Meghan Markle and the Queen's Jewels: What's Really Going On
For starters, Meghan hasn't attended formal occasions where the Queen's jewelry would be required
And less than one month after the wedding, Meghan and the Queen showcased their bond with a day-long outing.
On Thursday The Sun claimed the monarch, who turns 93 this month, has prohibited the Duchess of Sussex from borrowing some of the jewelry in the Royal Collection – including pieces that once belonged to Harry’s mother, Princess Diana.
But a closer look at the facts tells a very different story.
For starters, palaces sources point out that Meghan has worn pieces from the Royal Collection (namely the tiara) and may well do so in the future.
By the same token, since the wedding, Meghan has not had an occasion to wear Royal Collection jewelry. Female members of the royal family typically wear the historic jewelry for formal events like state banquets – and Meghan hasn’t yet attended any.
The most recent state visit was held in October for King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. Kate Middleton wore her go-to tiara, the Lover’s Knot, on loan from the Queen. Sometimes referred to as the Cambridge Lover’s Knot, it is one of the best-known tiaras in the British royal family’s collection and was a favorite of Princess Diana.
Of course, Meghan and Harry were in the middle of their tour of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand at the time, so they did not attend.
Since the wedding, Queen Elizabeth has also gifted her new granddaughter-in-law with some stunning pieces of jewelry. The monarch gave Meghan an elegant pair of pearl and diamond drop earrings ahead of their first solo outing together in June, where Meghan showed off the gorgeous present by tucking her hair behind her ears.
Meghan wore the earrings again in September, when she joined Harry at the WellChild Awards.
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William and Harry also divided Princess Diana’s personal jewelry collection after her death, and the pieces are now being worn by their wives.
Meghan debuted the first piece of jewelry inherited from her mother-in-law on her wedding day, when she waved to crowds as the couple drove to their evening reception wearing Diana’s aquamarine ring on her right hand..
Diana famously wore the emerald cut Aquamarine stunner to an auction of her own clothes at Christie’s in 1997. The jewel is part of a set — the other piece is an aquamarine bracelet, where it’s connected by five strands of pearls. She wore both to a gala dinner in Australia in 1996.
Following their exciting baby news, Meghan and Harry were photographed out in Sydney, Australia as part of their royal tour in October.
For the outing, Meghan opted for a fitted white sleeveless dress by Australian designer Karen Gee. She paired the timeless look with a pair of butterfly earrings previously worn by Princess Diana. Meghan’s late mother-in-law wore them during a trip to Canada on May 3, 1986 — a year after she gave birth to Harry.
When it came to choosing her wedding tiara, Meghan took Harry along with her and together they chose the stunning heritage, art-deco piece.
“Harry and I had gone to Buckingham Palace to meet with Her Majesty The Queen to select one of the options that were there, which was an incredibly surreal day as you can imagine,” Meghan shared in a personal recording for an exhibition displaying their wedding looks at Windsor Castle.
Harry added that choosing the diamond-and-platinum bandeau tiara was an easy decision.
“[It’s] every girl’s dream to be able to try on a tiara and funnily enough, [that was] the one that suited the best. I shouldn’t have really even been there, but [it was] such an incredible loan by my grandmother, it was very sweet,” Harry said in the recording.