On their wedding night, Prince Harry gifted his new bride Meghan Markle an aquamarine cocktail ring that belonged to his mom, the late Princess Diana. And when he proposed to her, he gave her a ring that included two diamonds from Princess Di’s personal jewelry collection. But wearing her jewelry is not the only way Markle permeates Di’s likeness.
From her modern style to her humanitarian work, the 37-year-old is very much Diana incarnate, and it isn’t lost the Royal Palace. Vanity Fair talked to a source close to the royals, who says:
I’ve heard the duchess is referred to as Di 2, because of the similarities to Harry’s mother. It’s meant affectionately, and I think it’s quite true—they are rather alike.
Royal photographer Mark Stewart says he is often reminded of Diana when he photographs Markle. “Their wardrobes are quite similar; Meghan loves great tailoring and block color, just like Diana did. I remember photographing Diana in Japan, when she stepped out in a red and white spotted outfit.
“Meghan’s wardrobe choices on this tour really remind me of Diana’s, like the red dress she wore when she arrived in Tonga. It was pure Diana, honoring the national colors of the island before Meghan had even said a word.”
I don’t think we’ve seen a royal like Diana until now. Meghan has the confidence in front of the camera that Diana had, and that same love of fashion and top-end designers. Diana loved Versace; Meghan loves Givenchy. Their style is quite similar: classic, elegant, and with lots of block colors.
Stewart also says he’s reminded of Diana in the way Markle interacts with children and makes eye contact with the camera. “She’s terrific—just like Diana was.”