She may be gone, but Princess Diana was not forgotten in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's official wedding photos. The couple paid tribute to the late royal in a very subtle but touching way in the portraits with the extended family and pageboy and girls. Watch the video above to see how Prince Harry honored his mother on his big day.
This is not the only way the newly titled Duke and Duchess of Sussex paid tribute to the People's Princess. The flowers in Meghan's bouquet were actually handpicked by Harry from his mother's garden and Meghan added a special touch to her Givenchy wedding dress to honor Diana. "There were all these different little symbols of Diana. They had a blue ribbon that Diana had also worn sewn into the inside of Megan’s dress, as it had been to Kate’s, so that each bride was carrying a little piece of Princess Diana with her down the aisle," CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota told InStyle.
Viewers were also quick to notice how Harry left an open seat in the front row, which would have been occupied by Diana if she was not killed in a tragic car accident on August 31, 1997. "Harry and William left a seat empty during the wedding in memory of their late mother, Princess Diana. I’m not crying, you are!" one royal spectator tweeted before another added, "Prince Harry leaving an open seat for his late mother Princess Diana breaks my heart." Her favorite hymnn, "Guide Me, O Thy Great Redeemer," which was played at her funeral, was also played during the ceremony at St. George's Chapel.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex would like to thank everyone who took part in the celebrations of their wedding on Saturday. They feel so lucky to have been able to share their day with all those gathered in Windsor and also all those who watched the wedding on television across the UK, Commonwealth, and around the world #RoyalWedding
It shouldn't come as a surprise that Harry would pay tribute to his late mom in more ways than one on his special day. He has always been open about the close bond they shared, despite being only 12 years old when she passed away. He included two of Diana's diamonds in his engagement ring to Meghan — to "make sure that she’s with us on this crazy journey together."