghan for her wedding to Prince Harry
‘Harry felt that there were those within the institution that would stop at nothing at the very least to make Meghan’s life difficult.’
It is unclear why this phone conversation was not retold in similar fashion in the biography – which states that Harry didn’t believe that Ms Kelly was ‘truly unavailable’ to assist with the hair trial and thought she was ‘purposefully ignoring Meghan’.
It states: ‘What followed between the prince and Angela was a heated exchange that was far from the typical restraint expected. According to a source, Harry had no problem confronting the issue had on. ”He was fed up,” said the aide… In the end, Harry had to speak to his grandmother about the situation. And she got her trial.’
The exasperated call was made following a tussle with a key aide to Her Majesty, Angela Kelly
According to the authors, a senior Buckingham Palace aide insisted the Duke of Sussex was being ‘oversensitive’ when he accused Ms Kelly of trying to make things difficult for Meghan, however a source close to the prince said ‘nothing could convince Harry that some of the old guard at the Palace simply didn’t like Meghan and would stop at nothing to make her life difficult’.
The ‘tiara row’ symbolised the frustration of the Sussexes with the so-called ‘vipers’ at the Palace. Harry saw it as a ‘huge snub’ that Ms Kelly did not organise for Meghan and her American hairdresser Serge Normant to get access to the glittering Queen Mary bandeau headpiece when they wished.
Finding Freedom by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand was released last week
A friend said: ‘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 [from Windsor] and Harry went ballistic. He was furious at the treatment of his then fiancee. Such a snub.’ But others insist the couple misinterpreted Ms Kelly’s reply.
A source said: ‘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?”
‘Angela essentially said, ”I’m very sorry, that’s not how it works.” There’s protocol in place over these jewels. 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.’
Scobie also claims that Prince William has not spoken to his brother properly since he revealed his plan to quit the UK for North America.
In the TV interview to promote the book, Mr Scobie said: ‘The brothers had not spoken since around the time of the Sandringham summit.
‘They hadn’t seen each other. That’s really going to take some time to heal. I think the distance between the brothers grew wider and wider. And that’s partly because of things that take place – and we discuss them in the book.’
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s plan to step back from their royal duties made the brother’s relationship difficult, said Mr Scobie.
In the TV interview to promote the book, Mr Scobie says: ‘The brothers had not spoken since around the time of the Sandringham summit’
He continued: ‘I think really where it went wrong for Harry and Meghan and the Cambridges was that decision to go public with the road map to their new working model.
‘The statements weren’t discussed internally. That’s really what caused the most amount of hurt to William, because he wears two hats.
‘He’s not just the brother, he’s also future king and he felt that damaged the reputation of the family.’
‘That it put family business out into the public domain when it should’ve been discussed privately and there was a lot of hurt there that continues to this day.’
The Queen appointed Ms Kelly, nicknamed AK47 because of her uncompromising manner, a member of the Royal Victorian Order in 2006 and promoted her to Lieutenant of the same Order in 2012 for ‘distinguished personal service’.
She is also Her Majesty’s Personal Adviser and Curator (The Queen’s Jewellery, Insignias and Wardrobe), a role not previously granted to a Royal servant.