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Meghan Markle Wears Sentimental Piece of Princess Diana’s Jewellery During Nigeria Trip

It was reportedly a recent gift from Prince Harry.


Actor, Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, looks on as she attends a Sit Out with Britain’s Prince Harry (unseen), Duke of Sussex, at the Nigerian Defence Headquarters in Abuja on May 11, 2024 as they visit Nigeria as part of celebrations of Invictus Games anniversary. (Photo by Kola SULAIMON / AFP)

 

 

Prince Harry, the younger son of the late Princess Diana, remains committed to preserving his mother’s memory and legacy. One poignant way he does so is by sharing cherished pieces of Diana’s jewellery with his wife, Meghan Markle.

During their recent trip to Nigeria, Meghan was seen wearing a delicate diamond cross pendant on a gold chain—a necklace that once adorned Princess Diana. According to People magazine, the necklace was a recent gift from Harry to Meghan.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, currently spending time abroad without their two children, have been actively participating in engagements related to the Invictus Games and other charitable efforts. Notably, Harry played volleyball against wounded veterans during one of these events, though he faced defeat.

Meghan’s connection to her late mother-in-law extends beyond special occasions. Two of the diamonds in her tri-stone engagement ring also belonged to Diana. Harry thoughtfully incorporated these gems into the ring during his 2017 proposal, ensuring that his mother would be part of the momentous occasion.

Since marrying Harry, Meghan has consistently worn Diana’s jewellery. At their wedding reception, she donned an aquamarine cocktail ring that once belonged to her mother-in-law. The newlyweds made a public appearance, waving to admirers from their car, with the ring prominently displayed. Additionally, Meghan has been spotted wearing a Cartier watch favored by Diana. Her fashion choices often integrate colour schemes and subtle nods to the mother-in-law she never had the chance to meet. Some palace insiders even playfully refer to her as “Di 2.”

The birth of their second child, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, further underscores the couple’s commitment to family and legacy. Born in Santa Barbara, California, Lili is eighth in line to the British throne. The name pays tribute to both Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II (whose family nickname is Lilibet), and his late mother, Princess Diana

 

Meghan Markle spoke on the Women in Leadership Nigeria panel in a bright red dress by Orire, featuring a sculptural, wavy hemline.

 

Wore a Red Dress, Ending Her Streak of Quiet Luxury Neutrals

 

Meghan made a significant sartorial statement during her Women in Leadership panel in Nigeria. Departing from her usual minimalist neutrals, she donned a striking bright red midi dress designed by rising Nigerian designer Orire.

In conversation with media executive Mo Abudu and Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, director-general of the World Trade Organisation, Markle explained her choice of colour. “It’s been a whirlwind 24 hours since we arrived,” she said. “I quickly realised that I needed to embrace more vibrant hues to align with your incredible fashion.”

Markle’s connection to Nigeria runs deeper. Through a genealogy test, she discovered that she is 43 percent Nigerian. “Being African-American, I hadn’t known much about my lineage,” Markle shared. “Discovering this heritage has been exciting for both me and my mother.”

Her red dress exemplifies her thoughtful approach to fashion, reflecting the place she visits after sticking to a quiet luxury agenda during the Nigerian tour, in minimalist neutrals by Altuzarra, St. Agni, Heidi Merrick, and Johanna Ortiz throughout her packed schedule, Markle had instead opted for a bright red midi dress with a dramatic, sculptural hem. In her working royal style era, Markle consistently chose attire with ties to the locations she visited or the causes she championed. Orire’s design for Saturday’s event perfectly captured this ethos.

Orire, who designed the red midi, is a women-led brand based in Lagos. (Its website also crashed following the news that Markle had worn one of its designs.)