Meghan Markle wore earrings gifted to her by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, just three weeks after the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a report said Tuesday.
The Saudi royal was found by US intelligence to have OKed the October 2018 killing of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and high-profile government critic.
The journalist’s murder and dismemberment inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul sparked global outcry and tarnished the prince’s image.
Three weeks after the slaying, Markle donned a pair of drop earrings that were apparently a wedding gift from bin Salman, to a formal state dinner in Fiji, The Times reported.
At the time, Kensington Palace said the earring had been “borrowed” but did not reveal from whom.
The Duchess of Sussex had allegedly told aides who were prepping to brief the media about her outfit that the earrings were lent to her by a jeweler, a source told the UK newspaper.
But lawyers for Markle countered that she wasn’t aware then of rumors that the prince was involved in Khashoggi’s murder, and said that every relevant staffer knew who the earrings were from, according to The Sun.
Gifts members of the royal family receive from foreign heads of state are officially considered property of the Crown.
Markle’s lawyers said that if she stated they were “borrowed,” she probably meant they were borrowed from the Crown, The Telegraph reported.
Meanwhile, the Times’ report also detailed allegations that Markle had bullied palace aides during her short tenure as a senior British royal.
She and her husband, Prince Harry, 34, in a statement denied the accusations and said they were victims of “a calculated smear campaign based on misleading and harmful misinformation.”
The allegations come in advance of a tell-all interview the couple did with Oprah Winfrey — in which Markle is poised to claim that life in the royal family was “almost unsurvivable”