Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Wedding 2018: Was the empty chair in the church a tribute to Diana?

Prince Harry married has finally married his beloved Meghan Markle!

On Saturday, the church bells rang at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, outside of London. Two billion television viewers worldwide are estimated to have tuned into the live broadcast of the royal wedding.

After the wedding, the royal couple walked outside, and to the people’s delight, shared a warm and heartfelt kiss.

It was a wedding to remember, and for most people, it was impossible not to think of Prince Harry’s deceased mother, Princess Diana, who tragically died in a car accident in Paris in 1997.

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The British royal family was all there, including Harry’s brother, Prince William and Father Prince Charles. But next to William was an empty chair.

The sight caused many people wonder: did Harry and the royal court leave the seat empty as a tribute to Princess Diana? This is what many viewers thought during the live broadcast from Windsor, and social media agreed.

An empty chair at Harry and Meghan’s wedding

Usually, when people leave a chair empty as a tribute to someone, they put a photo or a flower on it. Which is why several media outlets investigated the matter over the weekend. Now, the Daily Express, Time, People and Hello! Magazine have discovered the real reason behind the empty chair.

Was the spare seat at St. George's Chapel an homage to Diana?Diana, Princess of Wales 1961-1997

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It turns out, the empty chair was intended for Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, who sat immediately behind it. According to royal practice in Britain, no one should obscure the vision of the monarch — and therefore, the chair was empty. The 92-year-old queen was joined by Prince Philip, 94, who recently had hip replacement surgery.

Princess Diana sitting outside Highgrove with her son Prince Harry in 1986.

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However, the ceremony did honor Diana in several ways.

Meghan’s engagement ring is made of diamonds from Princess Diana’s collection.

Princess Diana and Prince Harry on Depth Charge at Thorpe Park in 1993.

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In addition, St George’s Chapel was filled with Diana’s favorite flowers and Harry picked the bridal bouquet himself with flowers from Diana’s garden in Kensington Palace.

Prince William and Harry always talk warmly about the memory of their mother, Diana, who’s humanitarian efforts made her a role model for the world.

August 19, 1995 Princess Diana and Prince Harry attend the commemoration of VJ Day at Buckingham Palace, London, EnglandDiana, Princess of Wales 1961-1997

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“I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years, has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but my work, as well.I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and sort of lies and misconceptions and everything are coming to you from every angle,” Prince Harry said in a conversation between him, William and Kate, which was filmed for the Heads Together campaign.

Now, he has his beloved Meghan.

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This was what his mother’s and father’s wedding looked like on July 29, 1981.

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When Harry got married, his best man was his older brother, Prince William.

Prince Harry walks with his best man Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, as they arrive at St George's Chapel at Windsor…

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Diana was very committed to humanitarian issues, like this campaign to help older people.

January 19, 1989 Princess Diana visits Help the Aged Charity, LondonDiana, Princess of Wales 1961-1997

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Diana passed away at 36 years old.

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I’m sure Diana would have been proud of her boys. Rest in peace, princess of the people.