Meghan Markle has been accused of wearing “bloody money” earrings given to her by the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, on two separate official occasions.
Markle wore the earrings, initially a gift for Queen Elizabeth, to a state dinner in Fiji during a royal tour that included Tonga, Australia and New Zealand in October 2018, just three weeks after Washington Post writer Jamal Khashoggi was assassinated in Saudi Arabia. . The United States has accused the crown prince of ordering Khashoggi’s death.
“Those earrings were bought with bloodied money and given to him by a murderer,” said Michael Eisner, a lawyer fighting for justice for Khashoggi, according to The Daily Mail. “You don’t have to wear them.”
“Those earrings were bought with blood money and they were given to you by a murderer. You don’t have to wear them.”
The crown prince reportedly gave the chandelier earrings to the queen as an official wedding gift during a lunch at Buckingham Palace in March 2018. There is no evidence that Markle ever met him at the time or has met him. .
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Markle’s lawyers have insisted that she was unaware of the Saudi prince’s connection to the murder at the time, but a source told the Telegraph that her assistants had advised her not to wear the earrings. Furthermore, each piece of clothing and jewelery is usually meticulously chosen for a royal tour.
The story had been all over the media at that time.
“Royal Household staff members sometimes advise people on their options,” a source told The Telegraph. “But what they choose to do with that advice is a very different matter.”
And while it is customary for royals to accept gifts, “Nowhere in the gift policy does it say you should use them,” a source told the Daily Mail.
Markle wore the earrings for the second time a month later at Prince Charles’s 70th birthday party at Buckingham Palace.
Prince Harry reportedly appeared “shocked” when an attendee approached him at the party about the earrings, according to The Telegraph.
Kensington Palace staff told reporters at the time that the earrings had been “loaned,” but did not elaborate, according to The Telegraph.
Eisner is the COO of Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN), which was founded by Khashoggi.
“She should inform herself as a member of the Royal Family of current events and politics and what is going on,” Eisner said, according to the Daily Mail. She noted that she had been photographed two years earlier alongside a rights activist. of Saudi women. “It is puzzling that she did not know the circumstances surrounding Khashoggi’s murder and did not understand that MBS had blood on his hands.”
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Markle has been defended by some about the timing of the criticism, three years later, and argued that her criticism is “racist” and “sexist”, as many politicians have not spoken out strongly against the crown prince.
The reports came out just before her highly publicized interview with Oprah Winfrey, scheduled to air Sunday night.
Others have noted that Markle’s earrings and other scandals pale in comparison to the sexual misconduct allegations leveled against Prince Andrew.