On Saturday, the Duchess of Cambridge joined her royal family at Saint George's Chapel at Windsor Castle where the Duke of Edinburgh, who died on April 9, was laid to rest. Middleton paired with her black Roland Mouret dress and fascinator with Queen Elizabeth's Japanese four-row pearl choker, which Her Majesty has previously loaned to her and Diana, Princess of Wales.
Middleton, 39, was photographed wearing the necklace while paying respects to the Duke, along with husband Prince William, 38, and her brother-in-law Prince Harry, 36, who flew in from California for the ceremony. His pregnant wife Meghan Markle, 39, did not make the trip. “She can’t go on doctor’s orders,” a source previously told Us Weekly. “She is too far along to fly and it’s recommended she rest in the final months.”
The pearl choker has been spotted at other royal events — Middleton donned it to attend the 70th anniversary party of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in 2017 and, according to Today, Diana, Princess of Wales (the mother of William and Harry who died in 1997) wore it to a 1982 dinner at Hampton Court Palace in London. The Queen herself wore the necklace during the 70th birthday party of the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
Middleton is not the only daughter-in-law whose attention to detail stood out at the funeral. Although Markle reportedly watched the 30-person ceremony (scaled down for COVID-19 restrictions) from her Montecito home, she and Harry sent a wreath by floral stylist Willow Crossley, containing campanula and roses, a popular flower in June, to represent Prince Philip's birth month. Markle also included a handwritten note, according to various outlets.
Prince Philip's passing brought William and Harry together for the first time since Harry and Markle's tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey. Markle told Winfrey that she was treated poorly by the royal family claiming racism toward her son Archie, who is now 1. Markle also said that Middleton made her cry before her 2018 wedding due to a disagreement over flower girl dresses. "And I don't say that to be disparaging to anyone, because it was a really hard week of the wedding, and she was upset about something," said the actress. "But she owned it, and she apologized and she brought me flowers and a note apologizing."
The royal family responded to the interview stating in part, "While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately."
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