Prince Harry is engaged! Not surprising, that the news of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal engagement has sparked a flurry of media attention. For me, it’s not the hoopla, or the imaginings of the wedding day or the type of wedding dress Meghan will wear (though I did like hearing that designer Stella McCartney suggested she was ready to offer Meghan advice on how to ensure her wedding dress is environmentally friendly). For me, it is the story of their love affair and the meaning behind the design of Meghan’s engagement ring that resonates. Harry himself designed the ring, made of yellow gold (“which is Meghan’s favorite”), with the center stone, sourced from Botswana, which is close to his heart and a place where he invited Meghan on a five-day trip just weeks into their relationship. And the little diamonds on the side, according to Harry, are “from my mother’s jewelry collection to make sure that she is with us on this crazy journey together.” Said Meghan, in their first interview together for BBC News: “It’s so important to me to know that she’s a part of this with us … it’s incredibly special … it’s perfect.”
I was enamored with Princess Diana. I was one of the obsessed who got up at 3 am to watch her wedding to Prince Charles in 1981. And I followed her life and her story with that same interest and obsession. The news of her younger son’s engagement and romance is what warms my heart most; that the two sons of this famous woman, for whom true love was so elusive, would find their own joy and happiness. And because of a ring, Diana will always be connected to her most beloved boys.
When asked what his mother would have thought of Meghan, Harry responded: “I think they would be as thick as thieves, without question. I think she would be over the moon, jumping up and down, so excited for me. But then, as I said, would have probably been best friends with Meghan. It is days like today when I really miss having her around and I miss being able to share the happy news. But, with the ring and with everything else that’s going on, I’m sure she’s with us – jumping up and down somewhere else.”