Meghan Markle wore Princess Diana’s Cartier bracelet for the Oprah Winfrey CBS interview – what message was she and Prince Harry trying to send?

Meghan Markle (left) and Princess Diana (right) share a liking to diamond jewellery. Photo: CBS/EPA/Paul Vicente
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s tell-all interview with American talk show host Oprah Winfrey offered the couple an opportunity to share their side of the story, and in particular spell out how Prince Harry’s late mother Princess Diana played an important role in the couple’s recently finalised decision to detach themselves from the British royal family.
So far only snippets from the much-awaited CBS interview have been released, which is scheduled to air in its entirety on March 7 in the US and on the following day in Britain.

Keeping Harry’s mother’s memories alive, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex decided to carry a diamond Cartier bracelet that belonged to Diana at the interview.

Prince Harry, with his wife Meghan Markle, reveals his ‘biggest fear was history repeating itself’ in a new teaser for their sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey. Photo: CBS
The couple, who are expecting their second child, relocated to the US with their firstborn baby Archie following what Harry described as “toxic” treatment from the British media.

Despite separating from the royal clan, family still holds a special place in the hearts of the couple. This was evident when Markle accompanied her Dolce & Gabbana dress with a diamond bracelet that was one of Diana’s most worn pieces of jewellery. 

Meghan Markle’s engagement ring features two diamonds originally from Princess Diana’s Cartier bracelet. Photo: handout

The diamond bracelet plays a key role in the couple’s marriage as well; Harry had two diamonds taken from the bracelet and used to create Markle’s three-diamond trinity engagement ring. 


The two diamonds from the bracelet flanked a larger centre stone that Harry sourced from Botswana, one of the first countries the two visited as a couple. 


This bracelet is among other pieces of Diana’s that Harry has gifted to Markle. 

Harry got Diana’s sapphire and diamond engagement ring and several other items when he and Prince William were offered the late princess’ jewellery and other personal belongings. One of the items that Prince William selected from their mother’s collection was a gold Cartier Tank watch.
Kate Middleton’s sapphire engagement ring is the same ring Prince Charles gave to Diana to seal their engagement. Photo: AFP Photo/Clarence House
It’s been documented that when Prince William revealed to his brother he was going to ask for Kate Middleton’s hand in marriage in 2011, the brothers agreed to swap the sapphire ring and the Cartier watch

If the brothers hadn’t arranged the trade, Markle could very well be the one sporting that iconic sapphire and diamond ring from Garrard on her finger. 

Markle, nevertheless, did end up with another blue ring that once belonged to Diana. 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry after their wedding in Windsor. Meghan Markle wears an aquamarine ring once belonging to Princess Diana. Photo: AP

During their wedding reception in 2018, Markle was spotted wearing a large emerald cut aquamarine and diamond ring. Much like Middleton’s engagement ring, this beautiful piece inspired a slew of copycat designs. 

Princess Diana seen here wearing her Cartier Tank watch. Photo: Reuters

As for the Cartier Tank watch, she’s yet to have worn the piece in public. However, during her early days on the cast of TV series Suits, she bought a Cartier Tank watch for herself. Reportedly bought at Canadian jeweller Birks, a brand Markle loves, she said in an early interview that she had bought the watch in Toronto as a memento of her success and that she hopes to one day pass the watch down to her daughter. 

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  • Harry had two diamonds taken from the Cartier bracelet to create Markle’s three-diamond engagement ring
  • He swapped Diana’s engagement ring with his brother when Prince William married Kate Middleton in 2011, with Harry getting his mother’s Cartier Tank watch