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In memory of Diana, Lady Jane Fellowes delivers reading during Harry and Meghan’s wedding

Prince Harry wanted to ensure that his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales’s memory was alive during his wedding ceremony to his American bride, Meghan Markle.

To honour her memory, Harry’s maternal aunt, Lady Jane Fellowes – an older sister to Diana – delivered a short reading during the service today. Lady Jane read from the Song of Solomon from the Nave after the couple had completed the Declaration.

The excerpt from the Song of Solomon by Lady Jane read as follows:

“My beloved speaks and says to me: ‘Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtle-dove is heard in our land. The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.’Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, a raging flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. If one offered for love all the wealth of one’s house, it would be utterly scorned.”

This is not the only way Harry has chosen to honour his mother. He used two diamonds from her personal collection in the ring he created to give to Meghan when he proposed. Naturally, both his mother’s sisters and her younger brother were in attendance, as were all of his first cousins in the Spencer family.

Lady Jane’s reading was followed by the Choir of St George’s Chapel singing the motet, “If ye love me.” The Address by The Most Reverend Michael Curry was next before the exchanging of the vows.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.