How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Honored Princess Diana in Their Wedding

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The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle took place on May 19, 2018, and while everything about the big day seemed to be as perfect as one would expect of a royal engagement, there was one thing that was certainly missing from the occasion, the prince’s mother. As most people already know, Prince Harry’s mother, the late Princess Diana, was killed in a car crash in 1997, when he was just 12-years-old. In honor of his mother, the prince and his new bride chose to pay tribute to Princess Diana in a number of small ways, not only leading up to the wedding, but also on the big day itself.

Not only did the prince use diamonds from his mother’s collection in the engagement ring that he designed for Meghan Markle, but Prince Harry also handpicked forget-me-nots for his bride’s bouquet, according to Time Magazine. Forget-me-nots were Princess Diana’s favorite flower, and the ones that the prince collected came from the private gardens at Kensington Palace. Another flower that was included in the bouquet was white roses, which have long been associated with the late princess, and were expected to play a big part in the wedding.

During the royal wedding, one of the hymns that was performed, “Guide Me, O Thy Great Redeemer,” was actually played at Princess Diana’s funeral. While this might seem morbid to some, it was actually another subtle way that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were able to include his mother in his wedding, even if she was not there in person.

Unsurprisingly, all three of Princess Diana’s siblings were in attendance at the wedding, with her older sister, Lady Jane Fellowes, giving a reading during the ceremony. As E! News reported, Kensington Palace actually announced the fact that the late princess’ family would be attending the wedding, in a statement that said, “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.”

Beyond the actual wedding itself, there were other ways that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle honored his late mother, Princess Diana, including asking for donations to two charities that were known to be close to her heart, and also using the same carriage that she was often seen riding in for special occasions and events, according to Pop Sugar. Eagle-eyed spectators and photographers also noticed that when the happy couple left the first reception which was held by the Queen, in order to head to reception number two hosted by Prince Charles, Markle could be seen wearing the emerald cut, aquamarine ring that Diana often wore to high-end engagements, including a 1993 fundraiser for AIDS and Cancer research.

While there were likely other ways that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle honored Princess Diana at his wedding, these were certainly touching tributes that truly stood out among the glitz, glam, and pageantry of the day. Although his mother may not have been there to see him wed the love of his life, it is clear that Prince Harry and his bride made sure to include her in their own way as they celebrated their love and commitment to each other.

Written by Kimberley Spinney

Sources:

Time Magazine – All the Ways Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Paid Tribute to Princess Diana at Their Royal Wedding
E! News – How Prince Harry Honored Princess Diana at the Royal Wedding
Pop Sugar – The Ways Harry and Meghan Honored Princess Diana at Their Wedding Will Warm Your Heart

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