Prince Harry confronted the Queen’s dresser in a row but DENIES and said: ‘What Meghan wants, Meghan gets’
The full details of Prince Harry’s “Tiara Gate” row with one of the Queen’s closest advisers were revealed in his memoir.
In the book Spare, he denies that he angrily told Angela Kelly, his grandmother’s dresser, “What Meghan wants, Meghan gets,” in an argument over a tiara the Queen lent Meghan for her wedding to Harry .
He says his mother’s sisters previously offered Meghan one of the Princess of Wales’ tiaras.
Meghan was “touched” and spent “hours and hours” with her wedding dress designer to get the scalloped edges of her veil to match the Spencer tiara.
The sparkling tiara Meghan wore at her wedding was the Queen Mary’s Diamond Bandeau, loaned to her from the Royal Collection by Harry’s grandmother, the Queen
Princess Diana was pictured wearing the Spencer family tiara in 1983. Meghan had planned on wearing the Spencer tiara before the Queen offered to borrow one from the Royal Collection for her wedding
But just before the wedding in May 2018, Harry said the Queen reached out to the couple and offered Meghan access to her tiara collection.
Harry says: “She even invited us to Buckingham Palace to try them on. “Come over,” I remember her saying.”
What transpired, says Harry, was “an extraordinary morning.”
They were ushered into his grandmother’s private dressing room next to her bedroom – a place Harry had never been before.
The Queen stood next to a jewelry expert who knew the history of every stone in the royal collection.
Also in the room was Mrs Kelly – a docker’s daughter from Liverpool who had become indispensable to the monarch as her personal dresser and confidante but was known to courtiers as ‘AK-47’ for her energetic personality.
Harry says the Queen asked Meghan to look at five stunning tiaras, including one in emeralds and one in aquamarines.
The Queen then told Meghan: “Tiaras suit you.”
After Meghan decided on one, the Queen advised her to try it on at her hairdresser before the wedding day.
But Harry says when he later tried to contact Ms Kelly to get the tiara for the practice session, the dresser didn’t answer.
The Queen’s dresser, Angela Kelly (pictured at the Queen’s funeral), known by some as “AK-47”, reportedly didn’t respond to Harry’s messages about Meghan’s chosen tiara
In his memoir, Harry denies saying the previously reported line: “What Meghan wants, Meghan gets.”
Princess Diana had a thing for tiaras, like this one on her wedding day, and Harry has revealed that she was originally meant to wear the Spencer tiara as a tribute to her
The Duke and Duchess of York’s younger daughter wore a stunning gown by British designer Peter Pilotto on her wedding day; along with the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik tiara, lent to her by her grandmother the Queen
When he finally located her, Ms Kelly told him taking the tiara out of the palace for an appointment with Meghan’s hairdresser “cannot be done” because it would require a male groom and a police officer to guard it.
Harry – who admits to being upset – says Ms Kelly eventually “appeared out of nowhere” at Kensington Palace to get him to sign a release form before presenting the tiara.
He writes: “She fixed me with a look that made me shudder. I could read a clear warning on her face. It’s not over yet.”
Markle instead wore Queen Mary’s Diamond Bandeau, the centerpiece of which is a 10-diamond brooch given to Mary of Teck as a wedding gift from the County of Lincoln in 1893.
The tiara saga was just one of the many difficulties Meghan reportedly faced while trying to prepare her wedding ensemble.
Harry claims there was “a heated argument in the back corridors of the Palace over whether Meghan could – or should – wear a veil”.
For some courtiers, it was out of the question for a divorced woman to wear a veil, he says.
But Harry goes on to say that “unexpectedly, the powerful showed some flexibility” and relented.
His narration of the Tiara Gate story shows the extent of the power wielded by the Queen’s dresser.
Ms Kelly first joined the royal household as an assistant dresser, but then worked her way up the ranks and was entrusted with the keys to the Queen’s priceless jewelery collection.
She served Queen Elizabeth II for almost 30 years and was pictured at her state funeral on September 19.
The Queen is said to have made royal arrangements to allow Ms Kelly to remain in her home for the rest of her life, even after she has died.
The two were known to trade light-hearted banter with one another, as the Queen once jokingly told her dresser, “You’re fired,” during a trip to Australia.
Her strong influence is said to give her considerable power over other officers and younger household members.
It was previously reported that the ‘tiara gate’ row involved another tiara from which Meghan had no choice – but this latest telling from Prince Harry seems to call that into question.
Harry says the Queen asked Meghan to look at five stunning tiaras, including one in emeralds and one in aquamarines
There were also reports that the dispute was over the same tiara Princess Eugenie wore to her wedding ceremony in 2018, which featured a stunning array of sapphires.
The Greville Emerald Kokoshnik tiara was passed on to the Queen after her mother’s death in 2002.
She was so favored by the monarch that Ms Kelly also received extraordinary permission to complete a three-book deal.
Two volumes have been published and another is about to be published.
The Spencer tiara that Meghan reportedly originally wanted to wear was worn by Princess Diana at her wedding to Prince Charles in 1981 and has been worn by her on numerous occasions after her big day.
The tiara is a family heirloom that was also worn by all of Diana’s sisters on their wedding days.
Manufactured by Garrads in the 1930s, the headdress has an ornate design of stylized flowers adorned with diamonds in silver settings.
The tiara now belongs to Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer.
It is understood that Ms Kelly was not consulted by Harry’s publishers about the episode in his memoirs.
She could not be reached for comment today and Buckingham Palace declined to comment.
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