Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s royal wedding in 2018 was a treat for the tabloids. Back when everything was fresh and everyone was simply adoring the blushing bride and her minimalistic yet gorgeous look, that nevertheless was not inexpensive to assemble.
The now-estranged royal wife had chosen a beautiful diamond headpiece to don at her wedding, but if rumors are to be believed, it was far from her first choice.
From Russia, with love
Royal biographer Robert Lacey has written about Meghan Markle and the tiara controversy in his book Battle of Brothers. According to Lacey, the tiara was “a beautiful emerald headdress that was said ‘to have come from Russia.’”
According to Express, since this choice had “scandal attached,” Queen Elizabeth evaded the request. Lacey had written, “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.” The reason being that having come from Russia, “this was code for a sensitive origin.”
He further added that the tiara:
“was one of those that had found its way into Windsor hands through ‘undefined’ not to say dodgy channels — and for an undisclosed price — in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution.”
The jewel in question is among the ones that somehow reached the UK when the Russian Imperial Family was murdered in 1918.
Lacey has further described in the book that media speculation “about which Tsarist princess had worn the tiara and how she had been assassinated” would have given the reporters a field day in and of itself.
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Meanwhile, the headgear that the Duchess of Sussex did end up wearing “is likely to be worth at least £2 million,” according to Max Stone, from the jeweler Steven Stone. The bandeau-style headpiece also had quite a special bond with Queen Elizabeth.
The tiara “belonged to Queen Mary, who was married to King George V and is Queen Elizabeth’s grandmother… The center stone featured in the tiara is actually a brooch, comprised of 10 diamonds and which Mary of Teck received as a wedding gift from the County of Lincoln in 1893.”
The drama around the tiara is not solely based on Lacey’s book but also reports of Dan Wooton who shared a similar report two years before the book was published. Wooton said, “Meghan had her heart set on this tiara with emeralds and Prince Harry hit the roof when they were told it was impossible for her to wear it.” On top of all this, the Duke of Sussex “flew into rage” when his wife was denied the jewel of her choice.
However, in their version, the estranged royal couple loved everything about the Suits alum’s final look. Some things can never be known and the heart of this controversy is one of those mysteries.
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Source: Page Six