No question about it: The royal wedding was a beautiful affair, and the people in attendance were absolutely radiant. Everyone involved — from the stunning bride Meghan Markle and an excited Prince Harry to the rest of the royal family members and even the celebrity guests — seemed in good spirits and thrilled to be part of this special moment in history. But there was one person whose influence could be felt all around, even though she couldn’t be there in person: Harry’s beloved late mother, Princess Diana.
Though she sadly had to miss seeing her younger son get married to the love of his life, Princess Diana had a noticeable presence at Harry’s wedding. From the carefully chosen flowers in Meghan’s bouquet, to Diana’s own family members and friends there to support the young couple, there was so much about the affair that would have made Harry’s late mother smile. Even the bride’s significant and empowering solo walk down the aisle is something that we bet the people’s princess would have quietly cheered for — and we just know how proud she would have felt after the newest royal couple’s emotion-filled first kiss.
Here are all the royal wedding details we know Princess Diana would have loved the most.
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Prince William Standing by His Younger Brother’s Side
These two truly couldn’t make their mother any prouder if they tried. What mom wouldn’t love seeing her little boys all grown up into respectable, upstanding gentlemen? When William and Harry stood in front of the church at Windsor Castle, quietly joking together at times, every mom out there surely chuckled at their boyish, brotherly bond on display. We just know Diana was looking down with a satisfied grin, amazed at how well her wonderful kids turned out.
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Meghan’s Solo Stroll Down the Aisle
Sure, Prince Charles stepped in to escort his new daughter-in-law after her father, Thomas Markle Sr., announced he was unable to attend the wedding due to health concerns. But for the first part of her several-minutes-long jaunt down the aisle, Meghan chose to walk unattended, save for the young bridesmaids and page boys holding her train behind her. We just know that Diana would have loved the bold, symbolic statement Meghan was making: “I’m an independent woman, and I don’t need anyone to give me away.”
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Doria Ragland's Excitement
Diana's children were the center of her life, so she would have no doubt appreciated the pure emotion and enthusiasm on the face of Meghan Markle's supportive mother, Doria Ragland, throughout the day. Diana's pride in her son Harry was always evident, she she surely would have had much in common with Ms. Ragland, a caring and consistent force in Meghan's life.
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The Impeccable Behavior of Her Adorable Grandchildren
Of course, Prince George and Princess Charlotte looked as cute as buttons at the wedding, along with the rest of the page boys and bridesmaids. But we couldn’t help but marvel at how much more mature they now seem compared to their appearance at aunt Pippa’s wedding in 2017. From Charlotte’s dainty wave to George’s eager expression, we know Diana must have loved every second of her grandchildren’s sweet display.
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Harry Being Harry
Harry's charming, sly, and jolly personality was on display in so many ways throughout the royal wedding. Surely Diana would have loved to see how much her younger son has grown up — and we just know she'd be proud of the choice he made when picking a bride. Every time Harry stole an affectionate glance at Meghan or made a silly joke to his beloved, we're certain Diana was enjoying the sincerity of it all.
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Fans in the Streets Offering Sweet Messages
There’s no question in our minds that Diana in the hearts of Harry, William, Meghan, and many others in attendance throughout he nuptials, but one didn’t have to look far to find evidence that Diana was on the mind of her millions of devoted fans as well. As commoners lined the streets to cheer on Meghan and Harry, many held enthusiastic signs meant for Diana. Looks like the people’s princess has left a legacy that will endure for years to come.