Prince Harry Made A Heart-Wrenching Sacrifice For His Older Brother
Joshua Patton 8/24/2017
Royal brothers Harry and William weren't yet teenagers when they lost their mother Princess Diana in an auto accident 20 years ago. Today, the two men are adults and are starting their own families.
William married Kate Middleton in 2010, and they have two children. Harry is also reportedly ready to propose to his girlfriend.
Even though the younger prince kept his mother's engagement ring as a keepsake, he won't be able to give it to his soon-to-be fiancée. After their mother's untimely passing, the two boys each chose a memento from her belongings to remember her by.
William kept his mother's Cartier watch, and Harry chose his mother's engagement ring, a brilliant blue sapphire surrounded by diamonds. Yet, when William proposed to his wife Kate Middleton, Harry gave up his memento so his brother could propose to her with his mother's ring.
As an unnamed source told the Daily Star:
"They had an agreement that whoever got engaged first would have Diana’s ring – and of course that was William and Kate."
However now the same tabloid reports that Harry is soon to pop the question to his girlfriend, Meghan Markle. So while he can't give her his mother's engagement ring, Markle will get a brand-new one made from jewels owned by Diana.
Diana's jewelry collection was left in a trust for her two children, and Harry has reportedly taken one of her most famous pieces to craft a custom ring for his soon-to-be bride.
Markle reportedly loves emeralds, and so Harry has chosen an emerald and diamond piece that Diana wore both as a tiara and a choker. The piece was first seen when Prince Charles and Princess Diana were touring Australia in 1988.
Though, it's unclear if this particular piece is available for Harry to use this way, as it may not actually have been Diana's jewelry but part of the crown's jewelry collection. Of course, one can easily imagine Queen Elizabeth making an exception for her beloved grandson.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of the "People's Princess," and her loss rocked the globe. She spent much of her adult life raising awareness for humanitarian causes and doing her best to help those less fortunate than her. Her sons are now following in her footsteps.
The princes open up about her passing in a new documentary forthcoming from the BBC, in which they talk about what it was like to have her as a mother. They also describe how Queen Elizabeth helped them in the aftermath of the tragic accident and protected them from the relentless media coverage.
It's easy to forget that public figures, even royalty, are people, too. The world lost a positive figure who tried to spread compassion and empathy, but these two young men lost their mother.
This is why it was so important for Harry and William both to give their brides something of hers. Through these mementos, the two loves of their lives--their mother and their wives--will be forever connected in their hearts and memories.