With the royal wedding now all wrapped up, we’re taking a magnifying glass to the festivities. As expected, Harry and Meghan paid tribute to Harry’s late mother, Diana, in quite a few subtle but sentimental ways.
The Seat Left Empty
During the ceremony, there was a seat left empty to Prince William’s right and the immediate consensus was that it was left for Princess Diana. While it’s exactly what we want to believe, a source has told E! News that it was actually empty as it was directly in front of Queen Elizabeth II. We’ll keep believing that Harry did this on purpose for his mother.
A Bouquet of Forget-Me-Nots
As confirmed by the Palace, Meghan’s bouquet was designed by florist Philippa Craddock to include Diana’s favourite flowers, Forget-Me-Nots. It was complete with seasonal fragrant flowers, including lily of the valley, myrtle, jasmine and sweet peas.
Diana’s Family Were Included
As expected, Diana’s family were also in attendance, with her brother Charles, 9th Earl Spencer, arriving with his wife, and Diana’s sisters, Lady Jane Fellowes and Lady Sarah McCorquodale, also attending. Jane, Diana’s older sister, gave a reading during the service.
A Vow Tradition Started By Diana
Meghan chose to follow in Diana’s footsteps (as well as Kate’s) by leaving out one detail in her wedding vows – to obey her husband. With Meghan’s inspiring independent nature, we’re not surprised by this choice.
An Emotional Hymn Of Choice
Nearing the end of the ceremony, the hymn ‘O Great Redeemer’ was sung and Harry appeared to get emotional. This was because the hymn was sung at Diana’s funeral in 1997.
Meghan Wore Another Of Diana’s Rings
While we know that her engagement ring featured diamonds from Diana’s personal collection, Meghan was also given another of Diana’s special rings – a large aquamarine jewel that she wore on her way to their reception. Let’s say, it was hard to miss.