Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding will go down as one of the biggest royal celebrations of the last decade. This is, after all, the second-born prince's big moment—and he made sure his mom Princess Diana was part of it.
Even though the event itself was certainly a spectacle, the beloved late princess and her memory was not forgotten in the rush. Prince Harry said as much during the couple's joint interview after they announced their engagement, and he made it clear that he thinks Diana and Meghan would've been great friends.
"Oh they'd be thick as thieves, without question, I think she would be over the moon, jumping up and down, you know so excited for me, but then, as I said, would have probably been best friends—best friends with Meghan," he said. "It's days like today when I really miss having her around and miss being able to share the happy news. But you know with the ring and with everything else that's going on I'm sure she's ... "
" ... she's with us," Markle finished.
She's with them, and they're remembering her too. Read on for all the ways the couple honored Princess Diana on their wedding day.
Diana's siblings were at the wedding, and Diana's sister did a reading
It was announced ahead of time that the late princess's siblings played a role in Meghan and Harry's nuptials.
"All three siblings of Diana, Princess of Wales will be in attendance and Lady Jane Fellowes will give the reading," a statement from the palace released this week read. "Prince Harry and Ms. Markle both feel honored that Lady Jane will be representing her family and helping to celebrate the memory of the late Princess on the wedding day."
The flowers honored Diana
Floral designer Philippa Craddock created a unique arrangement at St. George's full of Diana's favorite flower: white garden roses.
“The process has been highly collaborative, free-flowing, creative and fun,” Craddock said about the flowers in a press release. “The final designs will represent them as a couple, which I always aim to achieve in my work, with local sourcing, seasonality and sustainability being at the forefront.”
Before Markle walked down the aisle, Diana's former butler predicted the flower power move.
“I bet you that Meghan will carry white roses and white peonies because white roses were Diana's favorite," Princess Diana's butler Paul Burrell told Extra. "So those themes will carry through the wedding and Diana's spirit will be there.”
The engagement ring features Diana's jewels
Even before she became Prince Harry's wife, Markle was already given a priceless heirloom in memory of Harry's mom. Prince Harry gave Meghan Markle a ring that he helped design with help from Princess Diana's collection. The ring includes a center stone from Botswana alongside two diamonds that belonged to his late mom.
"The little diamonds either side are from my mother's jeweler collection to make sure that she's with us on this—on this crazy journey together," Prince Harry said at the time.
Meghan and Harry invited a 15-year-old guest who is continuing Diana's legacy
Faith Dickinson is a 15-year-old Canadian student who was one of the lucky few to attend the royal wedding. She was given the invite because of the work she does for her charity Cuddles for Cancer, which also won her the Diana Award last year.
“[Diana Award CEO] Tessy Ojo called me and told me the news," Dickinson told People. "She told me through email that we were going to catch up about Cuddles for Cancer, but when she told me about the wedding and it was a total surprise.”
Meghan wore her aquamarine ring at the reception
When Meghan slipped out of Givenchy wedding gown and into her second Stella McCartney dress, the Duchess of Sussex also added a new piece of jewelry to the mix: Princess Diana's aquamarine ring that she originally wore to a Christie's auction in 1997.
“I thought she could have gone with something blue with a piece of jewelry for example in her first look, but we saw it in her second look with her ring belonging to Diana,” says Eva Hartling, vice president of Maison Birks—one of Meghan's favorite brands. “I think that was symbolic.”