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Sunday, 31 March 2019

REVEALED: How Prince Charles told Meghan Not To Wear A Lavish Tiara At Her First Overseas State Dinner Because She Would Look 'Extravagant'...On The Same Night Kate Dazzled in Diamonds

How Prince Charles told Meghan 'You cannot wear a tiara - it looks too extravagant'
The Duchess of Sussex (right in Fiji in October and inset on her wedding day in May) had hoped to borrow a jewelled tiara from the Royal Collection for a dinner with president of Fiji Jioji Konrote in October. But she was advised by Prince Charles that such ostentation is avoided in parts of the Commonwealth where it can be seen as reminiscent of a bygone era. Yet on the same night, the Duchess of Cambridge (left wearing a tiara at Buckingham Palace) wore a large diamond and pearl headpiece to a state banquet at Buckingham Palace.

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 Mail on Sunday can reveal that Prince Charles intervened over plans by Meghan to wear a lavish headpiece to an event in Fiji last October.



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 Duchess of Sussex wearing a diamond and platinum bandeau tiara at her wedding to Prince Harry on May 19

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.


Meghan did, however, 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.

Charles is believed to have taken a greater role in planning official foreign trips made by the Royal Family since the Queen gave up overseas tours in 2015.

Commonwealth leaders formally announced last year that he will succeed his mother as the next head of the organisation and aides say he is determined to show respect to each of its 53 member states.

The UN estimates the average monthly wage in Fiji to be just £400 and it is thought Charles considered the tiara would ‘not be in keeping with modern monarchy’.


Last night an insider told the Mail on Sunday: ‘The Prince, having travelled to all these places many times over many years, is very well placed to give advice on such matters.’

The Duchess of Cambridge attends a State Banquet in honour of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands at Buckingham Palace in London on October 23, 2018

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