Richard Kay did a bonkers column about Tiaragate, the Sussexes & Angela Kelly

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For all of those people yelling “why are you still writing about the fakakta tiara story,” just know that I don’t WANT to still be writing these stories. I wish Finding Freedom delivered the final word on Tiara-gate, because FF’s version was truly the only version that made any kind of sense. But FF’s version was merely the jumping-off point for yet another round of speculation about why the Duchess of Sussex is a terrible person for, like, existing and wearing a tiara at her wedding. To recap, the wedding-tiara story in Finding Freedom was exhaustive and I covered everything in this post. The FF version was a rebuttal of hundreds of bonkers, nonsensical stories percolating through the British tabloids for nearly two years about how Meghan demanded that the Queen hand over all of her emerald tiaras and then Meghan kicked Angela Kelly in the shins. Or something.

British people must love to talk about this sh-t because Omid Scobie was asked about it in a recent interview, and he said something off the cuff about Harry going over Angela Kelly’s head to speak to the Queen about how Kelly was blanking on Meghan’s requests (after the tiara had already been selected and Meg merely wanted access to it for a few hours). Now Richard Kay has written a column in the Daily Mail which is so unhinged, it beggars belief. He twists the story in knots to make it into a story about how Harry is a snob and… I don’t even know. Is Richard Kay banging Angela Kelly? You can read the full piece here. Some hilariously bonkers highlights:

Whether or not Harry bitched to or about Angela Kelly: Intriguingly, despite the robustness of the denial which risks denting Scobie’s reputation as the Sussexes’ number one media cheerleader, it does leave one question about the exchanges unsaid: did Harry refer to the Queen’s closest female aide as ‘this woman’? The source who dismissed Scobie’s claims of Harry speaking disrespectfully to the Queen made no mention of Miss Kelly in the rebuttal. That will leave many people wondering whether Prince Harry was not just displaying the same cold snobbishness he was said to have accused his brother Prince William, but also a flagrant hypocrisy.

OMFG: For in their book Scobie and his co-author Carolyn Durand claim that, in the early days of his romance with Meghan, Harry reacted with fury after William cautioned him not to rush things with ‘this girl’. As they put it: ‘In those last two words, “this girl”, Harry heard the tone of snobbishness that was anathema to his approach to the world.’ If this was the trigger which led to the rift between the once so-close brothers, how then should we classify Harry’s use of the words ‘this woman’ in describing the Queen’s gatekeeper? Doesn’t it also illustrate a degree of aloof snobbery, looking down on someone, a mere servant, without using their name? Unlike Prince William, Angela Kelly was in no position to defend herself.

Angela Kelly & the Queen are super close: All of which makes stories of the row between Harry and Miss Kelly all the more baffling. This week Angela is, as usual, at the Queen’s side in Scotland, having spent most of lockdown with her at Windsor Castle. These days she is not just the Queen’s senior dresser but also her dressmaker and curator. During lockdown she not only attended to the Queen’s clothes – for all those Zoom conferences and TV appearances – but also to her hair. With her regular hairdresser unable to visit, Angela would supervise the Queen’s wash and blow-dry.

Whether Angela Kelly was merely snubbing Meghan on the Queen’s orders: Even Angela’s detractors – and there are any number of them among Palace staff – do not believe she would have been deliberately obstructive to the Queen’s grandson. For in fact Angela was following the Queen’s orders. She had instructed Angela to provide a selection of tiaras which had been whittled down to three. According to an intimate source, Harry and Meghan asked about another tiara which was not on the shortlist. ‘They probably Googled it and thought it was one they would like,’ says the source. But its provenance was uncertain and the couple were encouraged to choose one of three the Queen and Miss Kelly had selected.

Did Harry shout at Angela? Some say Harry shouted at Angela, perhaps emboldened by his knowledge that she is not one of Prince Charles’s favourite members of staff, someone whom he believes has been indulged. One insider says this was reported back to the Queen, who asked Harry to come and see her – rather than him calling his grandmother, as Scobie has asserted.

[From The Daily Mail]

UNCLE! Please don’t make me even try to parse this insanity. Angela Kelly must have run to Richard Kay to get him to write this confused counter-narrative where she is placed as the sad, shady BFF to the Queen. I didn’t even get into Kay’s bizarre accounting of the Queen’s friendship with this bish either – Kay makes it sound like they’re practically lovers, or that Angela Kelly is tasked with being the sole protector and gatekeeper to a feeble old woman. If Kay was trying to convince me that Angela Kelly is a piece of work who would publicly smear a blood prince, I am convinced.

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  1. Lisa says:

    I guess she is upset about how it made her look so she wants the final word on it so ran to Richard Kay. It me.she doth protest too much and makes herself look even more guilty of shenanigans towards Meghan. I don’t believe a word coming from her side.

    • Ainsley7 says:

      Yeah, she pulled something similar with Kate. Kate wasn’t so persistent and William wasn’t willing to intervene. So, Kate had to practice with a plastic tiara. She was also behind Sophie’s horrible tiaras. Ak’s ego is huge and she loves being able to control who gets access to both the jewels and the Queen.

      • Becks1 says:

        Like, at that point, Charles should have intervened. how does this woman have so much power?!?!

      • Sid says:

        Becks, I said it before but if this were my elderly mother my siblings and I would have stepped in long ago, queen or not, to make sure she wasn’t being taken advantage of. There is no reason WWE Kelly should have this level of power and influence. I was just reading an anecdote about the Queen visiting WWE Kelly at her home, and the servants hearing them giggling. I thought royal staff were always complaining about being underpaid and overworked. How is WWE Kelly able to afford servants?

      • Mary-Anne says:

        Angela Kelly’s job is to make the Queen look like the Queen and that means that all the other Royals are made to look less. The Queen gets the biggest and best jewelry. The most colourful hats and clothes. The biggest train. The best handbags. The best photographs. The oil painting portraits. The other Royals get less. It is a status thing. and hierarchy. And yes there is a hierachy: the higher the Royal in the order of succession to the throne the better the jewelry he is allowed to borrow from the royal vaults. Although I guess another factor is the Queen’s friendship. If the Queen likes you much you might get something better than you would get by your rank only. So you have to get into the Queen’s good book and then you get something. This is how royalty works: The king/queen is the top dog and gets the best. Then there is rank and being friends with the king/queen and both of those matter, too. Meritocracy is irrelevant. It is just about aristocratic / royal rank and about being on good terms with the king/queen. Harry and Meghan married after a quick courtship and I don’t think he got the Queen’s permission, did he? So they already broke protocol and after that they should have tiptoed instead of breaking moulds by loudmouthed brashness. As a matter of fact the direct descendants of the king/queen legally need permission to marry. After that lenghty courtship of Will and Kate it became clear that they would marry. Kate had been known and been vetted and been tested 😀 for years. She was trustworthy and therefore the Queen had no objections although William didn’t formally ask permission. But Meghan was very much unknown when they announced they would marry. From the Royals’ point of view that must have been offensive.

      • Becks1 says:

        Well, Harry did get the Queen’s permission to marry Meghan, so there goes your “breaking protocol” theory.

        But why is it okay if William did not ask permission, that’s not breaking protocol, but Had Harry not done so, it would have been?

        But you say it all with your comment about “loud mouthed brashness.” We see you.

      • Sid says:

        Mary-Anne, almost everyone here is well aware of the hierarchy in that circus of a family and how it works so you don’t need to talk down to anyone. And yes, Harry did get permission to marry from the Queen. I am surprised that someone as knowledgeable as yourself didn’t know that? Or was it not discussed in your Megxit circles?

      • Royalblue says:


        “If the Queen likes you much you might get something better than you would get by your rank only. So you have to get into the Queen’s good book and then you get something. This is how royalty works: The king/queen is the top dog and gets the best……Meritocracy is irrelevant”

        I find it astounding that there are millions of people who find this appealing and an acceptable model of leadership.

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      I knew things were bad at the palace but Richard’s piece just made them all look worse. AK47’s unfettered reign, loose morals and run of the palace means she may have just shot herself and everyone else in the foot. A classic case of the clean up/cover up revealing something worse than the original crime. This legacy of the House of Windsor is in tatters due to their protection of a servant.

      • Heidi says:

        So, basically Angela Kelly is running Buckingham Palace and Dominic Cummings is running Downing Street.

        That explains a lot.

    • Hope says:

      A royal would have had to have led this. I think even Angela Kelly would be looked at with disfavor if she was openly using the press against a family member. If this was solely Angela, this would be one of the most publicly inappropriate things done by a staff member.

      She has definitely signed an iron-clad NDA and I think will probably get the Raine Spencer treatment when the Queen passes away.

    • HeyJude says:

      Indeed this just makes her look even more unfit to be anywhere near the queen, and perhaps obsessed with the queen and this idea she’s her “sole protector” to an unhealthy degree.

      No one should have this much singular control over the queen of England.

      If anything this Kay article makes it seem like Angela Kelly should be reassigned and placed on other duties perhaps in a different palace even immediately for the safety of the monarchy. Because this makes it sound like she’s single-handedly running wild and ruling the palace herself rather than Elizabeth.

  2. Snuffles says:

    I couldn’t give a fuck about tiara-gate. But the more I hear about Angela Kelly and her relationship with the Queen the more suspect it sounds. It’s like watching a modern day “The Favourite” play out in real time. Because it DOES sound like they are lovers. And that Angela is basically sleeping her way through the palace.

    • Bella DuPont says:

      Yup, absolutely. There’s clearly something very, very, VERY shady in the relationship between the Palace Rottweiler and the Queen. That’s the only way this makes any sense.

      My theory is that she has lots of info on the Queen and the family in general that might get out if she (AK47) is reprimanded in any way, never mind fired.

      The only alternative explanation is that the Queen happily condones the Rottweiler’s incredibly trashy behaviour, which would (unfortunately) make her just as trashy as her “friend”.

      For now, I choose to believe that the Queen is being held hostage to the trashy, blackmailing Rottweiler.

    • Nic919 says:

      I don’t think they are lovers but I do think the queen has few people she trusts and that AK47 has gotten herself in that circle and can get away with a lot. Charles needs to step in because AK 47 is out of control. I didn’t realize that she tried something similar with Kate, but that’s really unacceptable. She serves the people and is a public servant.

    • KL says:

      It’s probably not that deep — and I say that as someone who would RELISH watching a real-life “Favourite” play out. But when hearing hoofbeats look for horses, etc, and this sounds like the usual self-importance of someone who’s worked for a long time for a particular royal and recognizes how much secondhand celebrity and influence come with the position. She handles the JEWELS, for chrissake — that means a lot of interviews with news outlets, a lot of actual royals and aristos treating her nicely in the hopes of similar treatment, etc. There’s no real power involved, but a LOT of pomp and circumstance.

  3. aquarius64 says:

    When you run to Kay to do a rebuttal you’re guilty as charged. Ask William (sarcasm).

    • Becks1 says:

      His denials are always so messy and just shady enough that you can kind of read between the lines. Remember his rebuttal to the Tatler article that was so shady? Even here – he’s trying to discredit Harry and Meghan but he still gets in a dig about how Charles doesn’t like AK and thinks she’s been “indulged.”

      • windyriver says:

        Also interesting that “any number” of others among the palace staff don’t like her either. She sounds like a pretty miserable person, which to me gives even more credence to the story that she interfered with Meghan’s access to the tiara for the hair trial.

  4. starryfish29 says:

    I dunno, the rumors that she was banging the queen have gotten pretty convincing. Angie sure has had quite a colorful life for someone with such a massive stick up her a**.

  5. ABritGuest says:

    The relationship between AK47 and the Queen in her latter days is going to make an interesting drama like the Favourite one day. It’s interesting that Charles is said not to be a fan. I definitely think AK is a gatekeeper and it really makes me wonder about how involved the Queen is at this stage. I get the sense some may take advantage eg can see Andrew would have persuaded her that news night interview was a great idea (Thank goodness!)

    If that quote about not wanting to serve a cable actress is true- I definitely think it came from AK- in which case this snob accusation is hypocrisy. And interesting that the Fail is so upset about snobbery given their coverage of Kate and Meghan’s backgrounds.

    It’s interesting they are trying to bring back that ‘unknown provenance’ tiara BS as the other day the Fail stated that the trouble was because Meghan had turned up to the palace with her hairdresser without an appointment and was demanding Angela’s return. Previously it was Meghan wanted an emerald tiara just like one Eugenie coincidentally had. Like with Kate’s tears there’s now multiple accounts so I doubt them and think details briefed to the rota were just designed to smear. Also backs up assertion that the courtiers wanted to make life difficult for Meghan. it’s interesting that KP wouldn’t allow these false stories to be commented on.

  6. MarcelMarcel says:

    Angela Kelly was very comfortable treating Meghan with misogynoir*. Meghan literally just wanted to try on a tiara so her hairdresser could come up with a hairstyle for her wedding. The dialogue around this confirms that the BRF and British has deeply seeded issues with misogynoir. We really need to continue to advocate for the rights of our black sisters!! (Saying this as a intersectional white feminist). Anyhow I hope Meghan is having a lovely time in California far away from all this bullsh*t.

    *This term was coined by Moya Bailey and encapsulates how Meghan was abused. I wish it was more commonly used in articles about her.

    • sunny says:

      Nice reference! That is indeed the terms but many aren’t aware of it. It is so important to name the problem.

  7. taylor says:

    All the UK reporting around Meghan and Harry just seems so disturbingly personal, as if the reporters are personally invested in and offended by everything they do. I get this peculiar relationship with the press is the result of them literally having access to Harry from birth, so they think they have legitimate ownership claims over his life, but it’s so incredibly toxic and again, disturbing. Why is this so normalized? Also, v commendable of Harry for ensuring they never get that kind of access to Archie.

    • Snuffles says:

      The whole set up is disturbing. This is why Harry wanted to keep Archie from this. These “reporters” have developed unhealthy attachments with some following the royals literally since birth. Like that photographer Arthur Edwards weeping on TV begging for Harry to come home like he was an estranged father.

      Other reporters acting like spurned lovers or ex-spouses going through a bitter divorce. Convinced that they and Harry were close just because Harry was polite when around them. When in reality, he secretly wanted to punch them in the face.

      And don’t even get me started on how The Firm operates. Forcing siblings to battle for funding and then wondering why family relationships deteriorate. And courtiers playing them against each other in a battle for dominance between “courts”.

      Just SO many unhealthy relationships and severe lack of boundaries. No wonder Harry dipped. He was the first in that family to put down boundaries and literally everyone has lost their friggin’ minds! OY VEY!

      Honestly, quarantine in California must seem like bliss compared to what he grew up with.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        The way that some members of the Royal Rota feel entitled to Harry is utterly bizarre! I’ve never seen anything like it in royal coverage (including other countries).

      • S808 says:

        It is VERY creepy and just makes me even gladder that Harry was able to get away from those people and protect Archie.

    • L4frimaire says:

      They only seem to have this possessive fixation on a Harry. They’re not even like this with William, who is the heir. They don’t expect Will to prop up the monarchy and work as hard as a Harry, why is that? They barely acknowledge Anne’s, Edward’s or Andrews kids. It’s just really bizarre and unhealthy.

    • SomeChick says:

      They continue to seriously underestimate Harry. He’s a grown man who knows what time it is, and those imbeciles are treating him as if he is a child, still controlled by the palace.

  8. STRIPE says:

    The thing that gets me about this is even in the worst reading for H&M, it’s just not that bad. Harry, a man of immense privilege, in the stress of wedding planning, may have had a groomzilla moment. Ok. And? How has this generated so many column inches?!

  9. Alexandria says:

    I’ve said enough so I’ll just laugh at RK and AK.

  10. Carol says:

    I find it hard to believe that QE11 is a “friend” of a servant. That is not her cup of tea.

    • Elizabeth says:

      It wouldn’t be the first time in the British monarchy.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      @Carol – Agree with you. Each and every tale about AK-47 just sounds off to me. Queen Victoria loved her servants like family but, even with the upmost kind respect and consideration, she still treated them as servants.

    • Sofia says:

      I can. I mean think about it.

      She’s in her mid 90s. All her friends are either dead or dying and that includes her husband of 70+ years. And she’s the Queen, so it’s not like she can just walk into a senior citizens group and try to make friends there.

      Angela is 40 years younger yes, but she’s been around for a while so she has proven herself to be trusted. So it’s not surprising to see her turn to the staff in order to combat loneliness

      • Edna says:

        Wait. The woman in the picture above is Angela Kelley and how old is she? She’s only in her 50’s?

      • Sofia says:

        @Edna: According to google/wikipedia, Kelly was born on 4 November 1967 so she’s 52 going onto 53.

        That information can be false though.

      • EMF999 says:

        She’s only 53????? Getting the face she deserves!

      • windyriver says:

        Actually, you have a slight error, Wikipedia says 4 Nov 1957, which makes more sense. She started working for TQ in 1994, so age 37, which seems right as she was divorced with kids and had been housekeeper for the British ambassador to Germany. So now she’s 62.

      • Sofia says:

        @windyriver: you’re right. I just googled “Angela Kelly age” and google said 52. I should have done the maths myself to confirm.

      • Bella DuPont says:

        62?! She looks 82.

      • bluemoonhorse says:

        I don’t think people understand the isolation that QE has in her life, and like you said this woman has been around a long time. Seniors can be easily manipulated at this age and I don’t think the queen is any different, especially when you consider how distant her family is (I mean Harry had to set up an appointment to see her).

        After she dies, this AK woman will publish a blockbuster of a tell-all and it will be extremely embarrassing. Oh well, you get what you pay for.

    • Original Jenns says:

      She 100% is. She trusts her and listens to her. AK is probably the woman closest to the queen.

    • February-Pisces says:

      She had her first child in 1971, nearly 50 years ago so she ain’t that young.

  11. Ginger says:

    Didn’t Richard Kay interview Omid last week? He was in hysterics trying to come after Omid and Omid shut him down quickly. Richard and Angela both have it in for Omid.

    This story is ridiculous and the Queen and AK47 have an interesting relationship……

    The story Omid told of the tiara is the only one that makes sense.

    • February-Pisces says:

      Omid didn’t say shit about Willie, that ratchet family is safe for now. So it’s absolutely disgusting that they are attacking innocent people who support the Sussex’s.

  12. Sarah says:

    ‘They probably Googled it and thought it was one they would like,’ says the source.

    I’m sure the ‘source’ did tell him that but SERIOUSLY, this is such utterly ridiculous nonsense. How can they actually go ahead and publish this rubbish? I mean I know why, it makes them ££££ but does it not get embarrassing after a while?

    • Jegede says:

      This is the 3rd, yes 3rd, narrative that has come from the palace about the tiara story!

      No guesses as to who is lying.

  13. Amy Bee says:

    Angela Kelly is guilty. This is about the third journalist she’s run to since Finding Freedom came out and every-time she tries to explain herself she still ends up looking like the bad guy. Angela Kelly didn’t think Meghan was worthy of wearing the Queens jewels because she’s black. I also think another problem was that Meghan didn’t suck up to Angela Kelly like Kate probably does so Meghan “didn’t know her place”.

    • Original Jenns says:

      Yup. I think AK is more protective of the queens clothes and the the crowns jewels than any of the royals themselves. I think they mean more to her. Isn’t that the story, the people who own these items take them for granted, for her they are like a shrine. She does think she’s the gatekeeper to all of this and will judge who is worthy and who isn’t.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      She has previous for running to the press – afterall this is the woman who wrote a book about her relationship with TQ, apparently with full knowledge and approval from TQ. Everyone else waits till they at least leave the RF employ first.

      AK47 better watch her back as once TQ passes she’s out the door and if even Chuck does not like her he can make sure she leaves with nothing.

  14. Priscila says:

    As I said before, the Royal Rota is tied up by repeating the same stories over and over again and that was the brilliance of Meghan and Harry leaving the RF, because it cuts the access, it cuts the leaks and it just leaves them with the old and their desperate spins and fanficitons about their new life.

    This, of course, is nowhere near enough and the RR knows it. I expected the next months to see an increase in the Anti- Kate news in an effort to pull focus away from William, and we can see this is what is happening. The question is if they will really turn on Kate as ways of protecting William and Andrew, because the Royal Rural story has resurfaced and Ghislaine is still alive…


    Meanwhile, I would suggest Meghan and Harry continue with what they have been doing. Occasional setting the record straight while working on their causes. There is nothing more they can do other than leave their lives and allow their work to speak to themselves and this takes time. If they continue this path , I suspect in two years the RR will stop speaking about them altogether, because they would have proven them so wrong nobody would trust RR opinions again when Meghan and Harry are concernced.

  15. GuestWho says:

    Jebus. The RR’s really are getting story ideas straight off of megx*t twitter accounts.

    • GuestWho says:

      They’ve been screeching about the “this woman” thing for days.

    • Nyro says:

      They sure are and they have been for a while. Murky Meg, in particular, is basically their “source”. So many of the royal reporters either outright follow her account or they’re known to be lurkers when caught “liking” her tweets. That’s damn near all of them at this point. It’s truly pathetic but also proof of the fact that they literally have nothing, no access. They have no sources in California and they no longer have sources in the royal family, since it’s clear Harry and Meghan aren’t telling his family and former staff a goddamn thing.

  16. Becks1 says:

    The only slight credence I will give to this story is that it IS possible Harry and Meghan were googling tiaras before the meeting and had some idea of what style they liked or something- I think that would be reasonable. but as the book said, I think H&M knew very well that they had no choice over what tiaras would actually be offered to them, so I don’t see them seeing the selection of diamond tiaras and going, “well actually…..”

    (I’m actually googling now and the only emerald tiaras that are popping up are the Vladimir tiara, which 100% Meghan did not want, that is not her style, and that would never have been on offer anyway, and Queen Victoria’s emerald tiara, which I also doubt would have been on offer or that M would have wanted.)

    anyway, if the best defense of AK’s behavior is that Harry called her “this woman” and/or the Queen condoned her behavior – yeah, it just makes them look that much worse. Angela Kelly had a job to do here, and she didn’t do it.

    The line about Charles not being a fan of hers is interesting though, isn’t it?

    • Original Jenns says:

      The book admitted they did a little googling to see what styles might be available but that they absolutely knew they would be dependent on the queens generosity and so didn’t hang their hearts on any of them.

    • Jegede says:

      “The only slight credence I will give to this story is that it IS possible Harry and Meghan were googling tiaras before the meeting and had some idea of what style they liked or something- I think that would be reasonable.”

      Would make sense if they didn’t keep changing their damn story!

      First, the line was H & M demanded the emerald tiara.🤦‍♀️

      Then, it became H & M showed up, sans appointment, to try on tiara.🤷‍♀️

      Now, it’s they googled another tiara entirely that made it a difficult task for the palace.

      By next week, it’ll be a new angle.🙄🙄

      • Becks1 says:

        Well, though, to be fair, the googling goes in with the “demanding.” If they had googled tiaras, had an idea of what they liked, and asked about those, that could very very easily be spun into “MEGHAN DEMANDED EMERALDS!”

        But, I do think that because this story keeps changing means that the truth is probably what FF described – because if not, the rota would have definitively come out against that version – and even here, Kay isn’t really saying that’s not what happened. He’s just putting a different spin on it to show that Meghan and Harry are horrible people, which is expected from him.

    • Layla says:

      Eugenie’s tiara had emeralds. It was very beautiful, but I *personally* prefer Meg’s

      • Becks1 says:

        Yes, but in a quick google search it didn’t pop up. That’s why I don’t believe H&M googled tiaras, found an emerald one of “questionable provenance” or whatever the phrase was, and then demanded that one.

        Part of me though does wonder if Meghan said to someone – the queen, AK, whoever – that she wondered if there was an emerald tiara available for whatever reason, they said no, and then AK purposely steered Eugenie to an emerald tiara, as another way to “put Meghan in her place”? “see, we have emerald tiaras, just not for you.”

      • ArtHistorian says:

        The only emerald tiara in the BRF that was really known before Eugenie’s wedding was the Vladimir – and that one has an established provenance. People who are into royal jewellery were so excited when they saw Eugenie’s (and Meghan’s) tiara because we literally didn’t know that it existed! It wouldn’t have shown up on a google search.

  17. Edna says:

    The Royal Rottweilers sound like a cult. It’s absolutely frightening how possessive they seem of the Royal Family but especially Harry. And the full blown hate towards Meghan is unnerving. So glad the Sussexes put an ocean and several time zones between them. All the crazies can do now is rehash old stories over and over again and also mine American media and twitter for stories to concoct their fan fiction. Such toxicity.

  18. S808 says:

    All these revisions and for what? She looks like an asshole in all of them. She didn’t do her job and Harry had to go over her head. She got mad and leaked to the press like a immature brat. All these courtiers are just mad they’ve been made out to be the assholes they ALL are.

  19. Marivic says:

    How can a servant and dressmaker be more powerful than the blood prince ? She certainly wields much power. PHarry rightfully showed her her place. She also most likely is the main source of all Megan rumors in the palace. She couldn’t accept that a black woman is now a princess and an HRH; that the queen so loved his grandson she didn’t take this title from him and his wife. This surely rankles.

    • Nyro says:

      I think she has the run of the place because she’s “The Favourite” of the queen. I can’t think of another explanation for why this servant, who has a pretty shady background, has so much power that she’s even allowed to put a blood prince in his place.

      • Ginger says:

        They keep changing their stories like cry gate and tights gate. Which means none of them happened. Maybe, just maybe, Meghan isn’t this evil bitch the British press claims she is.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        She has physically assaulted another employee and suffered no consequences – because she is the Queen’s favorite. She would have been fired anywhere else. I bet the Queen’s household is an absolutely toxic work place.

      • Feeshalori says:

        Not just fired, but arrested for assault.

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      I’ve worked with an Angela Kelly type. What they lack in qualifications and skill, they make up for in super human resilience and a doggedness to become top dog. Once they get the ear of the boss, you will rue the day you were born. I think Karma is about to visit her as there is no reason why her name should even be doing the rounds in the tabloids. The more that is revealed about her, the more vile she looks and the more the queen’s judgement is being questioned.

      • Nic919 says:

        Exactly. More than one person is going to notice that trying to blame the biracial duchess when an employee seems to wield a fair amount of control over the royal collection is a bit concerning.

  20. Loretta says:

    This Angela Kelly/The Quenn relationship sounds so much like a modern The Favourite story

    • Snazzy says:

      Right? I mean she supervises the Queen’s wash and blow dry?
      So someone else is doing it, but AK is there, supervising? WTF

  21. Lulu says:

    I’m quite surprised at the reactions here. I love it when we get gossip we can really discuss together, and Finding Freedom’s certainly provided that! I don’t think that Harry quite comes across here as people are saying, and I think that there are some valid points being made – not at the expense of Meghan, who is an entirely innocent party, but of the person who was her bridge into the BRF.

    • Ennie says:

      Well, he left the UK, obviously he had reached his limit and much beyond that.

    • Royalblue says:

      There are no valid points. Validity went out the window when the story changed three times. AK is not a credible witness and will be mincemeat on the stand, so we can not rely on her testimony.

      You choose to believe her over the version given in FF?

  22. Charfromdarock says:

    Is it too much to hope that when Charles becomes King, he actually brings in actual HR and management professionals?

    All of the Royal courts appear to be run by clowns*.

    *No offence to clowns.

    • Snuffles says:

      I was just about to say that. I think when the Queen dies and Charles takes over, lots of heads are gonna roll.

      It would also be a good time to re-evaluate and re-structure EVERYTHING about The Firm.

    • Jaded says:

      Yup. Bring in a highly qualified change management team and run it like a business. Get rid of the courtiers and fart-catchers and hang AK47 out to dry.

  23. lucy2 says:

    Imagine, in the middle of a global pandemic, being so worked up over a freaking tiara.

  24. Royalblue says:

    Hold up. The grandson of the Queen has to google tiaras? He doesn’t even get a courtesy brochure of the tiara collection to peruse. Why the secrecy? Things are really really tightly controlled across the pond!

    Can you imagine the nasty things about the Sussexes that AK is whispering in the ears of her Maj? And if Chuck can’t get rid of her, she must be whispering nasty things about him and Camilla too.

    House of Windsor is a mess.

  25. February-Pisces says:

    Has it come to this, even the f*cking maid is more important that the son of the future king. All because he married a biracial woman.

    My guess is that William was behind this is it’s by his fav mouth piece Richard kay. He was probably doing machine gun Angela kelly a favour, plus she probably whispers in the queens ear all kinds of sh*t, that comes directly from William. The clearly have each other’s backs.

    I think machine gun Angela kelly is trying to keep on willies good side because she knows the second the queen dies, Charles is going to throw her out on her ear. Revenge for the fact his mummy loves her more than him. So Willie is her only way to stay in the royal fold.

    • KL says:

      I understand it’s hardly the biggest issue on the table, but can we not delve into classism just because they stoop to racism?

      Although, point of order, she’s not a maid. Under a monarchy they all “serve,” but that doesn’t make them servants. (I feel it’s unfair to malign the actual servants like that.) She’d have to be really well-connected to get this post, and clearly she had the money for an extensive fashion education. And even after HRM dies, Kelly is going to feast on interviews in the aftermath giving inconsequential “insight” on the woman’s days.

      Sometimes it doesn’t have to be a political plot, it’s just very small people with very little actual power duking (lol) it out in the tabloids. And I include the “future king” in that.

      • February-Pisces says:

        Yeah I know she’s not the ‘maid’ it was a joke, that even the staff are more important that the actual family they are suppose to work for.

      • KL says:


        Calling someone a maid as a “joke” to make fun of their lack of power is still classist. And as I said: actual maids don’t deserve to be associated with this women, especially not with the assumption the association shames HER.

      • Nic919 says:

        She’s a public servant, a government worker though and if she can get away with assaulting other workers and not be reprimanded you have to wonder what is going on.

      • February-Pisces says:

        @KL I think you need to calm down, you clearly don’t get it. Calling her a ‘maid’ was a reflection on the firms hierarchy, that even if you were the queens toilet cleaner, as long as they are white, they are seen as more important than the biracial members of the royal family.

        Ak is just a member of staff at the end of the day, she’s not a public figure, she works ‘for’ them not ‘above’ them. So the fact that she is treated better than actual royals says everything.

    • Becks1 says:

      So, I don’t like using the framing of “the maid” because I do think it is classist and demeaning.

      But in most professional settings, there is a hierarchy. You have supervisors and bosses or you answer to a board of directors etc. You don’t just get to do whatever you want.

      We’ve heard repeatedly over the past year and especially in the context of Finding Freedom that the royal family and offices are ALL about hierarchy. Harry was held back in his work because of said hierarchy. etc.

      and now come to find out the Queen’s dresser/wardrobe manager has more power than the future king (if she did hold out on Kate for her hair trial as well) and the son of the future king? So not much of a hierarchy then.

    • February-Pisces says:

      Ok I seem to have vexed people here with my ‘maid’ joke, you clearly can’t tell sarcasm over text. So I apologise to ‘maids’ everywhere who are better than AK. It was a joke that was suppose to mock the hierarchy in the palace. That basically the maids are considered more important that the ethnic members of royalty.
      I apologise, ok, thank you.

  26. Catherine says:



    I need that tea 👀☕️

    • ArtHistorian says:

      Yeah, that is very interesting. I suspect that he doesn’t like the influence AK has on the Queen.

    • Becks1 says:

      Yeah she’s going to be gone. I imagine Camilla already has someone who is in charge of her jewelry and wardrobe, and the court jeweler is there to do whatever is he/she does (I assume coordinate jewelry for various events and ensure the jewelry is well-maintained? coordinate public exhibits? I dunno lol.) I figure AK probably knows that so is getting every last bit of power that she can?

      Her relationship with AK sort of makes sense when you consider the trajectory of her reign. She became queen pretty young, and I think for at least the early part of her reign she was very heavily influenced/controlled by the courtiers and her mother, and Phillip was in control of the family. She probably thinks it is normal to be overly reliant on staff like AK. Charles as king is going to be someone who knows how the palace works, obviously, but also has some outside experience with his various charities and initiatives that likely will mean he will run things very differently.

  27. Feeshalori says:

    That’s a heavy dose of tea! Now the chickens are coming home to roost!!😆 I’m conjecturing that Charles hates the influence AK has over his mother and that she’s literally the gatekeeper to the queen.

  28. L4frimaire says:

    First of all, the fact that we know this woman even exists and has her name out there shows she has way too much outsize influence. If they need to bring in Richard Kay to try to do a mop up operation on this tiara issue of all stories, it’s obvious they are really really bothered about it, and want one last shot at controlling the narrative. They need to let this story die on the vine and move on. They’re not doing themselves any favors and just continue to point out how petty and controlling they are. Everyone now knows Kelley is an unpleasant woman who needs to start making retirement plans. The tiara gate story was a lie, that’s it. Lol, these people suck.

  29. Lowrider says:

    What strange article with William and his new jewelry buddy’s finger prints all over it.

  30. Vanessa says:

    That’s why the royal reporters were freaking out about finding freedom because it set all of their ridiculously lies straight . The royal reporters were able to create a narrative about Meghan basic on all lies and gossiping about her their sources were palace courtiers spreading lies and that’s why this Angela is freaking out because her name her face is being called out she can’t stay hidden anymore people know she is behind This ugly rumor. And Now she trying to change the narrative again that’s how you know a story is a flat out lie this is the third time the story has change just like the vagueness of Meghan made kate cry that’s story was a lie and change three different times and the British tabloids are desperately trying to make Meghan out to be this evil greedy woman and every time the truth comes out it’s makes the palace looked worse. The British tabloids are unhealthy unhinged their becoming crazy they didn’t know that Meghan and Harry moved they don’t have the insider information anymore their spinning old stories with more added details that revels their sources like how we found out that it was William behind the banned Meghan for using the royal jewelry with this Angela woman . The more the royal reporters becoming desperate for information the more they revel they tell on their sources they put names to the nameless courtiers they show the world how useless the royal family is how the courtiers are the ones with the real power .

  31. Mariane says:

    lol if this was meant as damage control then he failed spectacularly! He basically makes her seem as the one who runs BP meaning she’s above Charles. How is this possible???

    • Alexandria says:

      Two things that I’m realizing:
      1) When the Queen dies, House of Windsor may be in trouble or blackmailed by her. Pretty sure she would write a second book if she’s not dead by then. They’d better watch out. Really makes sense now why Harry bolted early. Even then she would still trash them for the money. She may be around for Charles reign but maybe not William’s. The top mean girl by then would be Kate.

      2) Her relationship with Queenie is surreal material for the next season(s) of the Crown.

    • Nic919 says:

      She was able to write a book and keep her employment with the Queen. Anyone else who has worked for the royal household and written a book about it only did so once they were no longer employed by them. AK47 has gotten special dispensation from the Queen in this and it hints to more power than usual.

  32. Izzy says:

    Serious question though: Are these reporters actually high when they write? Have we drug-tested them?

  33. Rapunzel says:

    I cannot believe they devoted an article to complaining about Harry using “this woman.”

    He probably said something like “Anglea Kelly is not handing over the tiara Meg chose. Can someone please make this woman do her job?” It’s no big deal! She was being an insubordinate employee and he had every right to be a little pissy and snobby with her (even though I doubt he really was, because I’m sure was using her name most of the time).

    Now William saying “you need to go slow with this girl” is more rude cause it’s his brother’s gf who he was excited about and Wills was being a wet blanket. But even then, saying “this girl” or “that guy” is kinda common when you’re discussing someone’s new relationship who you’ve never met. “Are you still seeing that guy?” “Do you really like this girl?” So it could have just been Wills thinking Meg was a casual fling whose name he didn’t think he’d need to remember. After all, I’m sure that’s pretty much what everyone thought/hoped.

    I kinda give both brothers a pass on the language here, though Harry more of a pass that Wills. Wills is a known rage monster of incandescent proportions and I can imagine him having real snobbery behind his words that I’m pretty certain Harry wouldn’t.

    All this makes me wonder though: Did Wills say “this girl?” Or “this nig—?” I’m still convinced thd real shit went down between the brothers when Meg got pregnant and I think it’s cause Wills said something racist.

    • Feeshalori says:

      It’s really getting ridiculous when column inches are wasted on parsing phrases. I’ve never seen such faux outrage expended on a royal staff member, as if Richard Kay really cares. Of course, the objective is to only to throw more mud at Harry. That’s their obsession. And that’s been my theory, too, that William said a racial slur about Meghan to Harry and everything went up in flames after that.

      • Kkat says:

        Or will indicated the baby would be “lesser” because Meghan is biracial.
        But yeah I think something pretty shitty happened