The Duke and Duchess of Sussex dramatically stepped down as senior royals less than two years after they extravagantly tied the knot in the grounds of Windsor Castle. The couple said they wanted financial independence and have since gone on to sign a £112 million deal with Netflix to make a series of shows. But Robert Lacey claimed Meghan and Harry may have wanted to distance themselves from the rest of the Royal Family following a number of tense run-ins that began as early as their wedding.
Mr Lacey spoke of Harry lashing out after Meghan was told she couldn’t wear her first-choice tiara for their wedding in his new book Battle of Brothers: William, Harry and the Inside Story of a Family in Tumult.
He wrote: “Not for the first time, nor sadly the last, the word ‘no’ pushed a button inside him and he flew into a rage.
“There were dressers and flunkies present, guarding and organising the jewels, so it was inevitable that his now-famous exclamation should find its way to the outside world—What Meghan wants, Meghan gets!
“Her Majesty did not approve. ‘Meghan cannot have whatever she wants,’ was was reported to have replied. ‘She gets the tiara that she’s given by me.”
This account differs to Finding Freedom authors’ Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand’s version of Meghan and Harry’s Royal Wedding.
Mr Scobie said both Meghan and the Queen were “very happy” with the tiara choice.
He told True Royalty TV: “The tiara selection went wonderfully.
“The Queen was very happy, Meghan was very happy.
“In fact Meghan’s words when that story came out were ‘how sad, I love my tiara.'”
Mr Scobie alluded to other wedding planning “drama” involving the Queen’s dressmaker Angela Kelly.
He said: “The drama took place afterwards, when Meghan wanted to try that tiara on with her hair stylist, because there is a lot of tech that goes into this.
“They had to do an experiment with that before the wedding day.
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“The hairstylist came in from overseas, there was an appointment at Buckingham Palace, but nobody was there.”
Mr Scobie added Meghan struggled to book Angela, which lead to Prince Harry intervening.
He said: “Each time Angela Kelly isn’t available to arrange this, to facility this, despite agreeing to.
“It got to the point where staff around Harry and Meghan were tearing their hair out because the wedding was a couple of weeks away, months had passed at this point.
“Harry had to intervene. He called his grandmother and said, ‘I don’t know what the hell is going on, but this woman needs to make this work for my future wife’.
“We can see kind of see now where this ‘what Meghan wants, Meghan gets’ narrative came from.
“Harry felt that there were those within the institution that would stop at nothing to at the very least to make Meghan’s life difficult.
“Meghan didn’t get to try the tiara on again until a few days before the wedding.”