THE Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will take place in Windsor today and an expert has revealed to Express.co.uk how the young Prince could pay an incredibly touching tribute to his late mother, Princess Diana of Wales.
Prince Harry will marry his fiancee Meghan Markle at St George’s Chapel in Windsor this afternoon, with the eyes of the world upon them as the royal couple tie the knot.
But one person will not be there to witness Harry’s monumentous day.
The young prince’s relationship with his mother, the late Princess Diana, was a particularly strong one and it is expected the Prince will find a way to make a subtle nod at the wedding could reflect the special bond.
WHEN Prince Harry and Meghan Markle did their first photo call as an engaged couple, they picked the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace which was loved by his late mother.
Harry has often been honest about how he struggles with the loss of Princess Diana and it is believed the couple could pay tribute to her in a number of touching ways on their wedding day.
How is Meghan paying tribute to Princess Diana in the Royal Wedding?
Diana’s sister will do a reading
A statement from the palace has revealed that Diana’s siblings will play a role in the big day.
It said: “All three siblings of Diana, Princess of Wales, will be in attendance and Lady Jane Fellowes will give the reading.
Princess Diana will be honoured on the special May 19 Royal Wedding
“Prince Harry and Ms. Markle both feel honoured that Lady Jane will be representing her family and helping to celebrate the memory of the late Princess on the wedding day.”
It was revealed that Meghan’s stunning three-stone engagement ring pays particular tribute to her fiancé’s late mum.
The stunning yellow gold ring was designed by Prince Harry himself and includes a central stone from Botswana, where the pair went on holiday.
On November 27, it was announced by the Prince of Wales that Prince Harry is engaged to marry Meghan
However, the two outside stones are diamonds from the personal collection of Prince Harry’s mum.
Botswana also holds a special place in Harry’s heart as he visited the location numerous times since he was a boy.
Meghan and Harry invited a teen who is carrying on Diana’s legacy
One of the chosen few guests for the special occasion is Faith Dickinson, 15, from Canada.
She was invited due to the work she does for her charity, Cuddles for Cancer.
The teen was awarded the Diana Award last year which aims to support young people who have “the power to change the world”.
As well as picking details such as the wedding cake, the couple are said to have selected the hymns they wish to be sung at the 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.”
The Suits actress and Prince Harry have chosen eye-catching arrangements that include foxgloves and Meghan’s favourite flower, peonies.
It is not clear what colour scheme the couple have chosen but the designs will also feature white garden roses in memory of Princess Diana.
Princess Diana’s butler Paul Burrell previously predicted the choice and told Extra: “I bet you that Meghan will carry white roses and white peonies because white roses were Diana’s favourite.
“So those themes will carry through the wedding and Diana’s spirit will be there.”
The Sunken Garden where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had their first photo call had been recently planted with white flowers to mark the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death.
White garden roses represent purity, innocence and in earlier days were used as a symbol of true love, before red became more popularly associated
The Suits actress could opt to wear the same tiara that Princess Diana wore on her own day in 1981.
When Diana tied the knot with Prince Charles, she wore a family heirloom tiara and then returned it to her brother, Earl Spencer.
Could Meghan wear the stunning piece in May?
Kate Middleton wore a Cartier halo tiara on her wedding day in 2011, which belonged to the Queen Mother.
When are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle getting married?
Shortly after their engagement was revealed, it was confirmed the wedding between Harry and Meghan will take place in May.
On December 15, Kensington Palace confirmed the ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 19 2018.
The wedding is taking place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, which is where Harry was christened when he was three months old.