Meghan Markle stories suggesting Prince William is concerned about Princess Diana’s “missing diamonds” have a “racist undertone,” an expert told Regalrumination.com.
Prince Harry created an engagement ring for his wife that used two of Princess Diana’s diamonds around a central stone from Botswana.
The duchess has not been seen wearing the ring recently with People reporting it needed to be serviced after a setting came loose.
However, that did not stop Australian magazine New Idea from running a story suggesting Prince William was concerned about the whereabouts of his mother’s diamonds.
And Britain’s Daily Mirror followed up with the headline: “Prince William ‘questions where Diana’s missing diamonds are’ amid Meghan Markle rift.”
Royal commentator Afua Hagan told Regalrumination.com: “It’s just nonsense. I do think there’s a racist undertone because you would never write this about Kate.
“I mean, stolen the jewels? So what, was she in the Tower of London with a sack and a balaclava on? For goodness sake, she was given the jewels by her husband. She can do with them whatever she wants.
“You would never accuse anyone else of something like that. I think because she is mixed race, because she’s American, she’s looked upon differently. She’s looked down upon, ‘oh, the black members of the family must have stolen it.’
“This story made me so mad. It’s another made-up story to attack her. It’s baseless.”
New Idea is not known for the veracity of its royal scoops and in 2021 proclaimed Harry and Meghan’s marriage was over shortly before the couple announced Meghan was pregnant with their second child.
However, that did not stop the Mirror from picking up the quotes attributed to an anonymous insider suggesting the royals were concerned that Diana’s jewels had “vanished.”
New Idea suggested that Meghan’s appearance at the Invictus Games in Germany in September without her engagement ring “set off alarm bells at the Palace” while William reached out to mutual friends in an effort to find out what happened to them.
“This is just another excuse to attack Meghan,” Hagan told Regalrumination.com. “It’s just a made-up story. William worries about missing crown jewels? I think actually the royal family should be more worried about the jewels and artefacts they have in their collection that they took forcibly from others.
“It’s Meghan’s ring, it was given to her by Harry. They’re her diamonds, [she] can wear them or not wear them. It’s just another excuse to attack Meghan and it’s really boring.
“They’re just looking for a way to attack Meghan and Harry because the spotlight is going to be on them again, just looking for a way to attack Meghan, for a way to bring her down, for a way to pit Kate and William against Meghan and Harry.”
Harry told the story of Diana’s diamonds during the couple’s engagement interview at Kensington Palace in November 2017.
“The ring is obviously yellow gold because that’s…her favorite and the main stone itself I sourced from Botswana and the little diamonds either side are from my mother’s jewelry collection to make sure that she’s with us on this crazy journey together,” Harry said.
“It’s beautiful, and he designed it. It’s incredible,” Meghan added. “Not being able to meet his mom, it’s so important to me to…to know that she’s a part of this with us.”
William Brown is chief royal correspondent for Regalrumination.com, based in London. You can find him on Twitter at @TheCrownUp and read his stories on Regalrumination.com‘s The Royals Facebook page.
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