While Princess Diana unfortunately won’t get to see both her sons walk down the aisle, Prince Harry is keeping his late mother’s memory alive for his May 19 wedding to Meghan Markle.
Even though the guest list criteria is apparently incredibly tight for the upcoming royal wedding (not everyone is guaranteed a plus one), Harry is saving plenty of room for Princess Diana’s side of the family at St. George’s Chapel. According to Vanity Fair, Harry invited “the entire Spencer clan” to his nuptials. His maternal relatives include aunts Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes, his uncle Earl Spencer, and his cousins.
“Harry has always kept in close touch with the Spencers and they have all received invitations,” a source told Vanity Fair. “Harry gets on well with his aunts and uncle and they have met Meghan. His cousins all have the golden ticket—an invite to the ceremony and reception and the evening party.” We’re not jealous, it’s fine.
Earl Spencer and his wife, Karen, will attend the royal wedding with their children, George, Celia, and Emily. Harry’s cousins Louis, Kitty, Eliza, and Amelia, Earl’s children from his first marriage, also made the list. Lady Jane will be accompanied by her husband, Lord Fellowes, and their children Alexander, Eleanor, and Laura, who is godmother to Princess Charlotte. This wedding is panning out to be quite the family affair, and it’s incredibly touching that Harry plans to involve Princess Diana’s kin.
Harry also paid homage to his mother through his future bride’s engagement ring. The three-stone sparkler, which he designed himself, features a center diamond from Botswana, surrounded by two smaller diamonds from his mother’s collection. Although Markle never met her late mother-in-law, Harry remarked during the pair’s first joint interview that his future wife and mother would have been “thick as thieves.” (Cue tears…).
Markle herself could potentially honor the People’s Princess on the wedding day, as well, by sporting the notorious Spencer tiara. Princess Di wore this headpiece for her own nuptials to Prince Charles in 1981. While the Spencer family currently owns the iconic accessory (as opposed to the royal family), Diana’s relatives would most likely lend it out if Markle decided she wanted to sport it down the aisle.
Prince Harry was only 12 when his mother passed away, but it’s apparent that he still holds the People’s Princess close to heart, even more than 20 years later. Prince William once noted that he felt his mother’s spirit at his 2011 nuptials to Kate Middleton, and we have a feeling Diana’s younger son will similarly say the same come May 19.