Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s glorious nuptials were full of symbolic, personal touches.
The Duke of Sussex’s mother, Lady Diana, was honoured in many ways, including in the Duchess’ bouquet, the ring she wore the reception and the couch the new couple sat on for their official photographs.
Markle’s African-American heritage was honoured through Bishop Curry’s speech and the music during the ceremony. And Markle and Givenchy designer Clare Waight Keller made an important inclusion of flora from the 53 Commonwealth countries on the bride’s 16-and-a-half-foot veil.
Another person Markle may have purposefully included in her wedding day was her husband’s great aunt, Wallis Simpson, who later became the Duchess of Windsor.
Simpson, like Markle, was an American divorcee who fell in love with British royalty - Prince Harry’s grandfather’s brother, King Edward VIII, who became later the Duke of Windsor.
Due to the Royal family’s archaic rules (which were only recently changed) the King could not marry Simpson, since she had been married and divorced twice before, and also keep the crown. He famously abdicated, giving the throne to his younger brother, King George VI, and setting the path for the current line of Windsors.
Markle may have made not one, but two nods to her predecessor Simpson on the big day.
The Independent reports that, ‘The last time that Givenchy was seen on the back of a major protagonist at a royal event was in 1972, also at St George's Chapel, at the funeral of the Duke of Windsor.’
Simpson wore a black coat and veil created by Hubert de Givenchy himself, since she was a long-time client of his. Not only did Markle wear a gown by the same fashion house as her historic counterpart to the same chapel 46 years later, but she also, according to the Daily Mail, travelled in the same car.
Apparently Markle traveled with her mother to the altar in the exact same Rolls-Royce Phantom as Simpson had, to the same venue, all those years ago.
If this is true, it shows how Markle is celebrating the new, modern royal family she was allowed to marry into. Unlike Simpson, who travelled to the chapel to the funeral of her disgraced husband, Markle was able to marry the man she love in the same venue, no questions asked.