Meghan Markle Visited Princess Diana’s Grave to Ask for “Clarity and Guidance,” Prince Harry Writes

“She was on her knees with her eyes closed and her palms flat against the stone.”

Meghan Markle
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In a revelation from his upcoming tell-all, Spare, Prince Harry reveals that, during a visit he and wife Meghan Markle made to the grave of his late mother, Princess Diana, Meghan asked Diana for clarity and guidance amidst ongoing press scrutiny in the U.K.

Harry and Meghan took a trip to Althorp House in Northamptonshire—where Diana is buried—to honor the twentieth anniversary of his mother’s death in a Parisian car crash in 1997, Us Weekly reports. During the visit, Harry left Meghan alone for a private moment with the mother-in-law she never knew.

“When I returned, she was on her knees with her eyes closed and her palms flat against the stone,” Harry writes, adding that Meghan was asking the late Princess of Wales for “clarity and guidance.”

Meghan’s request came as she “tackled the public scrutiny from the U.K. press due to her relationship with Harry,” Us Weekly reports, adding that Meghan “faced major obstacles during her time overseas.”

Harry has likened Meghan’s treatment by the U.K. press to his late mother’s experience with the media, and, in the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s six-part Netflix docuseries, Harry & Meghan, Harry compared his wife to his mother, saying “so much of what Meghan is, and how she is, is so similar to my mum. She has the same compassion, the same empathy, she has the same confidence, she has this warmth about her.”

Harry had two serious relationships prior to meeting Meghan in 2016—with Chelsy Davy and Cressida Bonas—and he said in Harry & Meghan, of finding the right person, “I remember thinking, ‘How can I ever find someone who is willing and capable to be able to withstand all the baggage that comes with being with me?’ Every relationship that I had, within a matter of weeks or months, was splatted all over the newspapers, and that person’s family was harassed, and their lives turned upside-down.”

Spare will be released in full this Tuesday, January 10. 

Rachel Burchfield
Contributing Royal Editor

Rachel Burchfield is a writer whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family. In addition to serving as the royal editor at Marie Claire, she has worked with publications like Vogue, Vanity Fair, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, and more. She cohosts Podcast Royal, a show that provides candid commentary on the biggest royal family headlines and offers segments on fashion, beauty, health and wellness, and lifestyle.