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An aide close to the Queen is “very upset” about having been dragged into the Meghan Markle tiara row, it has been reported.
Angela Kelly's formal title is Personal Advisor to Her Majesty (The Queen's Wardrobe) and she’s a key palace figure who spends a great deal of time with Her Majesty.
She is one of a small number of people actually allowed to touch the monarch.
In new book Finding Freedom, biographer Omid Scobie claims Her Majesty had clashed with Prince Harry over Meghan’s wedding day wardrobe – and in particular the use of a tiara from the royal collection.
On the day, the Duchess, 37, wore Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara, made in 1932.
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The Sun quotes a “well-placed royal insider” as saying the Duchess had insisted on a different tiara.
They said: “Meghan had her heart set on this tiara with emeralds and Prince Harry hit the roof when they were told it was impossible for her to wear it."
Royal insiders were said to be concerned the piece could have originally come from Russia.
According to the source, the Queen told Harry: "Meghan cannot have whatever she wants. She gets what tiara she’s given by me."
They added the Queen had also questioned if Meghan should wear a veil for the wedding given it was to be her second marriage.
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In the book Finding Freedom, which Scobie co-wrote with Carolyn Durand, the account of the days before Harry and Meghan’s wedding says the Prince was angry Mrs Kelly "was dragging her feet in helping Meghan obtain access to her chosen tiara for a hair trial in advance of the big day".
Scobie claims Meghan kept trying to schedule a trial run, but struggled to pin Mrs Kelly down down.
A source close to the Duke of Sussex has since branded the claim as "completely ridiculous" and "totally untrue".
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But a palace source told the Express Mrs Kelly is far from happy about the controversy surfacing.
They said: “The sad thing is that Angela is not allowed to give her side of the story.
"There are all these rumours but the Angela I know is not someone who would do anything to upset any of the royal family."
They said the dresser is protective of her unique relationship with the Queen, adding: "I am sure she is really upset to be at the centre of what is being said.”
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Despite being nicknamed AK47, because of what the Telegraph describes as her fiery temper, the Liverpool-born dresser hit it off immediately with the Queen.
She was offered a job after meeting her on a royal visit and quickly rising up the royal ranks, first becoming personal assistant and dresser to the Queen in 2002.
Mrs Kelly is fiercely protective of her close relationship with Her Majesty, and is reluctant to be pushed into the spotlight.
She has, however, written two books about her unique job, explaining the thinking behind some of the monarch’s more iconic outfits and revealing that her Majesty’s diamonds are always polished “with gin and water.”
- Meghan Markle
- Prince Harry
- Royal Family
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