Will Meghan wear Diana’s treasured tiara?
IT'S the crowning glory for any royal bride, and more than likely the 'something borrowed' for Meghan Markle on her wedding day.
With a rich treasure trove of luxury jewels at her disposal, Markle could go one of two ways - make one of her first independent fashion statements by wearing 'something new'; or pay homage to her in-laws, when she chooses what tiara she will wear on May 19.
Sentimental favourite is the Spencer tiara, worn by Prince Harry's mother Diana when she wed Prince Charles in 1981.
The sparkling heirloom has remained a beloved headpiece for women who were born or married into the Spencer family for nearly a century.
First gifted to Lady Cynthia Hamilton when she wed the 7th Earl Spencer (Diana's grandfather) in 1919, it features a romantic curlicue design of diamond 'tulips,' scrolls, and stars - a symbolic nod to the American's celebrity status.
While Kate Middleton received Diana's iconic engagement ring when she agreed to marry Prince William, this tiara would allow Prince Harry's bride to wear another signature piece from his mother's jewellery collection.
If she chose to honour Harry's adored grandmother, Markle might opt for the Fringe tiara which has been worn by Queen Mary, the Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth II and her daughter Princess Anne.
The Russian 'kokoschnik' style headpiece was made to transform between a tiara and necklace, but sparked tears on the current Queen's wedding day.
The elegant diamond crown snapped in the hands of her dressers, prompting the Queen Mother to quip: "don't worry, we have others."
But the regal bride wants what the bride wants, so a mad dash to the palace by Garrard jewellers was arranged and the tiara fixed it in time for the Westminster Abbey ceremony.
Royal insiders believe another piece from the Queen Mother's collection could add the right vintage touch for Markle - the Strathmore Rose tiara, which dates back to 1923 but has a modern feel with its band of diamond roses and vines design.
It has been worn sparingly since that occasion, as has the Queen Mother's Cartier Bandeau, which is actually made up of a set of bracelets fitted with rubies, emeralds and sapphires.
We won't see the Cartier Halo Scroll Tiara, worn by the Duchess of Cambridge, as the Queen has loaned it out to the National Gallery of Australia for its Cartier exhibition until July 22.
Despite her personal fortune, it is thought unlikely that Markle would commission her own tiara; but could opt to follow in the fashionable footsteps of Australia's own Princess Mary, who was gifted the diadem which once belonged to Crown Prince Frederik's late grandmother, Ingrid but had many of the pieces, including her preferred diamond and ruby wreath tiara, altered, to suit modern tastes.
She wore it to a pre-wedding gala concert, instead walking down the aisle of Copenhagen's Lutheran cathedral sporting a brand new tiara - featuring a diamond heart and fleur-de-lis motif, which was a wedding gift from her new parents-in-law.