Hidden detail spotted in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle gala snap

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Meghan Markle's jaw-dropping turn on a New York City red carpet on Wednesday night was so captivating that you'd be forgiven for noticing the finer details of her outfit.

The Duchess of Sussex stole the spotlight in a scarlet Carolina Herrera gown as she made her way into the Intrepid Museum's 2021 Salute to Freedom gala on her husband Prince Harry's arm.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at Intrepid Museum's 2021 Salute to Freedom gala
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made an entrance at the Intrepid Museum's 2021 Salute to Freedom gala. Photo: Getty Images

Meghan's sentimental nod

The 40-year-old's show-stopping old Hollywood-style dress featured a plunging neckline, a front split and a dramatic sweeping train.

Meghan went for a minimalistic up-do to make sure all eyes were on her ensemble, completing the look with a pair of diamond earrings and burgundy satin pumps by Giuseppe Zanotti.

And while her accessories were simple and understated to allow the red frock to really shine, they weren't without meaning.

On the duchess' left wrist, in particular, was a piece of jewellery with significant sentimental value: Princess Diana's Cartier diamond tennis bracelet.

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Diana wore the diamond bracelet to an American Red Cross gala dinner in 1997. Photo: Getty Images.

The elegant piece was worn by Harry's late mother on a number of occasions, including to an American Red Cross gala dinner in Washington in 1997.

For the black-tie event that raised funds for landmine victims around the world, Diana also sported a gorgeous red dress by one of her go-to designers, Jacques Azagury.

It's not the first time Meghan has paid tribute to her husband's mum by wearing the Cartier diamond tennis bracelet. She chose the piece for the couple's tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey back in March.

And it was also on her wrist during the Sussexes' royal tour of Fiji and Tonga in 2018.

Meghan Markle's Carolina Herrera gown with a sweeping train
Meghan donned a scarlet Carolina Herrera gown with a sweeping train. Photo: Getty Images
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on the Intrepid Museum's 2021 Salute to Freedom gala red carpet
The Duke of Sussex presented five awards on the night. Photo: Getty Images

Meghan also carries the memory of Diana with her every day in the form of her engagement ring, that Harry himself designed. 

The ring's trio of diamonds features an impressive centre stone from Botswana – a place that holds special meaning for the couple — flanked by two smaller diamonds taken from Diana's jewellery collection.

Duke and Duchess in NYC

Prince Harry presented five awards at the NYC ceremony to veterans "living with invisible wounds of war".

He also presented rocker Bon Jovi with the 2021 Intrepid Lifetime Achievement Awards for his work with the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation.

Harry didn't wear his military uniform to the event, after being stripped of his honorary titles when he left his role with the royal family but did don his military medals from his time in the British Armed Forces.

Harry and Meghan appeared relaxed and happy while chatting with fellow guests, with Meghan telling a reporter that she is "always proud" of her husband.

Prince Harry in military medals and Meghan Markle in a red gown
While Prince Harry didn't wear his military uniform, he did don his military medals. Photo: Getty Images

Additional reporting by Sarah Carty.

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