US Royal fans are used to studying The Queen’s choice of jewellery for hidden tributes to loved ones and causes she holds dear.
Meghan Markle paid touching tribute to her late mother-in-law as she promoted her children’s book The BenchCredit: BackGrid
The watch was reportedly a 21st birthday present from Diana’s fatherCredit: Getty – Contributor
The mum-of-two sat down in the garden of her LA mansion and was filmed reading her children’s book The Bench for the YouTube channel Brightly Storytime.
Opting for a more casual look, the 40-year-old paired her oversized blue shirt with a jeans and styled her hair back in a low bun.
Along with her minimal gold necklace and £3750 Cartier Love bracelet, the Duchess also wore a matching watch which once belonged to Princess Diana.
The dainty gold Cartier watch is believed to have been a gift from Diana’s father for her 21st birthday and is estimated to be worth £17,800.
Before proposing to long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton in 2010, William reportedly asked his brother if he could have their mother’s ring and he would give him the Cartier watch in exchange.
Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell said in a 2017 interview: “Harry gave up his precious treasure.
“His one thing he kept from his mother, he gave to his brother. That’s selfless, kind, and exactly who Diana was.”
What’s more, The Express reported that Harry then gave the watch to Meghan in 2017 weeks before their engagement was announced.
Before the couple started dating, Meghan already owned a two-toned Cartier Tank Française watch – which she famously bought when the hit legal drama Suits was renewed for a third season.
Meghan bought herself a two-toned version of the watch when Suits was renewed for a third seasonCredit: Getty Images – Getty
It is engraved with ‘To M.M. From M.M.’Credit: Cartier
Speaking to Hello!, she said: “I’ve always coveted the Cartier French Tank watch.
“When I found out Suits had been picked up for our third season – which, at the time, felt like such a milestone – I totally splurged and bought the two-tone version.
“I had it engraved on the back, ‘To M.M. From M.M.’ and I plan to give it to my daughter one day.
“That’s what makes pieces special, the connection you have to them.”
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