Meghan Markle's Butterly Earrings in Sydney Were Part of Princess Diana's Collection

It's her way of making sure the late princess is there with them.

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As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made their first appearance in Sydney, Australia—the first stop of a grueling royal tour, the couple's first—eagle-eyed royal watchers spotted a touching tribute to Princess Diana. The butterfly earrings Meghan Markle wore to meet the governor general of Sydney were once Princess Diana's, as was the gold bracelet she wore with her cream dress (which, if you looked closely, revealed a very slight baby bump).

It's unclear when Meghan was gifted the necklace and earrings, but it's probably no accident that she wore them just hours after Kensington Palace revealed that she and Harry were expecting their first child this spring. "Really touching to think that Harry’s mother’s personal jewelry is now being worn by the daughter-in-law she never got to meet," wrote prolific royal correspondent Rebecca English on Twiter.

While Diana never got to meet Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been open about how they make sure to keep Harry's mother with them. Meghan's engagement ring is made with diamonds from Diana's personal collection, and she flashed an aquamarine ring en route to her wedding reception that was also Diana's. "She's with us," Meghan said in the couple's first joint engagement interview, shortly after Harry noted: "With the ring, and with everything else going on, I'm sure she's with us."

Here's the butterfly earrings and gold bracelet on Meghan:

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And here's Diana wearing the butterfly earrings:

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Here's Diana wearing the bracelet Meghan wore in Sydney:

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Jenny Hollander
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Jenny is the Digital Director at Marie Claire. Originally from London, she moved to New York in 2012 to attend the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and never left. Prior to Marie Claire, she spent five years at Bustle building out its news and politics coverage. She loves, in order: her dog, goldfish crackers, and arguing about why umbrellas are fundamentally useless. Her first novel, EVERYONE WHO CAN FORGIVE ME IS DEAD, will be published by Minotaur Books on February 6, 2024.