Meghan Markle changes her diamond engagement ring
Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex
They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend — and Duchess Meghan Markle undoubtedly agrees.
Earlier this month, the Duchess of Sussex made her first public appearance following the arrival of her son archie, at Trooping the Colour. Royal fans soon noticed the stunning new diamond eternity band on her finger, which is thought to be from her husband Prince Harry, in celebration of their one year anniversary or a “push present” for baby Archie’s birth.
Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and son Archie
In addition to the new ring, her traditional three stone diamond engagement ring has been transformed to include more sparkle, having swapped the traditional Welsh gold band for a thinner diamond-studded micropavé band, giving the three diamonds an even bigger feel.
The sudden change came as a surprise to many royal fans after Meghan spoke lovingly about the ring during an interview to announce her engagement in November 2017. The original ring was a breathtaking sparkler designed by Prince Harry, featuring two diamonds from his late mom Princess Diana’s collection and another from Botswana, where the much-loved prince has done a lot of charity work.
Meghan Markle and her new engagement ring
It’s unclear when these changes to the engagement ring were made, as Meghan has not been seen wearing her engagement ring during the final months of her pregnancy. With a second look at baby Archie’s first photo it reveals that she was already wearing the new design then.
While the reason for change in ring style is not known, some believe it is a personal preference as Megan is known to favour dainty jewellery. It may have also stemmed from a desire to have a cohesive set of three rings: her engagement ring, her simple Welsh gold wedding band, and her new eternity ring.
Meghan Markle and her three-stone engagement ring
The change has brought forth mixed reactions from fans and critics, with some saying that an iconic piece of royal jewellery should not be treated as an accessory that can be transformed to fit into fashion trends, especially one which was designed by her husband.
It is tradition for royal wedding rings to be made from Welsh gold after the Queen mother married the future King George VI. There was enough gold left to make bands for the Queen, Princess Margaret, and Princess Diana’s weddings.
The original supply has since run out, but the Royal British Legion made a donation of Welsh gold in 1981, and another donation from Gwynfynydd mine was given to the Queen for her 60th birthday in 1986. That supply helped make the rings for Sarah, Duchess of York, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
Other Royal Jewellery Changes
Meghan Markle and husband Prince Harry
Megan isn’t the first to make changes a royal jewellery piece. In 2012 Prince William gifted Kate Middleton with his mother’s large sapphire earrings which were surrounded by diamonds. The Duchess of Cambridge later redesigned it, changing them from studs into drop earrings.
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