Meghan Markle used Princess Diana’s jewels as ‘powerful symbol’ to send subtle message to Royal Family

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry travelled to Nigeria last month

Dorothy Reddin

By Dorothy Reddin

Published: 13/06/2024

- 20:20

The Duchess of Sussex wore 'sentimental jewellery that didn’t go unnoticed' in Nigeria

Meghan Markle used Princess Diana’s jewels as a "powerful symbol" to send a subtle message to the Royal Family, a style expert has claimed.

The Duchess of Sussex, 42, wore a sentimental necklace that belonged to Prince Harry's mother at a reception for military families in Abuja on May 11.

The necklace, featuring a delicate diamond cross on a gold chain, is thought to be a recent gift from Harry to his wife and once belonged to Princess Diana.

James Harris, the Regional Sales Manager at Austen & Blake, spoke exclusively to GB News about the sentimental meaning behind the necklace.

Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle wore a necklace worn by Princess Diana in Nigeria


He said: "Meghan Markle’s three-day trip to Nigeria with Prince Harry saw her wearing sentimental jewellery that didn’t go unnoticed.

"One such stunning piece was a delicate cross-pendant adorned with sparkling diamonds paired with a gold chain.

"The cross pendant, while beautiful in its craftsmanship, could have carried a deeper significance.

"Traditionally, a cross pendant symbolises faith, hope, and protection.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle received lots of praise during their Nigeria tour


"For many, it represents a connection to one's spiritual beliefs and a reminder of resilience and strength in times of adversity.

"In Meghan’s case, the cross might also be seen as a symbol of unity and peace, reflecting her commitment to humanitarian efforts and her dedication to fostering understanding across cultures."

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down as working royals in 2020, and have since settled in the US with their two children, Prince Archie, five, and Princess Lilibet, three.

The "symbol of unity and peace" could have been seen as a subtle message from Meghan to the Royal Family, whom she has had a limited relationship with in recent years.

Meghan Markle

The cross necklace was never photographed on the late Princess of Wales


Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Harry and Meghan were invited to Nigeria by the country's chief of defence staff


The mother-of-two has not properly visited the UK since Queen Elizabeth II's State Funeral in September 2022.

Meghan only briefly touched down at Heathrow Airport to meet Prince Harry before travelling to Nigeria last month.

Harris continued to tell GB News: "We love that Meghan’s choice of jewellery often carries layers of meaning, and this cross pendant is no exception.

"It serves as a testament to her values and the causes she holds dear, making it much more than just an accessory."

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