Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s time together in the royal family wasn’t always perfect. But, according to a new royal biography, their awkward run-ins with the other royals began as early as their wedding.
In his new book Battle of Brothers: William and Harry – The Inside Story of a Family in Tumult, royal historian Robert Lacey recounts a moment during the royal wedding when Harry butted heads with his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.
The awkward moment apparently went down after Harry told staff members working on the royal wedding that “what Meghan wants, Meghan gets” after she was told she couldn’t wear her first-choice tiara for the big day. Apparently, the Queen wasn’t a fan of the declaration. In a short excerpt shared by the Mirror, Lacey writes:
“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 organizing 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.”
It’s worth noting, of course, that there have been conflicting reports about Meghan and Tiaragate since the royal wedding. In their recent book Finding Freedom, royal authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand offered a very different account of events. Scobie reiterated how well the tiara selection process went during an interview with True Royalty TV’s The Royal Beat.
“The tiara selection went wonderfully. The Queen was very happy, Meghan was very happy,” he said, according to the Mirror. “In fact, Meghan’s words when that story came out were ‘how sad, I love my tiara.'”