Meghan Markle’s wedding flowers will include a special nod to Prince Harry’s late mother, it has been revealed.
Just a few weeks ago, Kensington Palace confirmed that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry had sent out their wedding invites – each of which included a subtle (and very clever) reference to the Suits star’s American background.
Since then, further details about the nuptials have been revealed to the public, and it’s becoming increasingly clear that Markle and Harry are making a concerted effort to ensure that the prince’s late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, is a part of their big day.
Elle has reported that the couple are using their flower arrangements to honour Princess Diana by including special white garden roses. According to the magazine, white garden roses represent purity, virtue, innocence, and sincerity, all of which were widely associated with Princess Di.
The BBC adds that the flowers will be accompanied by Markle’s favorite blooms: peonies, and foxgloves.
These very special floral arrangements will be created by Philippa Craddock, a London-based florist. Announcing the news on Instagram, Kensington Palace wrote: “Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have chosen floral designer @philippacraddock to create the church flowers for their wedding.
“The displays in St George’s Chapel will feature foliage from The Crown Estate and Windsor Great Park, and will use seasonal plants including branches of beech, birch and hornbeam, as well as white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves.”
The palace added that “the designs will reflect the wild and natural landscapes from which many of the plants will be drawn” and that, most importantly of all, each “pollinator-friendly” bloom would be supplied from the Royal Parks.
“These plants provide a great habitat for bees and help to sustain healthy and biodiverse ecosystems,” the palace said.
Of course, the wedding flowers are not the royal couple’s first tribute to Diana – and we doubt they will be the last.
When Harry and Markle announced their engagement last year, they did so in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, reportedly one of Princess Diana’s favourite parts of the grounds. The Sunken Garden now houses the White Garden, created earlier this year to mark the 20th anniversary of her death.
In a subsequent interview, Harry also confirmed that he had crafted Markle’s diamond ring using stones from his late mother’s personal collection.
“The ring is yellow gold because that’s her favourite, and the main stone itself I sourced from Botswana and the little diamonds either side are from my mother’s jewellery collection to make sure that she’s with us on this, on this crazy journey together,” he said at the time.
Markle added: “I think in being able to meet […] different people who were so important to his mom, I’m able to, in some way, know a part of her through them and of course through him. It’s incredibly special.
“And you know to be able to have this [the ring] which sort of links where you come from and Botswana which is important to us. It’s perfect.”
Prince Harry went on to say that he was sure his mother would have approved of Markle.
“They would be thick as thieves, without question,” he told the interviewer. “I think she would be over the moon, jumping up and down, you know, so excited for me. But then, as I said, she would have probably been best friends, best friends with Meghan.
“It is days like today I really miss having her around and miss being able to share the happy news. But, you know, with the ring and with everything else that’s going on, I’m sure she’s with us yeah, jumping up and down somewhere else.”
Royal correspondents have also suggested that Markle and Harry might select one of Diana’s favourite hymns for the wedding ceremony.
Expert Richard Fitzwilliams said to the Express.co.uk: “There will undoubtedly be an aspect or aspects of the wedding service that will link with Diana, perhaps by including one of her favourite hymns, I Vow to Thee My Country which was sung at her funeral.
“It has been clear from his charitable work over the years but most especially in interviews in the months before the 20th Anniversary of Diana’s death that Harry takes his inspiration from her.”