Is it possible that Meghan Markle’s gigglefest with Queen Elizabeth II during their first royal outing together in June was all for show? Is it conceivable that Prince Harry’s American bride really didn’t charm his grandmother with her friendly, down-to-earth personality or their shared love of dogs?
Two different sources coming out this week paint Meghan, 37, as a bridezilla in the lead-up to her May 19 wedding, with one source alleging she demanded to wear a particular tiara from the queen’s collection. In fact, the source said, Meghan’s demands became so irksome that the monarch had to have words with Harry and tell him, “Meghan cannot have whatever she wants. She gets what tiara she’s given by me.”
The bridezilla portrait begins with a new book by reporter Robert Johnson, which reveals that Harry, 34, became “petulant and short-tempered” before the May 19 royal wedding at Windsor Castle, the Daily Mail reported.
According to the book, “Charles At Seventy: Thoughts, Hopes And Dreams,” Harry allegedly told Kensington Palace staff in a raised voiced, “What Meghan wants, Meghan gets.”
One of the things Meghan reportedly had her heart set on was to wear a particular tiara that contained emeralds, according to another report by The Sun tabloid, crediting “a royal insider.” Meghan had picked out this emerald headpiece during a visit to Buckingham Palace.
But Meghan, who is now expecting her first child with Harry, was told that wearing this tiara wasn’t possible because its provenance could not be established, the insider told The Sun.
“There were concerns it could have come from Russia originally,” the source told The Sun.
Apparently, the former TV star wasn’t happy about not getting her of choice of tiara, which led to “a very heated exchange” with staff that, in turn, prompted the queen to speak to Harry, the insider said.
In addition to the queen putting her foot down on the tiara issue, the queen also questioned Meghan’s need to wear a veil, given that it was her second marriage.
“The message from the queen was very much Meghan needed to think about how she speaks to staff members and be careful to follow family protocols,” the insider told The Sun.
But according to the insider, Meghan’s treatment of palace staff also caused tensions with Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge and her sister-in-law.
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh stand on the balcony during the Trooping the Colour, this year marking the Queen’s 90th birthday at The Mall on June 11, 2016 in London, England. The ceremony is Queen Elizabeth II’s annual birthday parade and dates back to the time of Charles II in the 17th Century when the Colours of a regiment were used as a rallying point in battle. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
This is an 1879 portrait of Queen Victoria. The Queen of Great Britain and Empress of India, was born at Kensington Palace, London, on May 24, 1819. (AP Photo)
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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrive at Santa Barbara Racquet and Polo Club for a Foundation Polo Challenge that benefits the American Friends of the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry on July 9, 2011 in Santa Barbara, California. The newly married Royal Couple are on the first day of their first joint overseas tour to the USA. They arrived yesterday after spending 9 days in Canada. The couple started off their tour of North America by joining millions of Canadians in taking part in Canada Day celebrations which mark Canada’s 144th Birthday.
King George V as a baby circa 1865 on the back of his mother, the late Queen Alexandra, shown Dec. 28, 1934. (AP Photo)
Edward VII, center is shown with his son and grandson, George V, left, and Edward VIII, aboard the royal yacht, 1910. This is one of the very few photographs showing the three together. (AP Photo)
King George V and Queen Mary with the late Queen Victoria during their honeymoon in London in 1893. He was not to ascend the throne until 17 years later. (AP Photo)
Procession of the Knights of the Garter at Windsor Castle in Windsor, England on June 14, 1913. King George V and Queen Mary, followed by four train bearers, entering cloisters for the chapel ceremony. (AP Photo)
Britain’s Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh kneel before the altar as they are blessed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Geoffrey Fisher, following their wedding service in Westminster Abbey, London, on Nov. 20, 1947. Holding the bridal train are Prince Michael of Kent and Prince William of Gloucester, and directly behind them is Princess Margaret, the bride’s sister. Front seats from right to left; King George VI, Queen Elizabeth, the bride’s parents and Queen Mary. (AP Photo)
With a 25-foot (7.6 meter) sweeping train, The Princess of Wales, former Lady Diana Spencer, leaves St. Paul’s Cathedral arm in arm with Prince Charles at the end of their wedding ceremony in London, July 29, 1981. (AP Photo)
Queen Elizabeth II is escorted by her husband, Prince Philip, left, and her son, Prince Charles, both on horeseback, as she returns to London’s Buckingham Palace, Saturday, June 16, 2001, following the annual Trooping of the Color ceremony. The parade, in which regiments are reviewed by the monarch, marks the official celebration of the birthday of the Queen who turned 75 on April 21. (AP Photo/Richard Lewis)
Britain’s Prince Edward and his future wife Sophie Rhys-Jones watch from the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London, Saturday June 12, 1999, during the Trooping the Colour ceremony, marking the official birthday of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II. The couple are to wed at Windsor on June 19.(AP Photo/John Stillwell/pool)
Princess Margaret, the younger sister of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, is seen at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden, May 30, 1977 where she attended a Silver Jubilee performance of opera and ballet. (AP Photo/PA)
Britain’s Prince Henry, the Duke of Gloucester and his bride Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester formally Lady Alice Scott, both waving, with Queen Mary, right, Princess Elizabeth, far left, Princess Margaret Rose, and King George V on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London after the Royal Wedding on Nov. 6, 1935. (AP Photo/Staff/Puttnam)
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, second from left, and King George VI, second from right, are seen on the balcony of London’s Buckingham Palace, following their coronation on May 12, 1937. (AP Photo)
Princess Margaret, her new husband, Anthony Armstrong Jones and Royal Family shown on balcony of Buckingham Palace following wedding in Westminster Abbey on May 6, 1960. (AP Photo)
Britain’s Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Princess Alice, are seen on their wedding day at Buckingham Palace, London, Nov. 6, 1935. From left to right back row, Miss Calre Phipps, Lady Elizabeth Scott, Queen Mary, the bridegroom, the bride, King George V, Lady Angela Scott and Miss Moyra Scott. Front row, Lady Mary Cambridge, Princess Elizabeth, Princess Margaret Rose and Miss Anne Hawlins. (AP Photo).
Great Britain Princess Margaret with husband, Anthony Armstrong Jones shown with best man Roger Oilliat and bridesmaids after their wedding in Westminster Abbey on May 6, 1960. (AP Photo)
Prince Charles and his new bride Diana, Princess of Wales, pose for a family portrait with other members of the royal family, in the Throne Room of Buckingham Palace, on their wedding day July 29, 1981. (AP Photo)
Prince William, right, and his father Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, pose during a photocall at Highgrove in Gloucestershire 29 September 2000. The media were invited to the photocall, at the Prince of Wales’s residence, to mark the next part of Prince Wiliam’s gap year before he starts university next Autumn. It was also a thank you to the media who have respected Prince William’s privacy while he attended Eton college. (Adrian Dennis/Agence France-Presse)
Britain’s Prince Edward, the youngest son of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, and his bride-to-be, Sophie Rhys-Jones, are seen in this Wednesday, January 6, 1999, file photo in the garden of St James’s Palace, London, after their engagement was announced by Buckingham Palace. Miss Rhys-Jones was reported to feel “utterley betrayed” by the publication in a British tabloid newspaper Wednesday, May 26, 1999, of an 11-year-old photograph of her with a breast exposed. (AP Photo/Toby Melville)
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth is shown with her husband, King George VI, and their two daughters, Princess Elizabeth, center, and Princess Margaret, in 1937. (AP Photo)
PHOTO: Diana and Charles hold their 6-month-old son, Prince William [970907 SS 7AA 3] The Prince and Princess of Wales are seen with their 6-month-old son, Prince William, during a photo session at Kensington Palace in London Dec. 22, 1982. (AP Photo/David Caulkin)
The queen, as princess Elizabeth, pulls her stockings up as she arrives at Olympia station, London, May 1933. (AP-Photo)
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh meet performers who worked in a 3D demonstation they saw during a visit to Pinewood Studios on July 5, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are on an eight day tour of Canada starting in Halifax and finishing in Toronto. The trip is to celebrate the centenary of the Canadian Navy and to mark Canada Day. On July 6th The royal couple will make their way to New York where the Queen will address the UN and visit Ground Zero. (Photo by Chris Jackson-Pool/Getty Images)
Queen Victoria is pictured with her great-grandchildren, 1900. At left is the Prince of Wales Edward VIII, the Princess Royal Mary, and Prince Edward VIII. Queen Victoria holds infant Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester. (AP Photo)
Bridesmaids and page boys, including Prince George, center, and Princess Charlotte, left, wave as they leave after the wedding ceremony of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, near London, England, Friday Oct. 12, 2018. (Toby Melville, Pool via AP)
King George V and Queen Mary of England pass the Royal Scots and the Royal Air Force guard of honor at Olympia, England on June 1, 1933, during the review and exercises held there. (AP Photo/Len Puttnam)
Britain’s King George V reads his opening speech when he opened the new buildings of the Science Museum, London, March 20, 1928, accompanied by his wife Queen Mary. (AP Photo)
Britain’s King Edward VIII, left, arrived in Bulgaria and was welcomed by King Boris III outside Wranja Palee Station, Sofia, on Sept. 9, 1936. Prince Kiril, brother of King Boris, stands just behind the King. Edward VIII succeeded his father George V to the throne. (AP Photo)
The Prince of Wales is seen with soldiers during World War I, 1917. He later abdicated the throne to marry Wallis Simpson. This led to his brother, George VI, to take the throne. George VI was Queen Elizabeth II’s father. (AP Photo)
King George, left, with president Franklin Delano Roosevelt after services at St. James Episcopal Church at Hyde Park, N.Y., June 11, 1939. The King, along with Queen Elizabeth and Roosevelt family members, had all attended services together. (AP Photo)
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, second from left, is seen in this Sept. 11, 1940, file photo standing alongside her husband, King George VI as they view the damage to their London home, Buckingham Palace caused by a bomb during WWII. (AP Photo)
Queen Mother Elizabeth, left, steps over the debris left by the bombing of a corner of Buckingham Palace in this Sept. 10, 1940, file photo and is followed by King George VI who surveys the wreckage. (AP Photo)
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, now known as the Queen Mother, with her husband King George VI tours bombed areas during WWII in this 1940 file photo. (AP Photo/files)
Britain’s Princess Elizabeth and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh are seen leaving Westminster Abbey, London, on Nov. 20, 1947, following their wedding service. (AP Photo)
This official picture of Britain’s Princess Elizabeth, heir presumptive to the British throne and her fiance, Lieut. Philip Mountbatten, was made on July 10, 1947 in London. The Princess’ engagement ring can be seen on her finger. (AP Photo)
Scene in Westminster Abbey during wedding ceremony of Princess Margaret and Anthony Armstrong Jones on May 6, 1960. Royal Family in pews left, Queen Mother Elizabeth in yellow and white. (AP Photo)
Princess Margaret facing altar with Anthony Armstrong Jones during marriage ceremony in Westminster Abbey on May 6, 1960. (AP Photo)
Mr. Antony Armstrong Jones, Earl of Snowdon, photographer husband of Princess Margaret of England, escorts the Countess Madeleine Bernadotte of Sweden, a freelance newswoman for Aahlen and Aakerlund Foerlag, from the country church at Asker, Norway on Jan. 12, 1961, after they had attended the royal wedding of Princess Astrid of Norway and Mr. Johan Martin Ferner. (AP Photo)
Great Britain Princess Margaret with Anthony Armstrong Jones at Buckingham Palace after their wedding in Westminster Abbey on May 6, 1960. (AP Photo)
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, pictured with U.S. President Richard Nixon, right, and Britain’s Prime Minister Edward Heath at Chequers, Buckinghamshire, in 1970. (AP Photo)
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II waves to the crowd whilst travelling to a theatre in London, May 3, 1957. (AP Photo)
Queen Elizabeth II, who this year is celebrating her silver jubilee, is pictured during a tree planting ceremony at Westminster in 1977. The Queen later departed London on the first stage of her first jubilee tour to include visits to Australia and New Zealand. (AP-Photo)
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is pictured sheltering under an umbrella during her visit to Singapore in February 1972 as part of her tour of Asian countries. (AP Photo)
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip are seen during their visit to the island of Tortola, the main island of the British Virgin Islands, Feb. 23, 1966. (AP Photo)
Handout photograph made available Sunday Sept.12, 2004, of Britain’s Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales (center) with his two sons Prince Harry, left, and Prince William. The photograph has been made available to mark Prince Harry’s 20th birthday on Wednesday Sept.15 2004. (AP Photo /PA, Mario Testino / Handout) ** UNITED KINGDOM OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY MAGS OUT NO SALES MANDATORY CREDIT ONLY TO BE USED FOR ONE MONTH FROM DATE OF RELEASE (SEPT.12.2004) **
ENGLEFIELD GREEN, ENGLAND – MAY 20: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry arrive for the wedding ceremony of Pippa Middleton to James Matthews at St Mark’s Church as the bridesmaids and pageboys walk ahead on May 20, 2017 in Englefield Green, England. (Photo by Arthur Edwards – WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Great Britains Princesses Margaret Rose, left, and Elizabeth, center, appeared in new hats at the Yugoslav exhibition at Burlington House, and were shown about by Queen Marie, left, of Yugoslavia, Jan. 31, 1944, London, England. (AP Photo)
Princess Elizabeth, left, and her younger sister, Princess Margaret Rose, sit in the royal box watching the jumping at the Pony Show, March, 1938, London, England. (AP Photo)
Britain’s Princes William (R) and Harry, sons of the late Princess Diana, greet guests as they arrive for the Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Diana at the Guards’ Chapel at Wellington Barracks in London, August 31, 2007. Hundreds of mourners gathered in Paris and London on Friday to mark the tenth anniversary of the death of Princess Diana, an object of enduring fascination around the world. (Reuters/Pool/Lewis Whyld/WPA/PA Wire)
Prince William and Prince Harry arrive at the Cavalry Old Comrades Association Annual Parade in Hyde Park on May 13, 2007 in London, England. This is the 83rd Anniversary Of The Unveiling And Dedication Of The Memorial in Hyde Park. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Britain’s Prince Harry laughs with Spice Girls pop singers, from left, Mel B., Emma and Victoria in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday when he accompanied his dad, Prince Charles, to a concert. (AP Photo/Adil Bradlow)
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, left, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet the public on a walkabout at Rotorua Government Gardens, New Zealand, on October 31, 2018. The royal couple retraced the steps of former Royal visitors, including Prince Harrys grandmother, The Queen, who has graced the thermal wonderland of Rotorua, four times. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images for Tourism New Zealand)
Maoris of the northern part of the South Island reverted to traditional costume to welcome Queen Elizabeth II when she visited Ship Cove, Queen Charlotte Sound, on Sunday, March 15, 1970. Ship Cove was Captain Cook’s favourite anchorage in New Zealand waters and the Royal occasion saw an enactment of a landing by Cook and an exchange between him and Maoris of the area. (AP Photo)
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a formal powhiri welcome at Te Papaiouru Marae in on October 31, 2018 in Rotorua, New Zealand. After the official welcome, the royal couple were guests at a luncheon in the Wharekai dining house and went behind the scenes to visit the kitchen staff. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images for Tourism New Zealand)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex recieving jade necklace in Redwoods Treewalk Rotorua on October 31, 2018 in Rotorua, New Zealand. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
ROTORUA, NEW ZEALAND – OCTOBER 31: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visiting Rotorua’s Redwoods Treewalk on October 31, 2018 in Rotorua, New Zealand. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth with Princesses Elizabeth, right, and Margaret Rose arriving at Victoria by car in London, on July 26, 1938, to go to Portsmouth to embark on the yacht Victoria and Albert. (AP Photo)
TOPSHOT – Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Britain’s Meghan, Duchess of Sussex return in a horse-drawn carriage after attending the Queen’s Birthday Parade, ‘Trooping the Colour’ on Horseguards parade in London on June 9, 2018. The ceremony of Trooping the Colour is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. In 1748, it was decided that the parade would be used to mark the official birthday of the Sovereign. More than 600 guardsmen and cavalry make up the parade, a celebration of the Sovereign’s official birthday, although the Queen’s actual birthday is on 21 April. / AFP PHOTO / Niklas HALLENNIKLAS HALLEN/AFP/Getty Images
FILE — Under new succession rules reversing centuries of tradition, the British monarch’s first-born child will ascend the throne regardless of gender, according to rules approved by Commonwealth nations, Oct. 28, 2011. Commonwealth leaders also agreed to lift a ban on monarchs marrying Roman Catholics. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, en route to Buckingham Palace following their wedding, April 29, 2011. (Andrew Testa/The New York Times)
PHOTO: Prince Charles and Princess Diana on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. [970901 FR 16A 2] This is July 29, 1981 filer of Prince Charles and Princess Diana on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on their wedding day, in London, England. (AP Photo/File)
FILE – In this Saturday, May 19, 2018 file photo, Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave after their wedding ceremony at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in Windsor, near London, England. Thomas Markle, the father of the former Meghan Markle, said Monday June 18, 2018, he wishes he could have walked her down the aisle during her wedding to Prince Harry. (Ben Birchhall/pool photo via AP, File)
Britain’s Prince William and Kate Duchess of Cambridge with their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis arrive for the christening service of Prince Louis at the Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace, London, Monday, July 9, 2018. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP)
Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive for the the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, near London, England, Friday Oct. 12, 2018. (Steve Parsons/Pool via AP)
FILE – In this Monday, April 23, 2018 file photo, Britain’s Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge with their newborn baby son as they leave the Lindo wing at St Mary’s Hospital in London. It is announced on Friday April 27, 2018, William and Kate’s new son is named Louis Arthur Charles. (John Stillwell/Pool photo via AP, File)
“Meghan can be difficult,” the insider said, blaming her exacting attitude on her experience “working in a Hollywood environment.”
For her wedding, Meghan ended up wearing the Queen Mary’s Diamond Bandeau, a platinum headpiece, which was made in 1932 to showcase a detachable brooch given to Queen Mary in 1893, according to Kensington Palace.
Of course, Meghan didn’t hint at any of this behind-the-scenes drama when she was interviewed for an audio commentary that is part of the new “Relive the Royal Wedding” exhibition at Windsor Castle, the Daily Mail reported. Indeed, Meghan made it sound as though it was her idea to pick the Queen Mary bandeau tiara.
“When it came to the tiara on the day, I was very fortunate to be able to choose this gorgeous art deco style bandeau tiara,” Meghan said on the commentary. “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.”
“And that was the one that, I think, as we tried them on, stood out,” she added.
Who knows whether to believe this bridezilla report?
But if this drama was going on, Meghan and the queen certainly made it look like they had patched up their differences and were getting along swimmingly a month after the wedding.
That’s when the Duchess of Sussex charmed the crowds and her grand-mother-in-law when they traveled together to northern England to attend an event marking the opening of a new bridge.
“They were very relaxed,” Judi James, a leading body language and communication expert, told the The Daily Mail after analyzing photos and videos of the two women together.
“At one point they were giggling like teenagers together. The queen looked delighted to be with her,” James said. “The queen was doing everything right for her and made her look like a granddaughter or a friend whom she is very fond of.”