Meghan Markle included a special nod to Diana when she launched her fashion line

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Yesterday Meghan Markle launched the Smart Set, her charity capsule collection that helps empower women (you can shop it here). And whilst the clothing included a little nod to her sister-in-law Kate Middleton, the Duchess also gave a special nod to Princess Diana.

Meghan has often worn pieces of jewellery that belong to Prince Harry's late mother, and this momentous occasion was no exception.

Firstly, she opted for butterfly diamond earrings, which she has worn several times before, including during her tour of Australia last year. Princess Diana herself was pictured wearing them in Canada in 1986.

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Meghan also stacked some bracelets on her wrist, one of which was a gold and sapphire bangle, which Diana was papped wearing in 1994.

This is actually not the first time the Duchess has worn both pieces together, as she wore them on her first public appearance after announcing her pregnancy with baby Archie.

So it's quite fitting that she wore the pieces again to mark her big launch, during which she vowed to support women in need feel more confident about themselves and their careers.

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.