The Queen scolded Prince Harry for using offensive language about her closest aide during a row prior to his wedding, it’s claimed.
The reprimand is said to have happened after Her Majesty’s dresser and adviser Angela Kelly did not meet Meghan Markle’s sudden demands in relation to a tiara, due to royal protocol.
The Duchess of Sussex reportedly wanted to visit Buckingham Palace and try on the ornamental crown picked by her and her husband-to-be.
Megxit biography Finding Freedom accuses the monarch’s adviser of “deliberately dragging her feet” when the Duchess asked to have access to the tiara ahead of the ceremony in May 2018.
Authors Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie said Harry felt some of the “old guard” at the Palace “simply didn’t like Meghan and would stop at nothing to make her life difficult”.
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But a Mail on Sunday source gave a very different version of events.
Speaking last year, the source said the book’s version of events wasn’t necessarily how everyone recollected it.
“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 insider claimed the Duke responded with rude language.
The veteran adviser alerted HM, prompting the monarch to call Harry for a private meeting.
A royal source told the Mail: “He was put firmly in his place. He had been downright rude.”
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.
Their close relationship has, however, reportedly caused jealousy among other members of staff at times.
In a rare interview with The Telegraph in 2007, Ms Kelly joked: “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!”
Today marks Harry and Meghan’s third wedding anniversary – and a lot has changed since they tied the knot, with the pair having stepped down as senior royals last year.
They now live in an £11 million mansion in Montecito, California, with son Archie and are expecting a daughter in the summer.
Traditionally, a third wedding anniversary is celebrated with gifts made from leather.