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The Royal wedding and preceding engagement featured many nods to Princess Diana; however, the seat next to Prince William was not one of them

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Contrary to popular belief, the empty seat next to the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, was not reserved to honor the late Princess Diana. It was so the Queen would have a clear view of the ceremony from the second row, where she was seated.

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Princess Diana had a seat reserved for her at the Royal Wedding. (Image source: Twitter)

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Prince Harry made sure to pay tribute to his mother during his wedding. (Image source: Twitter)

During the ceremony, viewers couldn’t help but notice the empty seat in the church, and started speculating that it was left reserved as a tribute to Princess Diana by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. However, British Royal reporter, Rebecca English, stated in a tweet that ‘the seat in front of the Queen is always left empty’.

Image source: Twitter/Rebecca English

English also described that the Queen always needs to be seen at such public events. During the ceremony, she chose to sit in the second row because it is her ‘favorite chair in the chapel’.

Image source: Twitter/Rebecca English

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Harry said from the start that he wanted to keep his mother close during this process. (Image source: Instagram/The Royal Family)

Many Royal fans speculated that the seat was, however, reserved for Princess Diana and got very emotional about it on Twitter.

Meanwhile, the bride and groom chose to honor the late Princess of Wales in plenty of other ways at their wedding. Prince Harry wanted to ensure his mother’s presence stays with the couple from the very start of their relationship.

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Fans responded with emotion to his sweet gesture. (Image source: Twitter)

The diamonds used in Meghan Markle’s engagement ring were specifically chosen from Lady Diana’s collection. Prince Harry incorporated his mother into his engagement from the start. The ring, which he designed himself, consisted of two outside stones belonging to the late Princess, and a center cut diamond from Botswana, a county where the couple spent a lot of their time before they were engaged.

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Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce their engagement in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

The floral arrangements in the church’s interior and in Meghan’s bouquet were also subtle ways of including Harry’s mother in the ceremony. Along with the flower arrangement at the ceremony, Meghan Markle’s bouquet had ‘Forget-Me-Nots’, which were known as Diana’s favorite flowers. The Duchess’ veil was also similar to the one Diana wore at her wedding in 1981.

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Meghan’s bouquet incorporated Diana’s favorite flowers. (Image source: Instagram/The Royal Family)

Diana’s siblings were present at the wedding as well, another tribute made by Prince Harry. Before the wedding, Kensington Palace released a statement, saying, “In addition to having the support of The Queen, his father The Prince of Wales, and his brother Prince William as best man, Prince Harry is also keen to involve his mother’s family in his wedding. All three siblings of Diana, Princess of Wales will be in attendance and Lady Jane Fellowes will give the reading.

“Prince Harry and Ms. Markle both feel honoured that Lady Jane will be representing her family and helping to celebrate the memory of the late Princess on the wedding day.”

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Princess Diana’s sister was in attendance at the wedding and gave a reading as well. (Image source: Twitter/Luca Tyler)

In addition to Lady Jane, 61, Diana’s brother, Charles Spencer, 53, and her sister, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, 63, were also present at the wedding.



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