Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle’s Subtle Tributes to Princess Diana

Diana picked the sapphire ring from a Garrard’s catalogue when she got engaged to Prince Charles.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana Spencer announce their engagement in 1981.

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The ring cost $38,000 when Diana picked it out, according to The Daily Mail. Today, it’s priceless.

Meghan Markle’s engagement ring contains two diamonds from Diana’s collection and one from Botswana, where she and Prince Harry vacationed together.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pose after announcing their engagement in 2017.

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Markle’s engagement ring is a “jewel of inestimable value,” Sophie Lomax, head of design at 77 Diamonds, told Business Insider.

Harry may have used diamonds from Diana’s sapphire and diamond brooch.

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Princess Diana had access to a large collection of diamonds.

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A representative from Cleave and Company told Insider that the jewelry company is “greatly honoured to have been of service and we wish Prince Henry and his fiancé the very best” but declined to comment further.

Markle carried a bouquet of flowers that included forget-me-nots on her wedding day.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle share a kiss at the royal wedding in 2018.

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Forget-me-nots are said to symbolize loyalty, affection, and undying love.

Forget-me-nots were Diana’s favorite flower.

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Princess Diana visits a community center in 1983.

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“Prince Harry handpicked several flowers yesterday from their private garden at Kensington Palace to add to the bespoke bridal bouquet,” read a statement from Kensington Palace, according to Town & Country.

“The spring blooms include Forget-Me-Nots which were Diana, Princess of Wales’ favorite flower. The couple specifically chose them to be included in Ms. Markle’s bouquet to honor the memory of the late Princess on this special day.”

Markle posted a photo cradling baby Archie’s feet that paid tribute to mothers “lost but forever remembered” on Mother’s Day in 2019.

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Meghan Markle with Archie.

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The duchess was likely referring to her husband’s late mother in the photo, which also featured small purple flowers in the background.

A week after Markle’s Mother’s Day post, Middleton incorporated forget-me-nots while designing her garden for the Chelsea Flower Show in London.

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Kate Middleton’s RHS Back to Nature garden in 2019.

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Eagle-eyed royal fans noticed the flowers in the background of a snapshot that featured the duchess smiling on the garden’s rope swing. 

It resembled the dress Diana wore in 1984 after she gave birth to Harry.

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Prince Charles and Princess Diana with Prince Harry in 1984.

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Harry remembers that his mother gave amazing hugs.

“She would just engulf you and squeeze you as tight as possible and being as short as I was then there was no escape, you were there, and you were there for as long as she wanted to hold you,” he said in the HBO documentary “Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy.”

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