As Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s love continues to bloom before their wedding day next month, the couple have chosen a very special way to honour the groom’s mom, Princess Diana. When they say “I do,” St George’s Chapel will be adorned with floral arrangements that pay tribute to the prince’s late mother.
It’s well known that Princess Diana had quite the green thumb, often seen clutching a pristine bouquet and involving herself in charities that advocate for the environment. And much like the late Princess of Wales, Meghan also has a love for everything floral. It comes as no surprise that the soon-to-be newlyweds have chosen white garden roses, one of Diana’s favourite flowers, as one of the blossoms that will spruce up Windsor Castle when they tie the knot on May 19.
Choosing Diana’s favourite flower is an emotional choice for the couple, as Meghan never had the chance to officially meet her husband-to-be’s mother before her tragic death in 1997. But during their first joint interview for the BBC, Harry assured that his fiancé and late mom would’ve been “thick as thieves” – in fact, many royal watchers have compared the two’s charming personalities, generosity and penchant for public service.
The flower choice is also a stunning homage to the temporary garden that was displayed in honour of the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death. The garden was set in Kensington Palace’s sunken garden – where Meghan and Harry first appeared after their engagement was announced – at the late royal’s former home in London.
The couple’s florist, Philippa Craddock – who has also worked with big names like Alexander McQueen and British Vogue – will also reportedly be including peonies and foxgloves, some of Meghan’s favourite flowers. Many of the seasonal blooms will be sourced from The Crown Estate and Windsor Great Park, as locality and sustainability are two important factors for the couple when choosing the arrangements, which will also boast branches of beech, birch and hornbeam.