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How Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle Keep Princess Diana's Memories Alive

Margaret Minnicks is an online writer who writes about the royal family.

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Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, never met their husbands' mother, Princess Diana, who was killed in a Paris tunnel on August 31, 1997. If the wives had met Prince William and Prince Harry's mother, no doubt they would have had a good relationship.

During Prince Harry's engagement speech, he said his mother would have loved Meghan. He added, "They would have been as thick as thieves without question." He added, "I think she would have been over the moon, so excited for me, and best friends with Meghan."

Even though they never met, both duchesses help keep memories of the people's princess alive by dressing as she did and wearing jewelry from her collection.

Princess Diana's Request

Princess Diana left behind a huge estate to Princes William and Harry. She specifically stipulated in her will that her two sons would inherit her jewelry so that their wives could have it or use it.

Prince William and Prince Harry have honored their mother's request since they have been married. The public has seen both of their wives wearing many pieces of jewelry from Princess Diana's collection.

Princess Diana's Engagement Ring

Princess Diana's Engagement Ring

Kate Middleton's Engagement Ring

The first piece of jewelry the public saw that belonged to Princess Diana was her engagement ring with 14 solitaire diamonds around a 12-carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire set in 18-carat white gold. It was the engagement ring that Prince Charles gave Princess Diana when they got engaged on February 24, 1981.

During Prince William's engagement interview in 2010, he said it was his way of making sure his mother didn't miss out on his engagement and marriage. Duchess Kate has been seen wearing the ring since then. She also has matching earrings as shown in the photo below.

Kate Middleton wearing Princess Diana's earrings

Kate Middleton wearing Princess Diana's earrings

The Cambridge Lover's Knot Tiara

In order to keep her legacy alive, Kate has worn many pieces that belonged to her mother-in-law. Not only does she have the engagement ring with matching earrings, she also has Princess Diana's Cambridge Love Knot tiara.

Queen Elizabeth gave the princess the tiara on the day she married Prince Charles on July 29, 1981, when Diana was only twenty-years-old and Prince Charles was thirty-three.

The Cambridge Lover's Knot Tiara

The Cambridge Lover's Knot Tiara

Kate Middleton has worn the Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara at least five times since her marriage to Prince William on April 29, 2011.

Even though there are many other tiaras in the British royal family’s collection, it was one of Diana's favorites. She returned the tiara with its 19 arches and 38 pearls to Queen Elizabeth after she and Prince Charles divorced on August 28, 1996, after being married for 15 years.

Pearl earrings

Pearl earrings

Pearl earrings are now part of Kate's collection. They were given to Princess Diana as a wedding present from Collingwood jewelers. They looked good on both royal women.

Princess Diana and Duchess Kate

Princess Diana and Duchess Kate

Kate wore an outfit on Remembrance Day in 2016 that made her look just like Princess Diana when she attended the service in 1993.

Both women were wearing a black dress, a black peacock coat, a black hat and the traditional red poppy accessory for the occasion.

Other Occasions

In Kate Middleton’s first public appearance after giving birth to Prince George, she wore a blue polka dotted dress that was like the green polka dotted dress that Princess Diana wore when she stood on the same steps when she left the hospital with William in 1982.

On all occasions when Kate left the hospital with her three children, she gave tributes by dressing like her deceased mother-in-law.

Meghan Markle's Engagement Ring

Prince William gave his mother's engagement ring to Kate Middleton when they got engaged. Therefore, Prince Harry had to come up with the next best thing. He designed the engagement ring for Meghan Markle by using the center diamond he acquired from Botswana. He chose two smaller diamonds from his mother's jewelry collection to surround the larger stone. That was his way of including his late mother in his engagement and marriage to Meghan Markle.

Meghan Markle's Engagement Ring

Meghan Markle's Engagement Ring

Meghan Markle's Tributes

As soon as she became the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan was given access to precious jewelry that Princess Diana wanted Harry to make available to his wife. The jewelry collection is worth at least $700,000.

Notice the wording "Meghan was given access to the jewelry." That means she doesn't actually own all of it, but she can wear it whenever she wants to.

Princess Diana's aquamarine cocktail ring

Princess Diana's aquamarine cocktail ring

The world watched as the newlyweds drove off to their second wedding reception on May 19, 2018. Princess Diana’s aquamarine cocktail ring was clearly seen as she waved to photographers. Meghan wore the ring again in Tonga during the royal tour in October 2018.

Notice in the photos above, Meghan is wearing the ring on her right hand. Princess Diana is wearing it on her left hand. She began wearing the emerald cut ring in place of her engagement ring and wedding ring after she was divorced from Prince Charles in 1996.

On Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Wedding Day

On Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Wedding Day

Forget-Me-Nots Flowers

The bride carried a bouquet of flowers that included forget-me-nots that were Princess Diana's favorite flower. Harry picked them earlier that day from the private garden at Kensington Palace.

Butterfly earrings

Butterfly earrings

Butterfly Earrings

Following the news that they’re expecting their first child in the Spring of 2019, Meghan and Harry were photographed in Sydney, Australia as part of their first royal tour.

Meghan wore a pair of butterfly earrings that Princess Diana first started wearing after Prince Harry was born.

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Pretty in Pink

At the Trooping the Colour in 2018, Meghan wore a dusty-pink Carolina Herrera dress that reminded the public of the one Diana wore to the Berlin Opera House in 1987. The necklines and button placement were similar.

Comments

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on December 21, 2018:

Virginia McCoy, I verified that you are right about the something blue for Meghan Markle's wedding was a piece of fabric from her first date with Prince Harry. Since that was not to pay tributes to Princess Diana, I have deleted that statement.

Thanks for the correction. Let's remember "To err is human, to forgive divine" according to Alexander Pope.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on December 21, 2018:

Thanks, Virginia McCoy, for your correction. I will consider what you said after I verify it. If I find that your source is correct I will revise my article. However, the source I sought did report what I wrote.

In the meantime, it is OK that you won't share my article.

Virginia McCoy on December 21, 2018:

Sorry, her 'Something Blue' was NOT a small ribbon from Princess Diana or anything like that. Once again, you get the facts wrong. In her own words from The Duchess of Sussex she said, her something blue was from the dress she wore the night she met Prince Harry on their blind date. This is not conjecture, it is a fact from a video about the Queen's Commonwealth where Meghan was interviewed and saw her wedding dress for the first time. Thank you but I can't share this in my group. Merry Christmas!

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on December 21, 2018:

Millie, yes, Kate and Meghan own their own jewelry. However, both of them can use pieces from Princess Diana's collection that were not given to them. They can also borrow from Queen Elizabeth's jewelry if they like. For instance, Meghan wore Queen Elizabeth's tiara on her wedding day.

Millie maline on December 21, 2018:

I noticed when writing about Meghan you said one must note the phrase "Access to the jewellery" meaning she doesn't own the jewellery, you did not say that when mentioning Kate, does that mean that Kate owns the jewellery from Diana??

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on December 20, 2018:

I think it's lovely that these 2 young ladies are keeping Diana's memory alive. It's very touching.