When Princess Diana passed away in 1997, her sons William and Harry had the opportunity to hang onto the memory of their mum by picking pieces of jewellery from her personal collection. Even though Harry selected Diana's engagement ring at the time, it ended up on Kate Middleton's finger instead of Meghan Markle's.
Princess Diana's butler Paul Burrell was there when the princes were sorting through their late mum's jewellery, and he told the story in the Amazon Prime documentary “The Diana Story."
First, William picked out Princess Diana's Cartier watch.
I’d like mummy’s Cartier watch, the one that Grandpa Spencer gave to her for her 21st birthday.
Paul remembered him saying at the time.
Then, Harry said he'd like Diana's blue engagement ring.
I remember when I held mummy's hand when I was a small boy and that ring always hurt me because it was so big...
Paul remembers Harry saying.
But when it came time for William to propose to Kate, Paul said Harry actually gave him Diana's ring, because he felt like William should have it. Harry said to him:
Wouldn’t it be fitting if she had mummy’s ring? Then one day that ring will be sat on the throne of England.
Burrell said that kind of selflessness is exactly who Diana was, which makes it even better.