ROYAL FUSS: It appears that Garrard’s new ad campaign — which features Missy Elliott, Liberty Ross and Rupert Everett with their own coats of arms and tag lines proclaiming "By special appointment to…" — is rattling a few royal cages. According to the London-based Evening Standard, the watchdog group Royal Warrant Holders Association said the ads were "not in the greatest of taste," and added that only the royal family is allowed to grant permission to use the phrase "by appointment." Garrard is the former Crown Jeweler and remains the headquarters of current official Crown Jeweler David Thomas. While the newspaper reported that Garrard agreed to alter the campaign at the request of the RWHA, Gianluca Brozzetti, chief executive of A&G Group, which controls the Asprey and Garrard brands, denied that. "The ads will continue, and we have no plans to change the campaign," he said.

A spokesman for the RWHA declined to comment.

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