Prince Harry gave Meghan Markle the sweetest shoutout during his UN speech on July 18, Nelson Mandela Day. Former members of the British royal family made an appearance in New York City so Harry could give a speech in which he emphasized how important Africa is to him for a variety of reasons, including the fact that it is where he met the love of his life.
“It has been my lifeline for the majority of my life, a place where I have found peace and healing time and time again.” “It’s where I felt the most connected to my mother and sought solace after she died, and where I knew I had found a soulmate in my wife,” he exclaimed to People.
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He then recalled how his 2016 trip to Africa with the former Suits actress came to be. “I managed to persuade her to come and join me in Botswana. We camped out with each other under the stars.
“She came and joined me for five days out there, which was absolutely fantastic. So then we were really by ourselves, which was crucial to me to make sure that we had a chance to know each other, he recalled.”
Harry then switched the subject to his late mother, Princess Diana, who took him to Africa for the first time when he was 13 years old, sparking his interest in the continent. He recalled a photograph of Princess Diana and Nelson taken in 1997 and given to him by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
“When I first looked at the photo, straight away what jumped out is the joy on my mother’s face. The playfulness — cheekiness, even,” he said. “The pure delight to be in communion with another soul so committed to serving humanity.” The Duke of Sussex then praised the first South African president.
“[He was] still able to see the goodness in humanity, still buoyant with a beautiful spirit that lifted everyone around him. Not because he was blind to the ugliness, the injustices of the world — no. He saw them clearly. He had lived them. But because he knew we could overcome them,” he recalled.
Africa connects Harry, Meghan, and Princess Diana beautifully, but it’s far from the only way two of Prince Harry’s most important women are linked. Harry and Meghan appear to have always incorporated Princess Diana into their lives.
According to Harper’s Bazaar, Meghan’s bouquet included Diana’s favorite flower, forget-me-nots, and they played her favorite hymn, “Guide Me, O Thy Great Redeemer,” during their ceremony.
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Meghan also pays homage to her late mother-in-law in subtle ways throughout her daily obligations. For example, when Prince Harry accepted the NAACP President’s Award in March, Meghan wore a dress similar to one Princess Diana wore on a state visit to Thailand in 1988, according to Newsweek.
According to the Mirror, Meghan wore a Cartier watch to the Invictus Games in April that was once owned by Diana. How lovely!