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Meghan Markle wore earrings from Saudi prince accused of murder

The revelations have emerged just days before Meghan and Prince Harry’s tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Meghan Markle wore earrings fr

Photo: Ian Vogler/GettyImages

Meghan Markle is facing a wave of criticism after a new report suggests she wore earrings given as a wedding present by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman amid mounting criticism over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, The Times has reported.

The mystery behind Meghan’s earrings

It is said that the Duchess of Sussex wore the jewellery to a state dinner during a royal tour of Fiji in October 2018, and again at Buckingham Palace a few weeks later. According to Newsweek, Khashoggi was killed on 2 October and reports about his death began to appear around 7 October. Then as early as 9 October, The New York Times reported that Turkish officials were blaming the Saudi leadership for murdering Khashoggi, with the crown prince – known as MBS – one of those said to have denied the allegations.

At the time, royal correspondents asked Kensington Palace where the earrings had come from. Reporter Emily Andrews posted on Twitter: “The mystery of Meghan’s earrings… all KP will say is that they’re ‘borrowed’.

It is reported further that the earrings were given to Meghan by the crown prince ahead of her wedding in May 2018, after Queen Elizabeth II had lunch with him in March. There seems to be no suggestion that Meghan has ever met the crown prince in person.

The Times reported that palace staff in London were concerned about noticing the earrings and alerted their counterparts on the royal tour, who chose not to raise the issue until the couple returned to Britain.

What’s more, as with all gifts to the royal family, it is reported that the earrings would belong to the institution of the British monarchy rather than to any person. 

“In a detailed legal letter of rebuttal to The Times, we have addressed these defamatory claims in full, including spurious allegations regarding the use of gifts loaned to The Duchess by The Crown,” a spokesperson for the Sussexes told the paper. 

A tell-all interview

The new report comes hot on the heels of the Sussexes’ tell-interview with Oprah Winfrey. The Oprah interview with Harry and Meghan will be shown on South African screens this weekend, 7 March 2021. Interest in the blockbuster feature has reached fever pitch worldwide, as the pair are expected to blow the lid on their frayed relationship with the rest of the Royal Family. Here are all the details…