QUEEN Elizabeth's official lingerie designer has been sacked after she published intimate royal details in a tell-all book last year.
High-end lingerie company Rigby & Peller, owned by June Kenton and her husband Harold, was stripped of its royal warrant in 2017 after Mrs Kenton published her memoir, Storm In A D-Cup.
A royal warrant is a special recognition of a business that supplies goods or services to a member of the royal family.
There are over 800 royal warrant holders today, spanning from individuals to huge global companies.
While no details of royal underwear fittings were published, Mrs Kenton, 82, included an anecdote about the Queen Mother ignoring Princess Margaret's opinions on hats.
"I pretend to listen to Margaret and then, once she has gone, I order what I want," the book quoted the Queen Mother as saying.
Mrs Kenton, who fit the Queen's bras at Buckingham Palace, also included details about Princess Diana and Princes William and Harry.
"I never met Diana's boys, but I used to give her lingerie and swimwear posters for them to put up in their studies at Eton," Mrs Kenton wrote.
She also described her first meeting with Queen Elizabeth and the moment she entered the royal bedroom for the first time.
The company was given the royal licence in 1960 but has now lost the right to display the royal coat of arms.
According to The Associated Press, Mrs Kenton wept after insisting the book was not intended to cause offence.
She claimed to have been unaware of the official rules surrounding information on private meetings with royalty, and that the book was intended to celebrate the success of the company and provide a record for her family.
"There's nothing in there that makes you think, 'Oh! That's naughty,"' she told The Associated Press.
"It's very sad to have ended like this. I am completely and utterly heartbroken.
"I apologise for anything I might have done or said in the book. It was totally unintentional. I just think the world of them."
While the palace has not commented on the controversy, a statement from Rigby & Peller said the company was "deeply saddened" by the decision.
The statement said it was "not able to elaborate further on the cancellation out of respect for Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Warrant Holders Association".
The Kentons purchased the lingerie company for ₤20,000 in 1982.
Mrs Kenton honed her craft at the Berlie Corsetry School and has worked in the lingerie industry for six decades.
The couple sold their stake in Rigby & Peller to Belgian company Van de Velde in 2011, but Mrs Kenton remained on the board and continued to work with the royals.
- with AP