For months, there has been speculation over how Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would honor Princess Diana at the royal wedding, and now we finally know.
During the ceremony, the couple appeared to have left an empty seat in the chapel next to Prince William. Although it was thought that this was in honor of the late princess, marking where she would have sat as a tribute, this is actually just royal protocol. No one is to sit in front of the Queen!
"I’ve seen some reports about the spare seat by Prince William in the chapel as having being left in memory of Princess Diana," royal reporter Rebecca English wrote on Twitter. "It wasn’t empty for that reason. The seat in front of the Queen is always left empty, I am told by BP #royalwedding."
However, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry did manage to include Harry's mom, who died in a car accident in 1997, in other ways. Meghan Markle's bouquet was filled with forget-me-nots, Diana's favorite flower according to Town & Country, which Harry helped pick from the garden at Kensington Palace. Additionally, the hymn "Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer" was sung at the ceremony, which was also performed at Diana's funeral. And Diana's family, the Spencers, were also reportedly in attendance to see the Prince say "I do" to his new Princess, including Diana's sister, Lady Jane Fellowes, who gave a reading at the ceremony.
Though it's heartbreaking that Princess Diana won't get to know her daughter-in-law, Prince Harry knows for sure that the two of them would have hit it off. In his post-engagement interview with the BBC, he said his mom and his new bride would have been "thick as thieves" if Diana were still alive.
"I think she would be over the moon, jumping up and down, so excited for me. But then, as I said, [she] would've probably been best friends with Meghan," he said. "It is days like today when I really miss having her around and miss being able to share the happy news, but with the [engagement] ring and with everything else that's going on, I'm sure she's with us, jumping up and down somewhere else."
We're sure she is too, Harry.