The 1 Thing Meghan Markle Has in Common with Princess Diana

It’s tragic enough that Princess Diana passed away so young. But now people are feeling nostalgic over the beloved royal family member all over again as her sons Prince William and Prince Harry are expanding their families. One thing most people agree on? Princess Diana would have loved her daughters-in-law.

There are plenty of reasons to believe that Princess Diana would have gotten along well with Meghan Markle specifically. The two women might hail from different places and have unique interests, but they have a surprising amount in common, too.

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Prince Harry knows they would have gotten along

Few people knew Princess Diana better than her beloved sons. Thanks to his mother’s influence, it wasn’t likely that the Duke of Sussex would ever consider settling down with someone his mother wouldn’t approve of. And Prince Harry knows she would have given Meghan Markle a vote of approval.

Who could forget the touching moment when Prince Harry admitted that his mother would have been “best friends” with Meghan? “Oh, they’d be thick as thieves, without question,” Harry said during the BBC interview. “I think she would be over the moon, jumping up and down, you know so excited for me,” he said right after his engagement.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
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Princess Diana and Meghan Markle have a lot in common

Princess Diana grew up as a member of the aristocracy while Markle was born in Los Angeles under more humble circumstances. But Diana and Meghan went through the same difficult situation as children – both women had parents who split up when they were young. Meghan Markle was two and Princess Diana was six when their families went through divorces.

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Diana, Princess of Wales | Bettman/Getty Images

One other less-than-fortunate thing that Princess Diana and Meghan Markle have in common? They public is obsessed with them. Diana would surely be sympathetic to the way her daughter-in-law (and son) are being hounded by the media. It seems like every day there’s another shocking rumor revealed about the Duchess of Sussex, her family, or her future. Princess Diana knew that life all too well.

They are both fashion inspirations

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Even decades after her death, Diana’s effect on the fashion world is still prevalent. Princess Diana’s wardrobe will go down in history as one of the most timeless, classic, and copied ever. From her wedding gown to all those elegant, colorful suits, she was a true fashion icon.

Meanwhile, Meghan Markle appears to be paving her own way through the fashion ranks. With a look that’s slightly un-royal, Markle always looks elegant but also makes her own distinctive choices. Bold color combinations, off-the-shoulder tops, and sky high heels are all signature looks for Markle. She’s also known for wearing chic flats when the mood strikes.

Meanwhile, everything she wears in public tends to sell out the next day. The same thing happened during Princess Diana’s time.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage

Both women are devoted to causes they care about

Royal family members aren’t allowed to make public statements on political issues. But they can send subtle messages through their choice of charities. Meghan Markle is an ardent feminist and also believes in supporting environmental causes.

Specifically, Meghan Markle is involved with Canada’s World Vision Clean Water campaign, One Young World Summit, and UN Women.

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They’re both proud to be mothers

One thing so many people loved about Princess Diana was her deep love for her children. Meghan Markle is due with her first baby in early spring, and while she doesn’t technically have experience yet, it’s clear she’s thrilled to be expecting. Watching how Meghan Markle glows and her obvious excitement about becoming a mother indicates she’ll be just as enamored by motherhood as Princess Diana was.

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It’s sad that Princess Diana won’t be around to enjoy her grandchildren. But at least her legacy and inspiration live on through her children.