Prince Harry's selfless gift to Kate Middleton and Prince William was a certain souvenir from mother Diana
Harry gave Diana's engagement ring that came in his possession after her death to brother William to propose to Kate with
Kate Middleton and Prince William wowed the world with their engagement pictures in 2010, especially since Kate was seen wearing the same engagement ring that the late Princess Diana once used to flaunt on her finger.
The world-famous sapphire ring on Kate's finger caused quite a stir among royal fans, but it is now being revealed that the ring was in Prince Harry's possession after Diana's death in 1997, and he selflessly chose to give it to his elder brother to propose Kate with.
According to Princess Diana's former butler Paul Burrell, who speaks on the 2017 Amazon Prime documentary 'The Diana Story', Prince Harry gave away the ring to Prince William so that he could propose to Kate with the same ring that their darling mother once wore.
Burrell revealed that when the young princes were still mourning the passing away of their mother, in 1997, the two brothers made their way towards Kensington Palace to take a memento each from Diana’s possessions.
He asked them, “Take something which belonged to her that you can keep safe. What do you want William?”
“I’d like mummy’s Cartier watch, the one that Grandpa Spencer gave to her for her 21st birthday,” 14-year-old William replied. After Burrell fetched the watch from the safe for the young William, he turned to Harry. “What about you Harry, what would you like?” he asked the little boy at the time.
“I remember when I held mummy's hand when I was a small boy and that ring always hurt me because it was so big,” said the younger prince.
“Do you mean her engagement ring?” Burrell asked. Once Harry confirmed that was the souvenir he wanted to keep, Burrell said, “I went to the safe and gave Harry Diana’s engagement ring.”
Fast forward to 2010, when Prince William told his brother that he was planning to propose to his then-girlfriend, Kate Middleton. “Harry said to him: ‘Wouldn’t it be fitting if she had mummy’s ring?’” said Burrell in the documentary.
Burrell continued, “Then one day that ring will be sat on the throne of England. Harry gave up his precious treasure. His one thing he kept from his mother, he gave to his brother. That’s selfless, kind, and exactly who Diana was.”
The touching story about the royal brothers is a heartwarming tale of how close a bond Prince William and Harry share, even though there are rumors of a rift between the brothers because of their respective spouses, that have been doing the rounds for quite some time.