In an Interview, Prince Harry shared that if his mother were alive, she and Meghan would have been as thick as thieves. Harry is not the only one seeing the similarity between his wife and his late mother, Princess Diana. Also, the royal family is seeing so much of Princess Diana in Meghan Markle, and it is not hard to see why. Here are 15 striking similarities between Meghan and her late mother-in-law.
1. Negative Press
In the wake of a new wave of negative media publicity, following the mistreatment of Meghan by her father, George Clooney leaped to the defense of the embattled royal. Clooney said that the media are vilifying Meghan in the same way that her husband's mother, Princess Diana, was when she was alive.
He added that history is repeating itself. Meghan has been dubbed "Duchess Difficult" by British tabloids and receives more than her fair share of negative press.
According to Vanity Fair, insiders are saying the royal family started referring to the Duchess of Sussex as Di 2. Di is the nickname for the late Princess Diana. Sources say it is an affectionate nickname for Markle who is reminding many inside the royal family of Princess Diana.
3. Wedding Outfits
Aside from the fact that they both made stunning brides, there were similarities in their wedding outfits. Their dresses both featured high necklines covering their shoulders, with real fabric.
Both also had incredible trains. Diana's was attached to her dress, and Meghan used her veil to make a dramatic statement.
The media has been propagating the idea of a rift between the Duchesses of Sussex and Cambridge, Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton. This has happened before in the '80s, with Princess Diana and Sarah, Duchess of York (or Fergie, as she's known to the tabloids).
The media creates royal rift by making comparisons between both parties. The media was successful in creating a permanent rift between Princess Diana and Princess Sarah.
5. Choice Of Outfits
Markle seems to have adopted Diana’s bold sense of fashion. Their wardrobes are quite similar. The Duchess of Cambridge loves great tailoring and black color, just like Diana did. Mark Stewart, a longtime photographer of the royal family says he sees a lot of Diana in Meghan’s style choices.
6. Humanitarian Services
Princess Diana was a famous activist, fondly known as the People’s Princess. Her legacy is one of humanitarian works. During her time as a princess, while she was still alive, she was met with heated criticism for doing things like fighting the AIDS stigma in a time when even the U.S. president Ronald Reagan wouldn't acknowledge the disease existed. Markle has also shown herself to be an advocate, and she has spoken about gender equality, social justice, and feminism openly.
7. Rule Breakers
Princess Di chose her engagement ring and wrote her vows. She also insisted that her sons went to regular school. Prince William was the first heir to the throne to attend a public school ever. Markle has proven to be a rule breaker herself, as she walked herself partway down the aisle during her royal wedding.
8. Divorced Parents
Diana's father John Spencer and her mother Frances Spencer split when Di was seven years old. Markle went through something similar when her parents, Doria Ragland and the now-infamous Thomas Markle, separated when she was two years old. We believe this is a shocking coincidence, bit it establishes the fact that Princess Di and Markle are a lot alike.
9. Short Courtships
They both did not date their future husbands for long, before getting engaged. Harry and Meghan's relationship was criticized by a few, since they only met in summer 2016, and were engaged in November 2017. It turns out that Diana and her ex, Prince Charles were the same before their wedding. Princess Diana started dating Charles in summer 1980, and they were engaged by February 1981.
10. Coordinating Engagement Rings
Markle and Diana are now intimately connected through Markle’s engagement ring. Prince Harry designed Markle’s engagement ring himself, and it includes two diamonds from Diana’s collection. The central diamond is from Botswana, where Harry and Meghan had spent time together.
11. They Weren’t Born Royal
The royal family has shown times without number that it does not restrict marriages between royals, and Princess Di and Markle are examples. None of them were born into royalty, yet, they both learned (and in the case of Meghan, she is still learning) the intricacies of being a royal, and their ways.
12. Both Attended All-girls Private Schools.
When she was nine years old, Diana was sent to Riddlesworth Hall School, an all-girls school in Norfolk (the school has since become co-ed). She later attended West Heath Girls’ School. Meanwhile, Markle attended Immaculate Heart High School, an all-girls private school in Los Angeles. She had previously attended private schools from when she was five years old.
13. Both Are Warm And Approachable.
Princess Diana was nicknamed the People’s Princess, due to her ability to connect with the average person. Similarly, Markle is already being spoken of in similar terms.
In her first public appearance following the engagement announcement, Markle greeted and shook hands with members of the crowd, thanking people one on one for coming to see her. She also crouched down to talk to children.
14. They Are Both Confident In Front Of The Camera.
Mark Stewart, a longtime photographer of the royal family, says Meghan has the same confidence in front of the camera that Diana had. The way she seeks out the cameras and makes eye contact is just like the way Diana was.
15. Their First Royal Tour
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first royal tour involved trips to Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, and Fiji. Meghan’s tour is very similar to Princess Di’s tour which took place in 1983.
They both met with the local people, hung out with lifeguards, received hugs and kisses from fans, and rubbed noses with the Maori people.