Meghan Markle’s necklace from Princess Diana’s collection leaves Royal experts puzzled as they never saw her wear it

Meghan Markle turned heads with a new piece of jewelry during her and Prince Harry’s visit to Nigeria, sparking speculation that it might be from Princess Diana’s collection.

The diamond cross necklace that Meghan, 42, wore at a reception for military families in Abuja caught the sunlight and the attention of Royal enthusiasts, who noted they couldn’t recall seeing Diana wear it.

According to the New York Post, the necklace was a heartfelt gift from Prince Harry, who inherited it among other items from his mother’s private collection. A source close to the Sussexes shared: “A gift to his wife that once belonged to his mother is incredibly meaningful and that is not lost on his wife.”

READ MORE: Aberdeen city center traders back ‘Open For Business’ Union Street campaign

READ MORE: FlixBus adds more summer services from Aberdeen to Glasgow and Edinburgh

Yet, the same report included skepticism from insiders about the necklace’s origins, with the Post’s picture editors unable to locate any images of Diana wearing the piece.

An insider with close ties to Diana expressed surprise, noting, “No, I didn’t recognize this at all,” and highlighted that Diana typically shied away from religious symbols to avoid causing offence, saying, “In fact, Diana was ever the professional and she generally avoided wearing religious motifs of any kind because they have the potential to offend people, so she would never usually wear such a thing.”, reports the Scottish Daily Express.

Princess Diana arriving at a charity gala wearing the ‘Attallah Cross’ crucifix pendant designed by Garrard along with a purple velvet evening gown -Credit:Getty

Another comment came from a “London socialite” who observed: “Meghan likes to curate her jewelery to tell a certain story. I find it hard to believe that she’s been sitting on this necklace for five years.”

Diana, who tragically passed away at the age of 37 in August 1997, was only seen wearing a cross twice in public during her more than 16 years as one of the most photographed women globally.

On one occasion, while embracing HIV-positive children in San Paulo, Brazil, in April 1991, a small baby reached up to touch her gold cross necklace. She later donated this cross and chain to a charity auction scheduled for September 1997.

Princess Diana during a visit to a hostel for abandoned children in Sao Paulo, many of them HIV Positive or suffering from AIDS -Credit:Getty

The item was stored and eventually sold to an Australian collector for an undisclosed amount.

The only other instance was when she borrowed the Attallah Cross crafted by Royal jeweler, Garrard, in 1920 from her friend, businessman Naim Attallah, for a charity gala in London in October 1987. This piece was auctioned in January 2023 and acquired by Kim Kardashian for just under $200,000.

All of Diana’s jewelery collection was bequeathed to her sons, William and Harry, although there has always been some mystery surrounding why her will was apparently altered by her executors. It stipulated that three-quarters of her physical possessions should go to her sons, with the remaining quarter of her divided among her 17 godchildren.

However, the godchildren each received only one keepsake. This change may have resulted from a letter from Diana, which came to light during the trial of former butler Paul Burrell on charges of theft from her apartment.

The trial fell apart when the late Queen Elizabeth remembered that Burrell had been authorized to take certain items, excluding jewellery.

In her letter to her executors, Diana stated: “I would like you to allocate all my jewelery to the share to be held by my sons, so that their wives may, in due course, have it or use it. I leave the exact division of the jewelry at your discretion.”