When the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, appeared to speak at a virtual summit organized by the American magazine Fortune in the month of September last year, she caught people’s attention with her passion when talking about social media. However, she also caught the eye with a gold watch that adorned her wrist and was said to belong to Princess Diana, mother-in-law, Prince Harry.
So what is the story of this watch, which was Diana’s favorite, and how did it reach Megan’s wrist?
This watch also appeared when the first official photo of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was published after their withdrawal from public life. This photo was published in Times magazine on the occasion of their selection among the 100 most influential people in the world for the year 2020.
Although the photo is in black and white, it was clear that the gold Cartier Tank watch that adorned Megan’s wrist in this photo is the same as Princess Diana’s watch.
Kate’s wedding ring inherited from her mother-in-law Princess Diana
A favorite of Diana’s, this Tank watch adorned her wrist constantly in the ’90s. And when she wore it during a trip to Australia, 4 of them were recorded selling in the same week at a Cartier store in Australia.
Four months after Diana’s death, Paul Burrell, her butler, escorted Princes William and Harry to Kensington Palace, where she lived. William then took the gold Tank watch, while Harry got Diana’s wedding ring adorned with diamonds and sapphires.
Meghan wears a gold tank watch in her first official photo with Prince Harry after they withdrew from public life
This watch accompanied William for a long time, as he carried it with him during his travels and sometimes wore it. But when he was preparing to propose to his future wife Kate Middleton, he wanted her to wear his mother’s engagement ring and asked his brother Harry to exchange Diana’s engagement ring and Tank watch. And so this watch passed on to Prince Harry.
When Harry announced his engagement to Megan Markle in 2017, it was reported that Harry wanted to gift Megan a Tank watch, as it was one of her favorite watch designs as well. She even had a silver and gold coin on it, with the initials of her and her last name engraved on it.
Meghan and Harry on the cover of TIME magazine with a gold tank watch on Meghan’s wrist
Over the years, Kate and Meghan have worn the jewelry of the British royal family, each according to her own style. Kate had previously transformed Princess Diana’s ambassadorial earrings into a necklace she had worn on more than one occasion. As for Meghan, she previously paired the gold Tank watch she inherited from Princess Diana with a black Alexander McQueen suit. She appeared again on the last cover of Times magazine when she was chosen, with her husband, Prince Harry, among the 100 most influential people in the world in 2021.