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.