16 times Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton paid homage to Princess Diana

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Kate Middleton often pays tribute to Princess Diana with her outfits. AP, Hannah Mckay/Reuters
  • Princess Diana was just 36 when she died in Paris on August 31, 1997.
  • Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle occasionally wear jewellery that belonged to Princess Diana.
  • They have also worn pieces by Diana’s favourite designers.
  • Princess Charlotte’s full name is “Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.”
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Princess Diana‘s tragic death on August 31, 1997 shocked the world. Her absence is still felt by those who knew and loved her in the royal family – and those who have married into it.

Both Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have paid subtle tributes to the woman who would have been their mother-in-law (and grandmother to their children) through their choices of jewellery, flowers, hats, and children’s names.

Here are 16 ways they have honoured Princess Diana.


Kate Middleton’s engagement ring belonged to Princess Diana.

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Kate Middleton and Prince William. Chris Jackson/Getty Images

The ring is a 12-carat sapphire surrounded by 14 diamonds.


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

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Prince Charles and Princess Diana Spencer announce their engagement in 1981. Ron Bell/AP

The ring cost $US38,000 when Princess Diana picked it out, according to The Daily Mail. Today, it’s priceless.


Meghan Markle’s engagement ring contains two diamonds from Princess 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. Alexi Lubomirski via Getty

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


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

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Princess Diana had access to a large collection of diamonds. Mike Segar/Reuters

A representative from Cleave and Company told Insider that the jewellery 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.


Meghan 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. WPA Pool/Getty

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


Forget-me-nots were Princess Diana’s favourite flower.

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Princess Diana visits a community centre in 1983. Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images

“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’ favourite flower. The couple specifically chose them to be included in Ms. Markle’s bouquet to honour 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. Save the Children UK, Instagram

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, Kate 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. Kensington Palace

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


Princess Diana’s aquamarine ring was Markle’s “something blue” for her wedding reception.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on their way to their wedding reception in 2018. Steve Parsons – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Markle wore a white Stella McCartney gown to the reception.


Princess Diana wore the aquamarine ring in 1997 to an auction of her own clothes.

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Princess Diana in 1997. AP Photo/Jacqueline Arzt

The ring has a matching aquamarine bracelet that Princess Diana wore in 1996, according to People.


Kate Middleton turned a pair of Princess Diana’s sapphire and diamond studs into drop-down earrings.

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Kate Middleton wearing drop-down earrings. Pool/Getty Images

They’re one of many heirloom pieces that she wears regularly.


The sapphires in these earrings are believed to have come from the strap of one of Princess Diana’s watches.

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Princess Diana wearing the stud earrings. AP

The watch was given to Princess Diana as a wedding present from the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, according to the Daily Mail.


Kate Middleton wore a pair of Princess Diana’s diamond and pearl earrings to the 2019 BAFTAs.

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Kate Middleton at the BAFTAs. Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images

Twitter user @hrhkatemeghan spotted Princess Diana’s diamond and South Sea pearl dangle earrings worn by Kate Middleton at the 2019 BAFTAs. It was the first time that Middleton had worn these earrings.


Princess Diana wore the earrings to a gala at Bridgewater House in 1995.

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Princess Diana attending a gala in 1995. Tim Graham/Getty Images

Princess Diana wore the earrings numerous times for appearances, according to Town and Country.


Middleton wore Princess Diana’s Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara to a diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace in 2016.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2016. Pool/Reuters

Tiaras are reserved for married members of the royal family.


The tiara was given to Princess Diana as a wedding present from the queen.

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Princess Diana wearing the Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara. Charles Tasnadi/AP Images

The crown consists of 19 arches and contains 38 drop-shaped pearls suspended from pretzel-like twists known as lover’s knot bows, according to People.


Kate Middleton wore one of Princess Diana’s pearl bracelets while visiting Germany in 2017.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton in Germany. Sean Gallup/Getty Images

The bracelet has three pearl strands and diamond spacers.


Princess Diana wore it with her “Elvis” outfit in 1989.

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Princess Diana’s ‘Elvis’ outfit. The bracelet is out of frame. Liu Heung Shing/AP

Jewellery designer Nigel Milne said he was “delighted” to see the Duchess of Cambridge making it her own.

“The Princess of Wales was the most wonderful inspiration for us jewellers in that she wore her jewellery with such style and panache,” he wrote on his website.


Markle wore a coat designed by Amanda Wakely and a hat by Stephen Jones to a Commonwealth Day service.

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Meghan Markle at a Commonwealth Day service in 2018. Chris Jackson/Getty Images

People on Twitter got emotional about her outfit.


Both Wakely and Jones were favourite designers of Princess Diana.

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Princess Diana wearing a hat designed by Stephen Jones in 1987. Heribert Proepper/AP

Princess Diana worked with them to create some of her most iconic looks.


When Prince George was born, Kate Middleton wore a blue polka-dot Jenny Packham dress.

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Kate Middleton and Prince William with Prince George in 2013. Scott Heavey/Getty Images

Jenny Packham is one of Kate Middleton’s favourite brands.


Her outfit resembled the green polka-dot dress that Princess Diana wore when leaving the hospital with Prince William.

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Princess Diana and Prince Charles with Prince William in 1982. ASSOCIATED PRESS

It’s not the only time Kate Middleton has paid tribute to Princess Diana with her outfit choices.


Princess Charlotte’s full name is “Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.”

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Princess Charlotte. Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Princess Charlotte is already mastering the royal wave.


Prince William and Kate Middleton gave her the name as a tribute to Princess Diana.

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Princess Diana and Prince Charles with Prince Harry and Prince William in 1984. AP Photo

They make sure all of their children know that there are two grandmothers.


After the birth of Prince Louis, Middleton wore yet another Jenny Packham dress, this time red with a lace collar.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton with Prince Louis in 2018. Hannah Mckay/Reuters

Her stylist met her at the hospital before she stepped out with the new baby.


It echoes the dress that Princess Diana wore in 1984 after she gave birth to Prince Harry.

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Prince Charles and Princess Diana with Prince Harry in 1984. AP

Prince 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.”


Meghan Markle wore a pair of butterfly-shaped earrings on her first royal tour in Australia.

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Meghan Markle wearing butterfly earrings. Kristy Wigglesworth – Pool/Getty Images

She and Prince Harry were visiting Australia,Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga, and New Zealand.


Princess Diana wore them on a trip to Canada in 1986.

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Princess Diana wearing the earrings. Greg Kinch PN/CMC/Reuters

Prince Harry and Markle’s first official royal tour also follows in the footsteps of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, who went on their first royal tour to Australia and New Zealand in 1983.


Kate Middleton wore a pair of pearl and diamond drop earrings to Archie’s christening.

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The royal family at Archie’s christening. Chris Allerton/ Getty Images

The duchess also wore a pinkStella McCartney dress.


Princess Diana wore the same pair of earrings for Prince Harry’s christening in 1984.

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Princess Diana and Prince Harry after his christening in 1984. PA Images/Getty Images

Princess Diana’s sisters, Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale, attended Archie’s christening.