Why Prince Harry Allowed Kate Middleton To Have Princess Diana’s Engagement Ring

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Sophie Countess of Wessex at Ascot Diana aquamarine ring worn by Meghan Markle Photo (C) GETTY
Sophie Countess of Wessex at Ascot Diana aquamarine ring worn by Meghan Markle Photo (C) GETTY

Fans of the royal family were thrilled when they learned Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton in 2010, using Princess Diana’s engagement ring. However, many were unaware the accessory belonged to Prince Harry after their mother’s death.

Prince Harry reportedly gave Prince William a special gift Pictured Meghan Duchess of Sussex Prince Harry Photo C GETTY
Prince Harry reportedly gave Prince William a special gift Pictured Meghan Duchess of Sussex Prince Harry Photo C GETTY

Princess Diana died in a tragic car crash in 1997, leaving behind the two sons she shared with Prince Charles. Following her death, the boys were allowed to pick out a keepsake from their mother’s belongings.

The ring became iconic when Princess Diana showcased the sparkler at her Christies auction. Photo (C) The ring became iconic when Princess Diana showcased the sparkler at her Christies auction. Photo (C) GETTYGETTY
The ring became iconic when Princess Diana showcased the sparkler at her Christies auction. Photo (C) GETTY

In the Amazon Prime documentary “The Diana Story,” the former butler of the late princess, Paul Burrell revealed Prince William chose to keep the Cartier watch his mother received on her 21st birthday, while Prince Harry asked for Diana’s sapphire engagement ring.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markles festive engagement revealed – and this is why you missed it Photo C GETTY
Prince Harry and Meghan Markles festive engagement revealed – and this is why you missed it Photo C GETTY

Years later, when William mentioned he was ready to propose to Kate, Harry decided it was time to part ways with the special item that once belonged to his mother. “Harry said to him: ‘Wouldn’t it be fitting if she had mummy’s ring?’” Burrell said reflecting on the moment.

Princess Diana and Kate wearing similar outfits upon the birth of their first sons Image GETTY
Princess Diana and Kate wearing similar outfits upon the birth of their first sons Image GETTY

“Then one day that ring will be sat on the throne of England. Harry gave up his precious treasure. His one thing he kept from his mother, he gave to his brother. That’s selfless, kind, and exactly who Diana was.”

Meghan was sporting the dazzling ring which belonged to Princess Diana Image GETTY
Meghan was sporting the dazzling ring which belonged to Princess Diana Image GETTY

Burrell revealed, Prince Harry also explained why he decided to pick the ring over all of his mother’s other possessions. “I remember when I held mummy’s hand when I was a small boy and that ring always hurt me because it was so big,” Diana’s former confidant recalled.

It was previously thought the Duchess’ blue ring from Princess Diana’s collection was her something blue [Photo Getty]
It was previously thought the Duchess’ blue ring from Princess Diana’s collection was her something blue [Photo Getty]

Although Harry was unable to propose to his current wife, Meghan Markle, with Princess Diana’s engagement ring, the Duke of Sussex included two diamonds from his mother’s personal collection in order to keep her close.

Source: IBTIMES COM

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