Meghan Markle's NYC Handbag Was a Sweet Nod to Princess Diana

And that's not its only hidden meaning.

duchess of sussex meghan markle speaks during the 2021 global citizen live festival at the great lawn, central park on september 25, 2021 in new york city photo by angela weiss  afp photo by angela weissafp via getty images
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For such a high-profile public engagement as the Sussexes' New York City visit last week, it's unlikely that Meghan Markle left any sartorial choices up to chance—so the fact that the handbag she was seen carrying has two hidden meanings hardly seems like a coincidence.

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Firstly, her handbag was a Dior Lady D-Lite, a canvas version of the classic Lady Dior bag. This bag was named after Markle's late mother-in-law Princess Diana, who was often seen carrying the black quilted leather version, as pointed out by Hello!.

"[The Lady Dior] became iconic thanks to its association with a role model beloved by so many," Dior creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri told the Financial Times. So Markle clearly wanted the memory of her husband's mom alongside her while in New York.

Here is Diana with the bag:

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london, united kingdom   march 06  diana, princess of wales shaking hands as she arrives at the national hospital for neurology and neurosurgery in london the princess is wearing a pale pink suit and carrying a christian dior handbag  photo by tim graham photo library via getty images
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And with a larger navy version:

argentina   november 24  princess diana holding a bouquet of flowers and her christian dior handbag during her official visit to argentina  photo by tim graham photo library via getty images
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But that's not the only significant feature of Markle's handbag: It was also monogrammed with "DSSOS," as pointed out by a very observant Twitter user. The initials stand for Duchess of Sussex (and not "Madame Duchess" as she will henceforth be known). You can see the detail below:

new york, new york   september 25 meghan markle, duchess of sussex, and prince harry, duke of sussex, depart the global citizen concert in central park on september 25, 2021 in new york city photo by gothamgc images
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Markle was spotted carrying the Dior handbag while leaving the Global Citizen Live concert on Sept. 25. For that event, the duchess wore a beautiful embellished white mini-dress by Valentino with pointy black pumps. The couple took the stage to advocate for COVID-19 vaccine equality around the world.

new york, ny   september 25  prince harry and meghan markle at global citizen live on september 25, 2021 in new york city  photo by ndzstar maxgc images
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