Despite claims from Meghan herself and Kensington Palace — Meghan Markle appears to have in fact lied about a significant piece of information regarding herself. According to The Daily Mail, Markle ‘s infamous wedding earrings were not in fact borrowed but instead a gift from Mohammed Bin Salman.
Editors note: it is unclear whether or not they were directly owned by Meghan or a gift from the Queen. It was initially claimed by Meghan and Kensington Palace that the earrings worn in Fiji were borrowed. They were not borrowed — Bin Salman gave them to Meghan as a wedding gift. Even being a gift from MBS — protocol states that gifts go to the Crown and remain property though they may have been intended for a particular person.
(Just so we’re clear Bin Salman is the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia and a reported killer.)
The earrings reportedly first surfaced in 2018 at a formal dinner in Fiji, whereas, upon spotting the earrings the Palace was forced to claim they were borrowed. But the truth of the matter is that Markle actually got the $700k earrings from Salman as a wedding gift. That particular reception at the time was reportedly hosted in Suva.
Of course normally this wouldn’t be problematic but the revelation and the earrings came against the backdrop of murder allegations by Salman. Salman is accused and nearly proven to have ordered the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Kashoggi — a feat the Kingdom staunchly denies.
Note: Protocol of the Palace states that all gifts must go through the Queen; The Crown, and thus remain property of the Crown. Despite such they still can and are usually intended for a particular member of the family — they simply don’t fully own them outright however.