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Meghan Markle Wears Princess Diana's Jewelry to the Launch of Her Fashion Line

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Meghan Markle arrived at the launch of her fashion collection—her first high-profile royal engagement in some time—wearing, unsurprisingly, pieces from the new line. However, eagle-eyed royal watchers quickly noticed that she'd paired her clothing with a very special set of jewelry.

Meghan was wearing two of Princess Diana's accessories for today's event: a pair of butterfly-shaped earrings, and a gold bracelet. The pieces added a sentimental touch to her ensemble. See the pieces here:

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex launches the Smart Works capsule collection on September 12, 2019 in London, England. Created in September 2013 Smart Works exists to help unemployed women regain the confidence they need to succeed at job interviews and return to employment. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage) © Catalyst LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex launches the Smart Works capsule collection on September 12, 2019 in London, England. Created in September 2013 Smart Works exists to help unemployed women regain the confidence they need to succeed at job interviews and return to employment. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage) LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, jewellery detail, launches the Smart Works capsule collection at John Lewis Oxford Street on September 12, 2019 in London, England. Created in September 2013 Smart Works exists to help unemployed women regain the confidence they need to succeed at job interviews and return to employment. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage) © Catalyst LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, jewellery detail, launches the Smart Works capsule collection at John Lewis Oxford Street on September 12, 2019 in London, England. Created in September 2013 Smart Works exists to help unemployed women regain the confidence they need to succeed at job interviews and return to employment. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

This isn't the first time she's worn these earrings and bracelet together. Memorably, the Duchess donned them during her first public appearance after announcing her pregnancy last fall, when she and Prince Harry arrived in Australia to begin their royal tour of Oceania.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 16:  Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meets members of the public outside the Sydney Opera House on October 16, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.  (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage) © Catalyst SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 16: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meets members of the public outside the Sydney Opera House on October 16, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Now, nearly a year after that, a lot has changed for the Duchess. Back then, Meghan was still newly married to Prince Harry, and settling into her role as a royal; now, she's a new mother, and celebrating the launch of a charity initiative she spearheaded.

Diana, Princess of Wales standing posing for the camera: Princess Diana wears the gold bracelet in 1994. © Dave Benett - Getty Images Princess Diana wears the gold bracelet in 1994.

The Duchess's fashion line was created to benefit Smart Works, her patronage that helps underprivileged women prepare for the job market. Among other services, Smart Works provides women with interview-appropriate clothing.

a woman talking on a cell phone: Meghan wears Diana’s bracelet and earrings. © Mark Cuthbert - Getty Images Meghan wears Diana’s bracelet and earrings.

In her guest-edited issue of British Vogue, Meghan recently explained that while the organization was doing a great job, it could benefit from more donations. "Sometimes, however, it can be a potpourri of mismatched sizes and colors, not always the right stylistic choices or range of sizes," she explained. To help, she enlisted a group of fashion industry collaborators to create a capsule collection—and for each item purchased, one will be given to Smart Works. 

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