Why Meghan can’t wear a tiara but Kate can
Even though she was gifted with an engagement ring made from Princess Diana’s own diamonds, Meghan Markle won’t be borrowing from the Queen’s royal collection anytime soon.
The 36-year-old bride-to-be has been welcomed into the family ever since Prince Harry, 33, proposed in November, but it seems access to the monarch’s jewels is a right reserved solely for members of the Royal family and married women.
While the Duchess of Cambridge, 35, is now often seen wearing tiaras at state dinners and other formal occasions, it was only after she and Prince William exchanged vows in 2011 that she was allowed to borrow the Queen’s jewels.
Harry and Meghan announced their engagement in November. Source: Getty
And the same rule will apply to Meghan, who is set to marry Prince Harry on the 19 May at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
Diana Mather, a senior tutor for The English Manner Etiquette Consultancy explained the tradition dates back centuries to when only married women were allowed to wear tiaras, signifying that they were taken.
Speaking to the BBC, she said: “Flashy diamonds and tiaras are not worn during the day, and only married ladies wear tiaras.”
Etiquette expert Grant Harrold, known as The Royal Butler, added: “For married ladies it was a sign of status and would show you were taken and not looking for a husband.
“For the gentleman it was a clear sign not to make advances toward the lady in question.”
Kate first wore a tiara on her wedding day in April 2011, when the Queen loaned her the Cartier Halo Scroll tiara.
The 1000-piece diamond tiara was initially bought in 1936 as an anniversary gift from King George VI to his wife in 1936, and it is thought Meghan will also wear this tiara when she ties the knot in Windsor in May.
Kate has since worn a tiara just five times.
While Meghan will have to wait until at least her own wedding day before she wears a tiara, elements of royal protocol have been relaxed in her favour up until this point.
Most recently, the actress spent the holiday season at Kensington Palace, having been invited to spend Christmas with the Queen at Sandringham, even though she is yet to become Harry’s wife.
She had, unusually for a royal fiancè, been invited by the Queen to join the official festivities, a privilege usually reserved for married women or members of the family.
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