Princess Diana, Duchess of Wales had a wonderful jewelry collection, including some of the most memorable pieces she wore during her lifetime. Now, his enduring legacy is kept alive by his daughters-in-law — Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle — who are often seen donning pieces of this timeless jewel.
It is also in accordance with the last will of the late princess, who wrote a ‘letter of will’ that said, “I want you to allocate all my jewels to the shares held by my sons, so that their wives, of course, have it or use it. I want the proper division of the jewels to be yours.” I leave it to discretion.”
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As the world mourns Princess Diana’s untimely death today on her 25th death anniversary, let’s look at Kate and Meghan’s fitting tribute to their mother-in-law, despite never having met her.
At the 2019 BAFTAs, Diana, Duchess of Cambridge wore Diana’s famous ‘South-Sea Pearl Earrings’ which are considered to be the latter’s favorite in the 90s. Most recently, Kate wore them again at the 2022 Royal Ascot.
One of the most famous and sentimental pieces inherited by Kate has to be Diana’s sapphire engagement ring. Made by British jeweler Garrard, it features a 12-carat oval Ceylon surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds. “I hope I take care of it. It’s very, very special,” Kate said of her engagement to Prince William.
Meghan’s engagement ring also has a special connection to Diana. Designed by Prince Harry himself, it features two diamonds from his mother’s private collection in addition to a diamond from Botswana. “Not being able to meet her mom, it’s so important to me to know that she’s a part of this with us,” Megan said.
Diana’s butterfly earrings are another set of everyday earrings Meghan inherited from the ones she first wore in Australia.
Referred to as the Cambridge Lover’s Knot, the Lover’s Knot Tiara was originally created for Queen Mary in 1913 and passed down to Queen Elizabeth in 1953 and Princess Diana in 1981. After her wedding to Prince William, Kate received this tiara, which she wore for the first time. Annual Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace in 2013.
Princess Diana was often seen wearing an emerald-cut aquamarine ring because blue was considered her favorite color. It was inherited by Meghan who wore it to her wedding reception in 2018.
One of the most understated yet elegant pieces in her jewelry collection, Princess Diana wore the three-strand pearl bracelet on multiple occasions. It has been handed over to the Duchess of Cambridge.
For an interview with Oprah in 2021, Meghan wore Diana’s diamond bracelet, believed to be the same stone Harry chose to make his engagement ring from.
Meghan paired the bracelet with a black floral dress (Source: AP)
Not just with jewelry, Kate and Meghan have repeatedly given a nod to Princess Diana with their outfits. Recently, Kate wore a brown and white polka dots dress by Alessandra Rich to the 2022 Royal Ascot, reminiscent of an almost identical look worn by her mother-in-law Princess Diana at the 1988 Royal Ascot 34 years ago.
For her last royal engagement, Meghan wore a green dress similar to the one worn by Diana in 1982.
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