The Queen has ‘banned’ the Duchess of Sussex from wearing some of the priceless jewellery from the Royal Collection, it has been revealed today.
The move reportedly came after the Queen was left ‘unimpressed by Meghan’s demanding behaviour’ ahead of her marriage to Prince Harry last year – during which he is reported to have told staff ‘what Meghan wants Meghan gets’.
Buckingham Palace has reportedly applied the stringent new rules to Meghan in a bid to ‘maintain order, hierarchy and precedence’ within the Royal Family.
A Buckingham Palace insider told MailOnline that the Queen still lends jewellery to the Duchess of Sussex from her own private collection – including the headpiece she wore at her wedding in May.
The Royal Collection is held in trust by the Sovereign for her successors and the nation, and is not owned by The Queen as a private individual.
But the Queen does own a number of items – including a glittering array of crowns, tiaras, necklaces and earrings – which remain her private property.
She loans them out to members of the royal family for formal occasions and state visits, at her own discretion.
The Duchess borrowed the diamond tiara belonging to the Queen’s grandmother on her wedding day, and wore a pair of pearl earrings gifted to her by Her Majesty during her first joint engagement with the monarch last June.
Buckingham Palace sources added that the Duchess of Cambridge wore The Queen Mary tiara from the Queen’s private collection in December, but Meghan did not have the same chance as she was not at the event.
A ‘royal insider’ told The Sun: ‘It is true that Buckingham Palace did not want all the items in the Royal Collection to be opened up to Meghan at this time.
‘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.’
Last month, The Mail on Sunday revealed the Prince of Wales told the Duchess of Sussex not to wear a tiara to her first overseas state dinner, fearing it might look ‘extravagant’.
The Duchess had hoped to borrow a jewelled tiara from the Royal Collection for the event, but she was advised by her father-in-law that such ostentation is avoided in parts of the Commonwealth where it can be seen as reminiscent of a bygone era or ‘extravagant’.
A source said: ‘Meghan did not understand all of this because she was new to the role and so Prince Charles told her that it would not be appropriate.
‘It was very kindly done.’
The absence of a tiara drew attention when Meghan, wearing a blue full-length gown by Safiyaa, arrived for the dinner hosted by the president of Fiji Jioji Konrote – not least because the Duchess of Cambridge wore a large diamond and pearl headpiece once owned by Princess Diana to a state banquet at Buckingham Palace on the same night.
However Meghan did at the time wear a pair of diamond earrings that are thought to have been borrowed, possibly from the Royal Collection, which is the largest private collection of art in the world.