The Duchess of Sussex is a known lover of beautiful blooms – especially peonies, which she was often spotted buying and decorating her home with when she lived in Toronto while filming Suits. But we're willing to bet she never thought she'd have a flower named after her, as the Royal Horticultural Society announced on Feb. 13!
It's called the Clematis Meghan and it's set to debut at the Chelsea Flower show in May. Though the blooming good news was just released this week, it was revealed by the society that the flower was chosen just after Prince Harry and Meghan said "I do" on May 19.
If anyone knows the meaning of flowers, it's Meghan – after all, the Sussexes chose one of the late Princess Diana's favourite flowers, the white garden rose, to decorate with on their wedding day. But what does the Clematis Meghan symbolize, and what does it say about the woman it was named after?
The organization chose the flower to represent the glowing duchess, largely because its distinct yet unique characteristics are similar to the traits the 37-year-old exudes, and we couldn't agree more. They say the plant is "hardy" with "rich and opulent" petals. Their site goes on to say it's a flower that will "make an impact" in anyone's garden. The clematis, which is part of the buttercup family, symbolizes ingenuity and mental beauty. Also referred to by some as the "traveller's joy," there's no denying that this flower is the perfect one to be named after the mom-to-be.
For starters, Meghan caught quite the travel bug – on her now-defunct Instagram account, she was often spotted jet-setting around the world (especially to Europe!) with her industry pals. On her former lifestyle blog The Tig, which she shut down after being linked to Prince Harry, she often wrote about her adventures and the importance of travel. She told Lifestyle magazine in 2016: "It's all about balance, and I have so much happiness in my career and am fortunate to travel the world and see so many amazing things."
Meghan, a known lover of pasta, often traveled to Italy! Photo: © Instagram/@meghanmarkle
There's no denying that the Duchess of Sussex has a heart of gold and shows off her "mental beauty" every time she steps out for the causes she adores – like showing off her love for dogs at the Mayhew, her passion for fashion and giving back at Smart Works and her love for the arts at The National Theatre. She shows a great deal of ingenuity when it comes to her political speeches – like the ones she made about feminism and education on her and Harry's royal tour – and her personal hobbies, like calligraphy. The clematis is a perfect fit!
The release of the flower at this year's Chelsea Flower Show will happen alongside another exciting royal attraction: a garden created by the Duchess of Cambridge. According to the palace, the garden is being called the "Back to Nature Garden," as the hope is "to inspire families to get outside and explore nature together." Kensington Palace's tweets went on to note that "the Duchess of Cambridge’s #RHSChelsea garden will have a natural woodland feel and contain a treehouse, waterfall and stream, rustic den, campfire and stepping stones."