It was the first major overseas tour for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex when they visited Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga back in October. Meghan Markle wowed crowds abroad and online, but first, she received some advice from her father-in-law.
While tiaras are typical for a state dinner, Prince Charles suggested to Markle that she skip the headpiece at a state dinner in Fiji as it might look “extravagant.”
The Daily Mail reports that the Duchess was going to borrow a tiara from the Royal Collection, but the Prince of Wales advised that in parts of the Commonwealth, the tiara would be reminiscent of a bygone era.
A source told the paper, “Meghan did not understand all of this because she was new to the role and so Prince Charles told her that it would not be appropriate.”
Adding, “It was very kindly done.”
Another insider noted that it would “not be in keeping with modern monarchy” for Markle to flaunt a priceless piece of jewellery when the average monthly salary in Fiji is around $700.
“The Prince, having travelled to all these places many times over many years, is very well placed to give advice on such matters.”
Many were expecting a tiara at the dinner hosted by Fijian president Jioji Konrote as the Duchess floated down the steps in a blue Safiyaa gown. She did finish off her outfit with a pair of large diamond earrings from Butani that were “borrowed” with no indication on who they were borrowed from.
On the same night back in London, the Duchess of Cambridge attended a State Banquet in honour of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. She wore the Lovers’ Knot tiara that was a was commissioned by Queen Mary and previously worn by the Queen and Diana, Princess of Wales.
With Markle now on maternity leave, it might be a while until we see the Duchess in the first tiara since her wedding almost a year ago. But the wait will be well worth it!