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On such a pivotal day, it’s only natural that Prince Harry wished his late mother, Princess Diana, was there to witness him wed Meghan Markle. But while that wasn’t possible (*tear*), the Duke of Sussex made sure to include his mother in the royal wedding in a touching way.

In addition to adding Princess Diana’s favorite blooms to the floral scheme and asking her sister, Lady Jane Fellowes, to read a passage, Harry and Meghan left an empty seat in the front row for her.

Princess Diana empty seat at Prince Harry Megha Markle wedding
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Just on the other side of the aisle from Meghan and Harry, best man Prince William watched over the chair his mother would have sat in had she been with us still.

It was a small gesture that didn’t go unnoticed and, damn it, now we’re crying.

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