Prince William's surprising reaction after Meghan Markle is compared to Princess Diana

Prince William was reportedly taken aback by the comparisons drawn between Meghan Markle and his late mother, Princess Diana, during Meghan's recent trip to Nigeria with Prince Harry.

The Duchess of Sussex's choice of jewellery - a simple gold necklace reminiscent of one worn by Diana during a 1990 visit to Nigeria with then Prince Charles - sparked comments. After the Duchess of Sussex wore the necklace, it was reported that she had done so as a tribute to her late mother-in-law.

Additionally, Meghan sported a diamond cross necklace that was rumoured to have once belonged to Diana, although this claim has been met with scepticism from someone close to the late princess, who "didn't recognise [the necklace] at all."

Allegedly, the parallels drawn with Diana have irked William, who is said to be "bothered" by the portrayal of Meghan as a modern-day Diana, according to an insider.

The source suggested that while William doesn't wish to deny Harry the chance to honour their mother's memory, he is uncomfortable with any direct comparisons to her, including those involving his wife, Kate Middleton, which was recently revealed that she will not be attending the Trooping The Colour rehearsal due to ongoing cancer treatment.

The source told Closer magazine that William finds the likening of Meghan to Diana "beyond tasteless and offensive."

They revealed: "William doesn't want to deprive Harry of the right to celebrate their mother's legacy. What bothers him is how Meghan's paraded around as the modern-day version of Diana, he finds that beyond tasteless and offensive, not only to him but also to Kate."

"To add insult to injury, Harry's not consulted with him about these trips abroad and future plans they've apparently got in the works to celebrate Diana's life and legacy. The fact that the tension with the Sussexes is now impacting celebrating their mother's legacy is beyond the pale for William, but it's not as though he can really speak about it with Charles and Camilla because there's obviously history there with Diana being estranged from the royals so he's feeling pretty alone on this."

OK! has approached representatives for Prince William for comment.

Just last month, a Royal expert suggested that Meghan is "echoing Princess Diana" after stepping down from royal duties.

The former Suits star recently announced the launch of her new lifestyle brand, American Riviera Orchard, and one royal expert believes her new venture was inspired by Diana.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Darren Stanton, speaking on behalf of Betfair Bingo, thinks Meghan "followed her heart" when she left the monarchy, and her comments about leaving the Royal Family echo Diana's own criticism of the monarchy.

He said there were "a lot of parallels" between Meghan and Prince Harry's mother, and by focusing her attention on her new lifestyle brand, he thinks the mum-of-two is ready to focus on others - just like her late mother-in-law.

"She followed her heart and what she cared about over everything else. There are lots of parallels between them and I get a sense Meghan wanted to follow in her footsteps. They both share a passion and drive to help others."

He added that the launch of American Riviera Orchard indicates that the former actress is now "in a good place" and is keen to reshape her public image to enhance her popularity.