WATCH VIDEO: Meghan Markle paid touching TRIBUTE to Princess Diana

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Meghan Markle paid touching TRIBUTE to Princess Diana

Meghan’s touching tribute to Diana: Pregnant duchess honours the late princess by donning her bracelet and butterfly earrings as she joins Harry on their first day of outings in Australia

Duchess of Sussex wore jewellery that belonged to Princess Diana on Tuesday
Pregnant Meghan, 37, sported the late princess’ bracelet and earrings
Diana wore the earrings in Canada in 1986 and the bracelet in London in 1990
Meghan wowed in a £1,000 white dress by Australian designer Karen Gee

The Duchess of Sussex sported a pair of earrings that once belonged to Princess Diana as she joined husband Prince Harry on the first day of their Australian royal tour on Tuesday.

While Meghans dress retails for an impressive 1 800 there are plenty of cheaper options you can get your hands on that look similar
While Meghans dress retails for an impressive 1 800 there are plenty of cheaper options you can get your hands on that look similar

The delicate jewel encrusted studs, first worn by Diana in Canada in May 1986, perfectly complimented Meghan’s chic £1,000 (AUD $1,800) white dress by Australian designer Karen Gee.

In another subtle nod to her husband’s mother, Meghan, 37, donned a gold bracelet that also belonged to Diana.

The mother-to-be later changed into a £1,700 khaki shirt dress by American designer Brandon Maxwell as she joined Harry for an afternoon reception.

A spokeswoman for the brand said: ‘We’re all like proud mothers right now. We’re super excited’.

Karen Gee herself added: ‘[I’m] so proud, particularly because I am not a world recognised brand’.

Alongside this Meghan wore butterfly earrings first worn by Princess Diana pictured on the royal tour in Canada in 1986 as well as her gold bracelet
Alongside this Meghan wore butterfly earrings first worn by Princess Diana pictured on the royal tour in Canada in 1986 as well as her gold bracelet

The dress worn by the Duchess was an elegant ivory style that fell just below the knee and featured a ‘simple, structured fit’, as well as a ‘sleek silhouette’.

It also retails in ink navy and black.

Meghan’s blossoming bump was only just visible beneath the dress, which she paired with her trademark sleek blow dry and nude stilettos.

Sydney-based Karen Gee started her business five years ago, with products offering women the chance to customise dresses to their body shape.

A favourite of local television presenters, her designs have quickly risen to fame in Australia.

Princess Diana first wore the earrings on her royal tour of Canada in May 1986 pictured
Princess Diana first wore the earrings on her royal tour of Canada in May 1986 pictured

However, the exposure of being chosen by the Duchess on a day when she created headlines worldwide with her pregnancy news meant the fashion brand saw demand soar.

Karen Gee reportedly revealed that she sent several pieces to Kensington Palace for consideration for the visit.

However, she was bound by a confidentiality agreement that she couldn’t reveal any of the details.

Speaking to Seven News, she said: ‘[I’ve received] a lot of texts. Both from Sydney and from Queensland, because I’m originally from there. It’s super exciting.’

She also highlighted that the exposure has drawn attention to the brand’s ‘vision and purpose’.

The Duchess of Sussex sported a pair of earrings pictured that belonged to Princess Diana as she joined husband Prince Harry on the first day of their Australian royal tour on Tuesday
The Duchess of Sussex sported a pair of earrings pictured that belonged to Princess Diana as she joined husband Prince Harry on the first day of their Australian royal tour on Tuesday

‘For Meghan to choose Karen Gee on the first day of the tour is just super exciting.’

The 37-year-old royal was expected to wear a number of Australian designers during the local leg of the tour to Sydney, Melbourne and Fraser Island off the Queensland coast.

The brands considered most likely to be featured included Zimmermann, Camilla and Marc, Scanlan & Theodore, Dion Lee and Alex Perry.

Alongside this, Meghan wore butterfly earrings first worn by Princess Diana on the royal tour in Canada in 1986, as well as her gold bracelet.

The Princess of Wales was seen wearing the jewels during a trip to Canada with Prince Charles in May 1986.

Diana wore the same bracelet as she greeted Nellie Corbett during her visit to the Lord Gage Centre in Newham East London on September 18 1990 pictured
Diana wore the same bracelet as she greeted Nellie Corbett during her visit to the Lord Gage Centre in Newham East London on September 18 1990 pictured

The appearance occurred a year and a half after Diana gave birth to Prince Harry.

For those who want to get a little of the Duchess’ style for less than purchasing the genuine item, there were very similar white and ivory shift dresses available for under $100.

The Iconic had several options around the $70 mark, all of which featured the scalloped neckline worn by Meghan.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet Findlay Blue four and Dasha Gallagher six after they officially opened the Taronga 1
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet Findlay Blue four and Dasha Gallagher six after they officially opened the Taronga 1

Alternatively, international website Boohoo was selling a simple white shift dress for just $15, while Showpo had an option for $70.

UK-based royal favourite, LK Bennett, also offers a sleeved white shift dress.

Meghan spoke to Australian Singer Missy Higgins with her nine week old baby Lunar who slept soundly during an afternoon reception on the first day of their royal tour 1
Meghan spoke to Australian Singer Missy Higgins with her nine week old baby Lunar who slept soundly during an afternoon reception on the first day of their royal tour 1

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex looked refreshed after their Monday rest day following the long flight to Australia, and began the official engagements of their tour just hours after revealing their joyous baby news.

The mother and father-to be began at Admiralty House, the harbour-side Sydney residence of the Governor-General of Australia, where they stayed on Monday night to begin their 16-day visit.

The couple were formally welcomed to Australia by the Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and his wife, Lady Cosgrove, on the lawns of the historic building, which offered spectacular views across Sydney Harbour.

Insiders have said Prince Harry is happier than he has ever been as he and Meghan prepare to become parents next Spring 1
Insiders have said Prince Harry is happier than he has ever been as he and Meghan prepare to become parents next Spring 1

From there, they visited Taronga Zoo to open a new science centre and meet some local wildlife, including koalas and echidnas.

They then took a boat for the short trip across the harbour to meet the public on forecourt of the Opera House.

The royal couple arrived on Monday on a Qantas A380 flight from London via Singapore.

Meghan, wearing skinny black pants and a black, burgundy trimmed coat, was smiling and clutching folders, while Harry gave a thumbs up to bystanders.

Earlier in the day the Duke and Duchess held hands on the lawns at Admiralty House overlooking Sydney Opera House 1
Earlier in the day the Duke and Duchess held hands on the lawns at Admiralty House overlooking Sydney Opera House 1

The couple was due to spend a week in Australia, the Duchess of Sussex’s first ever trip to the country, before jetting to Fiji on October 23 where they will spend two days.

On Sunday, October 28 they will cross the Tasman Sea to New Zealand, visiting Wellington, the Abel Tasman National Park, Auckland and Rotorua before heading home on Wednesday, October 31.

Karen Gee reportedly sent several items to Kensington Palace for Meghan Markle to consider but was bound by a confidentiality agreement against releasing any information about it
Karen Gee reportedly sent several items to Kensington Palace for Meghan Markle to consider but was bound by a confidentiality agreement against releasing any information about it
1 Karen Gee reportedly sent several items to Kensington Palace for Meghan Markle to consider but was bound by a confidentiality agreement against releasing any information about it
1 Karen Gee reportedly sent several items to Kensington Palace for Meghan Markle to consider but was bound by a confidentiality agreement against releasing any information about it
A spokeswoman for the Karen Gee said Were all like proud mothers right now Were super excited
A spokeswoman for the Karen Gee said Were all like proud mothers right now Were super excited
The 37 year old royal is expected to wear a number of Australian designers during the Australian leg of the tour to Sydney Melbourne and Fraser Island
The 37 year old royal is expected to wear a number of Australian designers during the Australian leg of the tour to Sydney Melbourne and Fraser Island

Source: DAILYMAIL MAILONLINE

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