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The Surprising Connection Between Meghan And Princess Diana

Duchess Meghan appears to have another sweet connection to Princes Diana, her late mother-in-law.

In spite of the fact that the Duchess grew up far away from Harry and his family, she and Diana almost met two decades ago.

In 1996, Northwestern University was visited by Britain’s Princess Diana. Meghan’s connection to Northwestern University is obvious—she attended the school, graduating in 2003.

Meghan and mom Doria

Though Meghan missed her late mother-in-law by just three years, Lady Di made a huge impact on the school during her visit in early June of 1996.

Diana visited Chicago on the invitation of university president Henry Bienen, with whom she attended a formal fundraising gala at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History.

The gala was to raise money for cancer research. Diana’s visit raised $1.5 million for cancer research groups. During her time there, she met with students and stopped by a local hospital.

Diana stunned at the fundraising gala in a purple gown in the exact same shade as the university’s official color.

“I love Chicago,” Diana said as she boarded her flight home from the trip. “It’s been wonderful.”

Princess Diana

“I asked if she knew that purple was the color of Northwestern University, because it could just simply be the royal color, and she just laughed,” former Northwestern president Henry Bienen told North by Northwestern in 2016.

“I think she did it on purpose.”’

The gorgeous ring Prince Harry gave Meghan, also has a connection to Diana. The ring a trilogy ring featuring a large central diamond flanked on either side by two smaller jewels set on a gold band. The central diamond is from Botswana, and the other two diamonds are from his late mother Princess Diana’s personal collection.

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