7. Her Majesty Overlooked Meghan’s Family Drama
There was quite the ruckus when it was found out that Meghan’s own father, Thomas Markle, had been secretly staging paparazzi photographs of himself allegedly preparing for his trip to attend the royal wedding. “It was a hugely embarrassing for Meghan,” my source told me. “But the Queen understood she had no control over her father’s actions. She was impressed by how calm and poised Meghan remained throughout the entire ordeal. The episode drew the family closer to the Duchess.” And, when Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, arrived two days before the wedding to meet the royals, the Queen was also “impressed by Doria’s quiet dignity.”
8. Meghan Has Worn Gorgeous-And Historically Significant-Jewelry Lent To Her By The Queen
For her wedding day, the Duchess wore the Queen Mary tiara. The very sparkly headpiece belongs to the Queen, who lent it to Meghan for her wedding day. The platinum piece was made in 1932, but the center brooch dates back to 1893. Eleven sections make up the flexible band, and it’s pierced with interlaced ovals and pavé set with large and small brilliant diamonds. The center, detachable brooch itself is set with 10 more diamonds. It not unusual for the Queen to loan jewelry to the brides marrying into the family. Kate also wore a piece from the Queen’s collection, the Halo Tiara from Cartier.
9. The Majesty Gave Meghan A Very Special Wedding Gift
In another example when the Queen broke royal tradition for Meghan, instead of presenting Meghan’s father with his own coat of arms as she did with Michael Middleton when Kate married into the royal family, the Queen opted for something else entirely. This was to be expected as Thomas didn’t attend the wedding and embarrassed everyone-especially Meghan-with his paparazzi scandal. Instead, she decided to present Meghan her very own coat of arms, something that neither Diana, Sophie, Countess of Wessex nor Kate got. Sure, why not.
The crest artfully combines Meghan’s California roots and her new status as Prince Harry’s wife. A statement from the Palace described the design this way: “The blue background of the shield represents the Pacific Ocean off the California coast, while the two golden rays across the shield are symbolic of the sunshine of The Duchess’s home state. The three quills represent communication and the power of words. Beneath the shield on the grass sits a collection of golden poppies, California’s state flower, and wintersweet, which grows at Kensington Palace.” The coat of arms was personally approved by Thomas Woodcock, the Garter King of Arms and Senior Herald in England, who is based in the College of Arms in London, and of course, by the Queen. Meghan also had some input into its design. In the not-so-distant future, Meghan and Harry will also receive a “conjugal coat of arms” to represent the couple’s combined house.
10. Meghan Is Rewriting The Royal Dress Code-And The Queen Is Fine With It
Its fine, its fine…ITS FINE. Even though there is no official rule book on how a royal should dress, there are some rules that unwritten rules that the ladies of the royal family are expected to follow. During the day, they are supposed to be “modest” (meaning covered up) and pantyhose is an absolute must. Meghan made the rookie mistake of going barelegged for her engagement photo call, but since then she has been notified and has been wearing nude hosiery for any official engagements. Another thing that has been “taken away” from her is her favorite lace-up stilettos, and they have been replaced with the much more elegant Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo pumps. Her toned down look at the Garden Party in honor of Prince Charles’ 70th birthday earlier this year had us thinking her transformation from Hollywood does better to royal duchess was complete.
And then the Trooping the Colour happened. There Meghan came wearing an off-the-shoulder dress…in daytime…at a Queen’s official birthday celebration. Meghan is way too smart (yeah…okay) to straight up offend the Queen and lost all that hard-won goodwill she has acquired, which only means one thing…invasion. I mean it only means that the Queen is totally okay with Meghan breaking a couple dozen royal rules, or maybe she is just too old to care. So we might be seeing Meghan dressing more like her new pal Amal Clooney instead of the Duchess of Cambridge in the future.
11. She Is Getting Very Special ‘Duchess Lessons’.
For a very special person… The Queen has tasked one of her most trusted advisors, her assistant private secretary Samantha Cohen, to take care and overlook the six months of Duchess training that Meghan is receiving, so she can get to know everything she needs to know to be successful in her new life as a royal. Kate had been dating William for nearly a decade, so in her case, it was deemed unnecessary. Sophie worked in public relations-often alongside royals on numerous projects- before her wedding to Edward, so she was a bit more attuned to what was required of her. This is quite the stark difference from Harry’s own mother, Princess Diana, who was left to figure out things on her own after she married Prince Charles. “I was thrown into the deep end,” she told biographer Andrew Morton. “It was sunk or swim and I swam.” My royal source told me, “They are being very smart with Meghan. It’s in everyone’s best interest that she succeeds.”
12. Meghan Has A Secret Project And It Has The Queen’s Blessing
According to multiple royal sources, the Queen has already approved “an important secret initiative” that Meghan is going to be heading up that is related to the empowerment of young people of the Commonwealth. “Details will be announced in due course,” said my source. “The mere existence of something like this so early on for Meghan means she already has the Queen’s stamp of approval which is, quite simply, extraordinary.”