Since last year in May, Meghan Markle has finally become an established member of the Royal Family after marrying Prince Harry. Baby Sussex’s due date is coming up any day now, and their firstborn will be the seventh in line to the throne.
Considering all the changes and sacrifices a commoner must make to become one with the Royals, it seems like Meghan has had a decent time adapting to the role and lifestyle - despite all the rumors cycling about feuds between herself and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. However, just days before her baby is due, Meghan’s been hit with a brutal royal snub.
The event is pretty upsetting, considering the fact that the two Royal women involved had a wonderful friendship before this unfolded. We’re going to take a look at how the Queen and the Duchess of Sussex became best friends after a sleepover, and why Her Majesty decided to make the dramatic move that’s left her grandson devastated.
MARKLE BANNED FROM WEARING ROYAL JEWELRY
According to reports from celebrity journalist Dan Wootton, Queen Elizabeth II isn’t letting Meghan wear items of jewelry from the Royal Collection. Naturally, this ignited some tension between the Duchess of Sussex and the senior royals.
This news comes as a shock since Her Majesty had previously given both Princess Diana and Prince William’s wife permission to loan the precious pieces, snubbing Markle of the same privilege for some unknown reason. Unsurprisingly, the decision has left Prince Harry “upset.”
“This is a surprising situation that has been going on behind the scenes over the past few months and has caused tension and upset, especially for Harry. It is at the discretion of the Queen and trusted advisers which items in the Royal Collection she chooses to loan out and to whom.”
The royal insider stated that Her Majesty made the decision to not lend the iconic jewelry to Markle, due to Meghan's behavior. Apparently, the Queen was “unimpressed” with the Duchess.
“Aspects of Meghan’s behaviour, including before the Royal Wedding, caused resentment with forces within Buckingham Palace. To be perfectly honest, the Queen herself was not impressed with some of Meghan’s demands, especially as a new member of the family.
As part of that situation, the Queen informed Prince William that the items from the Royal Collection worn by Princess Diana would not immediately be made available to Meghan.”
IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THE ROYAL RULES
Apparently, the Queen actually had a good reason for doing so. The jewelry ban more than likely comes from the Queen’s wish to enforce royal hierarchy. The source explained:
“The Queen likes Meghan personally but this is about the hierarchy. She is showing that maintaining the correct order and precedence within the family is important.”
Even though Meghan is married to Prince Harry and their child will be seventh in line to the throne, she is still ranked lower than her sister-in-law Kate. Many people are speculating that this is the explanation behind the Queen’s decision. Since Kate is of higher ranking, this might be the reason why the Queen gladly lent Diana and Kate iconic pieces.
The pieces include a four-row Japanese pearl choker worn by Diana for a state banquet in 1982 and The Queen Mary Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara, which is supposedly Kate Middleton’s favorite hair accessory. Another royal source explained:
“Even if Meghan is the most popular woman in the world, she is of a lower rank than Kate. Obviously Kate as the next Princess of Wales and a senior member of the family does have them made available to her. That's not to say items won't be loaned to Meghan in the future if situations change.”
THE DUCHESS OF SUSSEX AND HER MAJESTY: A WARM FRIENDSHIP
These recent rumors came as a bigger shock to those who have been keeping up with the relationship between the Queen and Meghan. In the 2018 documentary 'Harry and Meghan: The First 100 days,' reports came in that a lovely friendship was flourishing between the Duchess and Her Majesty.
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Just 27 days after marrying Prince Harry and officially becoming a part of the Royal family, the documentary noted how the Queen called the Duchess over for a “sleepover” on the royal train - a move that surprised many. According to the documentary, the two were already “best friends” by the next day. Royal author Katie Nicholl said:
“William or Kate have never been granted the privilege of staying overnight on the royal train. It is only brought out for very special occasions as it is very expensive to run.”
Dickie Arbiter, the Queen’s former aide, added:
"The Queen and Meghan obviously have a tremendous rapport. I have never seen the Queen look so happy and delighted. She was smiling and laughing a lot."
Ms. Nicholl also added:
"They seem very relaxed in each other’s company. They were actually having a proper giggle about what was going on."
It looks like all might actually be well in the Royal household then, considering the move was done out of respect for royal rules and traditions - not in spite of the Duchess of Sussex. However, we can’t help but wonder; if Harry supposedly feels devastated, then maybe there’s more to the story that we don’t know?
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