As evidenced by future royal bride Meghan Markle's engagement ring, it's apparent that Prince Harry wants to honor his late mother in any way he can. More than 20 years after Princess Diana's passing, both her sons still work hard to pay tribute to the beloved royal; Harry specifically kept her memory alive recently by adding diamonds from her jewelry collection to Markle's custom sparkler. Even Prince William, Diana's eldest son, revealed that he could "really feel that she was there," regarding his mother, during his 2011 wedding to Kate Middleton. While we hope Harry can say the same at his May 19 nuptials, his bride herself might also find her own way to honor the People's Princess on their big day.
For Markle's "something borrowed" wedding-day piece, the American actress might sport the same tiara Diana wore when she married Prince Charles in 1981. According to experts at Debrett's, a London-based etiquette authority, Diana's famous Spencer tiara could make a royal wedding comeback.
"Both on her wedding day and on a number of other formal occasions, Princess Diana wore a tiara owned by her family, known as the Spencer tiara," experts reported to Marie Claire UK. "The piece has not been worn in public since Princess Diana’s death, but there are rumors that the Spencer family may lend it to their nephew’s bride for the occasion of their wedding in May."
If Markle is to sport a royal headpiece for her wedding, she'll have several options at her disposal worn by previous royal brides, including the Spencer tiara. While the Spencers (Diana's relatives) currently own her historic accessory instead of the royal family, Markle should have no problem getting access to this topper for her nuptials if she so chooses.
Although the Spencer tiara has no royal roots, it's still rich with history. Diana's grandmother Lady Cynthia Hamilton originally received the headpiece as a wedding present in 1919. New additions were added to the accessory later, most likely in the 1930s. Diana and her two older sisters rocked the tiara for their weddings, but no brides, royal or not, have worn it down the aisle since.
While it's too soon to tell whether Meghan Markle's wedding day look will feature Diana's headpiece, something from the queen's collection, or something entirely new, Harry and his bride will surely find some way to commemorate his late mother as they say "I do." After all, Harry revealed during the couple's first joint interview that his mother and fiancée would have been "thick as thieves," so it's clear that the pair will keep the People's Princess close to their hearts.