With all of the similarities between Meghan Markle and Princess Diana—their commitment to humanitarian work, their impeccable style, their shared habit of rebelling against royal protocol—one question still remains: How will Markle and Prince Harry honor the late princess on the day of the royal wedding? According to new reports, it may be all about the flowers.
Kensington Palace announced last week that Meghan and Harry selected London-based florist Philippa Craddock to handle the floral arrangements at their May 19 nuptials. "Where possible, Philippa will use flowers and plants that are in season and blooming naturally in May, including branches of beech, birch and hornbeam, as well as white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves," the Palace shared on Twitter. While this sounds like a beautiful combination on its own, there actually might be a meaningful reason behind the inclusion of one flower in particular.
The white garden rose symbolizes purity, virtue, innocence and sincerity, which Elle UK notes are adjectives often associated with Princess Diana. And last year, an estimated 60 million white flowers—including garden roses—were planted at Kensington Palace as a tribute to the late royal 20 years after her death.
"I think lots of people would refer to Princess Diana as the classic English rose," Sean Harkin, head gardener at Kensington Palace, told Vogue. "It felt like it was a must to include them." And if you've ever heard Elton John's "Candle in the Wind" tribute to his late royal friend, which opens, "Goodbye England's rose," you know this to be true.
In addition to the floral tribute, there has also been speculation that Markle may wear Princess Diana's family tiara, the Spencer Tiara, when she walks down the aisle. Princess Di wore the headpiece to her wedding to Prince Charles in 1981, and it hasn't been seen in public since her death in 1997. It's currently owned by her brother, Earl Spencer, and some reports have implied that he may loan it to his nephew and his bride for their big day.