Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle was always going to be a bittersweet celebration.
As the last and youngest son of Princess Diana to tie the knot, it’s a poignant milestone that will no doubt remind Prince Harry of his mother’s painful absence.
And just like his older brother Prince William did at his wedding to Duchess Catherine in 2011, Prince Harry has made sure the memory of his mother burnt bright in so many touching ways.
From the moment Prince Harry proposed to Meghan Markle, the 33-year-old has worked hard to incorporate Princess Diana’s memory into their “crazy journey.”
Their engagement photo shoot took place at Diana’s favourite place at Kensington Palace, the Sunken Gardens, while Harry included two diamonds on either side of Meghan’s engagement ring that were from his mother’s collection.
“The main stone itself I sourced from Botswana and the little diamonds either side are from my mother’s jewellery collection to make sure that she’s with us on this crazy journey together,” Prince Harry explained during his engagement interview last November.
“She’s with us,” Meghan assured her fiancé at the time.
“I’m sure she’s with us yeah, you know, jumping up and down somewhere else,” Harry agreed, before confessing Meghan and his mum would have been as “thick as thieves.”
Prince Harry admits that after losing Princess Diana at the tender age of 12, his life descended into “total chaos.”
“I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years, has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but my work as well,” Harry explained in 2017.
“I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and sort of lies and misconceptions and everything are coming to you from every angle.”
Thankfully, after seeking professional help and going to a counsellor Prince Harry has worked through his grief and totally reinvented himself from a problematic party boy, to a passionate humanitarian. There’s no doubt in the world Princess Diana would be so proud of her son.
Inheriting his mother’s Midas touch, Harry is the People’s Prince and the most popular royal in recent history.
“I know I’ve got a lot of my mother in me. All I want to do is make my mother incredibly proud. I will have to, in a good way, spend the rest of my life trying to fill that void as much as possible,” Harry told People magazine in 2016.
It’s been two decades since Diana’s untimely passing after a car crash in Paris in 1997 but for Prince Harry, Diana is still a huge part of his life.
“She was one of the naughtiest parents. She was our mum. She still is our mum. And of course, as a son I would say this, she was the best mum in the world. She smothered us with love, that’s for sure,” Harry said last year during an unprecedented interview to celebrate her memory on the 20th anniversary of her death.
Here are all the incredible ways Prince Harry honoured Princess Diana on his wedding day…
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