If you’re an avid follower of the British Royal Family, or you’ve simply come across British tabloids on your news feed as of late, then you might have already read about the recent rumors surrounding the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle.
In brief, over the past few days UK news sites have been regurgitating the same information: that Meghan has been banned by Queen Elizabeth II from borrowing the crown jewels. This includes around 300 valuable pieces from necklaces, to earrings, to bracelets, and tiaras.
To further stir the pot, it’s also being passed around that Prince William supported his grandmother’s decision. FYI, The said jewels are often loaned to members of the royal family under the Queen’s discretion.
British news sites also noted that the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, often sports pieces from the prized collection, such as The Cambridge Lover's Knot Tiara—a favorite of the late Princess Diana. That said, if Kate's husband, Prince William, truly backed up the said ban, then the decision could only worsen his already marred relationship with Prince Harry.
But the question remains: Is it all true?
Evidently, the news sites all pointed back to one main source, which is an article by popular British tabloid The Sun. The thing is, while The Sun did report the said ban, the story in question is two years old. Yep, it was published in 2019, and it stated the the decree was reportedly made after the monarch was apparently “unimpressed by Meghan's demanding behaviour” right before hers and Prince Harry's wedding day.
Here’s another kicker though: The claims were already debunked the day after the original article was released. A royal insider told UK news site Express that the rumors were “simply not true” and that both Prince Harry and Buckingham Palace were “rightly incensed” by the malicious gossip.
"It is worth noting that the Queen lent Meghan a tiara for the wedding, gave her earrings for her first royal engagement, and had just agreed to partly fund her new household,” a different royal insider told the Express.
It’s unclear how the two-year-old rumor resurfaced, but with Meghan building a life with her family all the way in the United States—far from official functions that would require her to borrow anything from the British royals—it’s obvious she’d have no use for the disputed crown jewels either way.
In other news, Meghan will soon become a published author with a children’s book she wrote titled The Bench. Set to launch this June, the book was inspired by a poem she wrote for her husband, Prince Harry, on the month their first son, Archie, was born. "My hope is that The Bench resonates with every family, no matter the makeup, as much as it does with mine,” said Meghan in a press release.