Harry ‘put in place’ by Queen for being rude to aide over Meghan’s wedding tiara
Prince Harry was reportedly 'put firmly in his place' by Her Majesty the Queen after he used offensive language about her closest aide during a row about Meghan Markle's wedding day tiara.
Meghan had wanted to try a royal tiara on to see if she may want to wear it ahead of her special day, which happened exactly three years ago today on May 19, 2018.
But when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were told they must follow protocol and book an appointment to access the Queen's jewels, Harry became frustrated and used offensive language, according to a report in the Mail on Sunday last year.
A biography of Harry and Meghan accuses the Queen's adviser of "deliberately dragging her feet" when the Duchess of Sussex asked to have access to the tiara ahead of their Royal Wedding in May 2018.
According to the authors of Finding Freedom, Harry felt that some of the "old guard" at Buckingham Palace "simply didn't like Meghan and would stop at nothing to make her life difficult".
But a Mail on Sunday source gave a very different version of events.
The source said: "The book's version of what happened would not be everyone else's recollection of events and certainly not those who were close to it.
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"Angela essentially said, 'I'm very sorry, that's not how it works.' There's protocol in place over these jewels.
"They're kept under very tight lock and key. You can't turn up and demand to have the tiara just because your hairdresser happens to be in town."
The Duke of Sussex allegedly put pressure on courtiers to persuade Ms Kelly to travel to London and unlock the cupboard where the tiara is kept.
The paper goes on to claim the prince used rude language about Ms Kelly after she pointed out that an appointment must be booked in advance to access the Queen's jewels.
The Queen's adviser alerted Her Majesty when she learnt of Harry's bad language, prompting the monarch to call him for a private meeting.
A Royal source told the Mail on Sunday: "He was put firmly in his place. He had been downright rude."
An insider also said at the time: "There was a very heated exchange that prompted the Queen to speak to Harry.
"She said, ‘Meghan cannot have whatever she wants. She gets what tiara she’s given by me’."
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Ms Kelly's official title is personal assistant, adviser, and curator (jewelry, insignias, and wardrobe), but behind closed doors, she is more importantly a trusted confidante, friend and almost like a sister to the Queen.
It is said that when the Queen tells staff she is "stepping out for a bit" it is actually royal code for her popping to see Ms Kelly.
"We are two typical women," Ms Kelly told The Telegraph in a rare interview in 2007.
"We discuss clothes, make-up, jewellery. We say, 'Would this piece of jewellery look nice with that outfit?', and things like that."
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Their close relationship has however reportedly caused jealousy among other members of staff, with Ms Kelly joking: "I don't have any more room for knives in my back."
She added: "I don't know why the Queen seems fond of me – because I don't give her an easy time!"
Speaking of their friendship, Ms Kelly said: "I am not there to replace her mother and her sister.
"I do worry about her and care about her. But we also have a lot of fun together. The Queen has a wicked sense of humour and is a great mimic. She can do all accents – including mine."
Ms Kelly, who is one of the few people – other than her family – who can lay hands on the Monarch, addresses the Queen as ‘Your Majesty’ or ‘Ma’am’, while the Queen calls her ‘Angela’.
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