Published On: Tue, Nov 19th, 2019

Meghan Markle news: Was Prince Harry’s wife refused wedding tiara by Queen Elizabeth II?

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been married since 19 May 2018. Following in the steps of many royal brides, the Duchess picked the Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau tiara from the royal collection. However, insiders have claimed she chose it second after the Queen refused to allow her first choice.

The style seemed to suit the Duchess perfectly and she even adapted it to make it her own.

Tobias added: “Meghan Markle always looks impeccable and she took advantage of the flexible nature of this tiara’s design, placing a detachable diamond brooch at its centre instead of the sapphire it has been seen with in the past.

“This reflects her immaculate taste and a desire to personalise a look so it works perfectly for her, down to every last detail.”

However, Meghan reportedly wanted to wear a different tiara altogether, claimed an inside source who spoke to The Sun.


She is said to have requested the Vladimir tiara, which was given to Marie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin when she married Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia in 1897.

The jewel entered the Royal Family in 1921 when it was bought by Queen Mary before a set of 15 emeralds were attached.

A royal insider speculated why the Queen may have blocked Meghan wearing it down the aisle.

They told The Sun: “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.

The royal chose the Margaret Greville’s Kokoshnik Emerald Tiara which originally belonged to Dame Margaret Greville.

Next year, Princess Beatrice will marry boyfriend, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, after they announced their engagement in September 2019.

However, it is unlikely Princess Beatrice will wear the tiara Meghan originally chose as the origin of the jewel is still unlikely to be known.

The Queen has a large collection and Beatrice is sure to pick a stunning piece from that.

Who is Meghan Markle? Quick profile

Meghan Markle was born Rachel Meghan Markle, on August 4, 1981 to parents Doria Ragland and father Thomas Markle.

Her father was previously married to Roslyn Loveless and Meghan has two elder half sibling – sister Samantha Markle and brother Thomas Markle Junior.


Meghan’s first television appearance in the USA was in an episode of the medical drama General Hospital in 2002.

She later moved on to roles in CSI, Without a Trace and Castle along with bit parts in Hollywood films including Get Him to the Greek, Remember Me and Horrible Bosses.

Meghan was also a “briefcase girl” on Deal or No Deal – but her most famous role was as Rachel Zane in legal drama Suits, which launched in 2011.

She was written out in the finale of the seventh series when her character got married, which aired in April 2018 – just before she got married herself.

Charity and humanitarian work

Meghan Markle’s career in television has gone hand-in-hand with her support for causes close to her heart.

She wrote about the stigma around menstrual health in an article for Time magazine and was a Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada – with whom she travelled to Rwanda for the charity’s Clean Water Campaign.

And her commitment to gender equality has seen her work with the United Nations – receiving a standing ovation in 2015 for her speech to mark International Women’s Day.


In September 2011, she wed film producer Trevor Engelson, who she began dating in 2004.

But the pair divorced two years later in August 2013, citing irreconcilable difference.

She was in a relationship with celebrity chef Cory Vitiello for almost two years, before they broke it off in 2016 but the two remain good friends.

And in June 2016, she met Prince Harry on a blind date set up by a mutual friend.

Their relationship began in October that year and just over one year later, on November 27, 2017, the pair announced their engagement.

They married on May 19, 2018 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.

Meghan’s heritage

Some have claimed Meghan Markle is the first mixed-race member of the Royal Family.

Historians are still arguing about Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III.

But Meghan will be the first royal to openly embrace a mixed-race heritage.

She has written about the difficulties of being a biracial actress in Hollywood as she claims she is not black enough for some roles and not white enough for others.

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