In the months leading up to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding, many — including some royal experts — believed the bride was going to wear Princess Diana’s wedding tiara. But, when she exited the queen’s custom Rolls-Royce and made her way into St. George’s Chapel on May 19, 2018, the rumors were put to rest.
Discover the real reasons why Meghan didn’t wear her late mother-in-law’s favorite accessory (page 7 and page 8), ahead.
1. Princess Diana’s tiara
Believe it or not, the tiara Princess Diana wore on her royal wedding day did not belong to the queen. As it turns out, it was one of Diana’s family heirlooms known as the Spencer Tiara.
Like most royal brides, the queen loaned Princess Diana a tiara for her wedding day, but the late princess kindly declined and chose to incorporate a piece of her family’s history in her wedding day look.
Next: Reasons to speculate
Prior to the royal wedding — and even at first glance of Meghan on the way to the ceremony — many speculated she would wear the Spencer Tiara to honor her late mother-in-law. However, once she stepped out of the queen’s custom Rolls-Royce in front of St. George’s Chapel, it was confirmed that she went with a crown jewel instead.
Next: How she chose her wedding tiara.
3. Tiara selection
In the past, the queen would select a tiara for a royal bride to wear on loan. But, Meghan’s crown jewel selection went a little differently.
Instead of choosing a tiara on her behalf, the queen allowed Meghan to choose from a selection of dazzlers.
Next: The tiara Meghan chose for her royal wedding day.
4. Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara
For her royal wedding, Meghan chose to wear Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara, which was made to accommodate a brooch given to the late queen in 1893 when she was still a princess.
The tiara itself consists of diamonds and platinum with 11 different sections of interlaced ovals and pavé set diamonds. The center brooch is detachable and has sometimes been swapped out in favor of a sapphire stone.
Next: Subtle honors
5. The wedding photos
Markle and Prince Harry did honor Diana in a variety of other ways in their wedding photos. The decor consisted of one of Diana’s favorite flowers, white garden roses. Meghan’s veil felt like a tribute in itself as well. Harry also chose an emerald green chaise, the very same that Diana sat on during his own christening.
Next: A memorable performance
6. The ceremony
Diana’s influence and memory were honored during the ceremony as well. Diana’s favorite hymn, “Guide Me, O Thy Great Redeemer,” was performed. This was also sung at her funeral. Sir Elton John performed a special set for the ceremony, and he was quite close with Diana. John played “Circle of Life,” “Your Song,” and “I’m Still Standing.”
Next: The real reason Meghan Markle didn’t wear Princess Diana’s tiara on her wedding day.
One possible reason why Meghan didn’t borrow Princess Diana’s tiara for her wedding day is the amount of attention it would have received.
While it would have been a touching tribute to the late princess, the Spencer Tiara has not been worn since Princess Diana’s passing and would have most-likely taken the attention away from Meghan’s stunning Givenchy dress and veil, as well as other details from the big day.
Next: Another key reason why she didn’t wear the Spencer Tiara.
8. Her new family
In addition to taking the attention away from some key royal wedding details, another reason Meghan probably didn’t wear the Spencer Tiara was because it did not represent the family she was marrying into.
Prince Harry may be half Spencer, but much of his focus is on his dad’s side of the family, as is Meghan’s.
Next: She didn’t completely skip out on Diana’s jewels …
9. Something blue
Following the ceremony and luncheon, Meghan changed into her second wedding dress — a sleeveless Stella McCartney number — for her and Harry’s evening reception and after-party.
Despite her outfit change, the royal bride did not forget her something blue and was spotted wearing Princess Diana’s aquamarine cocktail ring. Rumor has it, her husband gave her the ring as a wedding present.
Next: Another subtle Princess Diana tribute.
10. Meghan’s bridal bouquet
There’s no doubt that Princess Diana was on the minds of everyone — especially the bride and groom’s — on Harry and Meghan’s wedding day. According to Kensington Palace, Harry hand-picked flowers from the couple’s private garden to add to Meghan’s bouquet.
One of the most significant flowers in the bunch? Princess Diana’s favorite, Forget-Me-Nots.
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Additional reporting by John Wolfe