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Subtle ways Prince Harry and Meghan Markle remembered Princess Diana on their wedding day

by Zahra Nadeem

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s royal wedding was all about joy and celebration. Yet, many hearts silently ached, missing the late ruler of hearts and the groom’s mother, Princess Diana, on the special occasion. The couple made sure they included her on their big day. 

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Prince Harry with his mother, late Princess Diana. (Image source: Getty Images/Tim Graham)

Princess Diana passed away in a tragic car crash on August 31,1997. The People’s Princess was only 36 years old at the time. Nobody could have missed her more than her son, Prince Harry, on his wedding day; he teared up more than once, remembering his mother during the wedding ceremony.

Here is how the bride and groom honored the late Princess Diana in their own subtle yet heartwarming ways.

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The couple made sure they included the Prince’s late mother in their big day. (Image source: Instagram/The Royal Family)

1. Meghan’s engagement ring had diamonds from Princess Diana’s personal collection

Prince Harry himself designed the engagement ring, choosing two diamonds from Diana’s collection. He told BBC he did so ‘to make sure that she’s with us on this crazy journey together’. Meghan added, “It’s so important to me to know that she’s a part of this with us.”

The two diamonds were placed on either side of a stone from Botswana. The ring was custom made by Cleave and Company.

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Meghan Markle shows off engagement ring at Nottingham Contemporary in December 2017. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

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Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce their engagement on November 27, 2017. (Image source: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

2.  They honored the causes that meant the most to Diana

Princess Diana earned her titles – ‘The People’s Princess’ and ‘Ruler of Hearts’ – due to her noble spirit and philanthropy. Prince Harry and Meghan kept her legacy alive by asking their well wishers to make donations in the names of the charities that they provided instead of sending them wedding gifts. Two of those charities are Children’s HIV Association and Crisis, an NGO working to eradicate homelessness.

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Princess Diana while sitting on the steps of her home at Highgrove, Gloucestershire. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)

3.  Princess Diana’s sister gave a speech at the wedding ceremony

Lady Jane Fellows, Diana’s elder sister, was not only present at the wedding ceremony but also gave a speech. She read The Song of Solomon. Kensington Palace had announced earlier in a statement, “Harry and Ms. Markle feel honoured that Lady Jane will be representing her family and helping to celebrate the memory of the late Princess of the wedding day.”

4. Her other two siblings were also present at the ceremony

Diana’s elder brother, Charles Spencer, and sister, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, were also present on the special occasion. Also in attendance was Kitty Spencer, Lady Diana’s niece, and many commented on how much she looks like the late Princess herself.

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

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Kitty Spencer bears striking resemblance to her late aunt. (Image source: Instagram/Kitty Spencer)

5. The floral decor held meaning

The floral decoration done with white garden roses was rather special; Princess Diana loved these flowers. The roses also grow in the Kensington Palace’s White Garden, which was planted to honor her. After the wedding was over, the couple arranged to have the flowers made into bouquets and sent to hospice patients in London.

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Floral decorations include Diana’s favorite white roses. (Image source: Instagram/Kensington Palace)

6. Meghan’s bouquet included Diana’s favorite flowers, handpicked by Prince Harry

The bouquet that Meghan was carrying had Diana’s favorite flowers, Forget-Me-Nots, handpicked by Prince Harry. The couple specifically chose them to honor the memory of the late Princess.

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Meghan’s bouquet contained Diana’s favorite forget-me-nots. (Image source: Instagram/The Royal Family)

7.  Diana’s wedding vows were reflected in Meghan’s own vows

Diana made headlines after her own wedding when she vowed to love, care and honor Prince Charles, but not to ‘obey’ him, as was traditional for Royal weddings. Meghan Markle, a feminist herself, did the same for Prince Harry. She lovingly recited her vows after the priest, and viewers were quick to notice she had omitted the part about obeying her husband.

Meghan vowed to love, care and honor Harry. (Image source: Instagram/The Royal Family)

8.  One of the hymns at the ceremony was also played at Diana’s funeral

The Welsh hymn, ‘Guide Me, O Thy Great Redeemer’, was played at Diana’s funeral as well as Prince Harry’s wedding.

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Prince Harry handpicked a few of the flowers. (Image source: Instagram/The Royal Family)

9.  Meghan wore Diana’s aquamarine ring to the reception

Along with her elegant white dress, Meghan wore her mother in law’s beautiful aquamarine ring on her right hand to her wedding reception at Frogmore House. The ring was a gift to Meghan, from Prince Harry. Diana wore the ring a few months before her death.

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Meghan wore the ring to her second reception. (Image source: Instagram/The Royal Family)

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Meghan’s wedding gift was an aquamarine ring belonged to Princess Diana. (Image Source: Twitter)

Princess Diana was certainly remembered on her son’s big day, as the entire world appreciate the tributes.



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