How Meghan Markle will carry on the legacy of Princess Diana

PHOTO: Princess Diana aboard the new P & O Cruise Liner Royal Princess, named in honour of her, after giving the ship its name at a formal naming ceremony, Nov. 15, 1984.PlayTim Graham/Getty Images, FILE
WATCH How Meghan Markle will carry on Princess Diana's legacy

With just days to go before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot and the American bride becomes the newest member of the British royal family, many are speculating how the couple will carry on the late Princess Diana's legacy as a couple.

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Harry's mother, a humanitarian known to the world as "the People's Princess," died in a car crash in 1997 at just 36 years old. She left behind a rich legacy of humanitarian and advocacy work and is widely admired for alleviating the stigma surrounding AIDS when photos of her shaking hands with AIDS patients were published by the media.

PHOTO: Princess Diana visits patients suffering from AIDS at the Hospital Universidade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 25, 1991.Tim Graham/Getty Images, FILE
Princess Diana visits patients suffering from AIDS at the Hospital Universidade in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 25, 1991.

"Diana blew out of the water all those prejudices with one small action," ABC News' royal contributor Victoria Murphy said. "There is no question that Meghan and Harry will champion causes that may be controversial ... in exactly the same way as Princess Diana did."

India Hicks, who was one of Princess Diana's bridesmaids in 1981 when the late princess married Charles Spencer, said that she sees the same passion Diana had for humanitarian work in her soon-to-be daughter-in-law, Markle.

"We see that in Meghan, that she has this passion as well," Hicks told ABC News. "Thank goodness, it's brilliant."

"And I think if she can go on and follow somewhat in Diana's steps of being able to get the world to watch her, to follow her, and to learn from her, would be exceptional," Hicks added.

Markle, a U.N. advocate for women, has already demonstrated her passion for humanitarian work, and a close friend of Markle said that this bond is how Markle and Harry initially fell in love.

"One of the things that really attracted Harry to her was what she's like on the inside," Murphy said. "Meghan is someone who, like Diana, is so strong-willed in her beliefs, who leads with the heart, who isn't afraid to speak her mind."

'Meghan is someone who, like Diana, is so strong-willed in her beliefs, who leads with the heart, who isn't afraid to speak her mind.'

PHOTO: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive to attend a reception at Australia House in London, April 21, 2018.Alastair Grant, Pool via AP, FILE
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive to attend a reception at Australia House in London, April 21, 2018.

The former private secretary to the late Princess Diana, Patrick Jephson said, that like Diana, Markle is already breaking down barriers within the British monarchy.

"Meghan has this remarkable story of her own success ... and her diverse background," he said. "All of these things will help continue to make the monarchy relevant."

PHOTO: Princess Diana arrives at the Serpentine Gallery, in a gown by Christina Stambolian, in London, June 1994.Jayne Fincher/Getty Images, FILE
Princess Diana arrives at the Serpentine Gallery, in a gown by Christina Stambolian, in London, June 1994.

Even Harry said he think his late mother would've gotten along well with Markle.

"Oh they'd be thick as thieves, without question. I think she would be over the moon," Harry said in an interview with the BBC shortly after the couple announced their engagement.

He added that he thinks his mom "would have probably been best friends ... best friends with Meghan."

Markle added she thinks, "she's with us."

PHOTO: Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle arrive to attend a memorial service to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence at St Martin-in-the-Fields church in London, April 23, 2018.Matt Dunham/AP, FILE
Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle arrive to attend a memorial service to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence at St Martin-in-the-Fields church in London, April 23, 2018.

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