It was the wedding of the decade back in 1981, watched by millions the world over.
But little did one young American viewer know how much the nuptials of Princess Diana and Prince Charles would impact her life in later years.
Meghan Markle’s friend’s mother, Sonia Ardakani, recalls her as being “obsessed” with watching video reruns of Diana’s fairy tale wedding as a child, never knowing in her wildest dreams just how close to home the video would be.
Now, 36 years after his mum tied the knot, Kensington Palace has announced that divorced Suits star Meghan and Prince Harry have got engaged.
Despite the pair’s romance coming as a surprise to many Brits it appears the actress has more in common with Harry’s beloved late mum Princess Diana than we realised.
From wardrobe to handwriting, we take a look at the actress’ striking similarities to the people’s princess.
Ever conscious of fitting in both Meghan and Princess Diana opted for casual attire when suitable. Diana often dressed down for her charity work, at the time a very unusual step for a royal.
Meghan also favours the casual look – a recent trip to the Invictus Games with boyfriend Harry saw her in Paige jeans and a eyebrow raising ‘Husband’ shirt.
Both are also fans of the simple chic black dress. Diana injected some well needed glamour into royal circles and her strapless black cocktail dress was no exception.
Meghan herself is also a fan of the simple LBD.
CHARITY AND COMPASSION
Showing deep empathy and understanding for other cultures both Meghan and Princess Diana sported a Bindi on their foreheads during visits to India.
By opting to have the Bindi — a red dot on the forehead worn by Hindu women – both showed respect for their hosts.
Princess Diana was a great lover of polishing off an outfit with a snazzy accessory – and Meghan is the same.
From designer watches to a smart jacket or scarf – both women know the devil is in the detail. Meghan has spoken about her love for her designer watch which she snapped up after Suits was renewed for a third season.
The £5,000 Cartier French Tank watch is engraved “From MM to MM” and she plans to give it to her daughter one day.
AND… TO CAP IT ALL OFF
It appears Meghan may be following Diana in the cap department. A staple of the rich and famous, most opt for sportswear to keep a low profile from waiting photographers. Diana often chose her truckers cap when she was rushing around off duty while Meghan choses to wear a LA Lakers cap when strolling through London.
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