Royal correspondent said empty seat at wedding was not for Diana
Observers of the Royal wedding noticed an empty seat next to the Duke of Cambridge. It was mistakenly assumed to be a tribute to the late Princess Diana.
Even news outlets reported that the chair had been left vacant in memory of Prince Harry's mother, who died in a car crash in August 1997.
Touching as that may be, it has since been confirmed that the chair was left vacant for an entirely different reason: no one is allowed to occupy the seat in front of the Queen.
Btw - I’ve seen some reports about the spare seat by Prince William in the chapel as having being left in memory of Princess Diana. It wasn’t empty for that reason. The seat in front of the Queen is always left empty, I am told by BP #royalwedding— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) May 19, 2018
The fact that Prince Harry had an empty seat where his mother would have sat at his wedding breaks my heart. Forever keeping her memory alive.— Chloe Banville. (@Chloe_banville) May 19, 2018
Rebecca explained that the Queen 'needs to be seen,' therefore the seat in front of her is always left open. She was also sitting in her favorite seat in the chapel.
This came as a shock to many fans of the late Princess who thought it was a touching gesture to leave a seat vacant in her memory.
However, according to News.Com.Au, Princess Diana was honored in many other ways. Meghan's bouquet was made up of peonies and white roses.
Wait..hang on. So you're saying they left an empty seat for their mum..— just me (@theproperKP) May 19, 2018
I'm not gonna lie, as someone who cried at my own wedding when mentioning my own mum who died many years earlier in my speech, that has got to me a bit #RoyalWedding pic.twitter.com/HYpztNbN6G
Didn’t even realise that Harry and Megan left an empty seat for Diana at their wedding am not cryin I swear— Alex Cook (@Alexcoook) May 20, 2018
The flowers were picked from the gardens at Kensington Palace and Windsor Great Park. It also included foxgloves, branches of beech, birch, and hornbeam.
White roses and forget-me-nots were Princess Diana's favorite flower, and peonies are Meghan. She also wore Prince Diana's aquamarine ring to the private evening event held at Frogmore House.
Did anyone else notice the empty seat beside William at the wedding be nice to think it was left empty because Diana should have been there just a thought ❤ pic.twitter.com/LdtH9Gp54G— Isabel 🏴 (@IzzyEP77) May 20, 2018
Meghan's engagement ring contains two stones from Diana's jewelry collection because Harry wanted her to be a part of their journey through life.
As per royal tradition, Meghan placed the bouquet on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Westminster Abbey.
The tradition was started nearly a hundred years ago, and to this day, Royal brides place their bouquet on the gravestone when leaving the chapel.