As the world continues to come off the high of the Royal Wedding that took place this past Saturday, the real reason as to why there was an empty seat next to Prince William is being revealed.
Many believed, or assumed, that the empty seat next to Prince William was done on purpose by Prince Harry as a way of honoring his late mother, Princess Diana:
I just realized Prince Harry left an empty seat beside Prince William to honor his mother, Princess Diana.
— Ashraf (@asrric) May 19, 2018
And while the seat was left empty on purpose, The Sun reports that it wasn’t in honor of Princess Diana, but so that Queen Elizabeth’s view of the wedding wasn’t obstructed. It is said to be royal protocol that no one can sit in front of the Queen.
However, Princess Diana was very much honored throughout the day.
The flowers used to decorate St. George’s Chapel:
As People reports, peonies, foxgloves, and white garden roses were used to create the archway that Meghan Markle walked through on her way to meet Harry at the altar. Princess Diana is said to have loved white garden roses.
Many of Diana’s flowers are still planted at Kensington Palace in her honor.
The flowers used in Meghan’s bouquet and her bridesmaid’s headpieces:
One of the flowers used in the bride’s bouquet were Forget-Me-Nots, Diana’s favorite flower. They were hand picked by Prince Harry out of his and Meghan’s private garden in honor of his late mother.
The song that got Prince Harry visibly emotional:
As The Sun reports, Harry was seen getting emotional during the performance of “Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer.”
The hymn was one of Diana’s favorites. It was sung at Diana’s funeral 20 years ago and at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding.
The chatter between Prince Harry and Prince William:
According to a professional lip reader, it is believed that Prince William brought up their mom as they waited for Meghan to arrive to the chapel.
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As the lip reader told The Metro, Prince William could be seen saying, “Do you remember when Mum used to say…?” Harry responded with a smile: “Yeah, I know.”
The reading done by Princess Diana’s very private sister:
Harry and William’s aunt, Lady Jane Fellowes, agreed to read at the wedding. As The Sun reports, one of the lines from the excerpt read:
Set me as a seal upon your heart, for love is strong as death.
The ring worn by Meghan for their second wedding reception:
The ring something blue… and something borrowed as well. The ring is from Princess Diana’s jewelry collection and was presented to Meghan by her husband following the ceremony.
As Vanity Fair reports, Diana “left all her jewelry to her sons.” However, Meghan “opted not to wear any of the pieces until she was officially married.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex would like to thank everyone who took part in the celebrations of their wedding on Saturday. They feel so lucky to have been able to share their day with all those gathered in Windsor and also all those who watched the wedding on television across the UK, Commonwealth, and around the world #RoyalWedding
So although the empty seat was not intentionally for Diana, she was certainly remembered on Saturday.
And, as the Daily Mail reports, the empty seat it served “as an emotional symbol of Harry’s deep sadness that his mother could not be there.”