- Meghan Markle’s outfit for her interview with Oprah Winfrey was packed with symbolism.
- Markle wore an Armani gown adorned with a lotus flower, which is considered a symbol of rebirth.
- She wore a bracelet that once belonged to Princess Diana and a necklace that symbolized freedom.
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The Duchess of Sussex wore a $US4,700 ($AU6,354) Armani gown that contained a subtle message about hope.
The dress included a print of a white lotus flower, which “symbolizes purity, enlightenment, self-regeneration, and rebirth,” according to Binghamton University.
A spokesperson for Markle told The Telegraph that she was aware of the print’s meaning.
“The Duchess understands that a lotus seed can withstand thousands of years without water, able to germinate over two centuries later,” the spokesperson said.
Markle also wore a bracelet that once belonged to Princess Diana
As Insider’s Mikhaila Friel reported, one of the three bracelets Markle wore during the interview was a Cartier tennis bracelet that once belonged to the late Diana, Princess of Wales.
Princess Diana was last photographed wearing the bracelet to a performance of Swan Lake at the Royal Albert Hall in June 1997.
“The little diamonds on either side are from my mother’s jewelry collection to make sure she’s with us on this crazy journey together,” Harry told the BBC during their first interview as an engaged couple in 2017.
Markle’s interview look included a Cartier Love bangle that matches one Harry has worn in the past
Markle also wore a Cartier Love bangle, which is “an iconic symbol of love that transgresses convention” and “a timeless tribute to passionate romance,” according to the product description. Prince Harry also has one, and he was seen wearing it in a TIME100 special on ABC that aired in September 2020.
The bracelet choice could have been a message about the couple’s unbreakable bond, which is something Markle talked about with Winfrey.
“Now, because we’re actually on the other side, we’ve actually not just survived but are thriving. I think that all of those things that I was hoping for have happened, and this is in some ways just the beginning for us. You know, we’ve been through a lot. It’s felt like a lifetime,” Markle told Winfrey.
Markle’s other jewelry pieces may have been her way of nodding to her former homes – the UK and Canada
Markle wore earrings from Birks, a Canadian brand, and a necklace from British designer Pippa Small. Choosing pieces by designers from Canada and the UK may have been a subtle nod at the two Commonwealth nations that she previously called home.
Markle was pictured wearing the same Pippa Small necklace during her 2018 royal tour of the Oceania region.
Markle’s necklace also represented freedom and hope
The $US2,491 ($AU3,368) Aquamarine Triple Collete Set Pendant from Pippa Small was on back order at the time of writing.
Pippa Small, the owner of the namesake jewelry brand, told Town and Country that she had no idea Markle was going to wear her necklace during the couple’s interview with Winfrey.
“It has brought us attention at a time when work has been challenging for us all this past year, and this certainly gives us a boost. Meghan is again showing her solidarity with ethical brands,” Small told the magazine.
In an interview with The Telegraph, Small said the aquamarine stones on the necklace Markle wore symbolize freedom and hope.
“Aquamarine is a very serene, positive stone. It’s the color of the sky or the sea – it’s very freeing. It’s a hopeful stone, there’s something very pure about it,” she said. “Aesthetically, the necklace and our jewelry in general is quite simple and natural feeling. It’s more subtle and less showy than traditional jewelry; it becomes more personal, like an amulet.”