Prince Harry did not raise his voice to the Queen during a row about a tiara, a source close to the duke has said.
Claims that Harry argued about the tiara Meghan was to borrow from the Queen emerged from a new biography about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
It was said the prince was frustrated when they could not get hold of Angela Kelly, the Queen’s dressmaker, to arrange a second fitting, to allow Meghan to have a hair stylist with her to practice for the big day.
Finding Freedom author Omid Scobie claimed Harry had remarked to the Queen that he did not know “what the hell” was going on as he and Meghan found themselves unable to get hold of Kelly.
But Scobie has since clarified that he did not say Harry yelled or shouted, as a source close to the duke also rubbished the suggestion.
Scobie tweeted: “I NEVER said Prince Harry ‘yelled’ or ‘shouted’ at The Queen — not in an interview or in the book. Ridiculous claim to make.”
I’ve tried to stay off Twitter in the recent days but I need to comment on false reporting that has been attributed to me. I NEVER said Prince Harry “yelled” or “shouted” at The Queen — not in an interview or in the book. Ridiculous claim to make.— Omid Scobie (@scobie) August 17, 2020
A source close to the Duke of Sussex said it was “untrue” and “ridiculous” to suggest he had shouted at his grandmother, and said the Queen is the person he values and respects most in the world.
The couple had been to Buckingham Palace to select a tiara, but with no stylist there to check the piece would fit with Meghan’s wedding day hairstyle, they wanted to arrange a second meeting.
When no meeting was forthcoming, Scobie claimed on The Royal Beat: “Harry had to intervene. He called his grandmother and said, ‘I don’t know what the hell is going on. This woman needs to make this work for my future wife.’”
Scobie also claimed Meghan did not get the second fitting until a few days before the wedding.
Meghan, 39, and Harry, 35, talked about being able to choose the tiara with the Queen in a series of recordings made for an exhibition about royal weddings at Windsor Castle.
In the recording, Meghan said: “Harry and I had gone to Buckingham Palace to meet with her Majesty the Queen to select one of the options that were there, which was an incredibly surreal day as you can imagine.”
Harry added: “I shouldn't have really been there – but an incredible loan by my grandmother. Very sweet.”
Before it was published, there were claims that Finding Freedom told Harry and Meghan’s side of the story, but their spokesperson denied they had been interviewed for the book.
In an author’s note, Scobie and co-author Carolyn Durand said they had spoken to more than 100 sources, including the Duke and Duchess of Sussex when appropriate.
Scobie since added there was a difference between exchanging a few words at an engagement and a formal interview.