During the Invictus Games last month, Meghan Markle embarked on a visit to the Fisher House Foundation in Los Angeles – a non-profit organisation that builds comfort homes for members of the military, veterans and their families to stay while a loved one is in hospital.
In a video that was screened this week in a series of Invictus webinars, Meghan can be seen talking to military veterans and their families about the power of recovery.
Wearing a buttoned down blue and white striped shirt and black skirt, Meghan accessorised with a sentimental piece of jewellery that previously belonged to the late Princess Diana – her Cartier Tank Francaise Watch.
Diana was a lover of watches. When her marriage to Prince Charles began to unravel, she stopped wearing the Patek Philippe gold watch that Prince Charles had given to her on her 20th birthday. In its place, she frequently wore a classic Cartier Tank Louis on a black alligator strap, which was a gift from her father, Earl Edward John Spencer on her 21st birthday.
The Cartier Tank Louis wasn’t the only Tank watch that Princess Diana owned. On more formal occasions, she wore a gold Cartier Tank Française watch. Diana was spotted with the classic timepiece during a number of events – including a visit to London’s Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Hindu Temple in 1997 and an engagement at the British Lung Foundation that same year.
Prince Harry gifted his Mother’s elegant watch to his wife, Meghan, who also appears to place significance on it – she was first seen wearing the accessory at a Fortune magazine summit back in 2022. In 2021, she wore it in a rare portrait of the couple that was released ahead of the couples episode of ‘Time100 Talks’.
More recently, she wore the watch alongside Princess Diana’s £140,000 Cartier diamond tennis bracelet during a hike in California, which coincided with King Charles III’s coronation.
Though did you know that the watch wasn’t actually left to Prince Harry? After the Princess passed away, her private jewellery was divided between her two sons and the watch was given to Prince William, while Harry got her engagement ring – the brothers eventually swapped.
Worth £17,800 ($23,000) at the time, the watch is now likely worth a lot more given its history.
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