Katie Couric Thinks Princess Diana ‘Would Love’ Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle — Here’s Why

Katie Couric thinks Princess Diana would’ve gotten along especially well with her daughters-in-law, Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex. 

Couric, 62, attended the New York City premiere of the documentary film, Jim Allison: Breakthrough.

At the event, she spoke with Us Weekly about Princess Diana and the relationships she likely would’ve had with her sons’ wives. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, married Middleton in 2011 (see the cutest pictures of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) while Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, married Markle in 2018 (learn why Markle’s wedding gown surprised Queen Elizabeth II)

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Katie Couric. | D Dipasupil/Getty Images

Katie Couric says Middleton and Markle ‘exhibit the best of Diana’s qualities’

“I think she would love them,” the journalist and author told the publication.

“They’re thoroughly modern women, and I think they exhibit the best of Diana’s qualities, which include caring about something greater than yourself and committing yourself to worthwhile causes,” Couric explained. 

Kate Middleton Meghan Markle
Kate Middleton Meghan Markle. | Stephen Pond/Getty Images

She continued, saying she felt sorry the late princess never got to meet her grandchildren. 

“I’m so sorry that she can’t see her grandchildren or be with her daughters-in-law,” she said. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have three children; Prince George of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, and Prince Louis of Cambridge. 

Couric also said she believed Princess Diana and her daughters-in-law “would get along famously” in the face of people attempting to “concoct a lot of drama among them.”

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle.
Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle. | Karwai Tang/WireImage

This isn’t the first time the former news anchor’s spoken publicly about Princess Diana. In an essay for InStyle, Couric reflected upon a meeting she had with the royal in 1996, a year before her untimely death at the age of 36 the following year.

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Princess Diana. | Jayne Fincher/Getty Images

Couric said she remarked to Princess Diana how happy she must’ve been to be going home after traveling for a while. The princess, who officially became divorced from Prince Charles the same year, had a sad reply, according to Couric.

“I would be, but I’m going home to an empty house,” Princess Diana told Couric. 

Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton’s charity work

Since becoming part of the royal family, both Middleton and Markle have put the full weight of their royal status behind a sizable number of causes and charity organizations. 

According to the royal family’s website, Middleton’s charities and patronages are centered around her passion for the following topics: children’s mental health, visual arts (earlier this year, she became a patron of The Royal Photographic Society), and sports and the outdoors.

As of Jan. 2019, Markle is a patron of four organizations. Included among them is Smart Works, the charity she recently championed by gathering brands to create a capsule collection of workwear for women with a 1:1 model, meaning for every item purchased, one would be donated to Smart Works. 

Markle returned to royal duties after being away on maternity leave since she gave birth to Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor in May. She kicked off her return by attending the launch of the capsule collection where she gave a speech wearing some of its items.

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Introducing the new Smart Works collection, #TheSmartSet Over the last year, The Duchess of Sussex and @SmartWorksCharity have come together to launch a very special initiative. Following numerous visits to the charity, The Duchess, who is patron of Smart Works, noticed an underlying issue…While the donations were plentiful, the right sizes and classic wardrobe staples were not always available. Since then – having partnered with leading British fashion designers @InsideJigsaw, @JohnLewisandPartners, @MarksandSpencer and @MishaNonoo – The Duchess has championed the launch of a new Smart Works capsule collection that will help properly equip these women for their next chapter. • “When you buy any item in the Smart Set Capsule Collection for Smart Works, the same item will be given to a Smart Works client, and with it, the confidence and support she needs to enter the workforce and take an important step in building a career.” – The Duchess of Sussex Created in September 2013 with the goal to help unemployed women regain the confidence that may have been blurred during more difficult times, Smart Works provides invaluable support in these women’s return to employment and towards transforming their lives. Not only do they supply complete outfits for job interviews, Smart Works provides access to one-to-one interview training and the opportunity to join Smart Works Network, meeting every month to further their professional and personal development. #TheSmartSet collection – that features a shirt, trousers, blazer, dress and bag – will be on sale for two weeks starting today. Please support the women of Smart Works by purchasing one of the pieces and being part of another woman’s success story. Video ©️ SussexRoyal / Photo ©️ @JennyZarins

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Markle and Middleton, along with their husbands, continue to honor Princess Diana’s legacy through story-telling at bedtime (Prince William once said he tells Prince George and Princess Charlotte stories about their grandmother before bed), charity work, and more.