Meghan Markle and her mom Doria Ragland shared the sweetest moment at the royal wedding today, but their close bond also brought to mind a family member not in attendance. Prince Harry's late mother Diana, Princess of Wales passed away just over 20 years ago, and while her presence was sorely missed, the couple found multiple ways to remember her spirit.
All three of her siblings attended the ceremony at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle in her memory, but a number of hidden, subtle touches also made her a part of the special occasion. Here's how Prince Harry and Meghan Markle paid tribute to the mother of the groom today:
Did you catch the special tribute in Meghan's bouquet?
Princess Diana's older sister Lady Jane Fellowes spoke at the ceremony as previously announced by . "Prince Harry and Ms. Markle both feel honored that Lady Jane will be representing her family and helping to celebrate the memory of the late Princess on the wedding day," the statement read.
Older brother Charles Spencer (pictured with his wife Karen Spencer) and sister Lady Sarah McCorquodale lent their support as well. Charles Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer, currently owns where his youngest sister is buried.
Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with Princess Diana's sapphire wedding ring, but Prince Harry also had plenty of jewels to choose from. He picked out two diamonds once belonging to his mother "to make sure that she's with us on this crazy journey together," he told . They flank a center stone sourced from Botswana in a custom design by court jewelers Cleave and Company.
"It's so important to me to know that she’s a part of this with us," Meghan added.
Diana, Princess of Wales caused quite a stir when she promised not to "obey" her husband in her wedding vows. Other royal brides have since followed in her footsteps, including Kate Middleton. It's no surprise that feminist icon Meghan Markle promised to love, comfort, and honor Prince Harry, but not obey him.
The couple's florist Philippa Craddock primarily used flowers that bloom naturally this time of year, including peonies, foxgloves, and most touchingly, white garden roses. Princess Diana reportedly loved these fragrant flowers and even . They also grow in the at Kensington Palace, which was in her honor and served as the location of the couple's engagement announcement.
Meghan's bouquet included Forget-Me-Nots, which were Diana’s favorite flower, confirmed in a statement. "The couple specifically chose them to be included in Ms. Markle’s bouquet to honour the memory of the late Princess on this special day," the announcement read.
The song "Guide Me, O Thy Great Redeemer" featured in both services. Welsh hymn writer William Williams wrote the words some 300 years ago.
In lieu of wedding gifts, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle requested well-wishers make donations to one of their favorite charities. Two of those included (Children's HIV Association) and , a nonprofit working to end homelessness. Princess Diana also campaigned on behalf of these issues, famously shaking the hands of AIDS patients when people incorrectly assumed the disease could by transmitted by touch. She also met frequently with homeless youth, collaborating with the organization .